The Paradise Kids ‘Buddy’ role is to support children to explore, understand, and express safely their feelings about their loss. Our team 'pairs up' a suitable buddy with each child attending the programs. Our program uses a mixture of story, art, music, meditation, discussion, movement, guided imagery, and breathing to learn stress reduction exercises. As a buddy, you will work each week with the same child in a group setting.
If you are interested in working as a PK Buddy please read through our PK BUDDY Role Description and consider if this is suitable for you including the required commitment. Our PK Buddies must be prepared to sign up to work with children over seven weeks in the after-school program on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon or of a Saturday morning for one or more terms a year.
The process of becoming a buddy takes time. You will first be asked to meet with our volunteer coordinator, Margo Amundsen for an informal discussion, then undertake all mandatory training and checks. Paradise Kids provides required training for a minimal fee and the required blue card and checks for our buddies free of charge. This helps ensure the quality of service and duty of care to those families entrusting us with their child whilst participating in our programs.
Our Volunteering Process
Initially, all enquiries about volunteering go to our Volunteer Coordinator, Margo Amundsen. Margo works on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings so please give her a call or email her to discuss volunteering with us. The next step is to come to Paradise Kids and have an Informal Interview with Margo. During this interview she will explain:
- The structure of the organisation and all the services provided;
- The areas of volunteering available;
- The requirements before starting;
- The mandatory training.
Margo will then show you around and give you all the required paperwork including an Application Form and Police Check or Blue Card Application depending on the area you volunteer in. The last step is to return all completed forms and participate in our Workplace Health & Safety Training held on the first Monday of each month. WHS Training Information
Volunteer Coordinator, Margo Amundsen
Phone: (07) 5625 1900