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Night Owl Program

What is the Night Owl program?

The Night Owl program supports and connects Knox young people in a safe, inclusive environment. Run on Friday nights, we welcome 12-18 year olds of all abilities.

The program combines sport, dance, arts and other activities, healthy meals, personal development and a life-skills workshops. Local young people get the opportunity to meet and build friendships, gain new skills and confidence. Participants develop relationships with adult mentors in the area, learn essential life skills to build resilience and confidence, have loads of fun, and it's free for participants too!

The program is positive, high energy, structured and fun, filling a gap for young people on Friday nights.

Each night's activities include:

  • A rotation of different activities throughout the 9 weeks - Includes Basketball, Netball, Soccer, Art, Rapping, Circus Skills, and Street Dance.
  • A life skills workshop - This may be a guest person or a discussion that addresses concerns or challenges young people experience. Topics may include relationships, mental health, healthy eating, drugs and alcohol, online safety and more.
  • Food - dinner and supper.
  • Transport home by mini-bus provided if needed.

Interested in joining the Night Owl program?

The program is held over a nine-week term, typically on Friday nights.

Register your interest below to be contacted when future dates for the program have been confirmed.

Register my interest

Volunteers

The Knox Night Owl Program is coordinated by Knox City Council. It is led by the Night Owl Committee including local community members and organisations committed to developing a safer, more inclusive community in Knox.

Volunteers from the community support the running of the program on a Friday night and are a large part of the program’s success.

The contribution of all volunteers is highly valued. Volunteers play an important role in being positive role models, developing strong intergenerational relationships of trust and contributing to a more connected community.

For volunteers it is personally very rewarding. It provides volunteers an opportunity to share skills, gain experience to use elsewhere, meet new people, share a meal and have fun while working meaningfully with young people.

There are a range of unique volunteering opportunities which are offered through this program including:

  • Assistant Night Manager - to provide assistance to the Night Manager in overseeing all aspects of the night’s program to ensure the smooth and safe delivery of the program.
  • Catering Coordinator - to source and provide a healthy, nutritious dinner and supper for participants and volunteers.
  • Transport Coordinator - to manage the safe transport of participants requiring transport home by mini bus at the end of each evening.
  • Bus Drivers - to drive the mini-bus and ensure safe transport home each evening for participants.
  • Small Group Activity Assistants - to assist with small groups of young people rotating around 'activity stations' and participate in activities.
  • General Helpers - to assist the program activities and assist the night program to be inclusive and fun for participants.

A Position Description for each volunteer position details the position purpose, key responsibilities, and desirable experience and skills.

View the Volunteer Position Descriptions below or request a copy from helen.wositzky@knox.vic.gov.au

Volunteer Application Process

Expression of Interest Form

Interested volunteers will need to complete the Expression of Interest Form for the role/s they are interested in.

Selection and Screening

Applicants will be assessed based on their interest, experience and skills, relevant to the role.

All volunteers will be registered as a Knox Council Volunteer and will be covered by insurance. Prior to being accepted to this program, volunteers will be required to pass a:

  • Police Check
  • Working with Children’s Check

The cost of these checks will be covered by Knox City Council.

Induction and Training

Induction and Training is provided to support and allow volunteers to be familiarised with the program, key aspects of being involved, better perform their roles and develop their skills.

Training will be a combination of online and at least one 2 hour compulsory face to face training session. This may vary depending upon the volunteer role. Volunteer training will include relevant policies, procedures and a code of conduct that cover things such as child safety, privacy and occupational health and safety.

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