Volunteers to head back to school

A Perth university will help Make-A-Wish volunteers to speak more confidently in public.


University to devise online training course

Make-A-Wish Australia has joined forces with Curtin University to devise a training program for volunteers to become certified Make-A-Wish storytellers.

The partnership will see students at Perth’s Curtin University (pictured), who are part of the John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA), play a role in upskilling and supporting the Make-A-Wish volunteers.

Once volunteers have completed the online course, they will be able to speak with greater confidence to local community groups, schools and businesses about Make-A-Wish.

Speaking during this week’s National Student Volunteer Week, Make-A-Wish Chief Executive Officer, Sally Bateman, praised the partnership.

“Currently due to COVID-19, our recruitment program for volunteers is on hold until the new year,” Sally said.

“Devising this training program with the students at JCLA is our way of giving back to our volunteers, who without, we simply would not exist.”

Curtin University students

Make-A-Wish National Patron, long-serving volunteer and one of Australia’s most passionate storytellers, Robyn Moore (pictured above), will take part in the program.

“I love the amazing work Make-A-Wish does,” Robyn said. “When we share our stories, we enable people to fall back in love with life – and remind them about how fragile it really is.”

Make-A-Wish are proud supporters of the National Student Volunteer Week, seeing it as a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the impact that student volunteers make to charities across Australia.

The Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA) is Curtin University’s flagship co-curricular leadership program. The objective of the program is to develop students’ ability to identify strengths, learn how to reflect, collaborate and communicate effectively and understand how to facilitate positive social change in communities, all while gaining real-world experience.