Pyjama Foundation has been nominated for the Queensland Volunteering Awards for its support given to more than 5,000 children in its Love of Learning Program. Its aim is to transform the lives of kids in care with learning, life skills and confidence to change the direction of their lives.
Through its Love of Learning Program, Pyjama Angels visit a child in their home for up to 1.5 hours a week to read books aloud, play educational games and help with homework. It instills a love of learning in these children, and encourages them to reach their full potential in life.
The Pyjama Foundation currently supports 1,000 volunteers in Queensland on a weekly basis.
According to Deborah Scott-Ranson volunteers say participating in the Love of Learning Program “has allowed them to grow, both personally and professionally, and for many, visiting the child is the highlight of their week.”
These are direct quotes from the volunteers and program participants themselves:
“Being a Pyjama Angel is so incredibly rewarding. To see my little cherub grow, and achieve things like reading an entire book – it’s a huge win, not just for her, but for me too. It’s the little wins that count, and to see her face light up when she achieves something makes it so worthwhile.” – Julie, Pyjama Angel
“I’d really recommend becoming a Pyjama Angel if you like children and want to make a difference in their lives. It is such a rewarding experience and improves your own self-worth – contributing to development of the next generation. These few hours a week mean so much to a young person and their future and is only a small amount of time out of your own life.” – Sandra Godsell, Pyjama Angel
“I feel extra happy in my heart when she comes. She is always kind to me and we are always happy. I always have lots of fun reading. I like reading a lot!” – Maddie, 7, Program Participant
CEO of Volunteering Queensland, Mara Basanovic, said the Volunteering Awards acknowledge the extraordinary and valuable work done every day by hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the state.
“These prestigious awards highlight and pay tribute to the caring individuals who inspire and epitomise the spirit of volunteerism through their compassion, commitment and hard work. The positive impact they contribute strengthens and connects their communities.”
“The awards also promote the enormous value and vital contribution of volunteering to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of Queensland.”
Award recipients will be announced during National Volunteer Week, which runs from 8-14 May 2017.