“I wasn’t sure if I really had the skills to help someone else, but I now understand that what matters the most is that I am there.”
Adrian B, OzChild Volunteer
How can I help?
Volunteers are crucial to the work OzChild provides helping support children and families and are essential in allowing us to deliver our Volunteer Family Support Program. Volunteers offer assistance to families in practical and emotional ways often helping them through difficult times.
Volunteers of the Family Support Program are asked to commit two – four hours per fortnight to support children and families with a range of activities such as;
- Supporting a parent with household routines and positive parenting.
- Simply spending time listening to a child
- Sharing hobbies and skills.
- Cooking, arts and crafts
- Sharing activities such as kicking a football, visiting the park, shooting hoops or a trip to the beach.
- Helping with school work
- Providing emotional support and company to parents and children.
- Helping families’ access libraries play groups and the wider community.
- Providing transport to activities and appointments.
Joining OzChild’s volunteering services can be incredibly rewarding experience. By volunteering with OzChild you provide vital support to children helping them access new opportunities – enabling them to thrive. Your support can make a huge difference by benefiting not only the child but also their families and in turn the communities in which they live.
Volunteering can also provide opportunities to:
- Share your skills and life experiences
- Be part of your wider community
- Learn or develop a new skill
- Boost your career options
- Create new experiences by meeting a diverse range of people
How do I volunteer?
You do not need any special qualifications or have previous experience to volunteer with OzChild. The only qualities you need to possess are compassion and the desire to improve the lives of children and families. To be eligible as a volunteer you must be:
- Over the age of 18
- Able to commit to between 2 to 4 hours per fortnight for a minimum of one year
- Attend an interview
- Provide 2 telephone referees.
- Attend a one day Induction Training Program
- Be willing to undertake a Working With Children Check and Police Check
Enquire to become a Volunteer by completing our online Application Form here.
Volunteers are needed in the following regions:
Enquire to become a volunteer
Complete an application to become a Volunteer here or contact our Volunteer Recruitment, Retention and Training Coordinator on (03) 8796 0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
OzChild disability volunteers support our clients on recreational activities, camps and school holiday activities. Our Flexible Respite Programs offer activities as wide ranging as arts and craft lessons to a trip to the zoo. As a volunteer you may provide assistance helping a child to learn karate, dancing lessons, attend a movie night, access a yoga class or participate in an African drumming workshop. The list is endless and ensures our children and young people are engaged, learning and having fun. Volunteers will be asked to support the clients and to enhance their experience on the day. A disability support worker is always with you for additional support and guidance.
The time commitment of volunteers within the disability program is determined by the volunteer themselves from one day on a weekend to everyday during school holidays, 3 nights at camps or 5 hours at karate. As a volunteer we encourage you to choose the acitivites which most suit you and your skills and abilities.
Flexibility is just one of the benefits when people volunteer with the Disability program. It’s a great way to make a difference, to gain new skills and experiences and to get involved within your community.
Volunteers are accepted from 16 years up, and will need to be willing to undertake a police check, working with children’s check and DWES (Disability Workers Exclusion Scheme) once they turn 18.
Complete an application to become a disability volunteer here or call our Volunteer Co-ordinator on (03) 5975 7644
Other Ways to Help
OzChild also runs a Mentoring Program for children and young people as well as a Foster Care program throughout Southern Metropolitan Melbourne. If you would like to know more about these services please click here to Become a Mentor or here to Become a Foster Carer