Volunteering - Victoria
Vinnies volunteers provide critical support in the local community.
Volunteers can assist by undertaking roles in the following areas:
- Vinnies Shops
Vinnies Shops provide furniture, clothing and household goods to families and people who are in need and are being assisted by conference members. Our shops are also a valuable resource for people on low incomes, enabling them to buy quality clothing, furniture and other household items at an affordable price. Becoming a volunteer in one of the shops offers opportunities in a wide variety of roles including sales, goods maintenance, displaying goods in the store or assisting with furniture collection.
- Tutoring Program
A homework tutoring program using volunteer tutors operates in the Dandenong area on Saturday mornings during school terms. Tutoring focusing on numeracy, literacy and social skills. The program caters for children who are unable to access private tuition. The majority of the students will be from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, including some of refugee origin.
The Compeer Program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who provide regular, friendly companionship for people living with mental health issues (companions). To find out more information click here.
Conference members visit people in their homes and help to find the most appropriate response to the person’s or family’s needs. Becoming a volunteer in this role involves being a supportive listener and may also include providing food or food vouchers, clothing, furniture, budget support, assistance with utility bills or back to school costs, information and advocacy. Victoria’s conferences meet on a regular basis and work closely with St Vincent de Paul Society's Vinnies Shops to provide assistance.
- Prisoner Family Support
This team provides an information service to families and friends who are visiting prisoners at the Metropolitan Remand Centre. In many cases this is the first time families come in contact with the prison system. The team operates on Saturdays and Sundays. The location is at Ravenhall on the western outskirts of Melbourne. Training is provided.
For further information about the any of the ways you can volunteer with the St Vincent de Paul Society, please call 1300 736 933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org