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Through volunteering with the Brotherhood, you can help us create an inclusive, just and sustainable society. Sharing your time, talents and networks can make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable Australians, and also give you a great sense of satisfaction.

We always have volunteering opportunities for which you don’t need qualifications, and others which require more specialised skills. Let us know the areas you are most passionate about and the talents you’d like to share. We’re committed to matching your interests with our activities.

Please take the time to look at our volunteering vacancies below, or if you would like to discuss your specialist skills with us, phone (03) 9483 1390 or email volunteer@nullbsl.org.au.

You may also be interested in corporate volunteering or student placements.

Current volunteering vacancies 

Donation Sorters & Retail Assistants - Hoppers Crossing * NEW STORE* 
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 19 Elm Park Drive, Hoppers Crossing
HOURS: Minimum 4 hour a week commitment
DATES: Ongoing - store open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5.p.m. 

The Brotherhood Community stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

Our new Hoppers Crossing store currently requires enthusiastic donation sorters to accept and process donations by sorting, racking and allocating stock to the appropriate areas in preparation for our big opening.

We are also taking expressions of interest from people who would love to volunteer in our store in various other roles such as retail assistants and furniture jockeys.

If you are:

  • Able to work with others to achieve common goals
  • Reliable and trustworthy
  • Enthusiastic and committed to the objectives and values of the store and Social Enterprises (excellence, respect, teamwork and fun)
  • Understanding of and empathic with the values of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and
  • Willing to undergo and obtain a Police Check

then this is the place for you!!

Please send us your expression of interest including:  your name, contact details and the position you are apply for, to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .  If you would like further information about the role please call the Volunteer Services team on 03 9483 1390. 



Study and Homework Tutors - Education First Youth Foyer
REPORTING TO: Project and Strategy Manager for Youth Transitions
HOURS: Approximately 2 hours per week    
DATE/S: 6 week trail commitment starting in October 
LOCATION/s :       

Kangan Institute - Broadmeadows
Pearcedale Parade,
 
Broadmeadows VIC

Homesglen Institute - Glen Waverley
595 Waverley Road, 
Glen Waverley, VIC

The Education First Youth (EFY) Foyer is an innovative partnership model between Hanover Welfare Services and the Brotherhood of St Laurence that supports young people aged 16 -24 years who are experiencing homelessness to achieve their potential through education. Each EFY Foyer accommodates 40 young people and is staffed by a Team Manager, Team Leader and a support team of Youth Development Workers. Staff engage students in innovative coaching, personal planning support and group activities that support their engagement in education and/or training.

We are currently seeking skilled volunteers who have a specific skill set in math / science / English / business / ESL/ essay writing / study skills / exam preparation / music  or art and also have prior experience in tutoring, mentoring or supervising another person in a work or study-related task.

Tutors will be provided with hands-on training prior to commencement in the role, and will be supported onsite by a team of skilled staff. Both Tutors and Foyer students will be engaged in active discussion and reflection about the design of tutoring sessions to ensure that the program is responsive and meaningful.

Duties include:

  • Participate in volunteer induction training, including specific training regarding the Open Talent framework and EFY Foyer approach
  • Tutor students in the program for a duration of 2 hours per week, for a trial period of 6 weeks
  • Develop professional, working relationships with students with a focus on a specialist area or agreed topic
  • Work in partnership with the program coordinator and other volunteers
  • Participate in focus group discussions and reflections regarding the program design and model
  • Reporting pertinent information regarding students worked with in the program to the program coordinator
  • Contribute to record keeping of student attendance and study requirements

Requirements: 

EFY Tutors believe in the potential and capacity of all young people and:

  • Are passionate about supporting young people to achieve their goals and aspirations
  • Are patient, creative and flexible in their approach to working with young people
  • Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Are comfortable both working one-on-one with young people and in team environments
  • Have a specific skill set (e.g. maths/ science/ English/ business/ ESL/ essay writing/ study skills/ exam preparation/music/art)
  • Have prior experience in tutoring, mentoring or supervising another person in a work or study-related task
  • Have or be prepared to undergo and obtain a Working with Children Check
  • Be willing to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check.

For further information about the role please call Jo Buick on 03 9483 1392 or email your expression of interest indicating your suitability to: jbuick@nullbsl.org.au   

Please include in your expression of interest:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Which Youth Foyer you are interested in tutoring at (Holmesglen, Glen Waverley or Kangan, Broadmeadows)
  • Why you are interested in tutoring at the EFY Foyer?
  • What skills, characteristics and/or experiences you will bring to the tutoring role?

 

Administration Assistant - Brunswick
REPORTING TO: Store Manager                     
LOCATION: 109 Brunswick Road, Brunswick               
HOURS: Minimum 4 hours per week
DATE/S: Ongoing

The Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

The Retail Community team continually develop exciting new retail strategies to generate revenue, which assists Brotherhood of St Laurence undertake its valuable humanitarian work. 

