Volunteering opportunities

Overview

There are a diverse range of volunteering opportunities across our community. Whether you are looking for a one off volunteering opportunity, or an ongoing role, there are plenty of volunteering vacancies within Stonnington.

Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a positive difference to your life. Search the pages above to find a volunteering role that is perfect for you.

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Looking to volunteer in a particular community group or area? Contact us at volunteer@stonnington.vic.gov.au 

Arts, culture, events, festivals

Duldig Studio

Duldig Studio located in East Malvern is a public house museum, art gallery and sculpture garden. It is the former home and studio of internationally recognised sculptor Karl Duldig (1902 to 1986) and his wife, artist and inventor Slawa Duldig (née Horowitz, 1902 to 1975). Duldig Studio is now seeking volunteers. 

Duties required

  • Welcome visitors to the studio and introduce the current exhibition.
  • Lead visitors in the heritage rooms, sculpture garden and studio and recount the stories of the items on display.
  • Collect entry fees, manage book sales, PayPal and cash transactions, and issue receipts.
  • Report on number of visitors and money received, and provide timesheets.
  • Encourage visitors to become members, join the database to receive information on events, and leave a comment in the visitor’s book.
  • Advise visitors of forthcoming events.
  • Prepare for pre-booked group tours e.g. set up chairs, play videos, prepare tea, coffee and cake trolley.
  • After specialist training, deliver talks on the collection and the current temporary exhibition to groups and individual visitors.
  • Occupy a station in a room of the house and provide information while at the same time politely ensuring that visitors do not touch the exhibits.
  • Provide administrative assistance to the children's art class instructor, and meet and greet at the children's art classes.
  • Occasional conservation assistance, mainly dusting exhibits.

Personal attributes

  • Commitment to a minimum of two volunteer slots per month and allocated shifts (good notice of a cancellation is to be provided whenever possible).
  • Willingness to work as a member of our friendly and committed team and ability to follow guidelines.
  • Interest in art history / 20th Century European history, and learning and communicating the history of the former occupants of the house.
  • Friendly and outgoing personality.
  • Working with Children Certificate for those working with children.
  • Attention to detail required to perform simple record keeping of accounts, timesheets etc.
  • Basic computer literacy including being able to use email and the internet.
  • Experience processing PayPal transactions or a willingness to learn.
  • Fine Arts, Art History, teaching or experience as a guide or public speaker (welcomed but certainly not a prerequisite).

Once a volunteer becomes familiar with Duldig Studio’s processes and the house museum, there will be an opportunity for those who express an interest, to train as a tour guide and address group tours.

Duldig Studio is a not-for-profit, fully accredited museum and member of Museums Australia.

For further information or to apply, contact enquiries@duldig.org.au or 9885 3358.

ABC Community Arts Hub

Armadale Baptist Church Community Arts Hub is looking for volunteers.

Events manager

This person would be responsible for opening and setting up the venue, attending to the needs of groups using the venue, and making sure everything is packed up, clean, and locked up. Events include concerts, weddings, functions, and conferences.

Sound and visual technician

This person would be responsible for setting up equipment and operating the sound and visual system for events such as weddings, concerts, and conferences.

For further information or to apply, contact Jude at jude.waldron@armadalebaptist.org or on 9822 7881.

Malvern Theatre Company

In over 60 years since its inception the Malvern Theatre Company has become one of Melbourne's leading non-professional theatre companies. We normally present five plays each year in an intimate, comfortable auditorium. Our shows are praised for their very high quality, both in acting and production values.

We are looking for an experienced social media and website administrator (note; we are a not-for-profit that does not offer remuneration to its volunteers). This is an exciting opportunity, as we are currently reviewing our website, https://www.malverntheatre.com.au

For more information, please contact (03) 9571 0020 or email malverntheatrecompany@gmail.com.

 

 

Accounting and finance

Stonnington Chinese Association

The Stonnington Chinese Association is looking for a volunteer with accounting skills to look over their end of year financial statement. For information please contact Lai Leng Chee on 0406 614 745 or llchee@optusnet.com.au

 

 

Meals, driving and transport

FoodFilled

FoodFilled is seeking volunteers to help deliver food to people in need.

Volunteering for FoodFilled involves collecting leftover food from retailers and delivering it to local charities, saving valuable resources from ending up in landfill and providing immediate relief for those experiencing food insecurity. Making a difference can be easy and enjoyable with pick-ups taking less than an hour and can be done with family and friends. You must have access to a vehicle, a valid driver’s licence (L- platers welcome) and be fully vaccinated.

