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Child, Youth and Family Services - North West Metro and Wimmera

We work alongside young people to build coping skills and resilience to overcome life's challenges.

Helping young people to thrive.

Our programs support young people experiencing vulnerability, disadvantage and crisis. 

We provide early intervention for at-risk youth to restore family unity to build trust and break the cycle of disadvantage.

We do this through: 
  • Youth mentoring
  • School engagement program
  • Summer camps
  • L2P Driver Mentoring

By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change for people and communities. 

Find out more about our programs at unitingvictas.org.au


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Child, Youth and Families

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Community Wellbeing - North West Metro, Bendigo and Goulburn Murray

Every day, our services support individuals, families and communities across Victoria and Tasmania.

By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change for people and communities. 

Find out more about our programs at unitingvictas.org.au


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Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre - Brunswick

Together, we can build connection, reduce isolation and provide a positive future for our community.

Join us at our Asylum Seeker Welcome Centre – a safe and welcoming community space for people seeking asylum in Melbourne.

We offer lots of different activities to help people settle in and find their feet, including: 

  • Classes and workshops - such as English, computer and creative arts lessons
  • Community Meals Program - a space to prepare food and share cultural cuisine
  • Excursions - family friendly experiences showcasing all that Melbourne has to offer
  • Practical Support - including assistance with food, housing, material aid, transport and referrals.

If you have hidden talent that we could add to our activities list or would like to support our meals program we can support a flexible and rewarding experience.

If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with ASWC team on 03 9388 2459 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Brunswick VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Emergency Relief - Footscray

 

Share your time to transform lives.

 

Emergency Relief volunteers are non-judgmental in their approach and the ability to respond with empathy to people in crisis.

 

Uniting's Emergency Relief program for people experiencing hardship. The program provides an opportunity for vulnerable members of the community to access a range of supports, including donated food items, vouchers, material goods and referrals to services.

 

Team Members assist with reception, packing and distribution of food, initial eligibility interviews, entry of data, general operations of the program and maintaining the work environment.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,”Emergency Relief, Volunteer.

 

If this sounds like you 4 hours a fortnight to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Mary or Fiona on 03 9689 3515 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Footscray VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

No Interest Loans - Footscray

 

A fair go for everyone to access interest-free loans.

 

Volunteers assist people to access fair, safe and equitable credit through the No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS). NILS are interest-free loans intended to provide individuals and families in need with money for essential items and services to make life easier.

 

Funds can be used for:

  • Household items like fridges, washing machines, stoves, dryers, freezers and furniture
  • Some medical and dental services
  • Education essentials such as computers and textbooks
  • Car-related expenses including registration and repairs
  • Essential vehicles including cars, motorcycles, and mobility scooters (credit check required)
  • Mobile phones.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,”Emergency Relief, Volunteer.

 

If support people with their finances sounds like you, and you 4 hours a fortnight to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information call email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Footscray VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Community Meals - Footscray

 

A warm welcome and shared meal.

Our Footscray site offers a unique monthly community meal for anyone in the community to build social connections. A hot, free lunch served on the third Thursday of the month in partnership with the Footscray Uniting Community Church.

If you would like to share your cooking skills or help reduce social isolation in the community and have a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Mary or Fiona on 03 9689 3515 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Footscray VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Christmas Activities - Broadmeadows and Footscray

A little extra support at Christmas.

Uniting's Emergency Relief program for people experiencing hardship. The Christmas program provides an opportunity for vulnerable members of the community to access a range of supports, including donated food items, vouchers,gifts material goods and referrals to services during the Christmas season.

 

Team Members assist with reception, packing and distribution of food, donation collections, deliveries, initial eligibility interviews, entry of data, general operations of the program and events such as Christmas day lunch and the Toy Hhop.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,” - , Volunteer.

 

If you have some spare time over the holiday season and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Broadmeadows & Footscray VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 
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Community Wellbeing - Prahran and St Kilda

Every day, our services support individuals, families and communities across Victoria and Tasmania.

