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

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED **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. This includes emergency food, clothing, accommodation, mental health services, support for families, special services for young people and life skills education. Last February 1,238 volunteers doorknocked in 1,393 collection areas covering around 64,000 residences and raising over $282,000. This represents 55% of the prospective collection areas, which means 45% of Canberra is not being reached because we do not have sufficient volunteers.

The Doorknock Appeal runs from 1-28 February and is a great flexible one off (2-3 hours) volunteering opportunity. You can doorknock in the suburb of your choosing with a friend/family member or by yourself on any day throughout February. 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. For tertiary students, we have a Tertiary Doorknock Day on Saturday 24 February covering the Yarralumla suburb.

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

NB: If you would like to participate in the Tertiary Doorknock Day on Saturday 24 February, please indicate this in your email.

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.


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 regular weekday and weekend activities
  • 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
  • Activities are scheduled fortnightly - Wednesday 3pm – 6pm & Saturday 10am-1pm
  • Special Events - monthly outings

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

Training Date for new volunteers is scheduled for Friday 2 February 2018 4pm-6pm. 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 19 January 2018


We have Vinnies shops across the ACT and NSW that are looking for retail assistants and donation sorters to help us get through all the donations received over the Christmas period.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Work experience and referees for your resume
  • Learn new skills
  • Universities and future employers love to see that people have volunteered

Who can volunteer

  • People over the age of 14
  • Mum/dad and kids over the age of 10 as a group

To get started email volunteer@svdp-cg.org.au with your name, contact details and where you'd like to volunteer.

By volunteering at Vinnies not only do you get to meet some awesome people and gain new skills, you also help people in need within your local community. Funds raised through the Vinnies shops go to providing emergency relief to people who call Vinnies asking for help.


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!


Hours: Friday 1pm-5pm, Saturday & Sunday - 9am-3pm (Flexible within these hours)

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: Friday 2 February 2018


Our volunteer Team Leaders are inspiring! They love to be part of team and help us assist those in our the local community.

The position - our Team Leaders are allocated a shift to manage both our retail operations and people. For their shift, they are responsible for both front and back of house, proving a high level of customer service and looking after our volunteer Retail Assistants and Donation sorters.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Opening and Closing of centre
  • Manage volunteer base who are rostered
  • Assist customers with their selections with a high level of service
  • Stock presentation, placement and visual merchandising
  • Shift Times: Saturday/Sunday 9am-4pm

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

A National Police Check card is required to undertake this volunteering opportunity.

Applications Close: Friday 2 February 2018


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: All 2017 sessions are BOOKED OUT. Next OPEN session - Thursday 7 February 2018

Applications Close: Friday 19 January 2018


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: Friday 19 January 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 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. The next Night Patrol Training/Induction is being held on Thursday 7 February 2018 Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm. Location: Deakin Office - 15 Denison Street, Deakin
  • 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.

Please note: There will be 2 sessions held in February 2018  - Wednesday 7th & Wednesday 28th.

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