The Pyjama Foundation has a learning-based mentoring Program called the Love of Learning Program, which involves matching one adult with one child.
We screen and train our volunteers, called ‘Pyjama Angels’. Our Pyjama Angels are matched with a child in foster care, they visit the same child every week, for 1.5 hours to read books aloud, play educational games and work on their numeracy skills. The volunteers help children develop their learning skills and perhaps more importantly, demonstrate that the child is valued as an individual.
Since inception eleven years ago, The Pyjama Foundation has inspired many members of our community nationally to become volunteer Pyjama Angels, transforming the lives of children in care through literacy, numeracy and mentoring.
Currently, more than 1,300 children in care are involved in the Love of Learning Program. Some of my volunteers have been with their child for eight years. The relationship which forms is fantastic, the children are often waiting on the footpath for their Pyjama Angel to arrive.
We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. Children as well as adults have human rights. Children also have the right to special protection because of their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse.