All children should have an equal chance when they start school
– regardless of where they are from.
We view literacy development as a critical issue for children and the wider community.
Our philosophy stems from research conducted by the Clinton Foundation in 2010, which highlighted the long-term personal, social and economic impact of a child not reading in the early years, and that children from low-income and marginalised backgrounds are most affected by this.
Kids who start school without the basic language and reading skills expected are already at a disadvantage, and this early set back can have a ripple effect as they continue their education – and beyond.
We believe that a targeted and early intervention approach can address the key contributing factors early and help break the cycle of poverty caused by illiteracy.
Our programs focus on the early years.
Literacy begins at birth. Children who are not read to from birth generally begin school with a lower foundation of language and reading skills, and are often lacking the basic literacy skills required for formal education.
This is critical for a child’s early success at school – and it’s why these early intervention programs are so important.
We help those who need it most.
Research indicates that children from disadvantaged and low-income families read fewer books, and often encounter literacy problems later in life. Studies also show that school failures and social and employment problems are much higher among children who struggled with reading in the early years.
For this reason, we primarily target children from low socio-economic backgrounds with limited exposure to reading activities and higher levels of illiteracy.
Learn about our programs
Click here to view our 2014/15 Annual Report
Our community involvement began in 2011 at the South Melbourne Housing Commission Estate. We started by offering guest story-tellers to playgroups and other community groups located in low socio-economic communities in Port Melbourne and South Melbourne. We grew our services to Geelong and Dandenong in 2014.
The Advisory Group is made up of a group of people who are experts in their field. We use their knowledge and skill for continual education and up-to-date information on children and parent literacy and teaching.
The partnerships that we have established over time have made a profound contribution to the work of Reading Out Of Poverty.
We work with a variety of different community groups, rotary clubs, playschools, kindergartens, and immigration centres. As an organisation, we are incredibly grateful for the assistance and support of these wonderful groups.
Special thanks to:
GWA Griffiths Estate, Bennelong Foundation, Readings Foundation, Harold Mitchell Foundation, Pierce Armstrong Trust, Sidney Myer Fund, Felton Bequest, Equity Trustees, Hazel Peat Trust, JTR Charitable Trust, The Ian Potter Foundation, Viva Energy, Freemasons Foundation, The Andrews Foundation, City of Melbourne, EastWeb Fund, Steve McKnight Foundation, Uebergang Foundation, Collier Charitable Fund, E C White Trust, Give Where You Live, Victorian Women’s Trust, Nourish Foods, Whole Kids Small Seeds Community Grants Program, RACV Community Foundation
We train and prepare people wanting to volunteer their time to children’s literacy.
While we do train volunteers externally to the community that we influence, before deciding to train volunteers, we look within their community to equip and educate their own people so it becomes a self-sufficient running literacy program.
If this is not an option, we look externally through the list of people that want to offer their time. We have a wide variety of volunteers; writers, teachers, university students that are studying teaching and people with a passion and heart for children and literacy.
Volunteering can take many forms, from reading aloud to restocking libraries, running pop-up libraries, book collections, mentoring parents, being an advocate and spreading awareness.
If you want to volunteer, please click on the following button to fill the form:
Please click on the following programs to get more information about how you can join:
We rely on volunteers to bring our programs to life and reach as many children and parents in the community as possible. Your support, whether it’s committing to a few hours a week or a couple of hours a year will make a huge difference to our program delivery. We hope that in return you’ll have a wonderful experience and happiness boost knowing your time is well spent.
Who can volunteer?
As many of our programs involve interaction with children, a Working With Children Check is required (this is free for volunteers to obtain). Some of our programs may be suitable for parents who have young children in their care. No experience or specific skills are required. Love of books is encouraged! If you are under 18 you can also help with certain programs.
What kind of work do volunteers carry out?
Our programs offer volunteers work that is highly valued, affirming and important. Volunteers read aloud to children in hospitals, attend playgroups, mentor parents, create pop-up libraries, sort and deliver quality children’s books and most importantly advocate the power of reading in the early years.
What sort of time commitment is required?
For some of our programs (especially playgroups) we require volunteers to be available during school hours and commit to between 5-10 weeks (preferably longer). This allows volunteers to develop a connection to children and their families. Other programs require less time. Initially, you may want to start by helping with the Christmas program or try a pop-up library for a couple of hours. We value your time and hopefully we can match a program that suits you.
What process is involved in becoming a volunteer with ROOP?
There is a four step process to becoming a volunteer.
Postal Address:PO Box 532 South Melbourne 3205
Phone: +61 (03) 9995 0079