The Brunswick Store is seeking an energetic and confident individual to provide administrative support  to assist in facilitating the smooth running of the store.

Duties include:

  • Managing the weekly volunteer rosters and calling volunteers to fill shifts when required
  • Formatting a range of documents including updating the directory and various forms
  • General office administrative duties, including filing
  • Maintaining photocopier, printer, scanner and fax as required
  • Printing signs when required

Requirements: 

  • Well developed time management and prioritising skills
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills along with an awareness and sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Well developed computer skills in Microsoft Office Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Willing to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check.
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood
  • Able to commit to regular weekly shifts in an ongoing capacity.

For further information about the position please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390, or email your expression of interest indicating your suitability to the role and resume to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au   


 

Furniture Salesperson - Moonee Ponds
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 24 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds
HOURS: Shifts available on Fridays and Saturdays.
DATES: Ongoing

The Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

The Moonee Ponds Community Store is currently seeking a skilled volunteer salespeople to focus on furniture sales on our highest furniture selling days, Fridays and Saturdays.

Duties include:

  • Welcoming customers into the shop, and assisting with any specific needs
  • Cleaning, merchandising, selling, and ordering stock
  • High-level customer service
  • Assisting with sales by attending to customers
  • Cooperating with colleagues to enhance the team effort

Requirements:

  • High quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .



Donation Sorter - Moonee Ponds
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 24 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds
HOURS: Saturdays, full and half day shifts available.
DATES: Ongoing

The Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

The Moonee Ponds Community Store is currently seeking volunteers who have a good eye for spotting good quality items and labels.

Duties include:

  • Sort donations according to category and quality
  • Packing, racking and allocating sorted stock into the appropriate areas as directed.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and /or interest in fashion and bric-a-brac
  • Physically fit 
  • Able to identify clothing genders
  • Able to read and write and follow instructions
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check


For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .



Community Welfare Worker
REPORTING TO: African Australian Community Centre Manager - Abraham.
LOCATION: Pickett Street, Footscray.
HOURS: 4-6 hours per week (days and times are flexible)
DATES: Ongoing

The African Australian Community Centre (AACC) in Footscray seeks to build the leadership capacity of the local African community to ensure they have full access to resources, services and opportunities in Australia.

The AACC is currently seeking a volunteer to assist clients from refugee and emerging community backgrounds work their way through the completion of bureaucratic forms such as Medicare, Birth Certificate, Department of Housing forms et cetera.

Duties include:

  • Assist clients to understand content of forms or correspondence and the situation, ensure they are being treated fairly and without discrimination, and have access to an interpreter when necessary
  • Liaise directly with client over the telephone to arrange or cancel appointments
  • Make phone calls on behalf of clients to relevant service or agency (where applicable)
  • Assist the client with interpreting and completing various forms
  • Fill in forms and submit forms when needed
  • Explain purpose of forms, client rights, expected processes or any relevant information regarding government departments
  • Document and keep records of appointments as required and provide reports to Coach and Settlement Worker and/or manager so everyone is kept up-to-date with client circumstances.

Requirements:

Essential:

  • Good communications skills and the ability to navigate and advocate for clients with external organisations
  • A strong commitment to privacy and confidentiality
  • Be able to demonstrate moderate to high levels of autonomy and capacity by being able to undertake tasks with clients with minimal supervision.
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • Understanding and empathy with the values of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Desirable:

  • Experience and knowledge in working with refugee and settlement issues and community engagement
  • Proficiency in any African community language would be beneficial.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .


 

Furniture Jockey - Pakenham
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 166a Station Street, Pakenham
HOURS: Fridays 11 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
DATES: Ongoing

The Brotherhood of St Laurence Community Stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

The Pakenham Community Store is currently seeking physically fit and strong volunteers who have an eye for moving furniture to assist with the unloading of the furniture delivery that occurs every Friday.

Duties include:

  • Loading and unloading deliveries off the truck
  • Moving and placing furniture around the store as directed and keeping the furniture area clean and tidy
  • Assembling furniture if necessary
  • Assisting with sales by attending to customers
  • Cooperating with colleagues to enhance the team effort  

Requirements:

  • Physically fit and able to move furniture around the store in a safe manner
  • Awareness of and the ability to learn Occupational Health and Safety, and manual handling procedures
  • High quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check 

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Truck Jockey
REPORTING TO: Team Leader, Logistics
LOCATION: 2 Judge Street,  Sunshine
HOURS: During business hours
DATE/S: Ongoing

Our Logistics department serves all parts of Social Enterprises by transporting furniture and other goods to and from homes, stores and the warehouse.

