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Make a difference in your community

Our volunteers help to empower vulnerable families, children and individuals to reach their full potential.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience and a great opportunity to stay active in the community, meet new people, and to use your passion and skills to help others (as well as building new skills and experiences!).

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Our volunteers make a substantial contribution

Volunteers play a critical role in the delivery of our services at CatholicCare Victoria. 

In fact, around 10% of the services we provide to people in need wouldn’t be possible without the support of our volunteers.

10,000 hours

of support contributed in FY20


$432,000

estimated value of support



 

Our volunteers run and support a range of services including:

  • administrative support at a number of our offices 
  • Emergency Relief intake 
  • English conversation classes for newly arrived refugees
  • academic support and encouragement for disadvantaged adults enrolled in our Clemente program
  • event help and organisation
  • sewing groups
  • homework clubs 
  • pastoral support in prisons and hospitals

We are grateful for the many wonderful people who give their time, skills and experience to help us respond to an ever-increasing demand for our services.

By volunteering, they contribute to making our community a better place and provide hope for a brighter future.


Can I volunteer with CatholicCare Victoria?

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, life stages and with a broad range of skills. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have written consent from a parent or legal guardian.


Current volunteering opportunities




Administration Support Worker Volunteer

Looking for experience in the Family Law sector? 

We're looking for a volunteer to assist us with data collection and entry work in the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network.

Learn more or make an enquiry below.

Contact:
Adam Chetcuti | T (03) 9287 5549
Eliza Gravenall | T 0499 001 022

Submit Enquiry 


Administration Support Worker Volunteer - more information:

We are searching for reliable and enthusiastic volunteers to assist with data collection and entry work in the Victorian Family Law Pathways Network.

The volunteer’s responsibilities will include updating service entries on our iRefer Vic application by calling services, requesting information and entering that information into an excel document. iRefer Vic is a database of 1,000+ family law support services for clients in need of assistance. 

Key duties include:

    • Contact service providers for information on their programs
    • Maintenance of service records on our database

Skills / qualifications required:

  • Customer service focus
  • Experience in Administration preferred but not essential
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain respectful relationships.

Location: CatholicCare Victoria East Melbourne office

Time required: Flexible and negotiable hours, weekdays between 9am – 4pm

Submit Enquiry 

Learn more about the program 






Clemente Volunteers

Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity to volunteer in Education support at ACU?
We're looking for people with degree qualifications (or equivalent) to help tutor and support adult students who are experiencing marginalization due to poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and other forms of social exclusion.

Learn more or make an enquiry below!

Contact:
Steve Else (ACU) | T (03) 5336 5313
Eliza Gravenall (CCV) | T 0499 001 022

Submit Enquiry 


Clemente Volunteer Learning Partner - more information:

Clemente is a community-based university program which offers free and supported Humanities education to those who experience disadvantage and marginalisation.

The Clemente Fitzroy program (ACU in partnership with CatholicCare Victoria) provides a pathway into increased personal agency and social integration, as well as the opportunity to engage with study, realise possibilities, and achieve their potential.

The Learning Partner will be matched with an adult student to provide tutoring support, direction and encouragement at weekly sessions. The volunteer role is to help the student in making their own decisions, to grow in confidence in relying on their own responses and to become an increasingly independent learner. 

This is a rewarding opportunity to volunteer at ACU! People with degree qualifications or equivalent are required to help tutor and support adult students. 

Essential criteria for Volunteer Learning Partners:

    • Able to work productively as part of a team
    • Have an understanding of how learning occurs best, for themselves and others
    • Have the ability to develop a rapport with students from a variety of backgrounds
    • Skills in encouraging personal development in others
    • Excellent verbal communication skills, including listening non-judgementally
    • Ability to maintain privacy, confidentiality and trust

Commencing: Thursday 28 July 2022

Location: Ballarat Public Library – Doveton Street North     

Time required: 2 hours weekly on Thursdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Submit Enquiry 

Learn more about the program 






Emergency Relief Volunteer

Volunteer Emergency Relief workers assist people in addressing basic needs in times of financial distress. This is a great volunteer opportunity to gain client assessment & support experience within the welfare services sector.

