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Imagine Victoria without the power of volunteers. Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2015


Volunteers are the power behind more than 600,000 not for profit organisations in Australia. Even in the organisations that have paid staff (a minority), there is a heavy reliance on the goodwill, energy and skills of people who freely give their time and expertise to help out. To make things happen. To make the world just a bit better.


Imagine the possibilities is a Volunteering Victoria campaign to raise awareness of the value that volunteering plays in our community and the diversity of ways volunteering happens. It is part of Volunteering Victoria's mission to support the growth and empowerment of the volunteering community.

Read more on how Encompass Geelong could not do without it's wonderful volunteers.

Last Updated ( Feb 18, 2015 )
Want to Volunteer Print E-mail
Feb 18, 2015
Are your interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in volunteering, Volunteering Geelong advertise over 400 volunteer vacancies in the Geelong area. Potential volunteers can either search via our online database (top right hand corner of home page) or call Volunteering Geelong on 52211377 to arrange an appointment with one of our Volunteer Information Officers. Alternatively,  a list of urgent volunteer positions is available here.


Step by Step Volunteer Mentor project 

Step by Step attempts to overcome some of the barriers people with a disability face when they want to become a volunteer.  This is achieved by providing them with a Support Mentor until they gain the confidence to ‘fly solo.’

Support Mentors required
We all know what it’s like to be left out.  People with a disability encounter this more than most of us.  Help us change this by assisting someone to achieve a long held goal to become a volunteer and become a valued member of a community organisation.  As a Supporting Mentor you will be the key to breaking down barriers by providing support to the volunteer with a disability at the initial stages of their experience.  You will guide them through their interview, induction and training until such time that they no longer require your support leaving them to continue on with confidence and sense of achievement.  Your hours of attendance will depend on the volunteer but it is anticipated that mentors will be required once a week for 3 to 5 hours and for possibly 6 to 8 weeks depending on the volunteer’s level of confidence.  You will be matched to your volunteer and receive training to support you in your role.

A certificate of participation in the program and/or reference will be provided on request at the successful completion of your involvement.

For more information access the position description here contact Lucinda Tucker at Volunteering Geelong at 52211377 or


Red Cross Community Visitor

Red Cross are currently looking for more volunteers to assist with the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)

Being a Community Visitor volunteer you have the opportunity to brighten someone's life. CVS volunteers are matched with an older person who experiences social isolation and will benefit from your companionship
and friendship. The visits occur in people's homes or in an aged care facility where you visit an elderly person one-on-one. CVS Volunteers visit at least once per fortnight. The visits are relaxed and social in nature, you might chat together, reminisce, listen to music, read the newspaper or play card games.

We are looking for people to visit once a fortnight . It's important that you enjoy spending time with older people, be a good listener & communicator. Your commitment would be 1 hour per fortnight on weekdays or weekends, with a minimum 12 months commitment.  Must be over 18 years of age.

For more information or to register your interest contact Lauren Carroll at the Red Cross Geelong
03 5223 8700 or


Mentors Needed - Help kids get behind the wheel

This is your opportunity to help young people participate fully in a better community. We are looking for volunteers with driving experience to help our young learner drivers gain on the road experience through our L2P program. All it takes is one hour a week.

L2P is a program which provides access to mentors / supervising drivers for young learner drivers who are facing significant barriers to gaining-on-road experience. Such barriers might include no access to a vehicle or a supervising driver. A 4 star ANCAP rated car is provided by the program, all insurances are covered and training is provided.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Sarah or April on 5272 4011 or email

L2P program

Last Updated ( Mar 23, 2015 )
Helping Refugees in the Community Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

Refugees in our region come from a diversity of cultures and experiences. In Geelong they mostly come from Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Karen (Burma) & Afghanistan. What they have in common is that they and their families have been forced to leave their homeland. Diversitat have developed a range of programs to help with settlement of refugees in our region, volunteers play a vital part in these programs.

If you would like more information access the Diversitat website or email Volunteer Coordinator, Anita Boras, listing  your contact details, Anita will then be in contact you, email

Last Updated ( Feb 11, 2014 )
Inspiring Young People Volunteering Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2015
At the recent Volunteering Australia's National Conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland, a host of young people spoke about the amazing and inspiring organisations they have helped set up. Below is a snapshot of these programs supported by the Foundation For Young Australians.

Hello Sunday Morning
Chris Raine (2011 Young Queenslander of the Year), decided to start up a movement to promote people across the world to break their relationship with alcohol.
Mayibuye Dance Performance Group
Mayibuye runs projects across Australia, South Africa and Cambodia using performing arts to facilitate educational opportunities for young people who are vulnerable to negative peer pressures and at risk behaviour. This organisation was set up and is run by some very inspiring young people. Check out the Waka Waka dance Group!
Young People without Borders
Young People Without Borders is a new rite of passage for young Australians. A journey of discovery, culminating in a gap year overseas where you will become a volunteer and experience life beyond your borders, develop different perspectives, learn new skills, grow in confidence and independence and make new friends from home and abroad.
YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty)
YGAP is a not-for-profit volunteer organisation aiming to create tangible social change, both locally and abroad. Their primary purpose is to empower communities disadvantaged by poverty to be self-sustainable. To achieve this, YGAP aims to inspire volunteers through innovative and creative fundraising projects.
The OakTree Foundation
The OakTree Foundation is Australia’s largest youth run organisation. They are a group of young people working together to end global poverty, dedicated to achieving incredible change to the world's most marginalised, oppressed and disadvataged. They are comprised of 350 volunteer staff all under the age of 26.   

Last Updated ( Feb 18, 2015 )
Overseas visitors volunteering Print E-mail
Feb 04, 2014

Generally speaking if a person’s visa allows them to do paid work then they would automatically be able to volunteer. The only visas that need checking are those visas where paid work is not allowed. Refer to the links below for more information on specific visa categories. For more information on visitors from overseas wishing to volunteer it is best to refer to the Department of Immigration & Citizenship website. Some volunteer roles may require a Police Check and/or a Working with Children check.

Last Updated ( Feb 04, 2014 )
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