Volunteer

Become a Volunteer Pyjama Angel

The Pyjama Foundation has trained more than 5000 Pyjama Angels since 2004, 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 a 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!

Please click on the most relevant state for you.

Unfortunately, The Pyjama Foundation does not currently operate in ACT, NT, TAS or WA. Please email admin@thepyjamafoundation.com so we can add your contact details to our database, and will be able to contact you if we expand to these states later in the future.

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

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