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.

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

RETAIL ASSISTANT - VINNIES Thread Together COMMUNITY PROGRAM

This new community program called Vinnies Thread Together program is  a shop front aimed at making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people in our community by providing free clothing. This in turn changes how people are perceived and restores their optimism, self-esteem and dignity.

St Vincent de Paul Society is currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to take part in our new Thread Together program. Many Canberrans don’t have access to a warm winter jumper, comfortable, waterproof shoes or even a clean pair of underwear. We have partnered with Thread Together, a registered charity working with the fashion industry and social services agencies to provide Australians in need with free end-of-line brand new clothes.

Volunteers will be working from our new and exciting shop front in Phillip, creating a safe place for people to access clothing and support. We are committed to offering a hand-up to people in our community who are doing it tough and may otherwise go without. Disadvantage should not prevent people from reaching their full potential; the clothing we provide has the power to turn lives around by shaping confidence and restoring self-esteem.

This low-time volunteer commitment is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is enthusiastic about giving back to our community.

No previous experience is required as all volunteer will receive specialised training and support.

Volunteers must hold a valid Working with Vulnerable People’s card (WWVP) to participate in the program.

When applying you will be asked to complete an application form and submit a copy of your WWVP card. If you do not have a WWVP card, we can let you know how to apply for one when we receive your application.

If you are interested in becoming involved with this opportunity please contact Vinnies via email: threadtogether@svdp-cg.org.au


VOLUNTEERS – VINES (Youth) PROGRAM

VINES is Vinnies, Inspiring, Networking, Education and Support.

St Vincent de Paul and the Scout Association of Australia (ACT) are working in collaboration to deliver a project to support young people at risk. The service aims to encourage young people at risk to rediscover their better and stronger inner selves by providing a range of activities aimed at positive outcomes such as building new life skills, networking, social and emotional development.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate weekend activities(Saturday only 10am-1pm)
  • School Holidays - Wednesday only(commencing July school holidays 2018)
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to organise, plan and schedule the activities
  • Ensure that duty of care requirements are met for all program participants
  • Special Events - monthly outings

If you can assist us – whether it’s weekly, fortnightly or monthly – we would love to hear from you! Have fun, meet new people and give back to the community.

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

Please contact vines@svdp-cg.org.au for further information.

Applications Close:  Friday 29 June 2018


Volunteering in a retail centre or warehouse
Vinnies has 26 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 invited to the ‘Welcome to the Society” Induction for volunteers.


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

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
  • Families
  • 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.

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Where:  Deakin Office - 15 Denison Street, Deakin, ACT 2600

Please Note:  The session occurring in April - will now be moved to TUESDAY 24 APRIL due to Wednesday 25 April being a public holiday.