Laneway Learning

Volunteer with Us!

      Laneway Learning is a not-for-profit community-based organisation, founded and run by people who love learning. We think that learning is something in which anyone can be involved, no matter their age, background or other circumstances. Learning shouldn’t be boring: it should be fun, interesting, and broad!

We’re looking for people to give us a bit of a hand with running our evening classes. If you think you might be interested, have a read through the information on this page to see if it’s a fit for you.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for friendly, outgoing people who have great customer service skills, and who are enthusiastic about learning. If you’ve been to our classes before, perhaps even regularly, that is a plus! Other positive skills include:

  • Customer service experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good time management skills
  • A level of commitment
  • Flexibility and patience
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Reliability with a mature work ethic.

FAQ

  • What will I be doing?

    On a regular night at Laneway Learning we have one or two team members. Some of the tasks which need to be done are:

    • Marking attendance as students arrive
    • Accepting cash payments if a student needs to pay
    • Setting up the room, including moving tables and chairs, laying out class materials, putting out drinking water, setting up the projector and speakers
    • Giving a short introduction to Laneway Learning and the class and teacher
    • Cleaning up between and after classes, including putting tables and chairs back, cleaning up rubbish and mess, packing away speakers
    • Helping out if a teacher needs assistance during a class, e.g. handing out taster plates of food they just cooked
    • Taking photos of the class
    • Posting images and updates to social media
  • What will I do while classes are running?

    In most cases you will be able to join in! In some classes where there is a materials cost you might not be able to be fully involved, but you can listen and join in the antics.

  • Will I get training?

    Yep! On the first few nights, you will be shown the ropes. It’s pretty straight forward, and we’re always happy to give you refresher courses on anything you have forgotten!

  • Will I have a boss?

    You'll work with the LL team for training, arranging when you are going to volunteer and if you have any questions. On the night you will be partnered with another volunteer to work as a team.

  • How often will I be helping out?

    It’s up to you! We run classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in the CBD. There are usually two classes a night (starting at 6:15pm and 8pm) and we would expect you to look after the complete night (5:45-9:45pm). You can sign up to as many evenings as you like, from once a month to once a week.

    There might be other situations, such as if we run special events, where you will be given the opportunity to be involved too.

  • Will I be paid?

    Unfortunately not, this is a volunteer position only. However on the nights you will get to experience our classes and learn about all sorts of amazing things, plus meet some wonderful people.

  • Could this lead to a permanent role with Laneway Learning?

    A volunteering role is not intended or treated as a stepping stone to a permanent role on the team. However, if and when opportunities open up, you'll be the first to find out.

  • I'd love to do more, is this possible?

    If you would like to take on a bigger voluntary role that's great! Let us know how much time you'd like to commit and what your skills are and we can work with you to find a project to stimulate your grey cells and give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

Yay, I'm in! What now?

Use the form below to get in touch. In your message, please tell us your availability (e.g. day of the week, frequency), why you want to be involved and let us know about any relevant experience that you have.
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