By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change for people and communities. 

Find out more about our programs at unitingvictas.org.au


 

 

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Hartley's Meals - Prahran

A warm welcome when someone needs it .

Hartley’s Meals located in Prahran has been serving weekday lunches for more than thirty years with volunteers serving thousands of meals a year. Hartley’s is operated by experienced chefs, volunteers, and participants from our services.

Hartley’s aims to provide:

  • a supportive and welcoming environment to all, but particularly those in the community who may be living with complex needs including mental illness, economic disadvantage, social isolation, loneliness or disadvantage
  • nutritious, low cost meals.

 

“I've never worked at an organisation with such compassionate and hard-working individuals.” – a meals volunteer

 

With the doors open during the week, volunteering with is flexible and rewarding. If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team

 

A typical lunch menu has soup, two choices of main meal (with vegetarian options always available) plus a dessert. Free bread and salad is provided – when possible – with the purchase of a main meal. The menu changes every day, and main meals cost $4.00. Holders of a valid and current Centrelink concession card are entitled to three free main meals a month*.

 

Opening hours Monday to Friday, serving lunch from 11.00am to 2.00pm

 

Hartley's is located at 211 Chapel Street, Prahran

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Sara on (03) 9051 6851 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Prahran VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

Winter Breakfast - Prahran

A Warm breakfast on a dreary winter’s day is a small luxury, but it means the world to many. 

Hartley’s Meals located in Prahran has been serving weekday lunches and free Breakfasts during winter for more than thirty years with volunteers serving thousands of meals a year. Hartley’s is operated by experienced chefs, volunteers, and participants from our services.

The program provides a free hot meal to those most in need and runs from June to August.

“I've never worked at an organisation with such compassionate and hard-working individuals.” – a meals volunteer

 

With the doors open early during the winter months, volunteering with the winter breakfast programis flexible and rewarding. If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team. Shifts start at 7.30am on weekdays during the inter months. 

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Sara on (03) 9051 6851 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Prahran VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

Community Meals - St Kilda

A warm welcome when someone needs it .

The St Kilda Engagement Hub offers a unique community service for adults with severe and enduring mental health issues.

The hub operates as a ‘drop in’ centre. Focusing on encouraging individual strengths and abilities.

People accessing the hub can access 

  • Daily meals including breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
  • Laundry facilities and showers
  • Group outings
  • Workshops and activities – including art, drama, gardening, meditation, yoga, music, women’s programs, writing and trivia

“I've never worked at an organisation with such compassionate and hard-working individuals.” – a meals volunteer

 

With the doors open during the week, volunteering with is flexible and rewarding. If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • St Kilda VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

Emergency Relief - Prahran

 

Share your time to transform lives.

 

Emergency Relief volunteers are non-judgmental in their approach and the ability to respond with empathy to people in crisis.

 

Uniting's Emergency Relief program for people experiencing hardship. The program provides an opportunity for vulnerable members of the community to access a range of supports, including donated food items, vouchers, material goods and referrals to services.

 

Team Members assist with reception, packing and distribution of food, initial eligibility interviews, entry of data, general operations of the program and maintaining the work environment.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,” - Ballarat Emergency Relief, Volunteer.

 

If this sounds like you 4 hours a fortnight to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Sara on (03) 9051 6851 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Prahran VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Emergency Relief - South Melbourne

 

Share your time to transform lives.

 

Emergency Relief volunteers are non-judgmental in their approach and the ability to respond with empathy to people in crisis.

 

Uniting's Emergency Relief program for people experiencing hardship. The program provides an opportunity for vulnerable members of the community to access a range of supports, including donated food items, vouchers, material goods and referrals to services.

 

Team Members assist with reception, packing and distribution of food, initial eligibility interviews, entry of data, general operations of the program and maintaining the work environment.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,” - Ballarat Emergency Relief, Volunteer.

