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As a not-for-profit organisation, St Vincent's Care Services relies on the generosity and compassion of volunteers to help us deliver our extensive range of support services to seniors in south-east Queensland, Melbourne and Sydney. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and help enrich the lives of our residents and clients in a variety of ways. Whether by engaging in activities with our residents, or supporting our staff with administration or operational tasks, each of our volunteers makes a vital contribution to the services we deliver. They allow us to provide additional programs, projects and increased social interaction for our residents, and they strengthen links to our communities. 

What roles or tasks can I do as a volunteer?

Being a volunteer with St Vincent's Care Services can take many forms, and in many cases we will match you to a role that suits your skills and interests. Some of the most common activities our volunteers take on include:

  • Resident activities - assisting residents to attend and take part in leisure and lifestyle activities
  • Administrative tasks - assisting facility staff such as helping to create newsletters, to assisting staff at our divisional office with a variety of administration tasks
  • Resident and client outings - assisting with transporting residents and clients to events
  • Companionship - regularly visiting residents and developing friendships
  • Staffing cafés, or serving coffee and light meals to residents
  • Pastoral Care activities, including assisting residents to attend Chapel or Mass and assisting with Communion
  • Playing board games or cards with residents
  • Gardening activities - assisting staff to maintain facility grounds, or getting involved with a resident garden project
  • Pet and animal therapy sessions 
  • Music therapy - concerts at facilities by visiting performers, music and memory sessions, dance sessions
  • Art therapy and classes 
  • Storytelling and reminiscing sessions - working with a resident to document their life story in a book or by multimedia.

The benefits of volunteering

Volunteering helps provide programs for our residents that would not otherwise be possible.  The assistance and support given by our volunteers complement that of our staff and enriches the lives of our residents and clients. 

  • More than achieving positive outcomes for residents, our volunteering program aims to benefit all involved, allowing our residents, volunteers and staff to:
  • Build friendships and provide companionship
  • Develop new skills
  • Increase social interaction
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun!

Volunteering at a St Vincent’s Care Services facility not only benefits the residents and staff, but also benefits the volunteer – with research showing volunteering is strongly associated with greater levels of health and happiness*.
*Source: Volunteering Australia 

 

How to become a St Vincent's Care Services volunteer

Express your interest in becoming a volunteer by emailing svcs.volunteers@svha.org.au. Our volunteer co-ordinator will then contact you and provide you with paperwork to complete.

We take the safety of our residents and staff very seriously, and our selection process for our volunteers reflects this. As required by law, all our volunteer applicants must undergo or hold a current police check, in addition to providing two personal references to St Vincent's Care Services. All our volunteers also take part in interviews with staff at their selected facility prior to selection.