REFER A CHILD
Edmund Rice Camps NSW provides recreational, group based experiences for children aged 6 - 15 years who are experiencing some form of disadvantage or marginalisation. Our 1:1 ratio of young volunteers to children provides a high level of engaged support, enabling mentorship and positive role modelling for each individual on camp. We guarantee that our energetic and welcoming young volunteers will make a difference in the lives of all the young children who attend our camps!
Our general referral procedure is outlined below.
The best way to keep up to date with our programs is to sign up to our mailing list here.
HOW CAN I REFER A CHILD?
Do you know a child or sibling group who would benefit from a week of support, role modelling, social interaction and fun?
We accept referrals for children aged 6 to 15 years (depending on the program), and we offer a unique 1:1 ratio of articipants to young volunteer leader to enable children to make genuine connections and feel supported and cared for.
WHO: Children aged between 6 and 15 years
WHERE: Winbourne Retreat and Conference Centre, MULGOA
WHEN: Each school holiday period (dates are announced via our mailing list as each camp season approaches)
Be prepared to be honest with us and ON CALL!
Subscribe to our Mailing List for Agencies
Complete the referral form when we release it.
2024 Camp fees are $400 per week long camp
Send a child to us for the week of a lifetime!
FAQs FOR AGENCIES
How are participants selected for a camp placement?
ERC considers every referral for camp – we do not work on a 'first in, first served' basis. Our camps are run by volunteers and 1 staff member. We assess the needs of all the children who have been referred, and best match children to our volunteers' skill and experience levels. All referrals submitted before closing date, and meeting ERC conditions of placement, will be considered for a place on camp.
How many new referrals will you take for each camp?
ERC NSW believe it's important to provide continued service provision to our children. For this reason we have many participants return to camps each year. We have a maximum of 50% new children on each camp program. ERC always receive more referrals than we have placements on camp; if your referral is not accepted this camp season please try again for the next camp.
Why do you require an agency after hours contact number?
ERC works with extremely vulnerable children, and we require 24/7 access to a professional who works closely with the child and can provide information in the case of a child protection disclosure. It is only used as a last resort, and our policy means we are unable to accept a referral without this number.
The agency I work for doesn't provide an after hours number, how can I still refer this child?
We recommend you speak to the school the child attends; often they will have a school counsellor who can provide after-hours contact for the duration of the camp program. Otherwise, source another agency working with the family who can provide an after hours contact number. This can include a therapist or doctor, as long as they are familiar with the disadvantage the family faces, and can provide detailed information on the child.
What will the children experience on camp?
Activities on camp encourage children to work as a team or to challenge themselves to try something new in a safe and supportive environment. While each camp will offer different experiences there are some key activities that are repeated across camps.
These might include:
Various arts and crafts
Outdoor games and sports
If you have any other questions, please contact:
email@example.com or 02 9556 7023