Volunteer with Uniting

It would be impossible for us to deliver our vital programs and services without the support of our volunteers.

More than 3000 people generously give their time to our work each year.

There are lots of different ways you can get involved in our programs, events and activities to support vulnerable and marginalised people across Victoria and Tasmania. 

By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change in people’s lives.

We match your skills, experience and areas of interest with available roles.

What we look for in a volunteer:

We need volunteers who have:

  • Enthusiasm to assist people
  • Empathy and compassion
  • Reliability, honesty and commitment
  • Good communication skills

What we offer you:

 When you volunteer with us, you will receive:

  • The opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge
  • Support and mentoring
  • Induction, orientation and training
  • A respectful, safe, polite and honest non-discriminatory environment
  • A detailed position description and volunteer agreement

Where we need you

Aged and Carer

We play an active role in empowering older people to lead enriching lives.

You can provide support and interaction to enable older people to stay engaged or reconnect with their community and personal interests.

Alcohol and other Drugs

We work alongside people experiencing the effects of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use on their path to wellness and recovery.

You can assist with group activities and support for people on their journey to recovery.

Child, Youth and Family

We provide services that support vulnerable children, young people and families to thrive.

You can volunteer in programs that empower families from all backgrounds to strengthen relationships and develop parenting skills to raise children with love and resilience.

You can assist young people experiencing personal or family challenges to feel safe and develop skills to work towards future goals.

You can also provide a safe and supportive home environment for vulnerable children who are unable to live with their birth family, through out-of-home care.

Disability

Accessing the right supports is about being empowered through choice. We work alongside people to be independent and achieve their goals.

You can get involved with day-based group programs and outings, provide one-to-one support to a person living with a disability, helping them develop new skills and participate in their community.

Early Learning

We know that children learn best while they're playing, so we're passionate about making learning exciting.

You can create imaginative, caring and playful learning experiences that inspire children to build positive relationships and skills for life.

Mental Health

We work alongside people experiencing long-term mental illness to develop a recovery plan, build skills, confidence and achieve their goals.

You can volunteer your time and skills to Lifeline, helping people in crisis. You will receive extensive training to ensure you’re confident, skilled and able to provide support to callers in their time of need. Find out more about being a Crisis Supporter with:
Lifeline Melbourne
Lifeline Ballarat

You can also provide vital mental health support to services such as the Voices Vic network support group, 101 St Kilda Engagement Hub and peer support groups.

Op Shops

Our Op Shops raise vital funds for our programs and services and offer affordable goods to local communities.

You can assist in keeping our Op Shops running by volunteering in-store or in one of our warehouses.

Resilient Communities

People experiencing crisis often need support while they focus on building brighter days ahead.

You can support people in crisis and people newly arrived in our community through a range of volunteering roles in our emergency relief centres, community meal programs, new arrival and asylum seeker programs.

Student placement

We recognise the need for students to gain hands on experience that relates to their chosen profession. We offer work placements to both university and TAFE students for courses including: Social Work (Bachelor/Masters), Diploma of Community Services, Diploma of Welfare and Certificates in Community Services. Other courses and disciplines will be considered where there is support from a placement supervisor.

Enquire about placements here: Student.Placement@vt.uniting.org 

Support Services

Volunteers support a range of corporate functions across our organisation to help deliver better outcomes for those we work with.

Corporate volunteers

Corporate volunteers are an energetic part of our volunteer program.

Your organisation can assist in a range of programs including community meals, food for families, op shops, asylum seeker services and social support groups.

This will provide your organisation with an opportunity for team building whilst giving back to your community. Some activities may include a nominal fee.

Send enquiries to uniting.volunteers@vt.uniting.org 

Hear from some of our volunteers

Celebrating 60 years of volunteering

For over 60 years, Jan has been a familiar face at St Mark’s Uniting Church.

The importance of giving back

Maria started volunteering with Uniting seven years ago as a way of giving back to her community.

Volunteering role leads to valued friendships

For Jean, volunteering at her local op shop has led to new friendships.

A reassuring voice for people in need

Jay is one of the thousands of Lifeline volunteers who provide life-saving support to people in crisis each day.

Become a volunteer with Uniting