The Homework Club began informally in 2012 with two families of refugee children who were struggling with their schoolwork and English.
HumeRidge pastor Ross Savill and youth worker Lauren England began helping the children with their homework once a week.
Ps. Ross said there was no master plan but the 6 or 8 children they started with has now grown to 60 to 80 in any given week.
“We are trying to just assist, in a practical way, some of the needs of the children,” he said.
The club is run for an hour and a half on Tuesday afternoons primarily for primary and high school students who have English as a second language. Between 40 and 50 volunteers come to tutor the youth.
Ps. Ross said that through the Homework Club they have seen volunteers from a wide cross-section of the church community, including university students and retirees.
Lauren said the interaction between different generations is breaking down barriers and is being translated in the Church.
“The older generation taking an interest in them is really important,” she said.
Ps. Ross said the help really impacts the youth.
“These kids know there are people who are taking an interest in them and wanting them to succeed. It’s made a big difference for the kids,” Mr Savill said.
Lauren said it has also encouraged the youth to value their schoolwork. She said a young man who had been coming to Homework Club announced a massive improvement in his results last month.
“He came along, got up in front of the Church, and said he’s been passing all his subjects, getting high B’s.”
“Personally, being able to see the practical outworking of just loving people… it’s really shown me what the church should be about,” Lauren said.
For more information about the Homework Club call HumeRidge on 4635 0350.