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    09/Jul/2019

    Volunteer musicians required to teach newly arrived young refugees, mainly from Syrian backgrounds(8/10-14-18/18-25y/o) to play brass instruments as part of the marching band

    The Australian Syrian Charity's music program is one of the programs that empowers ans builds the capacity of newly arrived families of refugees mainly from Syria, to settle in Australia.

    The ASC music program hosts weekly marchingband rehearsalson Friday night and sometimes Saturday mornings. The marching band also participates in occasional communityt performances such as parades,and/or holiday celebrations.

    Our intention is to create a rotating roster of volunteer music teachers who will follow a set music program syllabus set out by the ASC Music Coordinator, to ensure the continuity and quality of the classes.

    In return, we offer you the chance to make a real difference in the lives of refugees families who are new to the Melbourne community. The marching band is a wonderful opportunity for everyday Australians to establish a connection with the Australian-Syrian community. Music has healing qualities, and this is your chance to share that gift, while saying "Welome"!

    We can also offer you an official certificate indicating the hours you have volunteered as a music teacher.

    Music can heal the memories. Through music and building relationships the relationship with Australians can help participants to feel better here in Australia.

    This position will require a Working with Children Check and Police check.

    Organisational Context.

    Australian Syrian Charity (ASC) is a community organisation. It started with the Syrian war ans was officially registered in 2015. We also support the individuals and families of the Australian-Syrian community and others in simialr need to overcome barriers that can block their ability to join the Australian community.

     ASC's vision is for a strong, well-connected and successful Australian-Syrian community,achieved in Australia to be strong, well-connected and successful by empowering Syrians, refugees and assylum seekers with educational and employment strategies. 

    ASC's mission is to offer the best possible support to the Australian_Syrian community, and others in similar need, to ensure they are living a fulfilling,well_informed life in Australia.

    To support the individuals ans families of the Australian-Syrian community and others in similar need and to overcome barriers that cab block their ability to join the Australian community.

    To raise awareness with the Australian Community about the need to support Syrian Christian refugees.

    Please refer to our website for the full range of currebt services provided by ASC 

    www.australiansyriancharity.org.au

    In return, we offer you the chance to make a real difference in the lives of refugee families who are new to the Melbourne community. The marching band is a wonderful opportunity for everyday Australians to establish a connection with the Australian-Syrian community, and to help the kids to feel more comfortable living here in this country. Music has healing qualities, and this is your chance to share that gift, while saying "welcome"!

    We can also offer you an official certificate indicating the hours you have volunteered as a music teacher.

    Music can heal the memories. Through music and building relationships the relationship with Australians can help participants to feel better here in Australia. This position will require a Working with Children Check and Police check.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Teach Marching band percussion to beginners.

    • Liaise with the Music Coordinator and other music teachers regarding the program and provide input on what is attainable.

    • Rehearse as part of the marching band on a regular basis.

    • Attend community events and other occasions where the marching band will be performing if possible.

    • Be responsible and accountable about your availability for the weekly rehearsal roster.

    • Act as a role model and mentor to young people with complex and often traumatic backgrounds.

    • Attend inductions and trainings where possible.

    • Record and submit volunteer hours.

    • Comply with ASC policies & procedures, identify OHS concerns and communicate these to ASC staff (e.g. report hazards or incidents).

    • Keep attendance records and send to program coordinator.

    • Notify coordinator or staff member present if you encounter any problems or if underaged participants leave the room.
     

    Legislative Requirements

    • Ensure compliance with relevant policies and legislative requirements such as

    Occupational Health & Safety (OHS), the Commonwealth Privacy Act and ASC Child Protection Policy.

    • Obtain a Working With Children Check and a Police Check before starting your work with ASC.

    • Familiarise yourself with relevant policies, procedures and work practices of ASC
     

    Selection Criteria

    • Demonstrated formal or informal experience as a music teacher or in marching band with a desire to develop your teaching skills.

    • A high standard of performance on a relevant instrument, including ensemble experience.

    • A passion for working with young people with complex or vulnerable backgrounds.

    • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal skills and facilitation skills.

    • Demonstrated flexibility, patience and cross-cultural communication, especially in building rapport with young people.

    • Experience with young people with complex or vulnerable backgrounds and people from CALD backgrounds.

    • Creative and enthusiastic, with the ability to motivate others.

    • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.

     

    What volunteers gain from their experience with the Australian Syrian Charity:

    • Valuable work experience & training with a respected NGO (non-government organisation) that can be added to your resume.

    • Future references for volunteers completing a successful agreed period.

    • A full induction and a supportive and friendly working environment.

    • The option to attend regular team meetings.

    • Become part of a welcoming Syrian community and participate in community events.

    • Dedicated Volunteer Coordinator and other staff to support volunteers.

    • Arabic coffee, tea, and biscuits!

    People of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We welcome applications from refugees and migrants from countries experiencing conflict/humanitarian crises, international students, and people with disabilities.

    Please send a resume and a cover letter addressing the above criteria to volunteers@australiansyriancharity.org.au