We are seeking a fit and personable volunteer to act as a positive interface to the community for the BSL while assisting with the efficient handling and transportation of stock around Melbourne.

Duties include:

  • Assist in ensuring timely collection and delivery of stock from the Sorting Facility, BSL donors and BSL Community Stores, on pre-determined days
  • Project a professional and friendly attitude, particularly when dealing with donors
  • Assist driver in manually loading and unloading the trucks
  • Assist in disposing of any garbage according to set policies and procedures
  • Assist in maintaining daily records of collections and deliveries 

Requirements:

  • Must be physically fit to lift items of weight up to 10kgs
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to make positive changes or recommendations in the workplace
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to advise and liaise across all levels of the organisation and external organisations
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.
  • Furniture-handling experience desirable

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 
Library Worker (Cataloguer) - Dementia Resources Library
REPORTING TO: Dementia Care Coordinator - Hazel Jarvis
LOCATION: Brotherhood Community Care Southern, 2–4 Overton Road, Frankston
HOURS: Negotiable during business hours - minimum 3 hour shift.
DATE: Ongoing

The Brotherhood of St Laurence's Dementia Resources Library in Frankston is a centre that offers families, friends, carers, persons with dementia and paid care workers the opportunity to borrow items that are of particular interest for people with dementia to enable pastimes to be enjoyable and meaningful.

The Library adopts a Dementia Care Philosophy of enhancing the abilities of the person and accepts that people with dementia are capable of living a fulfilling life.

The library collection contains resources to promote enjoyment and engagement such as games, movies, books, photographs and musical items.  The library also holds publications about dementia and items that are specific to the changing needs of a person with dementia.   All items have been bar coded and catalogued. The catalogue was built using the open source software KOHA.

We are currently seeking volunteers capable of maintaining and updating the Dementia Resources Library.  The position would suit a retired Librarian or Library Technician who has knowledge of cataloguing and is familiar with databases, borrowing and  loans procedures. The volunteer will be supported by the Dementia Care Co-ordinator.  The Library is overseen by the Dementia Care Consultant.

Duties include:

  • Updating the catalogue
  • Maintaining kits and other resources
  • Maintaining circulation records
  • Assisting the Dementia Care Coordinator as required
  • Collocate catalogue items requested

Requirements:

  • Library experience essential (knowledge of KOHA would be helpful- training available)
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the role
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Some understanding of dementia (however training can be provided)
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL 
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check

The position is available on a flexible basis and can be shared by more than one applicant.

For further information about the position please call Vivian on (03) 9483 1387 or to apply email your expression of interest indicating your experience and availability to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

General Hand - Settlement Services

REPORTING TO: Humanitarian Settlement Services, Operations Manager
LOCATION: 2 Judge Street, Sunshine
HOURS: Approximately 10 hours per week, negotiable
DATE: Ongoing, during business hours

The Federal Government’s, Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) program is operated by a consortium of entities that work to resettle refugees into Australia.  The Brotherhood manages the logistics component that purchases, delivers and installs household furniture, bedding and kitchenware into the homes of new arrivals.

We are currently seeking a volunteer to assist with the assembly of furniture and packing of basic household goods and items to fulfil daily orders. 

Requirements:

  • Able to read, write and follow instructions
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of Social Enterprises
  • Empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

For further information about the position or to apply phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Jockey
REPORTING TO: Banksia Program Coordinator – Amira
LOCATION: Banksia – Frankston and Carrum Downs
HOURS: 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
DATE: Mondays and Fridays ongoing

Banksia Day Programs provide social support for older people and those with a disability who are experiencing social isolation.  The program offers leisure programs that promote friendship and personal development.
We are currently seeking volunteer  jockeys to assist with the safe pick-up and delivery of clients to and from activities.

Duties include:

  • Assist passengers into the bus
  • Escort passengers to and from their home as stated in the Banksia Transport Procedure
  • Assist passengers with their seat belts as required
  • Assist the Driver to load walkers and wheelchairs into the bus
  • Assist passengers to alight from the bus and escort passengers to the Centre
  • Answer mobile telephone and relay information to the Bus Driver.

Requirements:

  • A genuine commitment and interest in working with the elderly
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others and take instruction
  • Understanding of and commitment to the values and ideals of the BSL
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check.

For further information about the position or to apply phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


Driver - Mini Bus
REPORTING TO: Banksia Program Coordinator – Amira
LOCATION: Banksia, Frankston and Carrum Downs
HOURS: 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
DATE: Mondays and Fridays ongoing

Banksia Services provides practical support and respite care to enhance the quality of life of older people who are isolated in the community. The activities at Banksia have a social focus. They include art and music therapy, active mind games, gardening and outdoor pursuits. A weekly Men’s Shed program gives men a chance to work together with timber and tools.

