Give the VoRTCS Gift This Christmas Season

‘Tis the Season…

Yes, it’s that wonderful time of year once again when we get together and catch up with friends and family. This Christmas season, please keep VoRTCS in mind. VoRTCS is in need of new volunteer tutors to work with the many refugee families that have recently arrived in Brisbane, and the BEST way for new tutors to hear about the program is from existing tutors like you!

As we approach the New Year, and people are thinking about New Year’s resolutions, why not let your friends and family know about VoRTCS. If you know someone that would make a great new volunteer tutor, please tell them about the program. If they are interested in finding out more about the wonderful work we do, please direct them to the VoRTCS website or ask them to contact As we all know, becoming a VoRTCS volunteer tutor is not just a great way to give back to the community, it’s also very rewarding for the tutors themselves, and there’s no better time to get involved!

This Christmas, telling a friend or family member about how to become a VoRTCS volunteer tutor could just be the best gift you will give!

Thank you, we appreciate you!

VoRTCS and St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland would like to thank you for the wonderful year that’s been and all of your hard work and dedication in supporting our amazing refugee families, we couldn’t do it without you – we are very excited to step in to 2018 together!

The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of happiness. The gift of VoRTCS. May all these be yours at Christmas. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kids Camp Reflection

How do you measure success at a Kids Camp?
Tired Adults!!

The Vinnies Kids Camp for 2015 was held at Coolum Beach over the weekend of July 10th-12th.

On Friday, all of the campers arrived in time for lunch. The rain didn’t hold out for the first afternoon but nothing could dampen the spirits of the 80+ excited campers (44 children attended). Once the rain lifted, a game of Gold Rush set the kids into a frenzy. (See right for photo of kids hunting for gold!)

Saturday was a day of blue skies and filled with fun activities. These included low ropes, treasure hunts, arts & crafts, field activities and planning for the famous talent show. All teams prepared a performance to show that evening. There were many laughs and bright colours, loud music and some outstanding solos. Safe to say, the campers were pretty tired when it came time to go to bed.

Sunday morning it was time to pack up the rooms. Another game of Gold Rush was a must since it was so popular on Friday. The rest of the morning was spent playing cricket, soccer, footy and Red Rover.

When it came time to leave, most campers wanted to stay. Everyone said goodbye and another successful Kids Camp was over.

Some of the comments made included; “This was the best part of my holiday”, “I have something to talk about at school tomorrow now”, “I never want to leave”, “I’m coming back next year”.

A massive ‘THANK YOU’ to all of the volunteers who made the weekend a huge success. This simply would not have been possible without you!

Welcome to 2015!

Where we are now, where we are going…

What a crazy, amazing & challenging year 2014 was! Over 350 people attend our information nights, with 230 enthusiastic volunteers joining our existing family of 200 VoRTCS Tutors. Because of YOU we were able to assist 167 newly settled families, that’s over 1200 refugees!
Last year saw many highlights including the Volunteer Survey, Program Video, VoRTCS/Youth Kids Camp, Tutor Workshop, World Refugee Day Festival and the Australia Post Grant. Our main focus was to improve the support we provide you and our VoRTCS families. This is a continual process and we will keep pushing ourselves to deliver the highest level of support possible.
This year, our focus remains on our volunteers and families – increasing our support, communications, training and social connections. We will be hosting three Multicultural Community Picnic’s to bring everyone within VoRTCS & Brisbane together to break down barriers and help foster friendships with our newest community members (read more below).
We know 2015 will bring its own successes and challenges but together VoRTCS will keep taking steps forward and assisting those most in need within our community. Through love, compassion, respect and friendship we will help our newest neighbours take up the many opportunities within our society and feel welcomed in our community.