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 up to 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 fourteen 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 volunteers have been with their child for more than ten years.
At the Pyjama Foundation we love the work of Dr Bruce Perry, a clinical psychiatrist, who states that the forming of positive relationships is vitally important for children who have experienced trauma. The outcomes of trauma include: loss of trust, social wariness and loss of ability to manage emotions. Trauma and pain make children irritable, anxious and aggressive. The healthier relationships a child has, the more likely they are to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.