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Aging Services - Social Support

Enjoy new connections and experiences in your local area with our social support programs.

We work with people as they grow older and want to stay active, maintain their independence and enjoy life.

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


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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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Community Wellbeing - Prahran and South 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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Business and social enterprises

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Consumer Directed Services

 

Employment Services 

We provide employment pathways, training, vocational opportunities and community building links for people of all ages and abilities. We match job seekers and employers with fair, meaningful employment solutions so that individuals can contribute, grow and thrive.  We specialise in working with people who may have a permanent medical condition, mental health, injury or disability requiring employment aligned to their abilities. 

 

Disability

Accessing the right supports is about being empowered through choice. We work alongside people to be independent and achieve their goals. We are a registered provider of disability services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and take a person-centred approach to all our services. Our focus is to help people be independent, get involved with their local community, and achieve their goals.

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Home Based Care - Southern

Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times. 

 

A stable and caring home is the crucial first step for many young people as they recover from the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect. Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal. 

 

At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice they need to support vulnerable children and young people in our community. 

 

With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer. 

 

We welcome all types of carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you. 

Provide the best possible care to a child or young person

Become a foster carer

Become a foster carer

Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times. 

Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal. 

At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice to support the care of vulnerable children and young people in our community. 

With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer. 

We are always looking for more carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you. 

 
 

Training and support 

We provide specialised training and ongoing assistance so you can best support the children and young people in your care.

This support includes: 

 

Comprehensive training on parenting approaches to support healing and skill development
Ongoing support, supervision and practical assistance from a designated case worker
Access to dedicated care team
After hours on-call service 
Access to respite care for your foster child when you need some extra support

How do I become a foster carer? 

Get in touch

Register your interest and we'll give you a call about becoming a foster carer.

Attend an information session

Learn about becoming a foster carer and receive information to help you make an informed decision.

Complete accreditation

To ensure the safety of children in care, part of the assessment will include Health Checks, National Police Check, Working with Children's Check and a Home and Environment Check. 

Attend Shared Lives Victoria training

Receive information about fostering children and child safety as well as a range of comprehensive resources to support you throughout your foster care journey.

Home visits and assessment 

This involves interviews with you and everyone who lives in your home. A detailed assessment report is submitted to an approval panel for review. Once accredited, we will match you with a child or young person and provide you with ongoing support.

 

"The reward is seeing the children blossom, get on with their lives and smiles on their faces" - Maree


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.

Lead Tenants

The Lead Tenant Program provides young people between 16 – 18 years, who are unable to live at home due to family or personal circumstances, with safe and supported accommodation to prepare them for the responsibilities of independent living when they turn 18

 

Up to two young people in one residence are supported by an adult volunteer (or couple) called a Lead Tenant, who lives in the home and provides day-to-day guidance and mentorship and is supported by professional staff.

 

The young people living in the home must be studying, employed or actively seeking employment. They also have a responsibility to help out cooking and cleaning, and pay a portion of their wage or benefit towards rent and utilities.

 

If you’re a mature, passionate person who wants to make a difference to young people by being a positive role model – Lead Tenant could be for you. It’s an extremely rewarding role – but also a challenging one. Opportunities are open to both singles and couples, in Melbourne’s Eastern and Southern suburbs.

 

Part of the role involves providing transport to school, appointments and extra-curricular activities.

 

You need to be proactive and passionate about engaging young people who may have experienced trauma and who have complex needs and challenging behaviours. Experience, along with current or completed studies in the social work, community service or youth work field are an advantage.

 

To help you in your role as Lead Tenant you are supported with comprehensive and ongoing training, as well as 24-hour support customised to your needs and the needs of your fellow tenants.


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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Home Based Care - Western Melbourne

Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times. 

 

A stable and caring home is the crucial first step for many young people as they recover from the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect. Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal. 

 

At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice they need to support vulnerable children and young people in our community. 

 

With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer. 

 

We welcome all types of carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you. 

Provide the best possible care to a child or young person

Become a foster carer

Become a foster carer

Foster care is sometimes challenging, but our carers say the rewards far outweigh the tough times. 

Evidence suggests that when young people are in a stable and caring home, they begin their journey to heal. 

At Uniting, our Foster Care Program provides carers with the training and advice to support the care of vulnerable children and young people in our community. 

With over 100 years of experience bringing carers and children together, we'll support you in your journey to becoming a foster carer. 

We are always looking for more carers. If you think you can support a child or young person, we would love to hear from you. 

 
 

Training and support 

We provide specialised training and ongoing assistance so you can best support the children and young people in your care.

This support includes: 

 

Comprehensive training on parenting approaches to support healing and skill development
Ongoing support, supervision and practical assistance from a designated case worker
Access to dedicated care team
After hours on-call service 
Access to respite care for your foster child when you need some extra support

How do I become a foster carer? 

Get in touch

Register your interest and we'll give you a call about becoming a foster carer.

