Adult Community Options (ACO)
Adult Community Options (ACO) is our NDIS Disability Services program, supporting individuals with a range of abilities, from independent to high and complex support needs.
Volunteers assist our ACO staff to support differently-abled clients in a range of activities both centre based and out in the community. Programs include cooking, swimming, basketball, art and craft, computer and ipad training and work skills. We have ACO centres in Parkdale, Cheltenham, Edithvale and Clayton South.
To find out more about Adult Community Options visit cbchs.org.au
Current volunteer opportunities
The Activity Support Volunteer role supports ACO swimming groups, by providing clients support in the water, working as a spotter on the side of the pool and assisting clients in the changing room.
The role involves providing support to the clients in accordance with and within the philosophy with the within the philosophy of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, Disability Act 2006, NDIS Code of Conduct CBCHS and ACO rules, guidelines, policies and procedures.
Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)
The Community Visitors Scheme is a government-funded program that matches a volunteer visitor with a lonely or isolated person living in an Aged Care Facility or in his or her own home. The visits are purely for social purposes, and to provide companionship.
CBCHS delivers CVS in Kingston, Bayside, Glen Eira and Frankston LGAs.
Volunteers spend an hour or so a week (or fortnight) with the person doing activities they both enjoy, such as going for a walk, reading, chatting over a cuppa, jigsaws etc. Many of our volunteers go on to develop a true friendship with the person they visit.
Visits can make the world of difference to the health and wellbeing of the person receiving the visits. At the same time, volunteers report a richly rewarding experience in their own life.
Volunteers commit to the program for 12 months and visiting at least once a fortnight, but weekly is preferable.
Our recruitment process is flexible and caters to current restrictions so don't delay.
Read below to find out how to apply or contact the Volunteer Office on 8587 0322.
HOW TO APPLY
Step One: Fill in an application
Click on the Fill in an application button -top right of screen. Create a personal account. Please keep your username and password as you will be required to log in during your time as a volunteer. Complete the application form.
Step Two: Attend an interview
We will be in touch to set up an interview (online or in the office). This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the role and for us to understand what you would like to get out of your volunteering experience.
Step Three: Complete pre-commencement checks
All CBCHS volunteers are required to complete a National Police Check and reference checks prior to commencement. In some cases an International Police clearance and VEVO visa check may also be required.
Covid-19 Vaccination - All CBCHS staff and volunteers are now required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in line with the Mandatory Vaccination Direction. A copy of your vaccination evidence can be uploaded as part of your initial application or you can provided this during the recruitment process.
Step Four: Training and orientation
Full training and support is provided. As part of our onboarding process we will support you to complete CVS program training & infection control training.
Step Five: Matching
Once onboarding is complete a CVS team member will be in touch to discuss a suitable match. We will work with you to understand what you are hoping to get out of your volunteer experience and where possible align interests so you and your recipient can develop a lasting friendship.
30 years of CVS - stories of friendship
Here’s a lovely story of support and friendship to emerge from our Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) volunteer program.
CVS volunteer Sarah has been visiting Betty at a local residential care facility since 2019, with the pair enjoy regular catch-ups for coffee, chats and supported walks.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Primary Health (PH)
Central Bayside Community Health Services Physiotherapy Service welcomes volunteers to assist with various exercise groups such as aquatic physio, strength and balance, and gentle exercise. Volunteering is under the guidance of Physiotherapists and Allied Health Assistants. Physiotherapy group exercise programs are delivered from CBCHS sites at Parkdale, Chelsea, Clarinda & Bentleigh (aquatic program) and programs operate from Monday to Friday.
To succeed as a Physiotherapy volunteer you will have a genuine empathy and understanding of the needs of older people, an ability to socialise, listen and communicate well with others, willingness to work as part of a team, ability to encourage the client’s independence where possible and relevant. You will also be willing to work with a physiotherapist to learn how to safely undertake manual handling that may be required as part of your participation.
Current volunteer opportunities
As a hydrotherapy volunteer you volunteer alongside a group of volunteers and are guided by a Physiotherapist or Allied Health Assistant. Exercising in water provides the benefits of exercise on dry land with less strain and stress on your body. For this reason, it can be a safer alternative for people with back problems or arthritis.
The hydrotherapy program is delivered at Connect Health and Community heated hydrotherapy pool in Bentleigh East.
The program takes place on Friday. A typical shift is 3 hours and we ask for at least a 6month commitment to volunteer.
Social Support Groups (SSG)
We all know that social interaction is critical for health and wellbeing, but staying connected with others can become more difficult as we get older. Volunteers can contribute to supporting clients remain connected by assisting staff during both centre and outing based activity & social programs for persons 65 years and older.
Centre based programs are offered at sites at Mentone, Clarinda and Cheltenham.
Outing programs can be at local cafes, pubs, reserves, food markets, movies are just a few examples of our broad program activities.
The 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩𝐬 at CBCHS offer a diverse range of over 25 activities per week, providing the opportunity for people to connect with others in a supportive environment.
The groups are great way to make friends, enjoy new experiences and most importantly have fun!
Participants are encouraged to share their interests and goals so we can help find the right group for them. This low-cost service is also a great way for carers to get some well-earned respite from their caring duties.
To learn more about Social Support Groups visit https://www.cbchs.org.au/services/aged-day-services/
Current volunteer opportunities
This interesting volunteer involves assisting the Group Supervisor with transportation of clients, assisting with morning tea and lunch set up and pack down, engaging with clients – getting to know their story and what gives them joy. We would also love to hear from you if you have any hobbies or interests which may enhance our programs. Examples may include crafts, chess, card games and music to name a few!