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 to Tumut, out to Lake Cargelligo and back through Temora, Harden and Yass. We have operations in 19 regional and rural towns.

Our volunteers help us to deliver much needed services to the community. You help us with a broad range of services, from assisting in our retail centres, working in our homelessness services, providing friendship and mentoring or assisting with our administration. Where you are placed depends on your abilities, skills, availability, geographic requirements and government regulations. We also ensure our new volunteers attend a welcome session prior to commencing to learn about the Society,  volunteer rights and responsibilities and work health and safety.

Volunteers do not have set shifts and you do not need to volunteer for a specific number of hours each week. You can volunteer once a week, once a month, for special events or a one-off project. We operate under the National Standards for Volunteering, established by Volunteering Australia.

Our Volunteering options
New Volunteer Vacancies
Volunteer at a retail centre or warehouse
Volunteering in our corporate office (Deakin, ACT)
Volunteering with Special Works
Home visitation
One off volunteering events

New Volunteer Vacancies

Night Patrol Team Members & Team Leaders

The Night Patrol provides a mobile outreach service for people experiencing homelessness almost every day of the year. The growing concern of homelessness has prompted Vinnies to take further steps to address the issues of disadvantage that people in our community are facing. With the current van covering areas on the north side of town, the new van will allow us to cover the south side.

The new van started operation on Wednesday 18 October 2017 and will initially go out three nights a week, Wednesdays to Fridays from 7.30pm for approximately an hour at this stage:

Wednesdays: Tuggeranong Lakeside in front of Tuggeranong Library
Thursdays: Queanbeyan at the front of the Visitors Information Centre
Fridays: at the front of Westfield Woden McDonalds

To apply, please contact us on volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au. A WWVP card is required for this volunteer role.

Training/Induction dates have been set as follows: Thursday 9 November - BOOKED OUT, Thursday 16 November - OPEN, Thursday 7 December - OPEN

Applications Close: TBA

General Hand Volunteers - Tuggeranong Vinnies (Saturday & Sunday)

We are looking for volunteers  who are able to help us with the smooth running of the back of house areas of our Vinnies centre located at Tuggeranong. The volunteers will primarily undertake the processing of new donations in preparation for sorting and distribution.


If you enjoy interacting with others and supporting your local community, come join us and see how you make a difference!


Saturday & Sunday: Hours are 9am-1pm OR 12pm-3pm.

We are looking for volunteers who are keen to commit to 6-12 month period. On the job training provided.

If you would like to  a copy of the position description, please contact us on volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 

Applications Close: Thursday 30 November 2017

Compeer Volunteers  -  Compeer is a befriending program that matches trained volunteers in one-to-one friendships with people who are living with a diagnosed mental illness and who experience social isolation. Volunteers come from all walks of life and are emotionally mature people who want to make a difference to someone’s quality of life. 

We are looking for volunteers who are keen to commit for a 12 month period - 4hrs per month. Specialised training and on-going support provided

If you would like to a copy of the position description, please contact us on volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 

A Working with Vulnerable People card is required to undertake this volunteering opportunity.

Applications Close: Thursday 30 November 2017


Volunteering in a retail centre or warehouse
Vinnies has 25 retail centres in our ACT/NSW region and a warehouse located in Canberra. The roles available within our centres are as follows:

  • Team Leader
  • Retail Assistant
  • Donation Sorting
  • General Hand
  • Driver & Delivery Offsider

Click here for a list of our retail centres and their opening hours.

When you complete the application form and email it to volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au, please remember to indicate your retail centre of choice. Once you have submitted your application, we will put you in contact with the relevant centre and invite you to the ‘Welcome to the Society” Induction.

Volunteering in our corporate office (Deakin, ACT)
Our Helpline volunteers coordinate home visits, referrals and assistance to people who ring in seeking our help. Volunteer positions are available Monday - Friday between 9am - 5pm. Interviews are a requirement for this role.

We also offer finance and general administration volunteering roles.

Please complete an application form and submit to volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au to see if there are any available roles at this time.

Volunteering with Special Works
Special works offer a range of volunteering opportunities in our community-based programs that are located in the ACT. As per ACT legislation, all of these volunteer roles require a Working with Vulnerable People card prior to commencement. To apply/renew your free card, click here.

Special Works Roles

  • Kitchen Assistant - Monday - Friday, breakfast and lunch. Blue Door Drop-in centre is located within Ainslie Village.
  • Compeer Friendship Program – Flexible hours, 4-6hrs per month, minimum 12 month commitment.
  • Clemente Learning Partner - Day or night, Flexible hours.
  • Night Patrol and Night Patrol team leaders - Evenings only, roster system - usually once a month. Please note: The next Night Patrol Training and Induction is being held on Thursday 9 November (BOOKED OUT), Thursday 16 November, Thursday 7 December. Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm. Location: Deakin Office
  • Drivers - Monday-Friday, business hours.

Complete the application form and email, volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au  with a copy of your Working with Vulnerable People card for any of the above Special Works roles. You will then be invited to the next “Welcome to the Society” Induction session.

Home visitation
Vinnies is always looking for volunteers for home visits to people who contact us for assistance. This involves you going in pairs into people's homes, assessing their needs and offering appropriate support. If you would like to find out more about this program, please call (02) 6282 2722 or email conferences@svdp-cg.or.au

One off volunteering

We offer a variety of one-off volunteering opportunities for various groups and individuals:

  • Corporate
  • Groups
  • Community Groups
  • Tertiary - Student Placement
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Community Service Certificates - Placement

Please contact us on volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au to find out more.


“Welcome to the Society” Induction
All ACT/Queanbeyan volunteers are required to attend a welcome session within the first month of commencing their volunteering. We will email you the details once your application is processed. These sessions are scheduled for the last Wednesday of every month.
Last session for 2017 - Wednesday 29 November.

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where:  Head Office - 15 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT 2600
Transport:  Bus 2 and 3 - plenty of free parking.