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

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - VINNIE’S WAREHOUSE SALE (MITCHELL)

Do you have some time spare on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th March 2017? Are you free from 8:45am-12:45pm OR 12:15pm-4:15pm? Vinnies is holding another WAREHOUSE SALE!! We need your help to make it a success.

Key Responsibilities - We are looking for volunteers to perform the below tasks:

  • Merchandising, Cashiers, BBQ Cooks and Hosts (collecting gold coin donations)

Please register your interest by emailing us at volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au and we will be in contact with you shortly!

Applications close:  Thursday 23 March 2017


Volunteers needed for Vinnies Doorknock Appeal

The Vinnies February Doorknock Appeal has been running for over 30 years in Canberra, raising vital funds for a spectrum of Vinnies services that provide immediate and long-term assistance to people with urgent and ongoing needs. The Vinnies February Doorknock Appeal has been running for over 30 years in Canberra, raising vital funds for a spectrum of Vinnies services that provide immediate and long-term assistance to people with urgent and ongoing needs. This includes emergency food, clothing, accommodation, mental health services, support for families, special services for young people and life skills education. Last February 1,350 volunteers doorknocked in 1,520 collection areas covering around 70,000 residences and raising over $300,000. This represents 59% of the prospective collection areas, which means 41% of Canberra is not being reached because we do not have sufficient volunteers.

When: The Doorknock Appeal runs from 1-28 February and is a great flexible one off (2-3 hours) volunteering opportunity.

Time: As a guide only, the times we suggest are between 9.30am and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday or between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays. If you are unable to doorknock due to physical restraints there are also collection table opportunities available in some Canberra shopping centres.

Please note: You can doorknock in the suburb of your choosing with a friend/family member or by yourself on any day throughout February.

The success of this appeal is directly linked to the number of volunteers – by sparing a few hours of your time you can help us raise valuable funds for Vinnies programs such as Night Patrol, the St Nick’s Young Carers program and the Clemente university program offered to people who have experienced disadvantage through the Australian Catholic University.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Email doorknock@svdp-cg.org.au with:

  • the suburb(s) you want to doorknock in

  • your contact details

  • the best time to contact you

After registering to volunteer we will put you in contact with the coordinator of your chosen area who will organise your doorknocking kit and provide you with detailed instructions.

If you have any questions please feel free to call (02) 6234 7347.


Living Skills Volunteers - Our Special Works programs assist individuals and residents to sustain independent accommodation in the long term and connects them with recreational and support services. The aim of the Living Skills volunteer position is to promote social skills and encourage positive lifestyle choices amongst the people whom we assist.

Key Responsibilities: Organise and lead living skills training sessions and activities, provide residence with literacy support and computing skills, facilitate cooking and cleaning sessions, provide local transport in an allocated Society transport van, assist with facilities such as internet, phone, information, brochures.

Skills and Knowledge: Experience in cleaning, cooking, living skills and the ability to support others to learn such skills, sound level numeracy and literacy skills, an understanding of education, resumes and job search options, confident in working with people who may have challenging behaviours and complex needs.

We are looking for volunteers who are keen to commit to 6-12 month period.

 

If you are interested in applying for this volunteering opportunity, please contact us at volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au and a copy of the position description can be supplied upon request.

 

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

Applications Close: Tuesday 28 February 2017.


Learning Partner/Mentor Volunteers  - Required for Semester 1, 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.

Please click on the link to view the position description - https://www.vinnies.org.au/content/Document/ACT/Clemente%20Learning%20Partner%20-%20position%20description%20-%20volunteer%2009_2015.pdf

We are looking for volunteers who are keen to commit to 6-12 month period. Training provided.

If after viewing the position description you would like to discuss this volunteering opportunity, please contact us on volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 

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

Applications Close: Tuesday 28 February 2017.

 


Volunteering in a retail centre or warehouse
Vinnies has 25 retail centres in our ACT/NSW region and a warehouse located in Canberra. Retail roles include Retail Assistant and Donation Sorting volunteers. If you are physically fit, some of our sites offer delivery offsider and general hand roles. 
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 invite you to the ‘Welcome to the Society” Induction.


Volunteering in our corporate office (Deakin, ACT)
Our corporate office offers Help Line and Administration volunteering opportunities. Our Helpline volunteers coordinate home visits, referrals and assistance to people who ring in seeking our help. 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 ProgramFlexible 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

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - VINNIE’S WAREHOUSE SALE (MITCHELL)

Do you have some time spare on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th or Sunday 26th March 2017? Are you free from 8:45am-12:45pm OR 12:15pm-4:15pm? Vinnies is holding another WAREHOUSE SALE!! We need your help to make it a success.

Key Responsibilities - We are looking for volunteers to perform the below tasks:

  • Merchandising, Cashiers, BBQ Cooks and Hosts (collecting gold coin donations)

Please register your interest by emailing us at volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au and we will be in contact with you shortly!

Applications close:  Thursday 23 March 2017


Volunteers needed for Vinnies Doorknock Appeal

The Vinnies February Doorknock Appeal has been running for over 30 years in Canberra, raising vital funds for a spectrum of Vinnies services that provide immediate and long-term assistance to people with urgent and ongoing needs. The Vinnies February Doorknock Appeal has been running for over 30 years in Canberra, raising vital funds for a spectrum of Vinnies services that provide immediate and long-term assistance to people with urgent and ongoing needs. This includes emergency food, clothing, accommodation, mental health services, support for families, special services for young people and life skills education. Last February 1,350 volunteers doorknocked in 1,520 collection areas covering around 70,000 residences and raising over $300,000. This represents 59% of the prospective collection areas, which means 41% of Canberra is not being reached because we do not have sufficient volunteers.

When: The Doorknock Appeal runs from 1-28 February and is a great flexible one off (2-3 hours) volunteering opportunity.

Time: As a guide only, the times we suggest are between 9.30am and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday or between 5pm and 7pm on weekdays. If you are unable to doorknock due to physical restraints there are also collection table opportunities available in some Canberra shopping centres.

Please note: You can doorknock in the suburb of your choosing with a friend/family member or by yourself on any day throughout February.

The success of this appeal is directly linked to the number of volunteers – by sparing a few hours of your time you can help us raise valuable funds for Vinnies programs such as Night Patrol, the St Nick’s Young Carers program and the Clemente university program offered to people who have experienced disadvantage through the Australian Catholic University.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Email doorknock@svdp-cg.org.au with:

  • the suburb(s) you want to doorknock in

  • your contact details

  • the best time to contact you

After registering to volunteer we will put you in contact with the coordinator of your chosen area who will organise your doorknocking kit and provide you with detailed instructions.

If you have any questions please feel free to call (02) 6234 7347.

 


“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.

Two sessions will be held in February 2017 - Wednesday 8th & Wednesday 22nd.