Wesley Mission

Joelle Fa
Bachelor of Psychology student

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Joelle Fa was one of three students from Macquarie University who spent their PACE activity at the Wesley Mission's Aunties and Uncles program. Over the course of 12 weeks the students compiled an evaluation form to look at the effectiveness of a pilot program called Boys and Men, which hoped to support boys aged between 7 and 13 from the Central Coast and Sydney region of NSW.

With the students' help, Wesley Mission was able to evaluate how the children and primary carers found the project taking into account, the environmental, demographic and relational needs of those involved. As a result of the evaluation form, Wesley Mission was able to apply for more funding, expand the program and really increase the network of kids who can gain the benefits of the program. 

Michelle Parrish, Program Manager of the Wesley Aunties and Uncles was particularly impressed with the students' work and professionalism during the project. "There is obviously a lot of preparation before they come to placement, they really hit the ground running and are ready to work - we see them as part of our team."

"I never considered social welfare as a possible career avenue," said PACE student, Joelle Fa. "It's now opened up my eyes not only to where I can take my psychology degree in social welfare terms, but it's really opened up some career opportunities."

"I am delighted that the PACE program has partnered with us," said Wesley Mission's CEO, Rev Dr. Keith Garner, "PACE is one of the ways we have been able to see the program as a resource and I hope we've been able to resource young people too in their experiences and their opportunities. PACE is a program to be recommended to people. If you have young people who will engage and you will give them the opportunity, then it's a win-win both ends. I'd recommend it to any such organisation."