Volunteering at Vinnies

As a volunteer-run organisation, the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society is largely carried out by members of the community who generously give their time and skills to help others. We pride ourselves on a vibrant and skilful culture, with a passion for volunteering.

Volunteering with Vinnies is an enriching, rewarding and purposeful experience. The diverse and invaluable contributions of our volunteers builds supportive, connected and inclusive communities and makes a meaningful difference in the lives of those we support. 


Thank you for helping us change lives, including yours!


There are opportunities available both during and after business hours. Many volunteering positions are ongoing, but short-term opportunities are also available. Learn more about our programs below:

  • Night Patrol Program

    Night Patrol The Night Patrol provides a mobile outreach service for people experiencing homelessness almost every day of the year. Night Patrol Van has been operating in Canberra region since 2001 and provides essential material items, light refreshments...

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  • The Clemente Canberra Program

    What is Clemente? Clemente is an undergraduate education program offered by the St Vincent de Paul Society in partnership with the Australian Catholic University. It aims to break the cycle of poverty, inequality and social injustice for disadvantaged and...

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  • Volunteering at Vinnies

    Volunteering at Vinnies The Canberra/Goulburn region is extensive and encompasses a large part of southern NSW. We cover the geographic area of Canberra to Crookwell and Goulburn, down to Braidwood and across to the coast through to Eden. We move across...

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  • Migrant and Refugee Schools Program

    What is the Migrant and Refugee Schools Program? The program aims to foster a sense of identity and belonging, empowering migrant and refugee children to achieve their full potential. Children from migrant and refugee backgrounds often face numerous...

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  • Compeer Friendship Program

    Are you over the age of 18? Are you friendly, accepting and looking for an enjoyable volunteer opportunity? Are you looking for a flexible volunteering opportunity that fits into your current lifestyle? Can you spare 4 hours a month for 12 months? As a...

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  • Work Experience/Student Placement Options

    Work Experience/Student Placement The Society offers various placements within its services for secondary and tertiary students. Students must be over 14 years of age and a minimum commitment of 12 hours is required. Types of roles include: Retail...

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  • Youth Programs in ACT

    What are the St Vincent de Paul Youth Programs? Vinnies Youth Programs consist of three programs to support young people in the Canberra region. The St Joe’s Youth Program, St Nick’s Young Carers Program and VINES Youth Program are provided...

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