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, volunteering 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

Event Coordinator - The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council Australia  is preparing for the 2017 Congress being held in October. The National Council office is looking for a volunteer to assist one or two days a week in the planning, coordination and communications of this event.

Key Responsibilities: Experience in event planning, coordination and communications would be preferable.

Please contact Donna on 6202 1213 or via email donna@svdp.org.au

Applications Close: Friday 30 June 2017


Learning Partner/Mentor Volunteers  - Required for  2017!! We are looking for volunteers to assist students studying one university-level humanities subject.

Key Responsibilities: Provide a student with support, encouragement and study skill assistance(help with organisational skills, essay writing, internet searches, research and library use), Assist the student to develop complementary skills required by the course, Pursue the above task in the context of a developing relationship by engendering trust and building self-esteem.

We are looking for volunteers who are keen to commit to 6-12 month period. Training 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: Friday 27 October 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
  • 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, 7 days a week. Please note the next Night Patrol training /induction session will be held in June 2017.
  • Drivers - Monday-Friday, business hours.
  • Community Room assistants Monday-Friday, business hours. Provide friendship and support to people living at Reid and Oaks Estate.
  • Community Room cooks (Oakes Estate) Friday lunchtime only - (must be over 18yrs).
  • Sewing volunteers - Fortnightly (Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm). Located: Mitchell Warehouse. As part of our Energy Efficiency Project, Vinnie's is making curtains for the families we support. If you can sew curtain, we would love to have you on board. This is a really excellent way to support your community! You will get a free healthy lunch and lots of good company.

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.
Where:  Head Office - 15 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT 2600
Transport:  Bus 2 and 3 - plenty of free parking.