We currently require volunteer drivers to assist with transporting clients to and from activities from the Banksia Centre to the clients home.

Drivers are welcome to stay for the day and be part of our day program if they wish. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

 Duties include:

  • Follow the Banksia Transport Procedure at all times
  • Fill bus with petrol if petrol tank is ¼ empty and/or on each Tuesday
  • Assist the jockey to load walkers and wheelchairs into the bus
  • Ensure that all walkers and wheelchairs are securely fastened
  • Assist passengers in and out of the bus as required.

Requirements:

  • A genuine commitment and interest in working with the elderly.
  • Ability to pass the Driver’s Assessment Test
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others and take instruction
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Understanding of and commitment to the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

For further information about the position, please phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Committee Member - Secretary, Ormond Community Store
REPORTING TO: President - Ormond Community Store
LOCATION:  5 Katrandra Road, Ormond
HOURS: Beetween 4 and 12 hours per week
DATES: Ongoing

The Ormond Community Store is a tiny character laden boutique store ran by a well functioning volunteer committee. We are currently looking for a volunteer  to take up the role of Secretary in this tightly ran operation to continue to ensure that all records required for the committee are well kept and maintained.  As a committee member you will also partake in the day to day operations of the store.

Duties include:

  • Take accurate minutes of meetings, distribute them to committee members and have them available for all members where requested
  • Attend to correspondence both incoming and outgoing
  • Maintain all records concerning the specific store including legal documents, leases, bills and volunteer records (including all committee and non committee members) and provide to the organisation where appropriate in a timely fashion
  • Ensure attendance lists, and sign in / out log books are maintained
  • Ensure President is informed of any relevant matters arising form correspondence; agenda items and actions required.
  • Participate in the day to day operations of the store by performing a regular shift (please refer to the Retail Assistant position below for further information).

Requirements:

  • Ability to work well within a team environment and according policy and procedures
  • Ability to understand and respect confidentiality
  • Availability and willingness to attend committee meetings or training as required
  • Demonstrated experience in telephony, computer and literacy skills as relevant to the task list 
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to be able to represent the BSL in a responsible manner and communicate with a diverse range of people
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL
  • A willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check & Working with Children Check

For a copy of the position description click here.

For further information about the position phone Mia on 0406 380 374 or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) detailing relevant experience and skills to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au 

 


 

Committee Member - President, Greensborough Store
REPORTING TO: Area Manager  - Mia
LOCATION:  Rear Shop 6, 106 Main Street, Greensborough 
HOURS:  Approximately 15 hours per week
DATES: Ongoing

The first Brotherhood of St Laurence opportunity shop was opened in 1938 in Fitzroy, and today we have 20 community stores operating across Melbourne and Geelong serving the same purpose as 80 years ago. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain-hunters and raising much-needed funds for our charity's work, the stores also offer job pathway opportunities and a place for community connection.

The Greensborough Community Store is a busy little hub with an enthusiastic and positive team of committed volunteer staff. We are currently seeking a volunteer to take up the role of President  to continue to foster the enthusiasm and potential of this gem.

Requirements:

  • Be able to dedicate sufficient time to the Committee and the running of the store
  • Have well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to be able to represent the BSL in a responsible manner and communicate with a diverse range of people
  • Have a willingness to accept responsibility and be able to work within policy and procedures
  • Have an understanding and respect for confidentiality
  • Previous retail experience and / or experience in recycled goods would be an advantage
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL, and a commitment to the objectives and success of the BSL stores.
  • A willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check & Working with Children Check 

For a copy of the position description click here.

For further information about the position phone Mia on 0406 380 374 or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) detailing relevant experience and skills to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .


 

Committee Member - President, Ormond Store
REPORTING TO: Area Manager  - Mia
LOCATION:  5 Katrandra Road, Ormond
HOURS:  Approximately 15 hours per week
DATES: Ongoing

The first Brotherhood of St Laurence opportunity shop was opened in 1938 in Fitzroy, and today we have 20 community stores operating across Melbourne and Geelong serving the same purpose as 80 years ago. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain-hunters and raising much-needed funds for our charity's work, the stores also offer job pathway opportunities and a place for community connection.

The Ormond Community Store is a tiny character laden boutique store ran by a well functioning volunteer committee. We are currently looking for a volunteer  to take up the role of President in this tightly ran operation to continue to ensure that this retail venture is a success. As a committee member you will have exceptional leadership skills and also partake in the day to day operations of the store.

Requirements:

  • Be able to dedicate sufficient time to the Committee and the running of the store
  • Have well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to be able to represent the BSL in a responsible manner and communicate with a diverse range of people
  • Have a willingness to accept responsibility and be able to work within policy and procedures
  • Have an understanding and respect for confidentiality
  • Previous retail experience and / or experience in recycled goods would be an advantage 
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL, and a commitment to the objectives and success of the BSL stores. 
  • A willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check & Working with Children Check

For a copy of the position description click here.