 

If this sounds like you 4 hours a fortnight to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Sara on (03) 9051 6851 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Wyndham Region VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Engagement Hub - St Kilda

Helping people get by with a little help from some friends.

The St Kilda Engagement Hub offers a unique community service for adults with severe and enduring mental health issues.

The hub operates as a ‘drop in’ centre. Focusing on encouraging individual strengths and abilities.

People accessing the hub can access 

  • Daily meals including breakfast and lunch on weekdays.
  • Laundry facilities and showers
  • Group outings
  • Workshops and activities – including art, drama, gardening, meditation, yoga, music, women’s programs, writing and trivia

“I've never worked at an organisation with such compassionate and hard-working individuals.” – a meals volunteer

 

If you have hidden talent such as painting classes or yoga that we could add to our activities list and would like to share through volunteering we can support a flexible and rewarding experience. If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • St Kilda VIC

Type of work

Mental Health

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

Christmas activities - Prahran

A little extra support at Christmas.

Uniting's Emergency Relief program for people experiencing hardship. The Christmas program provides an opportunity for vulnerable members of the community to access a range of supports, including donated food items, vouchers,gifts material goods and referrals to services during the Christmas season.

 

Team Members assist with reception, packing and distribution of food, donation collections, deliveries, initial eligibility interviews, entry of data, general operations of the program and events such as Christmas day lunch and the Toy Hhop.

 

“I was looking to support an organisation that matched my interests and values,” - , Volunteer.

 

If you have some spare time over the holiday season and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe to access support. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Prahran VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

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Community Wellbeing - Southern & Eastern Melbourne

Every day, our services support individuals, families and communities across Victoria and Tasmania.

By volunteering with us, you will become an important part of our team, helping to create positive change for people and communities. 

Find out more about our programs at unitingvictas.org.au


 

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L2P Mentor Drivers - Ringwood

Sometimes independence starts with P.


Our L2P Program matches learner drivers with a mentor to help get them on the road.  Getting a drivers licence is an important milestone in a young person’s life. It opens up opportunities for employment, increases confidence, a sense of responsibility and independence.

Our L2P Program matches learners with a fully-licenced volunteer driver and vehicle to help them gain driving experience.

 

Become a mentor.

Volunteer mentors are an integral and highly valued part of the TAC L2P Program and we always welcome enquiries and applications. To be considered as a volunteer mentor you need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be over 21 years of age
  • Hold current full Australian driver's licence
  • Have satisfactory driver license history report
  • Be medically fit to drive (we may discuss this further through the application process)

 

If this sounds like you and have some time to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe. We would like you to join our team.

 

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Fleur on 03 8870 4000 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Ringwood VIC

Type of work

Community Development

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

Foster Care

Help provide a safe, supportive and loving home for a child or young person in need.


The role of a foster carer is crucial in ensuring that Victoria’s youths are provided with the support they need to develop in a safe and nurturing environment. A kind and empathetic foster carer can offer a sense of stability and security that can change a young person’s life.

Types of care we need:

  • Weekend respite, looking after children and young people living with a foster care family for occasional or regularly scheduled weekends.
  • Short-term care, which ranges from a few days to a few months, depending on the child or young person's needs.
  • Long-term care, when the child or young person is not expected to return to their family.
  • If you’re interested in making a meaningful difference in the lives of Victoria’s young people, consider becoming a foster carer. Our program provides extensive training and support to ensure that you’re fully prepared to offer the best possible care to your foster child.

The first step is getting in touch. We can answer all your questions and help you make an informed decision about taking the next step.

 

For more information on becoming a accredited foster carer please visit https://www.unitingvictas.org.au/services/family-services/foster-care/ 

 

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Home and Community Care

Let's work together to build the life people want.


We get to know people and their goals. Our volunteer team help build confidence, develop skills and support people to get out and about in their local community.

We’re flexible, so let us know how you’d like to support people achieve their goals.


General Interests

Home and Community Care

Support to help people stay connected.