Attend an information session

Learn about becoming a foster carer and receive information to help you make an informed decision.

Complete accreditation

To ensure the safety of children in care, part of the assessment will include Health Checks, National Police Check, Working with Children's Check and a Home and Environment Check. 

Attend Shared Lives Victoria training

Receive information about fostering children and child safety as well as a range of comprehensive resources to support you throughout your foster care journey.

Home visits and assessment 

This involves interviews with you and everyone who lives in your home. A detailed assessment report is submitted to an approval panel for review. Once accredited, we will match you with a child or young person and provide you with ongoing support.

 

"The reward is seeing the children blossom, get on with their lives and smiles on their faces" - Maree


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.

Fill in an application

Lifeline Melbourne

Volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne

Apply to train as a Volunteer Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter in Semester 1 of 2022. Applications will open in late October 2021.

This course, which includes recognised Units of Competency, is designed to train and accredit you to provide care and support to people in crisis.

 

Crisis Supporters from diverse backgrounds and of all ages volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne. Our volunteers may be studying, employed or retired, however they all bring a wealth of experience to their role.

 

It’s not necessary to have counselling experience or skills in order to be selected for training. We are looking for volunteers who have empathy, a mature outlook, and can listen and respond warmly to the concerns of others.

 

Being a Crisis Supporter requires a 12-month commitment. If you are considering applying for this course, please read the following information and attachments carefully prior to submitting your application.

 

To find out more download our pre enrolment information pack  (opens in a new window) 

 

Please note the course fee in 2022 is $950. To apply, you must be an Australian Permanent resident or Australian Citizen.

 

We are now accepting applications for the trainings in Semester 1 of 2022.

 

Training spots are limited and in high demand, so don’t delay getting your application in.

 

To apply to train as Volunteer Lifeline Crisis Supporter complete the application form (opens in a new window) and send to lifelinetraining@vt.uniting.org 

 

Please ensure that your application form is personally signed or insert photo of your signature and email your full application form as a full Word document or PDF (not page by page); we do not accept photos of your application form.

Referees
Please provide a reference letter from a workplace, other volunteer or community organisation, or a place of study, with regards to your suitability for the role. The person providing the reference letter should be from someone you have known for a minimum of 18 months.


A family member or a friend’s character reference letter will not be accepted.


Please note: A phone number/email address is not sufficient. We do not contact referees to provide character references. Your application will not be processed until we receive your character reference letter.

Instructions for referees: 

Please describe your connection to the person you are recommending, including how long you've known them (it should be a minimum of 18 months), and why you are qualified to write a reference letter on their behalf.
Give information relevant to the person’s qualities and skills that make them suitable for the Crisis Supporter role: include why you believe are qualified and what they can contribute. If you can, relate specific instances where you observed the person successfully using skills that might be useful for the volunteer role at Lifeline.

 

Please ensure that the reference is signed and dated and is provided on a company letterhead or word document showing your referees full name, address and contact number. We do not accept character references in the body of an email.  

 

 


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.

Lifeline Australia Strategic Framework

Become a crisis supporter today

Lifeline Melbourne

 

Through Lifeline, we provide counselling for people experiencing personal crisis. Lifeline centres across the country are run by not-for-profit community service organisations like us. We run the largest centre in Victoria and Tasmania out of Melbourne, as well as a regional centre in Ballarat.

 

Anyone experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline. Our trained, compassionate team will answer your call, listen to you, provide support and connect you to other services and options in your area.

Every minute of every day there’s a call to Lifeline.

 

Applications are now closed for the current application period. Applications will reopen shortly for the next intake.

 

Lifeline remains committed to providing Crisis Support Worker Training and has adapted their training, experiences and operations to ensure the health and safety of their team members and community. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, Lifeline has reached capacity to accept further applications.

 

 

 

 

Volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne


Apply to train as a Volunteer Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter in 2021.

This course, which includes recognised Units of Competency, is designed to train and accredit you to provide care and support to people in crisis.

Crisis Supporters from diverse backgrounds and of all ages volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne. Our volunteers may be studying, employed or retired, however they all bring a wealth of experience to their role.

It’s not necessary to have counselling experience or skills in order to be selected for training. We are looking for volunteers who have empathy, a mature outlook, and can listen and respond warmly to the concerns of others.

Being a Crisis Supporter is an important commitment. If you are considering applying for this course, please read the following information and attachments carefully prior to submitting your application.

Please also ensure that your character reference letter has been personally signed and dated, and is printed on a company letterhead or Word doc showing your referee’s full name, address and contact number; we do not accept copies of emails as character references.

Please note the course fee in 2021 is $950. 

To apply, you must be an Australian resident. 

To find out more download our pre enrollment information pack 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s involved in becoming a Lifeline Volunteer?


To become an accredited Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter you will be required to undertake a specialist workplace-based training program, called Crisis Supporter Workplace Training, in telephone crisis support skills.

