Volunteering opportunities

There are many organisations in Stonnington you can support. These organisations are seeking diverse skillsets with a number of flexible and unique opportunities.

Just a few hours of volunteer work can make a positive difference to your life and the lives of many. View the opportunities below to find a volunteering role that is perfect for you.  

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

If you are a community organisation looking to advertise your volunteer opportunity, please complete this form.

Chatty Café volunteer

Become a Chatty Café champion

We are seeking volunteers to help make a difference in our community as Chatty Café champions.

As a Chatty Café icebreaker, you will help strengthen social connections within the community at a local venue where everyone is welcome to come and have a chat.

A Chatty Café champion is:

  • a conversation starter
  • an active listener
  • inclusive and empathetic
  • a communicator who interacts well with other people.

Volunteers receive training, a handbook and a name tag. As part of the application process, you will be asked to sign a volunteer agreement and undergo a Working with Children Check (WWCC).

Where possible, volunteers are allocated to Chatty venues within proximity of their homes to minimise travel time and costs.

CCA registered volunteers are the responsibility of CCA and are covered by CCA insurance.

A commitment of one to two hours each week is required.

Email your expression of interest to volunteer@chattycafeaustralia.org.au or fill out an application form here.

 

Arts and culture 

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 ensuring 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.

Archiving assistant

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 Historical documents and books need to be organised, stored, and placed on display.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 03 9822 7881.

Duldig Studio

We are looking for invigilators, assistants and guides to join our team at the Duldig Studio. From assisting with kids workshops, serving beverages at artists' talks, to taking visitors round the heritage rooms, the work of our volunteers is integral to our museum. Whatever role suits you, this is a great opportunity to gain skills in public speaking, heritage, art and working with the public as part of a vibrant team.

Duldig Studio and House Museum is the former home and artists' studio of sculptor Karl Duldig (1902-1986) and his wife - artist and inventor Slawa Duldig née Horowitz (c1902-1975). The house museum showcases the life and works of these Viennese artists who moved to Melbourne during WW2. A changing program of exhibitions shares an inspiring migration story told through art. The Duldig Studio is a fully accredited Museum with a collection of national significance.

For further information or to apply, please contact the Duldig Studio at enquiries@duldig.org.au or on 03 9885 3358.

Enterprize Ship Trust

The 27-metre topsail schooner "Enterprize" is a replica 19th century tall ship whose mission is to provide all Victorians with the opportunity to experience life on board a 19th-century sailing ship. Based in the Docklands, weekdays see "Enterprize" play host to Victorian school children for everything from two-hour history and sail sessions to multi-day sail training excursions, while weekends are spent conducting 1-to-2 hour long sails out of Williamstown, Geelong, and Portarlington for members of the public.

Volunteering With Us

All the admin, maintenance, and sailing of "Enterprize" is done by volunteers, and we come from all walks of life; from mechanics and teachers to physicists and theatre technicians.

Your involvement with the "Enterprize" can be whatever you want it to be: there’s no requirement to do maintenance (although we appreciate it) and signing up for sailing or maintenance shifts is as simple as logging into our portal and applying for the ones you want. Some crew only sail once or twice a year when they’re here from interstate or cause they’ve got a few days without the kids!

Sailing the "Enterprize" is a great way to get some sunshine and fresh air, to get active, make friends, and help educate people about maritime history. Whether your interest is sailing, maintenance, or just the sheer romance of tall ships, we’d love to have you on board! Absolutely no experience is needed - all training is provided in house - and for those who want to go further in maritime, time spent on "Enterprize" counts as commercial seatime for AMSA certifications.

For further information, please contact Declan Jones at crewservices@enterprize.org.au or on 0488084906.

