SCARF Program Snapshot: Homework Help Centre

SCARF Program Snapshot: Homework Help Centre

Many of you will be familiar with one of SCARF’s popular programs, Home-Work Help. We thought it was time to shine a light on this wonderful initiative!

Homework Help is held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm at the Wollongong City Library. The program is run by dedicated volunteers who give up their own time to lend extra support to secondary school students from refugee backgrounds.


“All of our tutors here are volunteers giving their time freely and willingly. They build special bonds with the children as well. We couldn’t do it without them.” – Homework Help Coordinator, Andrew

Whether students are new to the NSW school syllabus, learning english, or just needing extra support with school assignments, the homework help centre is a great environment to develop their study skills, build confidence and help reach their education goals. 

“It helps me a lot, especially with science because science has a lot of English and long words. The teachers help me do my home-work and teach me more about science and chemistry.” – Student, Nadine – 18.

The volunteer tutors cover subjects from Maths and Science to English. For the students who attend, Homework Help is a chance to understand the content of a particular assignment and how to complete it. This enables students to demonstrate their true academic potential.


SCARF founder, Sharyn, with a homework help student

“I’m a retired school teacher. I thought if I came along here I could use my knowledge and teacher skills. I’ve been doing it for three years now, loving every minute of it. It’s like working with the senior class every day because they want to learn.” – Volunteer, John

At a time where there is a lot of negativity around refugees in the media, people may feel disempowered and wish to lend support. This program provides an avenue for volunteers to directly support students from refugee backgrounds in their journey to a bright future.

“Helping kids get educated seems like the best form of activism helping refugees” – Volunteer, Charmaine

A special thank you to Collegians for their ongoing support of this program. Their generous assistance enables us to provide the students with transport to and from the centre and snacks to keep their energy levels high.