EDDIE ON THE ROAD


Sharing Cultures, Laughing, Dancing and Playing
Yalgoo WA 6635, Australia

Eddie on the Road began in mid-2011 as Edmund Rice Camps WA wished to reach a broader area of communities and kids in need.

As we’re aware of the difficulties of country kids reaching our metropolitan camps, this initiative allows us to bring the camps to them, basically creating a travelling camp where we can reach kids from far and wide, have fun and make a difference. Essentially what we do is hold activities for local kids to get involved in over the school holidays or weekend, including many typical camps activities of games, sports, arts and crafts, much more!

All resources are supplied along with experienced ERCWA staff and volunteers to facilitate the programs and along with representatives from the country towns.

It’s important to note, however, that the program is not just purely about recreation. Our volunteers role model good behaviour and leadership qualities which are passed on to children living in rural and remote areas. Our aim is to continue visiting the same communities to create long term impact.

There are also opportunities for youth aged 17 and over to attend ERCWA’s Perth-based programs in a leadership role. In 2014, a young girl from the remote community of Yalgoo attended a Perth Camp as a leader. After the experience she explained that she had learnt some really valuable skills which could be taken back to her community.

Since 2011, successful programs have been run in Yalgoo, Meekatharra, Leonora, Kalgoorlie, Kurrawang, Brookton, Broome, Paraburdoo, Moora, Tom Price, Onslow and Marble Bar. We continue to visit many of these communities to provide ongoing support.


Skills Required


Cross Cultural Training

Estimated Time frame – Beginning January 2016

Suggested time commitment – Two ‘one off’ training sessions with volunteers

What we need

We need to train our young adult volunteers in the area of cross cultural sensitivity. This will prepare our volunteers to act appropriately when visiting remote communities and assist them to develop realistic expectations.

How will this help

The impact our volunteers can have on the communities they are visiting is huge, however the effect of having cross cultural training can increase this impact on a much larger scale. The training will provide volunteers with the right skills for working alongside Aboriginal people to ensure that both parties gain as much as possible from their interactions.

Make a difference

With the donation of your time, you will be contributing to a fantastic cause for youth living in rural and remote Western Australia. You will be assisting us to provide recreational and camp experiences for youth at risk.

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Aboriginal Liaison

Estimated Time frame – To be negotiated with ERCWA staff

Suggested time commitment – Each EOTR Program (5/6 times per year)

What we need

We need to train our young adult volunteers in the area of cross cultural sensitivity. This will prepare our volunteers to act appropriately when visiting remote communities and assist them to develop realistic expectations.

How will this help

ERCWA places a heavy emphasis on the families of the children we work with, particularly on our metropolitan programs. We have found that this offers children a better experience when their families are involved.

Involving local community members, including family members of the children attending our program, will ensure maximum benefits of the program.

Make a difference

With the donation of your time, you will be contributing to a fantastic cause for youth living in rural and remote Western Australia. You will be assisting us to provide recreational and camp experiences for youth at risk.

Your contribution will ensure that ERCWA establishes sustainable relationships with communities, so that long term impact can be generated.

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Marketing

Estimated Time frame – January to December 2016

Suggested time commitment – Two hours per month

What we need

The Eddie on the Road program will only gain financially sustainability if the program can be marketed effectively to potential sponsors. ERCWA requires someone with expertise in marketing to promote the program.

How will this help

The success of the Eddie on the Road program comes down to the fact that the repeat visits are what cause long term impact. By assisting us in promoting the program to potential sponsors, you will be enabling us the freedom to continue returning to these communities.

Make a difference

With the donation of your time, you will be contributing to a fantastic cause for youth living in rural and remote Western Australia. You will be assisting us to provide recreational and camp experiences for youth at risk.

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PROJECT LEADER

Courtney George

Senior Coordinator of Remote Youth Programs (WA)

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