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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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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.

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Lifeline Melbourne

 

Volunteering with Lifeline Melbourne

  • Are you passionate about mental health?
  • Can you provide a non-judgemental, respectful and safe space for individuals in crisis to talk?
  • Are you looking for a volunteer role that is meaningful?

 

Come and join the Lifeline Melbourne and provide a human connection to help people get through their darkest moments.

 

Our Crisis Supporters come from diverse backgrounds and ages. Our volunteers may be studying, employed, or retired; however, all bring a wealth of experience to their role.

 

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

 

Being a Crisis Supporter requires a minimum 12-month commitment for initial training, with ongoing volunteering as part of the Melbourne Lifeline Team once you are accredited.

 

If you are considering applying for this course, please read the following pre-enrolment course information booklet carefully prior to submitting your application, as it will answer many questions regarding the trainingPre-Enrolment-Course-Information-Booklet-V5.3-Jan-2020.pdf  (opens in a new window)

 

Lifeline is a Registered Training Organisation.  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.

 

Please note, Lifeline does not accept any volunteers or students (for placement) unless they have undergone the appropriate CSW Training.  The course fee in 2022 is $950.00 and payment is required prior to commencing training - more information will be provided if you are successful in your application.  To apply, you must be an Australian Permanent resident or Australian Citizen.

 

We are currently opened for submission of applications for the rest of 2022.  Please note we have limited spaces for the following groups:  August, and October 2022.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email lifelinetraining@vt.uniting.org

 

How to apply

Step 1 - Apply online


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

 

You will be asked to create a username, provide an email address and create a password before proceeding to the application form. 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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

 

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