What do my fees pay for?

Our facilitators are volunteers and our Program Manager’s salary is covered by major donor funding, so what do your fees cover? There are numerous costs associated with running our volunteering sessions, including administrative costs, venue hire, support for our charity partners to run sessions for us on a Sunday and pay their staff, session materials,

What happens at the Closing Ceremony?

This is a heartwarming afternoon that honours your bat/bar mitzvah participant and your family’s journey during the year. It will also be an opportunity to explore the different social justice campaigns and topics we’ve explored. Usually held in October - date to be confirmed closer to the time. Grandparents, siblings and extended family are welcome.

What does the Opening Workshop entail?

The first workshop in February is for parents and your young adult. It covers behavioral expectations and values, why and how we volunteer, as well as introducing the workings of the program to the participants. It will be immediately followed by a fun volunteering activity to kick off the program. It will be run by

What do I need to bring to a session?

From time to time, we ask you to bring or collect particular items (some new, some good quality second hand). We encourage you to do this with your young person and involve them in as much of the process as possible. For example, this could include going to the supermarket together to buy non-perishable grocery

Do I get to choose what sessions we attend?

Yes, participants will be sent invitations to available sessions regularly. Each session will have limited spots, it will be on a first come first served basis. Whilst you won’t be able to attend every single face to face session on offer, many of our workshops are repeated more than once, so if you don’t get

Who can accompany my young person? Can they attend with a friend?

Twelve and Thirteen is a family program and we encourage parents and grandparents to share this special journey.  The adult is seen as an equal participant and for each volunteering session, each young person must be accompanied by an adult, preferably a parent or grandparent . If a parent/grandparent cannot attend, then another family member

What if my young person can’t attend all the sessions?

A 2022 calendar [subject to potential changes outside our control] will be provided in mid December 2021. We understand that you may not be able to attend every element of the diverse program offering. A wide variety of sessions and activities are offered to provide flexibility to suit learning styles and varying time commitments. While

Who are the sessions run by?

Sessions are planned and developed in close collaboration with the relevant community partners by the Program Manager and delivered to our families by our team of dedicated volunteer facilitators.

How does the program work?

Our volunteering sessions range between one hour to two hours in length and are held only on Sundays. Partner charities are selected to provide rich experiential engagement, exploring a diverse range of social justice issues (such as homelessness, disability, literacy, food security), through a variety of volunteering activities (such as cooking food, visiting elderly residents,

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