Over the past year MAKLSS has formed a partnership with Josephite Community Aid (JCA) who work with refugees to help support and empower them as they transition into the community. The ACU law students have been getting involved in holiday fun programs helping with workshops from cheerleading and hip hop to soccer, netball and arts and crafts!
There is not one student who has not been touched by the beautiful JCA staff and volunteers and by the families themselves. Being a part of JCA is an experience like no other and enables students to really make a hands on difference to the lives of others.
I along with two volunteers, Holly Muscat and Lewis Chan was fortunate enough to attend a JCA retreat in Katoomba where we were immersed in the culture and mission of JCA and spent a lovely weekend away getting to know other volunteers and JCA staff. Here is what Holly and Lewis had to say about their experiences… “The JCA weekend was truly enjoyable, informative and easy-going. I knew no one I was going with but everyone was amazing. The people made the experience that much better. I learnt that JCA are all about understanding and not necessarily helping, they want to they want to give enjoyable times and it’s such a happy mission. The Josephite values that are at the heart of their organisation resonated with a lot of mine and it was really nice learning about and discussing how they can be used for good. The time we spent there was definitely worthwhile and doing future activities with JCA is definitely in the cards for me” ~ Holly
“The JCA weekend retreat was completely different to what I had expected before the trip, but in a good way. I am so happy that I didn't miss out on the fun. I am very thankful to JCA for such a great opportunity to participate in something more. I found the opportunity to meet more people and feel a greater belonging to a bigger community most valuable. The weekend was great and gave me a great sense of inclusion. I am hoping to participate again, I don’t want to miss out on upcoming events by JCA.” ~ Lewis
Any student who wishes to be involved is more than welcome to get involved. Students require a Working with Children Check which is free and can be submitted online. For more information about volunteer opportunities with JCA contact the Social Justice Director via the contact form on the website.