Call us or submit an enquiry below! 

Contact: Eliza Gravenall | T 0499 001 022 

Submit Enquiry 


Emergency Relief Volunteer - more information:

People accessing Emergency Relief typically have a low or no income. Others need support as a result of an unforeseen or life changing event such as illness, loss of employment, family breakdown or family violence. Emergency Relief provides immediate financial and/or material assistance to people in financial crisis.

The Volunteer Emergency Relief Intake Assessor will provide assistance including initial interviews/assessments and distribution of ER assistance (e.g. food vouchers, food, pharmacy assistance, petrol); referrals to other services; advocacy; and provision of information to support the client to receive extended assistance. Training will be provided.

Key duties include:

  • Conducting client service intake
  • Interviewing clients (via telephone)
  • Data entry
  • Maintenance of client records
  • Providing Emergency Relief within guidelines and program resources
  • Advocating for clients as needed and providing information on other support services

Skills / qualifications required:

  • Relevant community work experience preferred but not essential
  • Demonstrated experience working within the community services sector, advantage if you obtain or currently completing tertiary level qualifications in social welfare or related field
  • IT skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Windows operating environment, and data entry skill
  • Ability to work both autonomously and within a team environment
  • Developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

Locations: East Melbourne (can work remotely)

Time required: Flexible & negotiable hours - weekdays between 9am-3pm

Commencing: As early as practicable

ENQUIRE NOW!
Contact: Eliza Gravenall | T 0499 001 022 

Download the position descriptionLearn more about Emergency Relief






Prison Ministry Volunteers

Volunteers in our Catholic Prison Ministry support our chaplaincy in prisons – they respond to the diverse personal, spiritual and religious needs of prisoners and staff.

To apply for this volunteering role or to learn more, please submit a Volunteering enquiry.

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Prison Ministry Volunteers - more information:

We are looking for volunteers who are good listeners, who have an understanding of people and an appreciation of the challenges of our lives, and who are wanting to make a positive difference to the lives of residents living in prisons.

Locations & time required:
- Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Deer Park (women's prison) | Thursdays
- Geelong
- Ballarat
- Ararat

Commencing: As early as practicable, Covid-permitting

Submit Enquiry 

Hear from a Prison Ministry volunteer 






Volunteer NILS Program Assistant

Support individuals and families on low incomes to address their financial needs and focus on minimising financial stress.

Call us or submit an enquiry below!

Contact: Eliza Gravenall | T 0499 001 022 

Submit Enquiry 


Volunteer NILS Program Assistant - more information:

The No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) provides small no-interest loans up to $1,500 for people in need of essential items/services such as new household items, medical equipment/services, tools, or educational items.

The Volunteer NILS Program Assistant will work alongside the CatholicCare Victoria NILS Worker to support individuals and families on low incomes, to address their current financial needs with a focus on minimising financial stress.

This position will assist with the assessment of applications for NILS, in consultation with the CatholicCare Victoria NILS Worker and clients to ensure their eligibility and ability to meet the loan requirements. Training will be provided.

Key duties include:

  • Conducting client service intakes
  • Interviewing clients (via telephone)
  • Maintenance of client records
  • Financial tasks

Skills / qualifications required:

  • Community work experience and/or tertiary qualifications in social welfare, community development or another relevant discipline
  • Well-developed IT skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Windows operating environment, and data entry skill
  • Ability to work both autonomously and within a team environment
  • Developed interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working within NILS, finance or the community services sector is an advantage

Locations: Ballarat, Mildura, or Melbourne (can work remotely)

Time required: Flexible & negotiable hours - weekdays between 9am-4pm

Commencing: As early as practicable

ENQUIRE NOW!
Contact: Eliza Gravenall | T 0499 001 022

Download the position description Learn more about NILS 




 

Register to volunteer with us

If you would like to register for a volunteering position or if you’re interested in volunteering with us, please submit a volunteering enquiry below.

If you’ve been selected for a volunteering position with us, we will ask you to:

  1. complete a Registration Form

  2. read and sign a Confidentiality Agreement and Volunteer Declaration

  3. undergo a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check (we will reimburse the cost of this when you commence voluntary work).


Volunteering enquiry form



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