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From primary school, through high school, university, and beyond, the Society offers young people the opportunity to learn, reflect, and make a difference in their community.

By taking part, you’ll be joining hundreds of school and youth groups across Australia working alongside Vinnies to grow the next generation of social justice advocates, and you’ll be supporting the direct work Vinnies does day-in-day-out to help those in our community who need it most.

School Engagement

Vinnies believes that school students are uniquely placed to make a difference in their local communities so we aim to raise awareness of the organisation, create a positive engagement with our youth membership and encourage good works in the community. Our Vinnies Youth Services supports schools in the work they choose to do on behalf of Vinnies by informing students through presentations, events and how schools can contribute.

Host a School Sleepout in WA

You might be surprised to know that children and youth are some of the largest groups of Australian’s experiencing disadvantage. More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 do not have a permanent home with children under the age of 18 making up 27% of people experiencing homelessness.

Host a Vinnies School Sleepout to raise much needed funds for Vinnies services supporting Western Australians at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

If you would like to host a Vinnies School Sleepout, please fill out the Vinnies School Sleepout Kit E-Application Form and send it back to schools@svdpwa.org.au.

Youth Camps

Vinnies Youth Services also runs several Youth camps during the year which targets the needs of young people aged 8 to 15 years with rewarding, safe and positive opportunities they may otherwise miss out on due to a variety of pressures upon their families. The program is coordinated by dedicated and inspiring volunteers who are passionate about social justice and want to make a real difference to the lives of others. They work with children experiencing hardship to help them develop life skills and provide educational encouragement through the program.
The camps range in length from four to five days and are aimed at providing fun, recreational activities for disadvantaged young people within a safe and encouraging environment. Referrals to our youth Camp programs are made through our Emergency Assistance Program.

Can I volunteer for Vinnies Youth?

Being a Vinnies Youth Volunteer is a truly life changing experience for both the volunteer and people they assist. Vinnies Youth consists of young members who run a variety of programs annually with the support of Vinnies Youth staff members. Vinnies believes that school students are uniquely placed to make a difference in their local communities. Our engagement with schools aims to develop membership within Vinnies while also encouraging financial and material donations.

Vinnies Youth is a Child Safe organisation and volunteers must comply with the following process:

  • Be over 16 years of age
  • Complete a Volunteer Application Form
  • Complete a Working with Children Check
  • Complete a National Police Clearance
  • Attend program specific training that is provided by the Society
  • Abide by the ethos and standards of the St Vincent de Paul Society
  • Be positive and ready to have a good time

To register your interest email youth@svdpwa.org.au.

How can I find out more?

For further information, please contact Vinnies Youth by phone (08) 6323 7500 or email youth@svdpwa.org.au