 

 

Kinross Arts Centre

The Kinross Arts Centre is looking for volunteers! We organise cultural and community exhibitions and events to enhance community unity through the arts. Positions include:

Volunteer Gallery Assistants

Tasks include:

  • greeting visitors and orientating them to our Art Centre
  • assisting visitors to the gallery with information about the artists and artworks (provided by gallery)
  • assistance with enquiries from members of the public, studio tenants, artists and visitors to the cafe

Administrative Volunteer

  • Scheduling 
  • Marketing assistance 
  • Mailing list management

Centre is located on no. 58 tram line, limited on-site parking. The Centre operates from 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. Occasional weekend openings and once a month early evening event opening, if a volunteer is available.

For further information or to apply, contact Mary at Director@KinrossArts.org.au.

Rotary - Chadstone and East Malvern

Rotary Chadstone and East Malvern are seeking volunteers for the Phoenix and Ashburton Markets, Bunnings Sausage Sizzles and other club programs.

For further information, please contact Paul Rake at paul.rake@bigpond.com or on 0409 937 080.

Organisation support

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 further information, please contact Lai Leng Chee at llchee@optusnet.com.au or on 0406 614 745.

 

Prahran Place

Prahran Place is a busy Neighbourhood Centre running classes, events, child care and providing support to residents living in and around Stonnington.

We are looking for someone who has excellent administration skills (including Microsoft Office) and is active enough to help around our Centre, which is located centrally in Grattan Gardens. This is a varied job where you will assist in answering phones, online administration, and helping set up classrooms. You will help make a difference in the community by reflecting the inclusive, welcoming values of our organisation.

For further information or to apply, please contact Shima Ibuki at execofficer@prahranplace.org.au or on 0414 300 967.

Emergency relief and homelessness

Avalon Centre

Avalon Centre are looking for a driver to help with the distribution of clothing and bedding to the homeless and disadvantaged. The role requires more than just driving a Toyota Hiace, it also involves interaction with the people you will meet on the road.

For further information or to apply, contact Deborah Holmes at info@avaloncentre.org.au.

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 info@foodfilled.org or on 0483 950 090.

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 further 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, collection 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 daytime and preferably have access to a car.

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

 

Stonnington Community Assist

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

Stonnington Community Assist is looking for volunteers to 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 further information, visit Stonnington Community Assist, email support@stonnassist.org.au or call 03 9804 7220.

Senior support, companionship and disability services

Cabrini Health

Cabrini Health is a Catholic, not-for-profit private health service located in Melbourne’s south east. Volunteers are involved in a range of activities throughout Cabrini Health.

  • Providing company and social interaction for patients/residents at our Brighton, Elsternwick, and Malvern sites.
  • Providing support and practical assistance for patients and families visiting our emergency department, day procedure centre, day infusion centre, outpatient rehabilitation and day of surgery admission centre.
  • Meeting and greeting patients and visitors and helping to guide them to their destination at our Brighton and Malvern sites.
  • Assisting clients at our Cabrini Wig Room.
  • Assisting palliative care patients to record their life stories as a legacy for family or friends.
  • Providing telephone social support with a weekly phone call to our discharged older patients who live on their own.

For further information, please contact Cabrini Health at volunteers@cabrini.com.au or on 03 9508 1084.

Elder Rights Advocacy

Elder Rights Advocacy supports older people, their families, and representatives in Victoria to address issues related to aged care services. Our advocates provide free independent and confidential information and advocacy.

At Elder Rights Advocacy we also deliver the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS), a social-based program for people who could benefit from having a dedicated volunteer visitor. We connect older people with caring volunteers for friendship and companionship. Visits are relaxed and social, focusing on conversations, sharing a hobby or interest, and having fun together.

If you enjoy spending time with older people and have 1 or 2 hours a week to volunteer, we'd love to hear from you.

Together we can reduce loneliness and social isolation for older people across the region.

For further information, visit Volunteer with Elder Rights Advocacy or contact Elder Rights Advocacy at acvvs@era.asn.au or on 1800 022 887.

Residential Care Rights Inc T/AS Elder Rights Advocacy Funded by the Australian Government.