This comprehensive and highly regarded course covers a range of crisis support skills, suicide intervention skills and community issues. Training at Lifeline Melbourne may complement other training courses in counselling and psychology, and is often recommended by these types of courses. However we welcome applications from people with all types of backgrounds and life experiences.

The training involves a varied learning environment. This includes elements of online learning, lectures, group work and student placement. It takes approximately 12 months to complete the training which includes a probationary period of 62 hours over nine months.

 

 

 

 

 

What accreditation do Crisis Supporters receive?


Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter Workplace Training is mapped to Units of Competency from the Community Services Training Package. Successful completion will result in a Statement of Attainment for the following four units:

  • 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

 Successful completion of these units and ongoing workplace-based training is required to volunteer as a Telephone Crisis Supporter for Lifeline Melbourne.

 

 

 

 

How to apply

Step 1 - Apply online


Complete your application by clicking the fill in an application button  

 

Step 2 - Interview

We’ll then process your application and inform you if we require any further information or would like you to attend an interview. 

 

Step 3 - Training 

Once your application has been completed you will be invited to commence training as a Crisis Supporter.

 

 

Volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne

Apply to train as a Volunteer Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter in Semester 1 of 2022.

This course, which includes recognised Units of Competency, is designed to train and accredit you to provide care and support to people in crisis.

 

Crisis Supporters from diverse backgrounds and of all ages volunteer with Lifeline Melbourne. Our volunteers may be studying, employed or retired, however they all bring a wealth of experience to their role.

 

It’s not necessary to have counselling experience or skills in order to be selected for training. We are looking for volunteers who have empathy, a mature outlook, and can listen and respond warmly to the concerns of others.

 

Being a Crisis Supporter requires a 12-month commitment. If you are considering applying for this course, please read the following information and attachments carefully prior to submitting your application.

 

To find out more download our pre enrolment information pack  (opens in a new window) 

 

Please note the course fee in 2022 is $950. To apply, you must be an Australian Permanent resident or Australian Citizen.

 

We are now accepting applications for the trainings in Semester 1 of 2022.

 

Training spots are limited and in high demand, so don’t delay getting your application in.

 

To apply to train as Volunteer Lifeline Crisis Supporter complete the application form (opens in a new window) and send to lifelinetraining@vt.uniting.org 

 

Please ensure that your application form is personally signed or insert photo of your signature and email your full application form as a full Word document or PDF (not page by page); we do not accept photos of your application form.

Referees
Please provide a reference letter from a workplace, other volunteer or community organisation, or a place of study, with regards to your suitability for the role. The person providing the reference letter should be from someone you have known for a minimum of 18 months.


A family member or a friend’s character reference letter will not be accepted.


Please note: A phone number/email address is not sufficient. We do not contact referees to provide character references. Your application will not be processed until we receive your character reference letter.

Instructions for referees: 

Please describe your connection to the person you are recommending, including how long you've known them (it should be a minimum of 18 months), and why you are qualified to write a reference letter on their behalf.
Give information relevant to the person’s qualities and skills that make them suitable for the Crisis Supporter role: include why you believe are qualified and what they can contribute. If you can, relate specific instances where you observed the person successfully using skills that might be useful for the volunteer role at Lifeline.

 

Please ensure that the reference is signed and dated and is provided on a company letterhead or word document showing your referees full name, address and contact number. We do not accept character references in the body of an email.  

 

 


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 - North West Vic

Putting people first.


Social enterprises are businesses with a social purpose. Their proceeds generate additional income for our services in local communities.

Our social enterprises include:

  • Op shops - selling second hand clothing and goods
  • Event catering - serving up food and training opportunities
  • Corporate training and consulting - professional development for businesses who want to get better at caring for their consumers
  • Austalian Disability Enterprises.


Giving back to local communities
Supporting social enterprises can be a great way to give back to your local community.

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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Where we need support

Business and Social Enterprise

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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


Hear the real story


 

Search below to find an opportunity to join in the fun! 

 

Where we need support

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Uniting Early Learning

We know that children learn best while they're playing, so we're passionate about making learning exciting. We create imaginative, caring and playful learning experiences that inspire children to build positive relationships and skills for life.

Programs supported by Volunteers

Kindergarten

Nurturing confident and creative learners

Kindergarten should be a joyous experience filled with laughter, learning and exciting discoveries while preparing 3 and 4 year olds for their first year at school.

Your child will explore their sense of self and creativity in environments that are rich in art, music, numbers, and language.

Our structured learning environments pave the path to school by encouraging children to engage with their surroundings, respect other cultures, express themselves and connect with others.

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.

 

 

Child care

Positive, supportive early learning environments lay strong foundations for children to blossom later in life.


Your child's self-confidence and resilience will grow as they explore their creativity and express their individuality while they learn, play, and have adventures with friends in our nurturing environment.

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.

 

 

Fill in an application