At FoodFilled, we value our volunteers. To show our appreciation, we provide gift boxes, rewards for volunteer of the month as well as a free drink from the FoodFilled cafe in the week of the pickup. We also host regular social events for our volunteers to create a dynamic and strong community.

For further information or to apply, contact Belinda at Belle@foodfilled.org or on 8595 2672.  

L2P Learner Driver Mentor

The Melbourne City Mission (MCM) L2P Program is a community-based program that supports young people who face significant barriers to completing 120 hours of on-road driving experience. The program is supported by trained volunteer mentors. In Stonnington, volunteers meet the young learner drivers at Prahran police station and drive a vehicle owned and operated by MCM.

For more information contact L2P@mcm.org.au or visit the MCM website

Malvern Emergency Food Program Inc.

Our aim is to provide 24 hour emergency food service in Stonnington to those in need of help and to actively encourage school students, community groups and residents to be involved in the donation, collections and distribution of the food parcels. Food parcels are freely available to anyone in need. Each parcel contains a two to three day supply of nutritionally balanced non-perishable food.

We are looking for two types of volunteers:

  • a volunteer with admin or business experience to assist the president, treasurer, and secretary. Time commitment is half a day a month including a one hour meeting.

  • a volunteer to assist in preparing non-perishable food parcels for people in need of support. Volunteers are only required in the day time and preferably have access to a car. 

For further information please contact Joan on 0407 552 471 or joanross43@gmail.com

 

 

Historical and heritage

Armadale Baptist Church

Armadale Baptist Church is looking for volunteers to assist with one day's worth of archiving.

There is a rich and interesting history at the Armadale Baptist Church. Historical documents and books need to be organised, stored, and placed on display.

For further information or to apply, contact Jude at jude.waldron@armadalebaptist.org or on 9822 7881.

 

Older people, companionship and disability

Inclusion Melbourne - Leisure Buddy

Inclusion Melbourne's community visiting program provides social support for older people at risk of social isolation.

Janet is in her late thirties and is looking for a Leisure Buddy in Caulfield North who will take her on outings on a fortnightly basis. Janet has many interests including visiting cafes and bars, taking photos (she is very good at photography) and loves to keep fit by walking her fur baby.

No previous experience is required. Competencies include a warm, friendly and patient approach as well as empathy, good communication skills and a great sense of humour.

Reliability and a willingness to commit to very regular contact for a minimum of 12 months is a requirement. 

Time required

Fortnightly outings for 2-3 hours on weekends as arranged by mutual agreement between volunteer and buddy. 

Requirements

  • COVID-19 vaccination
  • driver's Licence (full)
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check
  • statutory declaration
  • contact details for two professional referees.
  • attendance at an interview with coordinator
  • applicant must be over 18 years of age.

For more information please contact volunteer@inclusion.melbourne or visit the Inclusion Melbourne website.

JoCare

JoCare provides opportunities for you to share an hour or so of your time with others.  https://jocaremalvern.org

Volunteer Visitor

Residents in the Stonnington area and surrounds are welcome to become a JoCare volunteer visitor. Through befriending an older person, who has become disconnected and lacking companionship, volunteers will make a positive difference in someone’s day as well as their own day. Volunteers help to recreate the neighbourliness of the past.

We engage with socially isolated individuals either living independently or in residential aged care facilities. Older people seeking companionship come from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds as do our volunteers.

A volunteer visitor has the opportunity to connect with others, through  going for a walk locally, sharing a cuppa and a yarn, watching a movie, playing cards, or doing a jigsaw. Any time you are unable to visit, we revert to letter writing, emails, phone calls and video calls.

As JoCare is an auspice of the Federal Government’s Community Visitors Scheme we uphold the standards and expectations of this program.

Digital Volunteer Program

Volunteers are required to assist with our Tuesday Drop in sessions, Wednesday Tablet program and various class sessions.

A solid knowledge of basic uses of Smart Phones, Tablets, iPhones and iPads is required.

A great fun way to connect with the older people of your community. Very satisfying knowing you’ve helped them say in touch with their family.

You need to be available either Tuesday or Wednesday mornings as frequently or infrequently as it suits you.