 

 

Inclusion Melbourne

Inclusion Melbourne believes that people with a cognitive disability should be able to live in an inclusive community, supported by people who genuinely care for them, and have the same opportunities to participate in community life.

Inclusion Melbourne provides a range of personalised services in the areas of support coordination, direct support, community visitation, volunteering, employment and customised learning. 

Through our volunteer programs, we provide social support and friendship to people with a cognitive disability and older Australians who are at risk of loneliness and social isolation.

We are currently seeking volunteers in the following areas:

  • Malvern East
  • Glen Iris
  • Caulfield
  • South Yarra

Interested?

For further information or to apply, contact Inclusion Melbourne at volunteer@inclusion.melbourne or on 03 9509 4266.

JoCare

JoCare provides opportunities for you to share an hour or so of your time with others.

Volunteer visitor

Residents in the Stonnington area and surrounds are welcome to become JoCare volunteer visitors. By 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 by 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.

This program is a great fun way to connect with the older people in your community and can be satisfying knowing you've helped people say in touch with their families.

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

For further information or to apply, contact JoCare at office@jocare.org.au or on 0403 572 440.

 

Lifeline Melbourne - Uniting Victoria and Tasmania Ltd

Volunteering with Lifeline Melbourne

Are you passionate about mental health?

Can you provide a non-judgmental, respectful and safe space for individuals in crisis to talk?

Are you looking for a volunteer role that is meaningful?

Come and join Lifeline Melbourne and provide a human connection to help people get through their darkest moments.

Contact us to discuss our Crisis Support Worker Training program today! Email lifelinetraining@vt.uniting.org or visit the Melbourne Lifeline Website or Uniting Volunteer Website.

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 2 pm 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 further information or to apply, email mbiggs@msnp.org.au or call 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 a 1 to 1 connection and to be able to converse in Italian.

Requirements to become a Community Visitor include:

  • attending an interview
  • a National Police Check (conducted by MSL)
  • provision of two referees
  • completion of training modules to being an MS CVS volunteer
  • commitment 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, find out more by calling 03 8399 9618 or email volunteer@ms.org.au.

MS believes in a person-to-person approach and aspires to match you with someone local with shared interests and hobbies. We look forward to hearing from you.

Social Health Australia

Thanks to an Innovation Grant from Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation and additional funding from the Australian Council on Social Innovation, we will be vetting, preparing and supporting people to serve as 'community-based companions' in our latest kindness-informed/citizen-led health initiative.

Placement opportunities to serve people impacted by loneliness (particularly existential loneliness), social isolation, complex health issues (including terminal illness), and bereavement will be provided by our referral partners from healthcare, aged care and charitable funeral services.

Companions will be asked to:

  • go through an application/interview process
  • provide two referees
  • pass a Police Check
  • attend an induction day
  • participate in regularly scheduled online reflective practice sessions;
  • make time to visit one or more community members in one-on-one sessions or as part of a 3 to 5-person team.

If you’d like to bring meaning to people’s live through acts of human kindness and be part of our emerging, diverse community, please email getintouch@socialhealthaustralia.org or call us on 0429 933 391.

Uniting Vic Tas - Hartley's Meals and Emergency Relief

We are looking for volunteers for our community programs including our Hartley's Community breakfast and lunch program, serving hot nutritious meals Monday through Friday, Emergency Relief offering Crisis support to vulnerable members of the community and The Engagement Hub Mental Health Service.

For further information or to apply, please contact Georgia Heeley at georgia.heeley@vt.uniting.org or on 0481454756.

Environment, sustainability and animal welfare

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 visit the Gardiners Creek website or contact Trevor at gardinerscreek@gmail.com or on 0475 594 106.

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 beautification by 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 enhances the commuter's journey by offering a welcoming landscape.

There are many benefits from the program to 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 further information, please contact volunteers@kvb.org.au or visit Keep Victoria Beautiful.

