UnitingCare Hotham Mission Update: Camp for Kids

UnitingCare Hotham Mission provided a significant donation to the Camp for Kids, conducted by Leading Senior Constable Nick Parissis in February this year.  The Camp for Kids program was established in 1998, and is targeted at local upper primary students, particularly those whose parents can’t afford to pay for excursions.

Feedback from local School Principals about this year’s camp is positive: “I strongly endorse this program … It promotes positive relationships between young people and police, instils an awareness of consequences of actions, identifies and promotes leadership qualities amongst young people, thus increasing their self confidence, and promotes teamwork and problem solving skills.”  And “… we believe this initiative will further enhance the social skills of disadvantaged students and allow them to gain the opportunity to see the police as community members to be respected and not feared.”

Similarly, feedback from students who attended the program is extremely positive, describing it as “awesome”, “cool”, “excellent”: “This camp you’ve organised has been an amazing experience, you have provided enjoyable activities such as searching for kangaroos, riding bikes and acting like policemen in various scenarios which was really fun, and I really hope you continue organising the camp.  And I also forgot, I thank Jodie and Caroline for serving us mouthwatering food especially the pancakes and the gelati.”

Leading Senior Constable Nick Parissis, from the North Melbourne police station, is the Community Liaison Officer and was awarded the Police and Community Multicultural Advisory Committee Multicultural Award for 2013, in recognition of his work within the North Melbourne multicultural community and particularly young people.