Become a Volunteer Pyjama Angel
The Pyjama Foundation has trained more than 5000 Pyjama Angels Australia-wide, who provide literacy, numeracy, life-skills and mentoring support to children in out-of-home care.
If you would like to help a foster child achieve their dreams, we would love to hear from you!
What is a Pyjama Angel?
Pyjama Angels are volunteers from the community who are screened, trained and supported to create positive relationships with children in care; empowering them with learning, life skills and confidence.
Pyjama Angels implement the Love of Learning Program® which is a learning-based mentoring program for children in care. Pyjama Angels visit a foster child in their home for up to an hour a week, assisting them with reading and writing, and providing consistent love and support.
Find out more about what the Love of Learning Program involves and how it can help change a child’s life.
What Pyjama Angels do?
Pyjama Angels visit a child’s home for an hour a week, creating a positive relationship, while reading, playing educational games, helping with homework, and engaging them with life skills. We aim to provide fun and unique experiences that make children in care feel special and look forward to the weekly visit of their Pyjama Angel.
Over time, a Pyjama Angel becomes a trusted mentor and an additional positive influence in the child’s life. Pyjama Angels support the work of the carers by working towards common goals for the child and help alleviate some of the pressures they experience.
How do Pyjama Angels help?
Pyjama Angels build a child’s confidence helping to develop their self-esteem, which can have profound effect on their learning, social involvement and future outcomes. Many of our children have multiple complex needs and Pyjama Angels are perfectly placed to meet each child’s individual needs.
Pyjama Angels often report that children are empowered by having the opportunity to have input into what they work on throughout their visits, such as choosing activities or deciding on the book to read.
With a little confidence and encouragement, who knows what these incredible kids can achieve?
Are you eligible to be a volunteer Pyjama Angel?
Conditions of becoming a volunteer for The Pyjama Foundation
A volunteer must:
- Be willing to make an initial minimum commitment of 3 months, ideally The Pyjama Foundation would like you to volunteer for at least 12 months.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have basic English language, literacy and numeracy skills
- Possess a love of learning and the ability to create a fun filled environment
- Be willing to acquire and maintain a valid Working with Children check
- Understand and respect confidentiality
- Have your own transport (not completely necessary, but will determine ability to be placed with a child)
- Visit your allocated child, for an hour once a week in their home
- Display traits of resilience, including;
- the capacity to make realistic plans
- have a positive view of yourself
- confidence in your strengths and abilities
- have skills in communication and problem solving
All volunteers must undertake the screening process to ascertain their suitability to fulfill the role of a Pyjama Angel. The process involves completing the application, a face-to-face interview, referee checks and training.
I want to become a Pyjama Angel!
Click on the map below to choose your State and you’ll be directed to the page appropriate to your State’s requirements.
Meet a Pyjama Angel
Being a Pyjama Angel has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever had the opportunity to partake in, and I recommend to anyone considering it, just do it, there will be no regrets. I read to an eight year old boy and it is the highlight of my week. We occasionally have soccer rally’s in the yard, we read, we look at insects and spiders (we both love spiders and all things creepy crawly), and we read, we do homework, and we read, we play games and do craft, and we read – but above all, we are just ourselves and we talk.
– Debora Anderson, Postal Manager Innisfail Post Office, Australia Post
Fundraise for The Pyjama Foundation
Putting the FUN in Fundraise!
Thank you for your interest in raising money for vulnerable children in care, and for supporting our Pyjama Angels.
Your efforts will make a positive impact on the lives of children now and in the future.
By hosting your own fundraising event, you can brighten a child’s life dramatically. If you are into personal challenges or are celebrating an occasion, encourage your friends and family to support you and embrace this opportunity to raise funds for children in care.
Through your fundraising efforts, you are helping us achieve our goal of enhancing the learning skills of at least 8,000 children in care in Australia by 2018.
Why your fundraising makes a difference?