Love Our Street 3146 Glen Iris

Love Our Street aims to bring people together as a community to look after our environment, to keep our streets beautifully clean and stop litter getting into our creeks, canals, beaches or oceans.

We meet for one hour, once a month to remove litter from local streets and parklands. Our aim is to prevent it from entering our creeks, rivers & oceans. Love Our Street groups are a wing under Beach Patrol Australia and data from each event is tallied and used to push for change.

Our volunteers are all locals who love making a difference. We don’t just talk about it, we do it!

Please come and join us at our next event. We would love to meet you!! Contact Love Our Street 3146 at 3146@loveourstreet.com.au or on 0413085024.

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!

They are 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 or collect animals
  • Office work that is not overly difficult but must be done with attention to detail and commitment. This volunteer role would be ideally suited to someone who has had experience in an office job and an interest in animals.
  • House volunteers.

The Save-A-Dog Scheme urgently needs willing hands for the ever-present but oh-so-necessary housekeeping chores without which our shelters could not operate.

The duties of house volunteers would include:

  • chopping up dog food
  • seeing to the laundering of dog and cat bedding
  • various other shelter chores.

This volunteering role is very specific but also very important and is ideal for those of you who are committed to our important work of saving companion animals but who cannot, or prefer not to, take on the heavy physical roles of kennel work and care of the large strong dogs.

SADS is unable to take volunteers under the age of 18.

For further information or to apply, please contact Pam at admin@saveadog.org.au or on 03 9824 7928.

Family, children and youth

East Malvern Junior Soccer Club

The East Malvern Junior Soccer Club is the only junior's only soccer club in the City of Stonnington and exists to provide young local boys and girls with outstanding levels of quality soccer training to enhance their physical, social and emotional health within a positive and safe environment.

The Club is currently looking for Match Day and Business/Sponsorship volunteers. 

For further information, please contact Patrick at patrick@emjs.club or on 0447124477.

Girl Guides Victoria

Girl Guides are looking for adult women of any age, experience, or background to join us for a bunch of FUN! Girl Guides volunteers organise and run activities for groups of girls of various ages, and provide a safe, supportive, and fun environment for girls to develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

Depending on volunteer's availability and interest, the time required varies from attending fortnightly (2 hour per fortnight) to helping out every week and doing some of the behind the scenes planning and organising (perhaps 4 to 8 hours a week).

Training and mentoring is provided, and you will be part of a supportive, fun, and welcoming team. Girl Guides is a fabulous way to make new friends, looks great on your resume, and as part of a global organisation, connects you with your local community and a world wide network!

For further information, please contact Jennifer Whincup at jennifer.whincup@guidesvic.org.au or on 0467 869 042.

headspace Hawthorn & headspace Malvern

headspace Hawthorn and headspace Malvern are looking for members for their Youth Advisory Group (YAG). The YAG will be joint for both headspace centres. This means you will represent headspace Hawthorn & headspace Malvern in community engagement activities. The group is formed by young people who help ensure services and community engagement efforts are youth-friendly. You will need to be aged between 16-24 and live, work or study in Boroondara, Stonnington, Whitehorse, Manningham and surrounding areas. The purpose of the YAG is to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and encourage early help seeking in young people. The YAG aims to break down the stigma around mental health and improve the way mental health is addressed in the community. The Community Engagement Coordinator and the YAG do this by having a presence in the community through local events, presentations and activities. These are held in the Eastern region in Melbourne. The YAG also plan and run their own projects for young people in the community. Key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Attend and actively participate in a monthly YAG meeting
  • Be available to attend regular community events and activities within school hours and business hours
  • Work collaboratively and creatively with other members on YAG-led projects during meetings and between meetings
  • Participate in Facebook discussions and stay active with updates, meetings and events
  • Assist with creating social media content and other resources
  • Assist with delivering presentations and workshops to young people at schools and universities with support from the Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Provide input and feedback on headspace Hawthorn & headspace Malvern's services, processes and initiatives with a youth perspective