For further information about the position phone Mia on 0406 380 374 or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) detailing relevant experience and skills to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au .
 


 

ESL Tutor   
REPORTING TO: Manager, African Australian Community Centre (AACC)
LOCATION: Pickett Street, Footscray 
HOURS: Mondays and / or Thursdays - 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
   
The African Australian Community Centre (AACC) builds on the reputation of the Brotherhood’s specialist refugee centre, the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC).  As a partnership between the Brotherhood and the Anglican Parish of Footscray, the AACC seeks to build the leadership capacity of the local African community to ensure they have full access to resources, services and opportunities in Australia. 

We are currently looking for experienced tutors to assist the participants of the ESL class to advance their English language skills.

Duties include:

  • Facilitate basic English language training sessions in a manner that is supportive of the client and to the capacity of the volunteer
  • Design program and support materials targeted to client group to reinforce learning
  • Liaise with the Centre Manager on a regular basis regarding participants progress or issues
  • Liaise with coordinator regarding issues pertaining to the steering and development of the program
  • Inform the coordinator if unable to attend on a nominated day.

Requirements

  • Experience in ESL teaching desirable
  • A genuine commitment and ability to work with and relate to people from different cultural backgrounds
  • Good project / time management skills around planning and delivering workshops for participants on a weekly or fortnightly basis
  • Effective people skills including leadership, effective interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to handle challenging situations
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • A Working with Children Check
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest and resume to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Donation Sorter
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 109 Brunswick Road, Brunswick, 3056
HOURS: Negotiable: Mon-Sun,
DATES: Ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

The first Brotherhood of St Laurence opportunity shop was opened in 1938 in Fitzroy, and today we have 20 community stores operating across Melbourne and Geelong, serving the same purpose as 80 years ago. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain-hunters and raising much-needed funds for our charity's work, the stores also offer job pathway opportunities and a place for community connection.

We currently require volunteers to assist with the sorting of ‘raw’ donations into different categories and qualities.

Duties include:

  • Sort and packing of 'raw' donations according to category and quality
  • Packing, racking and allocating sorted stock into the appropriate areas as directed.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge and /or interest in fashion and bric-a-brac
  • Physically fit 
  • Able to identify clothing genders
  • Able to read and write and follow instructions
  • Willingness to undergo a police check
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the Retail Group and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest  to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au



Furniture Jockeys & Furniture Retail Assistants - Brunswick
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION:  109 Brunswick Road, Brunswick.
HOURS:  ½ to full day shift available, Monday to Sunday.
DATE:  Ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood.  Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

Our Brunswick store sells good quality recycled clothing including vintage product as well as shoes, books, manchester, furniture and fridges.

We are currently seeking a number of volunteers who are physically fit, strong, have an eye for moving furniture,  putting it together as well as good customer service and communication skills in order to be able to assist customers with their furniture enquiries.

Duties include:

  • Loading and unloading deliveries and pickups from the store (Jockey)
  • Moving / placing furniture around the store as directed (Jockey)Keeping the furniture area clean and tidy and assembling furniture if necessary 
  • Assisting with sales by attending to customers 
  • Cooperating with colleagues to enhance the team effort  

Requirements:

  • Physically fit and able to move furniture around the store in a safe manner (Jockey)
  • Awareness of and the ability to learn Occupational Health and Safety, and manual handling procedures 
  • High quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team 
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds 
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence 
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check 

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week with training provided in a friendly and supported environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au specifying your availability.


 

Visual Merchandiser
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 109 Brunswick Road, Brunswick, 3056
HOURS: Negotiable: Monday to Sunday
DATES: Ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

The first Brotherhood of St Laurence opportunity shop was opened in 1938 in Fitzroy, and today we have 20 community stores operating across Melbourne and Geelong, serving the same purpose as 80 years ago. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain-hunters and raising much-needed funds for our charity's work, the stores also offer job pathway opportunities and a place for community connection.

We currently require volunteers to assist the Store Manager in the up keep and visual presentation of the store.

Duties include:

  • Planning and installing Visual Merchandising concepts
  • Window dressing 
  • Mannequin dressing 
  • Colour blocking 
  • In store merchandising and general maintenance.

