Volunteer in Aged Care

aged care volunteers helping with arts and crafts in the activities room

Kindness works with us

We are blessed to have amazing volunteers work for St Vincent's Care Services, but there is always more good work to be done. So if you are the kind of person who puts compassion, connection, and caring for other people at the heart of everything you do, you'll feel instantly at home with us.

Volunteer opportunities

Find volunteer positions in aged care, home care, retirement living, or corporate functions. We can't wait to welcome you to the team.

an aged care volunteer saying hello to a resident in the lounge area

Things that work for us at St Vincent's

Because you're like us, you believe that every act of kindness makes the world a better place. You understand the big impact of small things. A smile, a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on.

You want to enrich the lives of others while meeting new people, building friendships, and having fun along the way.

You want to share your skills, passions, and hobbies with like-minded people.

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In a 2017 study conducted by University of Sydney, it was found that individuals who volunteered were more likely to be happier, healthier and have a greater sense of life satisfaction than those who did not volunteer.

University of Sydney

What are the steps to becoming a volunteer?

Step 1

Register your interest in our volunteer opportunities

Step 2

 A member of the team will be in touch to find out more about what you're looking for and answer any questions you might have about volunteering.

Step 3

Attend an interview. Meet with some of our friendly staff who will help match your interests and availability to a volunteer role.

Step 4

Finally we do a reference and police check to ensure everyone works in the best environment.

Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) is an initiative funded by the Australian Government which seeks volunteers to provide companionship and friendship for older people who may be socially isolated, lonely, or who don’t have the opportunity to leave their homes very often.

 Volunteer opportunities are available to visit people within your local community, including residents in local aged care facilities.

You can enquire about the Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme by submitting an enquiry.

The ACVVS is funded by the Australian Government

aged care volunteer visitors scheme logo

Frequently asked questions

Our Aged Care facilities are always on the lookout for enthusiastic volutneers. View our full list of our locations.

1. After you register your interest to volunteer, a friendly member of the team will be in touch to discuss the volunteer opportunities in your area.

2. If a suitable volunteer opportunity is available, you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have an opportunity to meet some of the local staff and discuss the specific details of your prospective volunteer role.

3. Successful applicants are then required to undergo a police check, reference check and a statutory declaration - don't worry, we'll guide you through it!

4. Volunteers are provided with full training to make sure you feel confident and comfortable when you start with us.

When you apply to volunteer, you will be asked about your skills, hobbies and interests. This is to help match you to a volunteer role we know you'll love. Some of the most common activities our volunteers partake in include:

  • The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme. Funded by the Australian Government. In this program, volunteers visit residents who may be lonely or socially isolated.
  • Recreational activities such as playing board games or cards with residents
  • Pet and animal therapy sessions
  • Administrative support for staff
  • Gardening activities
  • Discussion and reminiscing groups
  • Resident outings - assisting with transporting residents to the shops or special outings
  • Cafe assistance, or serving coffee and light meals to residents
  • Pastoral Care activities, including assisting residents to attend Chapel or Mass and assisting with Communion
  • Music therapy - concerts, sing-alongs and dancing
  • Art therapy and classes

The Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS) is funded by the Australian Government and is designed to reduce loneliness and social isolation for people in receipt of an aged care package. As an approved ACVVS provider, St Vincent’s Care recruits and supports volunteers to visit residents on a regular basis, sharing friendship and social support

Volunteers are required to undergo a National Police Check. This will be organised for you by a member of the SVCS team. There will be no cost to you.

Volunteers are also required to provide details of 2 referees.

Volunteering is not a formal pathway to employment at St Vincent's Care. If you are interested in working with us and feel you have the right skills, we invite you to apply to work with us.

Absolutely! We look for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who have a genuine desire to work with the elderly. No experience is required. Local staff will be ready to guide you as you get used to your new environment.

Most volunteer roles require a minimum commitment of 12 months. Attendance can range from a couple of hours each month to 1-2 days each week. It all depends on your availability.

We also ask volunteers to attend at a regular time and day. This is so that staff can prepare and be ready for your visit. The staff and residents will also be looking forward to seeing you!

Vaccinations are one small way we can help you and those are you stay safe. St Vincent's Care requires all volunteers to have a yearly flu vaccination. You will be required to show evidence of your vaccination status before you can volunteer.