A FAMOUS man once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”, a phrase one Tamworth-based charity sees at work every day.
The Smith Family in Tamworth runs six Learning Clubs that offer primary and
high school students after-school hours support, with the focus on literacy skills, mathematics, research projects and homework.
Smith Family team leader Fiona Brierley said they were keen to expand the service and were looking for more volunteers who could commit up to one-and-a-half hours per week to the club during school terms.
“Our volunteer tutors are intrinsic to the success of the Learning Clubs, offering support to students that extends beyond the classroom, helping to improve their confidence and keep them engaged in their education,” she said.
“It’s been amazing to witness the progress of the kids who have previously attended the clubs.
“The support is often reflected in their improved grades.”
Ms Brierley said they were particularly looking for more indigenous volunteers and those with a knowledge of high school mathematics.
Patience, enthusiasm and the ability to relate to children was key, she said, as were good oral and written communication skills.
“It’s all about providing a safe and supportive environment ... to develop (students’) learning potential and increase their confidence,” Ms Brierley said.