Desired skills and attributes:

  • Can work well in a group setting and on independent tasks as required
  • Experience in group work, in particular contributing to group discussions
  • Comfortable talking to members of the public and proving them with information
  • Competent with digital platforms such as Microsoft, Google Drive and social media such as Facebook and Instagram
  • Possess creativity, innovation or a willingness to give things a go
  • Demonstrate the ability to keep an organised balance between your health, studies, work and other responsibilities

Training and induction:

A three-hour induction/training session will be completed by all successful applicants. This includes everything you need to know about headspace and basic mental health literacy. There are various trainings offered to YAG members such as Mental Health First Aid, Event Management 101 and Safe Talk. Benefits:

  • Develop a range of skills including teamwork, health education, advocacy, public speaking, health promotion, project planning and event management
  • Meet and work with health professionals and young people who have an interest in youth mental health
  • Experience working with members of the community from all walks of life and practice communication skills
  • Contribute to improvements in youth mental health services
  • Receive training in mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drugs, other areas
  • Create new friendships with passionate and like-minded young people

For further information or to apply, please contact Sara Hanna at sara.hanna@accesshc.org.au.

Malvern City Football Club

Malvern City Football Club is the largest soccer club in the City of Stonnington and one of the largest in the South East of Melbourne.

The club provides an inclusive environment to players of all age groups and all levels of ability across our Senior Men’s and Women’s programs, NPL Boys, High Performance, Community and Miniroos boys and girls programs. The programs are run under the guidance of highly skilled technical directors and coaches.

The Club is currently looking for junior Match Day volunteers to assist the smooth running of matches.

For further information, please contact Angelo at admin@malverncityfc.com or on 0438988720.

Prahran Early Learning Centre

Prahran Early Learning Centre is looking for a proactive office and programs volunteer who can help in the office.

Tasks include:

  • answering the phone
  • helping clients with food relief requests
  • providing and organising referrals
  • helping to set up and pack down rooms for activities and courses
  • assisting front desk with admin.

You will have sound computer skills and be able to assist with moving tables and chairs to set up classes.

This is a role with lots of variety and the opportunity to give back to your community and/or build your office skills leading to employment.

Further information or to apply, contact Shima at peo@pclcentre.org.au or on 03 9510 7052.

Rotary Club of Prahran

Volunteer at Homework Club and assist primary students after school once a week in group environment onsite in South Yarra with other volunteers. Induction and training provided.

For more information, please contact Sue Vincent at president@prahranrotary.org.au or on 0432 367 307.

 

Stonnington 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.

Volunteer duties include:

  • greeting families
  • toy returns
  • counting toy pieces
  • putting toys away on the shelves
  • 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 of course, they must like children! We ask all volunteers to apply for a Working with Children Check.

A regular time commitment of two hours per week or fortnight is preferred but not essential. The Toy Library has two locations:

1 Winter Street, Malvern
21 Bangs Street, Prahran

Both locations are easy to access 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 further information, please contact Jane at stonntoylib@gmail.com or on 03 9500 1673.

TeamSports4All

TeamSports4All (TS4A) helps socio-economically disadvantaged kids participate in club sports in their community. Kids from the poorest and most marginalised parts of our society. TS4A currently assists over 100 children to play sports who otherwise would not be able to.

The benefits we have seen over the years are plentiful:

  • Kids learn positive social behaviours, including teamwork, respect for coaches and officials, self-discipline, and the rewards of hard work.
  • The obvious health benefits of a more active lifestyle.
  • When kids put the uniform on, they feel and look like 'all' the other kids with no judgement or question about their situation.
  • Perhaps most of all (and we really notice this as we work with these kids and their families), playing club sports connects the whole family with their community and decreases their social isolation;
  • Kids avoid the embarrassment, particularly in the schoolyard, of being disadvantaged and not being able to afford to play sports.