We want to help people make the most of their day - every day. Let's work together to build a better life for people.

Volunteers assist us to facilitate of our social support programs.

With our programs, you can support people to:

  • Develop daily living skills at home and in the community
  • Discover and enjoy by trying new hobbies
  • Connect with local community through local events and activities
  • Make new friends and build your social networks.

Do you have a hidden talent, you would like to share?

  • Cooking classes
  • Gardening
  • Arts and crafts
  • Computing classes
  • Sports or excercise
  • Social groups

If you have hidden talent that we could add to our activities list and would like to share through volunteering we can support a flexible and rewarding experience.

If you have 4 hours a month to spare and a passion to make an impact in the lives of people we support, by creating a place for people to feel safe, to belong, and to connect. We would like you to join our dedicated team

Interested in becoming a local change maker?  Apply Now!

 

For more information contact with Marnie on 1300 583 145 or email volunteers@unitingvictas.org.au 

 

  • Location
  • Various VIC

Type of work

Community Development 

Suitable for

Centrelink Volunteers, People Learning English, Skilled Volunteers

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 Vaccination 

 

 

Fill in an application

Lifeline Melbourne

 

Offer hope to those in crisis.​
Become a Lifeline telephone Crisis Supporter and help us provide Australians experiencing emotional distress with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

At Uniting, we are committed to ensuring a safe environment for all.

We’ll ensure you are supported throughout your training, and beyond. We recognise both the reward and challenge of this role and have practices in place to keep you safe. Debriefing with experienced crisis supporter workers is a constructive and essential part of the way we operate. Our caring and dynamic team will help you make the impact you seek.

 

 


 

 

 

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Lifeline Ballarat

 

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Lifeline Melbourne


The Nationally recognised training is delivered on behalf of Lifeline Australia- Lifeline RTO #88036 Course code: CHC5500113 Crisis Support Skill Set.

Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

Become a crisis supporter today

Lifeline Melbourne

 

What does a Lifeline Crisis Supporter look like?

  • Compassionate and empathetic​
  • With excellent communication and active listening skills
  • Able to respond without judgement
  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Committed to a 12-month training program
  • Passed a Criminal Record Check
  • Holds a Working with Children/Working with Vulnerable People Check
  • Has a desire to make a difference to people in crisis

 

"For ordinary people, they might have this assumption you need extraordinary skills to be able to be a volunteer.
But it is ordinary people callers want to talk to."

Uniting Lifeline Crisis Supporter Volunteer

 


How do I become a Lifeline Crisis Supporter?

Helping people in crisis and suicide prevention is an important and challenging job. 

We are dedicated to keeping both our Crisis Supporters, and our callers, safe and supported. Our comprehensive training prepares our volunteers to navigate the calls successfully and empathetically whilst making the role valuable and rewarding.

Information session

We encourage you to attend an info session to explore the detail and the commitment
required, and meet experienced people who can answer your questions. 

Download the Pre-Enrolment Booklet


Application and interview

Once you decide you are ready to join our team of crisis supporters, you'll need to complete
an application. On meeting the initial criteria, you'll be invited for an interview. Successful
candidates will be accepted to begin training at the next opportunity.

Complete your application by clicking the fill in an application button at the right of the page.


Start your training

Over a twelve-week period you’ll attend a mix of E-learning modules and group sessions.,

Download the RTO Compliance Information 


Practical placement

16 hours of practical experience, completed across 8 weeks. Through a combination of observation and supervised shifts on the phone, you’ll continue to learn. We’ll provide ongoing constructive feedback and you’ll have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges with other students in a group setting.


Internship

56 hours of logged calls completed across the remainder of your first 12 months with us. You’ll have continued supervision with ongoing support whilst you put your learnings into practice and build your experience.


