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 practical and emotional support to families, often helping them through difficult times.
“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.
Volunteers of the Family Support Program are asked to commit 2-4 hours per fortnight to support children and families with a range of activities such as:
- Supporting a parent with household routines and positive parenting.
- 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.
- Mentoring a young person.
Find out about disability volunteering here.
Joining OzChild’s volunteering services can be an incredibly rewarding experience. By volunteering with OzChild you can provide vital support to children by helping them access new opportunities and enabling them to thrive. We offer ongoing professional development, support and supervision to ensure that you are confident in your volunteer role. Your support can make a real difference which benefit not only the child, but also their family and 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.
Hear from some of our volunteers on why they chose to volunteer with OzChild and what they gained from their experience:
Viv* remembers how overwhelming it was to be a new parent. Now that she’s older and wiser and her children have all grown up, Viv thought she could put her knowledge to good use for the next generation. Read Viv’s story here.
Seeing young people reach their potential is what inspired Pedro Duarte to become a volunteer mentor with OzChild.
“I saw the transformation that it made on kids’ lives,” Pedro says. “It’s not their fault they’re in the circumstances they’re in. And I thought that if I could be a mentoring figure who could make a difference, I could be someone they can talk to and get advice from, and provide a bit of consistency.” Read Pedro’s story here.
When Mikey reflected on his own troubled childhood, he wished that he had someone to help him through the tough times. So when he heard of the opportunity to volunteer with a vulnerable family much like his own, Mikey signed up with OzChild’s Volunteer Program. Read Mikey’s story here.
How do I volunteer?
You do not need any special qualifications or 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 two telephone referees.
- Attend a one day Induction Training Program.
- Be willing to undertake a Working With Children Check and Police Check.
To view advertised volunteer roles click here.
For more information, call our Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator on (03) 8796 0000 or email AdminFrankston@ozchild.org.au
VOLUNTEERS FOR FLEXIBLE RESPITE PROGRAM
OzChild 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 supporting a young person 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 children and young people are engaged, learning and having fun. Volunteers will be asked to support clients and to enhance their experience on the day. A support worker is always with you for additional support and guidance.
The time commitment of volunteers within the flexible respite 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 activities which most suit you and your skills and abilities.
Flexibility is just one of the benefits when people volunteer with the flexible respite program. It’s a great way to make a difference, gain new skills and experiences and to get involved with your community.
Volunteers are accepted from 16 years and up, and will need to be willing to undertake a police check, working with children’s check and Disability Workers Exclusion Scheme (DWES) if over 18.
For more information, call our Respite Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 5975 7644.