Requirements:

  • Extreme passion, interest  and knowledge in fashion, current trends, vintage and bric-a-brac 
  • Physically fit
  • Creative
  • Experience or training in the field of Visual Merchandising
  • Able to identify clothing genders and styles 
  • Able to follow instructions
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the Retail Group (HG) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Willingness to undergo a police check 
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or to apply email your expression of interest  to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au



Escort / Driver
REPORTING TO: Manager, Community Care Packages (Northern) - Margaret Radin
LOCATION: Fitzroy
HOURS: Varies - once a fortnight during business hours
DATES: Ongoing

Brotherhood Community Care provides care packages to people needing assistance to live at home, and those who care for them. The services offered include assistance with daily needs, such as personal care, shopping and meals, through to home nursing and specialist health services.

We are currently seeking an escort and / or driver with their own vehicle to accompanying or assist a vision impaired, elderly client to attend appointments by assisting with the catching of public transport or taxis, or by driving the client directly to appointments on a fortnightly basis.

 Duties include:

  • Meet with and safely assist the client with the catching of taxis or public transport in order  to be able to attend her scheduled appointments
  • Drive client to scheduled appointments 
  • Be punctual to agreed meeting times 
  • Provide safe and friendly care to ensure the client has an affirming experience  
  • Follow BSL policy and procedure; ensure a consistent standard of quality service delivery that meets Occupational Health & Safety legislation.
  • Protect organisational and client confidentially according to BSL confidentially agreement  
  • Maintain log of meetings and provide regular feedback to the supervisor regarding any issues
  • Inform the coordinator if unable to attend on a nominated day
  • Maintain strong professional boundaries within the support being provided to clients

Requirements:

  • Be committed to working with older people and enhancing their quality of life
  • Be able to communicate effectively with BSL clients, staff and stake holders 
  • Be able to use initiative and be responsive and professional in various situations
  • Be flexible, and be able to work as part of a team and autonomously
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • Have an understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL

Desirable:

  • Current Victorian Driver Licence
  • Own registered and roadworthy car with minimum third party insurance.
  • Willingness to undergo Driver Licence Check

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest detailing your suitability to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au 


 

Driver / Activity Assistant
REPORTING TO: ReSource Coordinator: Chenai Mupotsa
LOCATION: African Australian Community Centre: Pickett Street, Footscray
HOURS: Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
DATES: 9 week program starts on Tuesday 22nd of April 2014

The African Australian Community Centre (AACC) builds on the reputation of the Brotherhood’s specialist refugee centre, the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC).  As a partnership between the Brotherhood and the Anglican Parish of Footscray, the AACC seeks to build the leadership capacity of the local African community to ensure they have full access to resources, services and opportunities in Australia.

We are currently seeking a driver / activity assistant to supporting our Community Service Volunteering Program (CSVP).

This program introduces young refugees and migrants to the concept and benefits of volunteering via ‘taster’ activities. The young people are taken on site visits where they experience a range of volunteer activities within the community service sector.

Participants will be collected from Victoria University, and driven to various locations including Fitzroy, Brunswick and North Melbourne. Should you wish to, you would also be welcome to participate in the various excursions with our young people.

 Duties include:

  • Driving a mini bus (11 seater) safely, in accordance with road laws and the Brotherhood's Fleet Policy
  • Participating in activities with young people if required

Requirements:

  • Minimum of a full, clean driving licence
  • A genuine commitment and interest in working with young people from diverse backgrounds
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others and take instruction
  • Willingness to undergo a police check, and working with children check
  • Understanding of and commitment to the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Furniture Jockeys & Furniture Retail Assistants - Moonee Ponds
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION:  24 Margaret Street, Moonee Ponds.
HOURS:  ½ to full day shift available on Monday, Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
DATE:  Ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood.  Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

Our Moonee Ponds store sells good quality recycled clothing including vintage product as well as shoes, books, manchester, furniture and fridges. 

We are currently seeking a number of volunteers who are physically fit, strong, have an eye for moving furniture,  putting it together as well as good customer service and communication skills in order to be able to assist customers with their furniture enquiries.

Duties include:

  • Loading and unloading deliveries and pickups from the store (Jockey)
  • Moving / placing furniture around the store as directed (Jockey)Keeping the furniture area clean and tidy and assembling furniture if necessary
  • Assisting with sales by attending to customers
  • Cooperating with colleagues to enhance the team effort  

Requirements:

  • Physically fit and able to move furniture around the store in a safe manner (Jockey)
  • Awareness of and the ability to learn Occupational Health and Safety, and manual handling procedures
  • High quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check 

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week with training provided in a friendly and supported environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au specifying your availability.


 

Receptionist     
REPORTING TO: Administration Officer - Esme
LOCATION:  African Australian Community Centre - Pickett Street, Footscray
HOURS: Monday to Thursday shifts: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.,  Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
DATES: Ongoing - 6 month commitment

The African Australian Community Centre (AACC) builds on the reputation of the Brotherhood’s specialist refugee centre, the Ecumenical Migration Centre (EMC).  As a partnership between the Brotherhood and the Anglican Parish of Footscray, the AACC seeks to build the leadership capacity of the local African community to ensure they have full access to resources, services and opportunities in Australia. 

