The Pyjama Foundation recruits, screens and trains committed volunteers from local communities. These committed volunteers are matched with a child who they visit in their foster homes once a week to share the love of learning. The volunteers deliver a specifically designed literacy and numeracy model which encapsulates the theory of making learning fun. The positive individual mentoring program also has a strong emphasis on life skills. The Pyjama Foundation works with local libraries and promotes the foundation’s local resource centre, where volunteers can access specific books, puzzles and educational games to share with the children.
Love of Learning Program by the Pyjama Foundation is funded by the Con Irwin Sub Fund of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust. This Sub Fund was established to support innovative social justice projects that offer circuit-breaking solutions to:
The Sub Fund reflects the desire of Hilary Irwin to honour the memory of her mother Constance (Con) by continuing her community work and strong social justice commitments through grants from the Sub Fund.
Organisation: The Pyjama Foundation
The Pyjama Foundation is strengthening their Love of Learning Program in Victoria where there are more than 8,000 children in out-of-home care. They will match volunteer Pyjama Angels with children in foster care to improve the children’s life outcomes.
Pyjama Angels build long-term positive relationships with foster children and provide them with the tools for self-efficacy. The impact of children being taken into care is severe and long-term and the Love of Learning Program increases the children’s educational outcomes, improves employment prospects, and reduces their negative life choices.