To apply or for further information contact JoCare on 0403 572 440 or at jocare@stjosephsmalvern.org.au

Malvern Special Needs Playgroup

Malvern Special Needs Playgroup provides a nurturing social developmental program for preschool children with disabilities and developmental delays. The sessions are scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday between 10 am and 2pm during school terms.

We require volunteers who would like to assist the children to participate on either of those days on a one on one basis under the guidance of our allied health staff members and a kindergarten teacher.

These volunteer positions would particularly suit anyone with a healthcare or teaching background or anyone wishing to pursue a career in disability or allied healthcare, nursing or teaching.

The setting is very social and volunteers love working together in this very happy environment with the satisfaction of seeing the beautiful smiles on little faces as they delight in participation.

For more information or to apply please contact mbiggs@msnp.org.au or 0416 265 237

MS Community Visitors Scheme

MS Community Visitors Scheme connects volunteer visitors with elderly people who are experiencing social isolation and loneliness to enjoy companionship.

Volunteer visitors share stories, go for a stroll or have a cuppa, listen to music or play a board game. Volunteers play a vital role in the life of a person living in an aged care home or their own home through ongoing friendship.

We are currently seeking an Italian speaking volunteer to visit a delightful lady living in an Aged Care Home in East Malvern. This lady would greatly benefit from 1:1 connection and to be able to converse in Italian.

Requirements to become a Community Visitor:

  • Attend an Interview
  • National Police Check (conducted by MSL)
  • Provision of two referees
  • Completion of Training Modules to being a MS CVS volunteer
  • To commit to fortnightly connections/visits for a minimum of 12 months;
  • Taking up other means of connection (mail, phone) when visiting is not possible.

If you are looking for a role that makes a difference to another person and gives flexibility - please call 03 8399 9618/ email volunteer@ms.org.au to find out more about the role. MS believes in a person to person approach and aspire to match you with someone local with shared interests and hobbies. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

 

Environment and animals 

Friends of Gardiners Creek Valley

The best way to help regenerate the indigenous landscape of Gardiners Creek is to volunteer at one of our regular working bees! These run for two hours and you don’t need to be a member to participate.

Working bees and planting opportunities run throughout the year along Gardiners Creek in Glen Iris, for individuals and groups.

For information about events, please contact Trevor at 0475 594 106, gardinerscreek@gmail.com or visit the Gardiners Creek website.

Save-A-Dog

Save-A-Dog Scheme (SADS) is a community-based not-for-profit animal welfare organisation that saves hundreds of dogs and cats from being killed every year.

There are many ways to contribute! We're passionate about our no kill policy so we're happy to put in the effort and hard work required to care for the animals 365 days a year. If you think you have what it takes to join us, we'd love to hear from you!

Seeking the following volunteers:

  • animal (cats or dogs) attendant to perform general shelter duties and provide assistance with social media and PR
  • driver to transport/collect animals.

SADS is unable to take volunteers under the age of 18. To discuss volunteering, please contact Pam at admin@saveadog.org.au or on 9824 7928.

Keep Victoria Beautiful

Keep Victoria Beautiful (KVB) Stationeers program enables community groups and individual volunteers to undertake beautification works around railway station precincts across Victoria. The program has been running for more than 25 years.

Stationeers groups achieve the beautification through establishing and maintaining garden beds, as well as keeping the area tidy and clean through the removal of litter. Groups report that littering is reduced when the area is cared for and enhance the commuter's journey by offering a welcoming landscape.

There are many benefits from the program to both the local community, commuters, tourists to the area and volunteers. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improving the appearance of the station surroundings
  • Volunteers engaged in physical activity in their local community
  • Meeting new people with similar interests
  • Reduction in littering and dumping of rubbish
  • Creating a biodiverse planting landscape
  • Social aspect of volunteering, meeting on a regular basis.

We have groups in both metropolitan locations and regional stations. They vary in size from a couple of volunteers to large groups. Many of the groups have a keen interest in gardening. Some are formal gardening groups or service organisations and other groups have individual volunteers who come together to improve their community. 

For more information please contact volunteers@kvb.org.au or visit Keep Victoria Beautiful | Diverse Environment. Integrated Community (kvb.org.au).

 

 

 

Family, children and youth

Stonnington Toy Library

Toy Library Loans and Returns Desk volunteer

Stonnington Toy Library is seeking a friendly person to volunteer regular hours at our not-for-profit community organisation in a customer service role. Volunteers will work with staff to keep the Toy Library running smoothly. Their duties will include greeting families, toy returns, counting toy pieces, putting toys away on the shelves and minor toy cleaning. When time allows, the volunteer will be packaging toys or making toy labels.

