The countdown is officially on for Schoolies 2015 and Crime Stoppers Queensland are now appealing for volunteers to register in preparation for the community safety response.
Volunteers are required for the first week of Schoolies, from November 21-27, assisting with the response on the Surfers Paradise beachfront as part of the Gold Coast Schoolies Support Team.
Crime Stoppers Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mr Trevor O’Hara says they are urging volunteers to get in now and register to obtain all essential credentials in time.
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“We’re hoping to recruit 350 volunteers again this year and it is crucial that volunteers register early, with Blue Card applications due in by October 23 to allow for processing time,” Mr O’Hara says.
“It can take several weeks for volunteers to be accredited with their ‘working with children’ Blue Card, so it is imperative for all volunteers to register early.
“The application is free for all volunteers and we assist new applicants with their forms.”
Mr O’Hara says the Schoolies Support Team (SST) volunteers provide street and beach patrols, walk home services, and sometimes just someone for school leavers to reach out to.
“This is a great opportunity for parents of school leavers to assist Schoolies in Surfers Paradise in a positive way,” Mr O’Hara says.
“Parents are able to get involved and connect with the safety program, while observing their children’s wellbeing from a distance.
“In recent years we have also received tremendous participation from mature aged students studying justice and law courses in South East Queensland, this has proved as a valuable experience for students as it is something that can be put onto their resume.
“The main provision for students who are interested in getting involved is that volunteers must be at least 20 years of age and attend a training session.”
Mr O’Hara says the SST Volunteers will be wearing bright orange tabards during their patrols in order to be easily identified by Schoolies.
“SST Volunteers work alongside emergency service personnel to ensure that school leavers celebrate safely together,” Mr O’Hara says.
“It is a unique opportunity to participate in a community service, whilst helping at a Government sanctioned community safety response.”
Community members interested in volunteering can read information and register obligation-free online at www.schooliesvolunteer.com.au or call 1300 309 355.