The Pyjama Foundation has been supporting children in care with a learning-based mentoring program since 2004.
Research has proven that children in care have the lowest educational outcomes nationally, and as such, improving their learning skills has a positive impact on their life outcomes and opportunities.
With your help, The Pyjama Foundation is able to enhance the Love of Learning Program, an individual program that has been designed to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of children in care, as well as recruit, screen, train and support more volunteer Pyjama Angels – who implement the Love of Learning Program.
Our ultimate goal is to expand the Love of Learning Program in current and into new geographic areas, develop services that support the learning skills of children in care, and advocate for the educational needs of these children.
Get Involved! You can take part in one of the Pyjama Foundation events such as Trivia Nights, National Pyjama Day, Gala Nights – OR – you can host your own event.
Fundraising for the Pyjama Foundation can be fun and extremely rewarding. To help you host a successful fundraising event and have fun at the same time, we have put together some helpful tips for you.
There’s more than one way to help raise money on National Pyjama Day. Here are just a few:
- Hold a PJ night-in sleepover and donate what you would usually spend on a night out
- Host a PJ morning tea or bake off
- Pyjama Disco at your school
- Have a book sale
- Wear your PJ’s to work – ask your boss to match what you raise
- Join a fun run and raise money
- The opportunities are endless!
Tips and Tricks
1. Get Organised Early
It is helpful to decide the who, what, when and where as soon as possible. Who are you planning to invite? What type of event would you like to host? When are you going to hold your event? And, where will the event be located?
Once you have made these decisions, it’s time to register your event with the Pyjama Foundation – just email Deborah@thepyjamafoundation.com
Finally, keep a checklist of what needs to be done. Every time you can check something off your list you will be one step closer to a fantastic event.
2. Prepare a Budget
Knowing how much it may cost you to put together your event will inform many of your decisions along the way. By having a clearly planned budget, you are much more likely to hit your fundraising goal for the event.
3. Set a Goal
It is always a good idea to keep in mind what your overall fundraising target will be. Small or large, any donation that is given to the Pyjama Foundation makes an impact on the future of a child in care. Don’t be afraid to start off small – you can always build on your fundraising as you become more experienced.
4. Promote Your Event
Utilise social networking as well as your community and work networks to advertise your event. Also, tap into your local media to find other outlets to promote your event. And, don’t forget to spread the word to your family and friends.
5. Set up an Online Fundraising Page
Online fundraising is a great way to ask for support from friends and family who will not be able to make it to your event but who would still love to support you. Setting up a page is incredibly quick and easy. For information on how to set up your own fundraising page, email Deborah@thepyjamafoundation.com
6. Try to get as Much Donated as Possible
Your family and friends in the community are likely to help your event by making in-kind donations. Whether it is food, the event space, thank you bags or any other item for your event, it will help your bottom line and allow you to donate more to the Pyjama Foundation.
7. Enlist Friends and Family to Help Organise Your Event
Your friends and family are likely to want to help you be successful and they each carry a specific skill set. If you have a friend who has taken up photography or know someone who dabbles in design, ask them if they would be willing to donate their services for your event.
8. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
You will be surprised by how willing people are to give, if you just ask them. Don’t be shy – people want to help where they can!
9. Educate Yourself
Take some time to learn all you can about the Pyjama Foundation and the work we do, about what it means to be a child in care and the outcomes for them and the difference that having a Pyjama Angel can make to a child’s life! People will be impressed with your amount of knowledge when they attend your event.
10. Thank Everyone
Make a list of everyone who was involved – whether they donated funds or supported in another way. Any donation over $2 is tax-deductible; ensure any donor to your event has received a receipt if they would like one. Simply make a list of donations made and the name and contact details of the person who made the donation and send the list through to us at the Pyjama Foundation – we will make sure everyone receives a receipt. Lastly, don’t forget to let them all know how much you appreciated their support and efforts – say ‘Thank You’!