We are currently seeking a confident and reliable volunteer to assist the Administration Officer with the day to day operations and to attend to the reception area.

Duties include:

  • Prompt and appropriate responses to internal and external enquiries via telephone, fax or in person,  
  • Ensuring the reception area is welcoming and responsive and maintained in a well organised manner at all times 
  • Administration support including, faxing, photocopying, typing, incoming and outgoing mail
  • Actively contributing and collaborating on ideas for the continuous improvement of reception and administration functions

Requirements: 

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic administration and reception skills required, further training will be provided to the right applicant
  • Must be willing to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Must have an understanding and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Desirable:

  • Ability to speak an African language, particularly Dinka would be a bonus.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your resume and expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au.


 

Book Sorters
REPORTING TO:  Manager Brotherhood Books
LOCATION:  2 Judge Street,  Sunshine
HOURS:  Open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
DATE/S:   Ongoing - 1/2 to full day shifts available.

Brotherhood Books is an online second-hand bookstore, run from the kind donations received from the public. The team of mainly volunteers, sorts, clean and price high-quality donated books ready to be purchased online by our loyal customers.

Our new warehouse in Sunshine is 70 metres from the bus stop on Bus Route 903 (Altona to Mordialloc) or is a 25 -30 minute walk from either Tottenham or Sunshine train station.  Ample car parking is available.

Duties include:

  • Sort book donations into grades according to condition and suitability for online sale
  • General stock handling, organising and moving.

Requirements:

  • Knowledge of books and literature is highly desirable
  • Ability to work well in a team environment & cooperate with colleagues and follow instruction
  • Good communication skills
  • Reliability, enthusiasm, and commitment to the objectives of Brotherhood Books 
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Understanding of, and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au



Inventory Management Assistant
REPORTING TO:  Manager Brotherhood Books
LOCATION:  2 Judge Street,  Sunshine
HOURS:  Open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
DATE/S:   Ongoing - 1/2 to full day shifts available.

Brotherhood Books is an online second-hand bookstore, run from the kind donations received from the public. The team of mainly volunteers, sorts, clean and price high-quality donated books ready to be purchased online by our loyal customers.

Our new warehouse in Sunshine is 70 metres from the bus stop on Bus Route 903 (Altona to Mordialloc) or is a 25 - 30 minute walk from either Tottenham or Sunshine train station.  Ample car parking is available.

Duties include:

  • Select, clean and categorise books
  • Research and price books accordingly
  • Enter books onto database
  • General administrative duties
  • Print, pick and pack on-line orders

Requirements:

  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of Brotherhood Books
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience with books preferred, but not essential
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • Understanding of, and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL
  • Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au



General Hand - Warehouse
REPORTING TO: Sorting Facility Manager
LOCATION:  2 Judge Street,  Sunshine
HOURS: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
DATES: Short term or ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

The Sorting Facility supports the Brotherhood’s Retail Stores Group through the collection and sorting of donated products.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers to assist as a general hand in the sorting facility and warehouse with day to day operations.

Duties include:

  • Sorting of ‘raw’ donations into different categories and qualities
  • Packing, racking and allocating sorted stock into the appropriate areas as directed
  • Moving and disposing of items around the warehouse as needed

Requirements:

  • Physically fit, able to lift 10 kg
  • Able to identify clothing genders
  • Able to read, write and follow instructions
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the Retail Group and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on 9483 1390  or email your expression of interest  to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Books Merchandiser / Retail Assistant
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATION: 518 Centre Road, Bentleigh
HOURS: Various shifts available
DATES: Ongoing

Love books? Love organising books, stocking shelves and making sure everything is clean and tidy in order to sell more books for a good cause?

Our Bentleigh Community Store sells BOOKS, donated furniture, clothing and other household items. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, we also offer a place for community connection.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence retail stores work to raise revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence as well as encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

Requirements:

  • Good people skills with the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • A commitment to the objectives of the store and an understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood
  • Commit to regular weekly or fortnightly shifts for a minimum of 3 months
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

 Pro Bono - Dental Services

The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Dental Care program helps people who can’t afford dental care to access free or low cost dentistry. The program can assist people gain access to community clinics, and fund the costs of treatment through a community clinic or in some cases by a private dentist.

The Brotherhood welcomes the services of qualified dentists, orthodontists and denture makers in support of the Dental Care program.

For more information or to get involved, please phone Adam on (03) 9483 2489
or Mary on 0407 145 552.


