Celebrating National Student Volunteer Week

National Student Volunteer Week (NSVW) runs from the 9th to the 15th of August, and acknowledges and celebrates the positive impact that student volunteers have on our communities.

Students from Ogilvie High School are celebrating NSVW through volunteering at City Mission Op Shops. The students volunteer through the Big Picture Program, which is an Australia-wide program that facilitates student-directed learning in schools.

Hobart Big Picture Learning are implementing an innovative design for learning. At the heart of the design is a departure from traditional ‘appointment learning’ where everyone learns the same things according to a fixed timetable inside the four walls of a school.

Learning is personalised, passion-based and prepares young people well for successful futures. The Big Picture Program nurtures creativity, curiosity and independence. The Big Picture Program includes a work experience component, which the students are completing at City Mission Op Shops.

Louise Patterson is in Year 10 at Ogilvie High School and is one of the students involved in the program.

“I am really looking forward to volunteering”, says Louise.

“It’s great to challenge myself in doing something new. I’m looking forward to build my confidence by talking to customers and other volunteers”.

“I’m also excited to learn how to build displays, dress mannequins and hopefully even use the register. All these things will be so helpful for me in the future when I try to gain some part time work”.

Hobart City Mission is supported by over 450 volunteers, most of which work at one of the nine City Mission Op Shops in Southern Tasmania.


Hobart City Mission often connects with student volunteers and corporate groups to offer a unique volunteering experience, provides a way for organisations to give back to their community.

“Volunteering is a great way to connect people from all walks of life”, says CEO of Hobart City Mission, John Stubley.

“We are thrilled that we can offer schools and students a place to learn new skills, make connections in their community, and give them vital work experience”.

“We could not do the work we do in the community without our amazing team of volunteers. We are very grateful to these students and their school for dedicating their time to help people in their local community”.

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