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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



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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