Accreditation and volunteering

  • You will now have completed the Lifeline Crisis Supporter Workplace Training (CSWT) course and will officially be an accredited Volunteer Crisis Supporter. 
  • To maintain your accreditation, you will complete 8 hours of logged calls per month and ongoing professional development module

 

 

Accredited Crisis Supporter Training

Accredited Crisis Support Skill Set Training (CHCSS00113) is delivered on behalf of Lifeline Australia RTO 88036, by Uniting Vic.Tas.

Upon completion of the Lifeline Crisis Supporter Workplace Training (CSWT) course, you will obtain a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in the following Units of Competence:

  • CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCCS028 Provide client-centred support to people in crisis.

If you are interested in volunteering at Lifeline Ballarat please click here

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

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Op Shops

Discover. Donate. Volunteer.

Giving back to local communities

Looking for a fun and rewarding job that allows you to indulge in your passion for fashion and pre-loved goods, while giving back to the community? If your answer is yes, then we would love to hear from you. 

Uniting Op Shops are currently looking for volunteers and paid staff members to join the team. You’ll enjoy a vibrant and supportive workplace with a great team culture. We work toward a common goal of making a difference in our local communities and have lots of fun along the way.

 

Your local unique volunteering role awaits

Albert Park Shop

An iconic shop, and a decades-long established part of the community.

Volunteers are the heart of our organisation and a crucial part of our op shops. There are exciting opportunities for you to join the Albert Park team - and know the work you do will have a direct impact, supporting Emergency Relief programs and the local community.

At this store our customers find a welcoming space, where they can shop a beautifully presented range of pre-loved homewares, fashion, artworks, and more. In joining our volunteer team you will make new friends, use your skills and learn new ones, be creative and social, and of course have fun!

If you have four hours or more to spare a fortnight, and you like people, customer service, merchandising, fashion, have an interest in the environment, are task-oriented - any or all of the above! – then this opportunity is for you. We look forward to getting to know you, and welcoming you to our team.

 

What is it like to work in the Op Shop?

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump. We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” – Op Shop Team Member

Want to know more ?

Pop into or call a local store

-  211 Chapel Street Prahran 03 9051 1418
-  115 Bridport Street Albert Park 03 9690 2990
-  300 High Street Preston 03 9046 2111

***We are looking for new volunteers to join the team on Everyday including Saturdays and Sundays. ***

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

 

Brunswick Shop

A Unique op Shopping experience is coming to Brunswick. 

From vintage dresses to quirky homewares and great fashion our Shop is full of gems. Uniting Op Shops provide affordable clothing and homeware items in a welcoming and inclusive environment, while providing an essential role in funding Uniting’s program delivery.

Our aim is to delight customers in a meaningful and memorable way in a contemporary retail environment that is positive, creative, inclusive and fun! From creating a vibrant and dynamic space using imaginative displays of quality donations, to serving and assisting customers, working behind the scenes with sorting and tagging new stock or participating in periodic events such as vintage or designer stock sales, the Preston shop is unique. Why not add your talents to the team?

Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation and a crucial part of our retail shops. We are flexible and work to accommodate busy volunteers. Ideally you'll be available 1 – 3 days per week for full day or half day shifts. If you like people, customer service, merchandising, fashion, have an interest in the environment and learning new skills - any or all the above! – then this opportunity is for you. We look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to our team!  All activities are Centrelink approved.

What is it like to work in the Op Shop?

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump. We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” – Op Shop Team Member

Want to know more ?

Pop into a store or call 0427 357 358

  • 300 High Street Preston 
  • 331 Victoria Street, Brunswick
  • 88 Wheatsheaf Road Glenroy 

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

 

Prahran Shop

Whether you're volunteering, making a purchase or donating goods, op shops provide a great opportunity to give back to local communities.

Our op shops raise funds for vital programs and services in local communities. Uniting Emergency Relief and Community Meals Services are supported through our local Op Shops.

Op Shop Team Members support in various ways. These may include:

  • Sorting donated items
  • Customer service and sales
  • Pricing donated items for sale
  • Creating displays / merchandising.

What is it like to work in the Op Shop?

