Volunteer in the community

Community volunteering is a rewarding experience, and you can volunteer with a range of not-for-profit organisations.

Not only will you develop skills, meet new people and build your networks, you’ll expand your understanding of ‘community’ and what it means to give back.

To become a volunteer, you first need to join the leadership and volunteering team. Once you have completed the registration steps, you can apply for these roles. These volunteering opportunities are open to all current Swinburne students.

Check out the benefits and rewards of volunteering – you can access free training, and count your hours towards the Emerging Leaders Program and Leadership and Volunteering Program.

Opportunities

Check out the latest community volunteer opportunities on SwinEmploy (posted by Swinburne Student Life).

Be a friend, make a difference

About

Are you looking for a flexible volunteer experience? St Vincent de Paul Society's Compeer program is seeking friendly, accepting volunteers to offer the gift of friendship for one hour each week to meet and engage with a person isolated through mental illness. The volunteer is matched with a person with mental illness to provide regular, personal, friendly companionship. The Compeer volunteer’s role complements professional care. The role is highly individual, depending on the stage of the relationship and the mutually agreed expectations of the time spent together. 

Where

Narre Warren and Berwick

When

All year in 2017; one hour per week.

Qualifications required

  • Obtain a police check
  • Working with children check
  • Volunteer must be over the age of 21
  • Able to travel to off-site location for one hour a week to meet with companion
  • Attend a minimum of two support sessions per year
  • Participate in activities of mutual interest
  • Maintain regular, timely contact with Compeer staff
  • Contact the referring Mental Health Professional (MHP) as required
  • Establish and maintain trusting relationships
  • Non-judgmental attitude
  • Be accepting, patient, tolerant and respectful
  • Be reliable
  • Comply with program guidelines
  • Use effective self-care strategies
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Effective communication skills
  • Comply with confidentiality and duty of care guidelines
  • Satisfactorily complete processes and requirements 

Experience earned

  • Skills in helping others build confidence
  • The opportunity to develop adaptability skills
  • Time management and boundary skills
  • For those who are studying psychology, social work or community related courses, a chance to gain some industry experience
  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • An opportunity to give back to the community
  • Self-development through ongoing training opportunities
  • Self-reflective skills. 

Find out more and apply

Contact Elizabeth Cromb (Compeer Manager) on 03 9895 5886 or compeer@svdp-vic.org.au. Applications close on 1 December 2017.

Connect and contribute at Vinnies

About

Do you thrive on engaging with people from all walks of life? Do you have a passion for recycled and retro fashion? Join a Vinnies store today to help offer a 'hand up' to Victorians in need, through the provision of practical support, advocacy and friendship. As a member of the retail team, you will create amazing customer experiences and assist in categorising, pricing and displaying quirky donated goods.

Where

106 store locations

When

Flexible - depending on volunteer availability and store needs

Qualifications required

None specified

Experience earned

  • Make a direct positive impact on local communities
  • Learn the retail 'tricks of the trade' in a team environment
  • Gain experience in a respected national not-for-profit organisation.

Find out more and apply

Email volunteer@svdp-vic.org.au or call 1300 736 933. Applications close on Sunday 31 December 2017.

Kew Rotary Fair Trade and Sustainability Shop

About

Kew Rotary Fair Trade and Sustainability Shop in Camberwell is seeking volunteers to help serve customers, merchandising and looking after the shop. They sell a variety of items such as fair-trade products, books, clothes, toys, crockery and silverware.

Where

Rear of 654 Burke Road, (off market place) Camberwell.

When

We would appreciate help on both Saturday and Sunday for four-hour shifts. Times can be flexible to suite the applicant, from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 3pm on Sunday. We would also love some help on Thursdays between 1pm and 4pm.

Qualifications required

Previous shop experience is appreciated but not vital. An interest in fair trade and rotary initiatives is also appreciated.

Experience earned

  • Customer service
  • Retail
  • Stock control
  • Visual merchandising 
  • Pricing

Find out more and apply

Email kirstymbreen@gmail.com or call 0400 577 807. Applications close at 12pm on 2 February 2018.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about becoming volunteering in the community, please email us at volunteer@swin.edu.au.