Are you interested in issues of social justice? Do you want to do something to make a difference in the world?

You can join our inspiring young members and volunteers around Australia (5-35) who are making a difference within their local community. In 1833, Vinnies was founded by 20 year old University student Frederic Ozanam and a group of his friends. Today, Frederics' passion for social justice is continued by the thousands of members and volunteers across the nation!

There are a variety of ways for young people to make a difference. Mini Vinnies (Primary School aged groups) High School and Young Adult Conferences provide opportunities for young people to learn more about social justice issues and develop their leadership skills while making a positive difference within their community.

If you are 14 years of age and over you can also volunteer on our programs. Our department coordinates programs for kids and teenagers including activity days and camps. Our young adult volunteers are also involved in gardening programs, homework help programs and other activities across NSW.

Click here for the Schools and Youth website. This site offers information specific to schools and youth communities in NSW.


School students aged 14 years or older are encouraged to volunteer with our programs. SPARK is a Vinnies program that regularly partners with High Schools in Sydney to provide volunteer opportunities for groups of students. Students have the opportunity to volunteer in selected primary schools in Western Sydney to act as tutors and mentors to children of refugee backgrounds. Full training and ongoing support is provided, as well as formal recognition of the students’ participation. Contact SPARK to find out how your school community can get involved.

Click here for information about the youth programs within your area and other volunteering opportunities.

If you would like to become involved with Vinnies at your school please contact us. Let’s work together to make a difference in your local community.

For further information regarding involving your school, contact our Youth Team in NSW:

  • Armidale

5776 0201

  • Bathurst

6362 2565

  • Broken Bay

9495 8306

  • Lismore

6621 5835

  • Maitland/Newcastle

4032 3560

  • Parramatta

8861 9740

9350 9651

  • Wagga Wagga

6923 1909

  • Wollongong

4627 9013

  • Wilcannia Forbes

6862 5758