Become a Sports Mentor Volunteer with TeamSports4All. This involves one visit with a disadvantaged family, then monthly check-in calls to see how everything is going with the child in their sport. Some volunteers allocate a small number of hours each month and others become more involved depending on their area of interest and availability.

For further information, please contact stonnington@teamsports4all.com.au, call 0409 314 922 or visit TeamSport4All.

Social justice, advocacy and human rights

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 ensure that the mission of meeting unmet needs is fulfilled.

There are three volunteering roles currently available:

  • Homeless House Supporter - we have 8 homes, consisting of a 3 bedroomed house and 7 flats in Dandenong. There are a variety of people in our homes including single mothers with 2-3 children, a young couple, a single man. Each house has a supporter whose role is to ascertain what is needed by the tenants and how they can access this through the wide Avalon Network. This may include help with budgeting, cooking, job searching, shopping and much more. The role of our Home support worker will involve developing a trusting relationship with the tenants involved and offering support where needed.
  • 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 is unique, as you will be supporting vulnerable members of our community in their new homes.
  • 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 further information, visit the Avalon Centre website, call 03 9569 2240 or email info@avaloncentre.org.au.

Courage to Care

Are you passionate about inspiring positive change in the next generation? Working directly with students, our volunteers educate and empower Upstander Program participants to stand up against racism and discrimination and to take positive action in their schools and communities.

Click on this link to book into one of our obligation free information sessions: https://couragetocare.org.au/events/

Join us in making racism and discrimination a thing of the past.

FoodFilled

FoodFilled is a food rescue charity run by youth, positively impacting the environment and our community. FoodFilled helps feed thousands of people every year thanks to our network of volunteers and retailer/charity partners.

FoodFilled is seeking volunteers to help deliver food to people in need. Commitment is just twice a month for approx. 1 hour at a time. Volunteers require their own car.

For further information or to apply, please visit www.foodfilled.org/volunteer or contact FoodFilled on 8595 2672.

 

Melbourne AMEP (Adult Migrant English Program)

Build connection in your community - The Melbourne AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme matches volunteers with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds learning English. With 1 hour weekly sessions, volunteers support learners to:

  • gain confidence with conversational English
  • learn more about Australian culture
  • access services
  • explore pathways into further study or employment

Importantly, volunteers connect people to community. No teaching experience needed – training provided!

For more information, please visit the Melbourne AMEP website.

Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network

Rotary Inner Melbourne Emergency Relief Network (RIMERN) was initiated by Rotary Prahran and is now a multi-club community and environmental service project of 14 Melbourne Rotary Club.

RIMERN collects furniture, appliances, and homewares to give to clients of member welfare agencies. People who receive 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 compile their orders for dispatch. Remotely, we liaise with donors of goods, arrange collection and ensure adequate stocks of high-quality, contemporary homewares for re-homing.

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 and equipment and operate our warehouse. Other volunteers will be the face of RIMERN for welfare agencies and their clients.

For further information, contact RIMERN at volunteers@rimern.org.au or on 1300 924 123.

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 visit the St Joseph's Outreach Service website or call 03 9866 7888.

Stonnington Free Legal Service

The Stonnington Free Legal Service operates under Stonnington Community Assist and is registered as a Community Legal Centre with the Legal Services Board.

Clients make legal appointments during the week through Stonnington Community Assist and our volunteer lawyers provide free legal advice to the clients by telephone on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm. We do not represent clients in Court or draft legal documents but we do assist them by providing legal advice by telephone and, if appropriate, referring them to services that might be able to assist further. Private legal advice is far too expensive for our clients and there is very limited free legal assistance available these days and although our service is limited at least we do provide some much needed legal assistance to the community.

We are looking for lawyers (with current Practicing Certificates) to volunteer for one hour per month on Thursday evenings from 6.30 until about 7.30pm to provide legal advice by telephone from wherever suits them. Only one hour per month from wherever suits them!!

For further information please contact Jenny Cox atjennygcox@iprimus.com.au or on0407 094 491.

