Volunteering isn’t just something we love, it’s who we are. Join us in making a difference in the lives of pregnant mothers and families with young children.

How to volunteer

Contact us and ask for the volunteer coordinator. They are located in both Melbourne and Shepparton and are dedicated to supporting you with your volunteering. If you decide to join us, they will meet with you to discuss which roles suit you and your circumstances.

All volunteers must undergo:

  • a working with children check,
  • a police records check,
  • an interview with a volunteer coordinator,
  • have references checked, and
  • agree to the Code of Conduct.

What volunteers do

Being a volunteer mentor

As a volunteer mentor, you would:

  • undergo training,
  • be assessed for fitness as a mentor and skills to teach a parent
  • be given alternative roles in volunteering when placements are not active

Tasks might include:

  • teaching a parent how to cook for their baby or toddler,
  • teaching the road rules to allow a parent to get their learners permit,
  • teaching a parent how to play or read to their baby or toddler,
  • teaching a parent how to maintain the house, and
  • teaching parents other practical life skills that they’ve not had a opportunity to know.

A position description is available at the time of interview.

Being a home handy helper

As a volunteer home handy helper, you would:

  • undergo training,
  • be assessed for fitness as a mentor and skills to teach a mentee, and
  • be given alternative roles in volunteering when placements are not active.

Tasks might include:

  • setting up nursery furniture, to ensure children are in a safe environment,
  • mowing the lawn and other basic gardening, to avoid a fire hazard and allow  children to play outside,
  • rubbish removal, to avoid risks of fire, items falling, collapse, health issues, mold, structural issues, and biohazards.

A position description is available at the time of interview.

Being a fundraiser

One of our most flexible volunteer roles is as a volunteer fundraiser.

Anyone can raise money for us and donate the proceeds. We love to hear about your plans before you set out so that we can help make your event a success.

If you are a volunteer fundraiser for Caroline Chisholm Society you would:

  • be raising funds for vital pregnancy and family support services for pregnant and new families,
  • volunteer from home, work, our office or join us on the roster for our stalls,
  • be engaged for as long as your fundraising project permits,
  • be supported with guidance and information to help make your project a success, and
  • have permission to use our logo, once our CEO has approved your project.

Before you fundraise as a Caroline Chisholm Society volunteer, you are required to describe your project to a volunteer coordinator and receive permission from the CEO.

Being an volunteer administrator

As a volunteer administrator, you would:

  • visit one of our three offices on a weekday between 8.30 and 5.30pm,
  • be engaged for as long as you wish, anything from 1 hour to 8 hours,
  • be given particular administrative tasks matched to your skill level,
  • be trained through guidance from a staff member in any tasks that have a client interface, and
  • help us ensure that families ringing or visiting us receive a warm and welcoming environment that demonstrates neighbourly goodwill and professionalism.

A position description is available at the time of interview.

Being a sorter of baby and maternity goods

As a volunteer sorter, you would:

  • visit one of our three offices on a weekday between 8.30 and 5.30pm,
  • be engaged for as long as you wish, anything from 1 hour to 8 hours,
  • be given particular loads of washing, sorting, or packing to do, and
  • be helping us ensure that goods given our offer dignity and compassion to families seeking support.

A position description is available at the time of interview.

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