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, interests, 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

Clemente Learning Partners

Clemente is a free university education program offered in partnership with Australian Catholic University. Many individuals who access the Clemente program are striving to deal with complex issues such as mental illness, disability, addiction, unemployment, homelessness, family breakdown or settling into new communities in Australia.

Key Requirements

  • Volunteers must have completed a bachelor's degree at Uni. (or be very close to finishing one).
  • Hold a Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Card and be ready to commit to the full 12 weeks of the program.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide the students with support, encouragement and study skill assistance (e.g. help with organisational skills, assignment presentation, clarification of lecture material, basic computing skills, essay writing, internet searches, research and library use); 
  • Assist the students to develop complementary skills required by the course; and 
  • Pursue the above tasks in the context of a developing professional relationship by engendering trust and building self-esteem.

There are three levels of study designed to suit a range of learning goals. Classes are run by qualified educators.

Study courses available are:

  • Certificate in Liberal Studies - a study of humanities
  • Pathways Course – designed to re-engage with learning and study
  • Community Program – lifestyle courses held in the semester break

The program is free, and students are provided with all textbooks and learning materials. Volunteer in-class and off-campus mentors can provide study assistance, help with organisational skills, work presentation, and basic computing. Students with varied life experiences are encouraged to apply. To find out more contact: 0418 714 835 or Clemente@svdp-cg.org.au


General Hand Volunteer - Night Patrol  

The General Hand Volunteer primarily carries out the tasks that the Night Patrol program relies on directly for its smooth running operations. These tasks are essential in ensuring that the Night Patrol vans and its volunteers are able to provide a consistent and reliable service each night for those accessing the vans on the streets.

The role has limited engagement with people on the streets and it is required for Mondays, Wednesdays,and/or Fridays. A valid (full) drivers license must be held.

Key Responsibilities

  • Pick up sandwiches from supplier and deliver to the Night Patrol Kitchen
  • Pick up fruit and milk from suppliers and deliver to the Night Patrol Kitchen
  • Maintain stock levels / material aid section of the Night Patrol vans
  • Maintain the Night Patrol Vans and Kitchen clean
  • Compliance with organisational policies and procedures, training requirements, legislation, health and safety, diversity and a commitment to quality systems and continuous improvement.

To find out more contact: 0262347348 or Volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 


Summer Volunteer at Vinnies

During the Christmas School Holidays Vinnies is always very short of shop volunteers.  This happens to also be one of our busiest times of the year and we need your help! Vinnies offers short term volunteer opportunities at the Retail Centres across Canberra/Goulburn. Join one of the 27 Retail Centres in ACT/NSW region! Our shops are run by experienced professional retail managers who are supported by dedicated volunteers . 

There are a variety of roles, from retail assistants, sorters, administrators, merchandisers, cashiers  to the heavy lifting and more specialised roles that involve pricing valuables and books.  There is a role for everyone. A strong pair of hands would not go amiss when there is such a deluge of donations. Fit volunteers able to carry donated items in a safe environment within manual handling guidelines are at a premium.

By volunteering you get to meet some wonderful people and gain new skills. You are also helping people in need within the community. Funds raised through the Centres go to providing emergency relief to local people with low incomes who call Vinnies needing help.

  • Minimum 4 hours/ day (20 hours/holidays)
  • Volunteer Period: 22/12/19 – 01/02/20 (negotiable)
  • Volunteer period could be extended upon request
  • During this Christmas Holiday, your energy, compassion and skills can make a real difference to those doing it tough.

To find out more contact: 0262347348 or Volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 


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.

To find out more contact: 0262347348 or threadtogether@svdp-cg.org.au

Friendship/Mentor Volunteers - Compeer (Community Program) 

St Vincent de Paul Society is currently looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to take part in our Compeer program.

Compeer matches people with a mental health diagnosis with a “friend” who is a caring and compassionate volunteer, to circumvent social isolation for people with mental health issues. The program promotes social inclusion and the reduction of stigma through friendship, based on the simple premise that “friendship is powerful medicine”. It also aims to improve the quality of life and self-esteem of people living a with mental health diagnosis.

This low-time volunteer commitment is the perfect opportunity for anyone who is enthusiastic about meeting new people and giving back to our community. No previous experience is required as all volunteer will receive specialised training and support.

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

To find out more contact: compeer@svdp-cg.org.au 

Watch Enthusiast - ACT Vinnies Shop

Vinnies is looking for someone who loves watches! Do you like tinkering with them, can you provide some insights into how they compare in the market? If you are interested in this volunteering opportunity, we would love to hear from you! Hours are flexible, Monday-Friday.

To find out more contact: 0262347348 or Volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 

Retail Assistant - Narrabundah, Tuggeranong and Kippax

Our Vinnies centres play a vital role in supporting the community by providing affordable daily living essentials and by assisting those that need a helping hand up. We are seeking volunteers to assist with Retail duties, Donation Sorting, Customer Service and manual handling tasks.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting customers with their selections with a high level of customer service
  • Pricing and valuing stock, including stock selection and sorting from donations
  • Stock presentation, placement and merchandising
  • Undertaking general duties

If you are interested in helping a local charity provide assistance to the community – then this could be for you! Have fun, meet new people and give back to the community. We would love to hear from you. To find out more contact: 0262347348 or Volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au 

Volunteering in a retail centre or warehouse
Vinnies has 27 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 to find full details 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.

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. 

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.