We love volunteers to show initiative in our busy environment, and ofcourse, they must like children! We ask all volunteers to apply for a Working with Children Check for volunteers. 

A regular time commitment of two hours per week or fortnight is preferred but not essential. Our location at 1 Winter Street Malvern is easy to get to via tram or train. Local volunteers are preferred.

Staff will train volunteers on our processes and procedures and in the use of the simple computer program.

For more information please contact Jane at stonntoylib@gmail.com or on 9500 1673

Team Sports 4 All

Become a Sports Mentor Volunteer with TeamSports4All. TeamSports4All helps socio-economically disadvantaged kids participate in club sport in their community; kids from the poorest and most marginalised parts of our society.

For more information please contact stonnington@teamsports4all.com.au, call 0409 314 922 or visit Team Sport 4 All  Breaking the cycle through sport (teamsports4all.com.au).

 

 

 

Homelessness and human rights

St Joseph's Outreach Services Inc (SJOS)

The vision of SJOS is to provide temporary, emergency and transitioning accommodation, and food services to those in need including the homeless and disadvantaged. 

We are always looking for new volunteers aged 18 and over, to help support the services we provide to the community. Volunteers are currently needed for service in the SJOS Food Store, and for bread pick-up for the SJOS Bread Bank.

For further information please contact 9866 7888 or visit the St Joseph's Outreach Service website.

Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN)

RIMERN was initiated by Rotary Prahran and is now a multi-club community and environmental service project of 14 Melbourne Rotary Clubs. RIMERN collects furniture, appliances, and homewares to give to clients of member welfare agencies. Recipients of donations include those being assisted into secure housing following homelessness, domestic violence, refugee displacement, incarceration and other situations of hardship.

We are completely made up of volunteers, both Rotarians and community members, who help in a range of ways at our East Brunswick warehouse and remotely. 

At the warehouse, we sort and repack kitchenware and linen, clean and test appliances, assist clients in selecting their goods, and compiling their orders for despatch. Remotely, we liaise with donors of goods, arrange collection and ensure adequate stocks of high quality, contemporary homewares for rehoming.

We need volunteers to support the collection of donated furniture, appliances and homewares. Volunteers will be sorting, cleaning, testing, tagging and making the donations available to those in need. 

Volunteers are also needed to spot donations on social media, and to research and apply for grants that will enable us to buy a vehicle, equipment and operate our warehouse. Other volunteers will be the face of RIMERN for welfare agencies and their clients.

For more information please contact us at volunteers@rimern.org.au or on 1300 924 123. 

Avalon Centre

Our vision is to provide hope, stability and support for the most vulnerable members in our community through a range of programs, as well as ongoing tailored support for the residents from Avalon volunteers and partners

The volunteers are the foundation of the Avalon Centre. Their dedication, commitment and support ensures that the mission of meeting unmet needs is fulfilled.

There are three volunteering roles currently available: 

  • Social Media Marketing Guru. We need an experienced volunteer that can help us with all areas of marketing to help us raise our profile and promote Avalon's activities. We exist mainly on donations so therefore need to get as much exposure as possible.
  • Property Manager for Avalon Homes For The Homeless. This is an opportunity for an experienced Property Manager to support our programme. The role involves the standard requirements including inspections, processing rentals, organising maintenance and repairs etc. This role though is unique, as you will be supporting vulnerable members of our community in their new home.
  • Driver for our weekly day trips. This involves interacting and supporting people with mild intellectual disabilities and some with mental health problems (there will be other volunteers on the trip). It is a relaxed, fun day that everyone enjoys and that offers an opportunity for people to get out and about. This role requires someone with a sense of humour, as well as good driving and communication skills.

For more details on Avalon look at our website, or contact 9569 2240.

Alternatively, you can email info@avaloncentre.org.au

Stonnington Community Assist

Stonnington Community Assist provides support, information and advice to all.

Stonnington Community Assist is looking for volunteers assist clients with food relief, advocacy, information and referrals to other welfare organisations. They will have a conversation with those who visit to determine how we may best assist, whether it be form filling, food voucher, tax help, free legal advice or a no interest loan.

For more information visit www.stonnassist.org.au.

You can also contact 9804 7220 or email support@stonnassist.org.au.