Start a movement in your community by fundraising for the Vinnies Back to School Appeal.

The Back to School Appeal helps to support disadvantaged students reach their full potential in their education.

To fundraise and create awareness of this appeal, please click the “Start Fundraising” button below to create your online fundraising page. There is also a editable appeal promotional poster that can be downloaded (TBC).

By setting up an online fundraising page in support of the Back to School Appeal, you are helping our volunteers provide the most important elements of helping a struggling student: time, patience and consistency.

Please get in contact if you need support:

After a year where the pandemic caused havoc with the way we educated our young people, Victorian students will be back in the classroom, but for many, they are not quite there yet.

We are seeing many cases of students struggling to start the day with a good breakfast, a uniform that fits, school shoes and access to dependable technology.

Having these barriers before the school day even begins, means many students find it difficult to keep up with their school work, their peers and fall behind socially and academically.

Hayma was one such student who was aided by our one-to-one support. “My reading has really improved since being at the club,” says Hayma. “I’ve got more confidence and made friends.”

Vinnies was also able to provide Hayma and other families with a donated reconditioned laptop for home schooling last year.

Sometimes the difference between success and failure at school depends on having access to the right support.

Our learning programs are framed to support young people to develop social, emotional and academic skills and confidence.

Our volunteers know that for a child to thrive they require resources, such as laptops, writing materials, and books.

They also need to fit in socially, such as have the proper uniform.

Finally, no young mind can learn without good nutrition and Vinnies also provides food to hungry families.

Funds raised will help ensure that struggling students are allowed to fully participate in their education and realise their full potential.