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Swimming lessons save lives


Swimming lessons save lives

Over the years, members have assisted new arrivals with swimming lessons.

Over the years MVSRG have from time to time run swimming programs through funding from various sources including NSW Sport & Recreation and Rotary Foundation of Albury. These have always been very well appreciated by the refugee community. As more and more settlers have arrived, over the last 2 years especially, members of our organisation as well as leaders and members of the local African community have asked us to continue to offer this opportunity.

We have refined the way we offer this program in consultation with all those involved, moving from large group lessons involving difficult transport logistics for volunteers and problems with the ability of some participants to commit to regular weekly lessons, to a single-family approach, negotiated through the volunteer associated with that family.

We also target this opportunity to people quite soon after their arrival where possible as at that stage they are less busy with demands such as TAFE and school, so that it is easier to find suitable times for lessons.

In 2019 Sanctuary worked with Albury Wodonga Ethnic Communities Council’s youth group and Wodonga Senior Secondary College to deliver swimming lessons with financial sponsorship from the City of Wodonga.

Thank you to Albury City Council for sponsoring swimming lessons in 2020-21.  Limits on numbers and closure of swimming pools during the pandemic has reduced opportunities for new settlers.  Thank you to some retired swimming coaches who have stepped up to enable these opportunities to be provided.