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump. We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” – Op Shop Team Member

Want to know more ?

Pop into or call a local store

-  211 Chapel Street Prahran 03 9051 1418
-  115 Bridport Street Albert Park 03 9690 2990
-  300 High Street Preston 03 9046 2111

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

 

Preston Shop

A new favourite amongst High Street op shoppers.

From vintage dresses to quirky homewares and great fashion our Shop is full of gems. Uniting Op Shops provide affordable clothing and homeware items in a welcoming and inclusive environment, while providing an essential role in funding Uniting’s program delivery.

Our aim is to delight customers in a meaningful and memorable way in a contemporary retail environment that is positive, creative, inclusive and fun! From creating a vibrant and dynamic space using imaginative displays of quality donations, to serving and assisting customers, working behind the scenes with sorting and tagging new stock or participating in periodic events such as vintage or designer stock sales, the Preston shop is unique. Why not add your talents to the team?

Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation and a crucial part of our retail shops. We are flexible and work to accommodate busy volunteers. Ideally you'll be available 1 – 3 days per week for full day or half day shifts. If you like people, customer service, merchandising, fashion, have an interest in the environment and learning new skills - any or all the above! – then this opportunity is for you. We look forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to our team!  All activities are Centrelink approved.

What is it like to work in the Op Shop?

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump. We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” – Op Shop Team Member

Want to know more ?

Pop into or call a local store

-  211 Chapel Street Prahran 03 9051 1418
-  115 Bridport Street Albert Park 03 9690 2990
-  300 High Street Preston 03 9046 2111

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

 

Yarraville Shop

 A treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.

Full of fabulous fashion and vintage vibes, the Uniting Yarraville Op Shop is the place to go to find the perfect outfit for any occasion.

There are exciting opportunities for you to join the Yarraville team - and know the work you do will have a direct impact, supporting Emergency Relief programs and the local community.

At this store our customers find a welcoming space, where they can shop a beautifully presented range of pre-loved homewares, fashion, artworks, and more. In joining our volunteer team you will make new friends, use your skills and learn new ones, be creative and social, and of course have fun!

If you have four hours or more to spare a fortnight, and you like people, customer service, merchandising, fashion, have an interest in the environment, are task-oriented - any or all of the above! – then this opportunity is for you. We look forward to getting to know you, and welcoming you to our team.

What is it like to work in the Op Shop?

“Each day is different — I could be hanging and tagging donated items, working on the register, sorting items or clearing shelves that need to be dusted. Lunchtime is always busy, so while we potter about, we focus on greeting people as they walk in to the shop. What I like most about helping out here is the variety — both in the people who visit the shop and those who work here, as well as the amazing range of items that are donated to us. There is never a dull moment and I’m grateful we all get along really well — even when we’re under the pump. We all support each other to deal with some of our more challenging customers — we know that working together is the best way to get through the day and no-one is expected to do anything they are uncomfortable with.” – Op Shop Team Member

Want to know more ?

Pop into or call a local store

- 88 Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy - 03 9306 8018
- 300-302 High Street, Preston - 03 9046 2111
- 9 Anderson Street, Yarraville - 03 9681 6307

 

  • Location
  • North West Metro VIC

Type of work

Retail & Sales

Suitable for

Centrelink VolunteersPeople Learning English, People with a Disability 

Commitment

Regular - more than 6 months

Training

 Orientation, induction and access to ongoing training

Time required

Flexible -  4 hour shifts. .

Requirements

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check

     


    Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking.

    It is a condition of engagement that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

    Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

     

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Contact your local service to find out more - https://earlylearning.unitingvictas.org.au/find-a-service/ 

 

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

 

 

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Contact your local service to find out more - https://earlylearning.unitingvictas.org.au/find-a-service/ 

 

 


Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, volunteering with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and Working With Children Check (in Victoria) and/or Working With Vulnerable People Check (in Tasmania) prior to commencement in any service or undertaking.

 

 

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