Retail

De La Salle Amateur Football Club

De La Salle Amateur Football Club, located at Waverley Oval in Malvern East, is looking for volunteers to fulfil a range of duties at the Club in Canteen, Team Manager, Property, Maintenance, Game Day Assistants, Scorers, and Umpires.

We are also an authorised Services Victoria Voluntary Work Organisation allowing eligible over 55s to fulfil their mutual obligations at the Club.

For further information or to apply, please contact Dale at generalmanager@delasalleocfc.com.au or on 0433 126 439.

Mecwacare

Connect with your local community and join a fun, friendly and supportive team of volunteers at our mecwacare Opportunity Shop, Wattletree Road (near Glenferrie Road), Malvern.

This volunteer opportunity involves:

  • sorting and categorizing donations
  • pricing
  • hanging and displaying stock
  • assisting our fabulous customers
  • processing sales
  • general housekeeping duties.

Mecwacare is proudly a not-for-profit, non-denominational charitable organisation that has been supporting the elderly and people with a disability in the Victorian community since 1959.

For further information or to apply, please visit their website or contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 03 8573 4962.

Sacred Heart Mission Inc

Sacred Heart Mission Inc have two vacancies at their Chapel Street Op Shop and Commercial Road Op Shop.

If you've got some spare time, helping out in the store is a great way to get involved with the Mission and in the Prahran community. You will have good fun getting retail experience by rubbing shoulders with the friendliest op shop team in the area.

Sacred Heart Mission Inc is currently looking for a fun-loving retail enthusiast that wants to join their wonderful team in Prahran on Commercial Road or at the Chapel St Op Shop. There is lots of laughing, lots of craziness, and many bargains to be discovered. You can help to make the store the star of the street! Come be part of the team and make a difference.

Every $4 earned by the stores goes directly to the meals program and provides hot food for those in need.

Responsibilities

  • Assist with the hanging of clothes and tidying racks and displays.
  • Stock placement.
  • Counter sales or work the till.
  • Prepare stock for sale.
  • Visual merchandising.
  • Help provide a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Make the store look presentable.
  • Provide fantastic customer service.
  • Be part of a wonderful op shop team and, most importantly, have fun!

To work with Sacred Heart Mission Inc, you need to submit an online application via their website and select the Chapel Street or Commercial Road Op Shop as your preference. As part of the application process, you be will asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and a Code of Conduct, and you must be willing to undergo a police check.

For further information, contact volunteer@sacredheartmission.org or visit the Sacred Heart Mission website.

Toorak Op Shop

Toorak Op Shop is seeking a Retail Assistant to help with sorting and selling donated clothing and other items. All money raised is donated to local charities.

For further information or to apply, please contact Phillip Thomas at opshop2019@outlook.com or on 0404 335 477.

 

Red Cross Australia

Red Cross Shops sell new and donated clothes, accessories and homewares to raise funds to help people in need. Each year, we rescue 450 tonnes of clothing from landfill, give opportunities to 5000 volunteers, and generate funds to help Red Cross support vulnerable people in Australia and around the world. The proceeds from the sale of items support the vital everyday work of Red Cross, providing relief in times of crisis and care where it's needed most.

Our Prahran Red Cross shop is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with store operations.

For further information or to apply, visit the Australian Red Cross website or call VIC HUB on 0467 778 125.

Mental Health

Lifeline Melbourne - Uniting Victoria and Tasmania Ltd

Are you passionate about mental health? Can you provide a non-judgmental, respectful and safe space for individuals in crisis to talk? Are you looking for a volunteer role that is meaningful? Come and join Lifeline Melbourne and provide a human connection to help people get through their darkest moments.

Get in touch to discuss the Crisis Support Worker Training program. Email lifelinetraining@vt.uniting.org or visit the websites at Lifeline Melbourne or at Uniting (Victoria & Tasmania) and search for 'Lifeline Volunteering'.