 

Education Programs Officer
REPORTING TO: Education Program Coordinator - Lily
LOCATION:  24–26 High Street, Frankston
HOURS: 9.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.
DATE: Mondays,  Tuesdays or Thursdays during school terms

Our High Street Education Program works in partnership with schools and other local organisations to provide wrap-around learning, wellbeing and pathways support to 50 students in a community setting. We offer the Certificate of General Education for Adults (CGEA), and Intermediate and Senior levels of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). The program is based at our Frankston High Street Centre.

We are currently seeking a suitable volunteer to provide support to teachers to assist building students learning capacity and resilience, so that all students in the program have the best chance of success. The role involves providing one-on-one or small group assistance to identified students.

Duties include:

  • Assist teachers with classroom engagement of students
  • Assist with the preparation of classroom resources as needed
  • Support the teachers and Education Program Coordinator in delivery to students of agreed learning materials, activities and assessments, in line with VCAA guidelines
  • Provide assistance and support to identified students with learning barriers, to engage in a range of learning activities both inside and outside the classroom
  • Support the development of reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • Communicate with teachers about student progress and areas of need
  • Inform the Coordinator and Wellbeing Officer about any welfare issues that may arise with students
  • Program and Organisational Engagement 
  • Comply with organisational and program level policy and procedures
  • Actively participate in Professional Development activities and support the implementation of practices based on new learning

Requirements:

  • Understanding of the range of barriers to educational success that may be faced by young people who are disadvantaged, and desire to work with young people that face such barriers
  • Demonstrated ability to build rapport with students and engage students in learning
  • Ability to be able to deal with challenging behaviors and language
  • An aptitude for working closely with other educators
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to engage and work positively with young people
  • Well developed reading, writing and numeracy skills
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the BSL
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children Check
  • Minimum 10 week commitment

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Activity Assistant - Rosella Respite Group
REPORTING TO: Socialisation Coordinator - Teresa
LOCATION: Seawinds Community Hub, 11a Allambi Ave, Rosebud West 
HOURS: Thursdays 9.30 / 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
DATES: Ongoing

The Social Inclusion Program assists older people and people with disabilities maintain connections to family, friends, neighbours and the wider community as a strategy for improving health and wellbeing.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to get involved with our Thursday respite group. This session is attended by men and women who get involved in various activities ranging from craft, card games, gardening, bird watching to exercise programs.  This busy and rewarding role will include the set up of activities, preparation of food and cleaning up as well as socialisation activities with participants to ensure they can participate and have a good time.

Duties include:

  • Being punctual to events and responsible for supporting the supervisor in the facilitation of a small group of Brotherhood clients including food preparation, set up and clean up
  • Providing conversation and companionship to participants who are often socially isolated and lonely to ensure clients have a positive experience 
  • Be able to seek out direction or receive instruction from the BSL facilitators when attending an event or activity
  • Assisting clients with their individual needs
  • Ensure clients are escorted to their appropriate transport option at the end of the activity
  • Ensure the driver has the correct address details, when directing the driver
  • Willingness when needed to drive clients home when needed using a BSL vehicle is desirable.

Requirements:

  • A high degree of professionalism and effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to communicate effectively with BSL clients, staff and stake holders
  • Ability to be flexible, to be able to work as part of a team and autonomously
  • Be sensitive to the needs of people from different economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Understanding of Brotherhood of St Laurence, mission, values and objectives
  • A commitment to the social inclusion program goals and principles 
  • A commitment to working with older people and enhancing quality of life
  • Ability to use initiative and be responsive in situations
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check.
  • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence and willingness to undergo a licence check desirable.

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest  to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au 


 

Activity Assistant - Locker Room Lads Program
REPORTING TO: Socialisation Coordinator - Theresa
LOCATION: Seawinds Community Hub, 11a Allambi Ave, Rosebud West 
HOURS: Fridays 9.30 / 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
DATES: Ongoing

The Social Inclusion Program assists older people and people with disabilities maintain connections to family, friends, neighbours and the wider community as a strategy for improving health and wellbeing.

We are currently seeking an engaging volunteer who is able to talk about and engage in activities of interest to the men's group. Activities may include playing pool, darts and going to sporting activities. This is a busy and  rewarding role and will include some simple food preparation, set up of activities and socialisation with participants to ensure that they are having a good time.

Duties include:

  • Being punctual to events and responsible for supporting the supervisor in the facilitation of a small group of Brotherhood clients including food preparation, set up and clean up
  • Providing conversation and companionship to participants who are often socially isolated and lonely to ensure clients have a positive experience 
  • Be able to seek out direction or receive instruction from the BSL facilitators when attending an event or activity
  • Assisting clients with their individual needs
  • Ensure clients are escorted to their appropriate transport option at the end of the activity
  • Ensure the driver has the correct address details, when directing the driver
  • Willingness when needed to drive clients home when needed using a BSL vehicle is desirable.

Requirements:

  • A high degree of professionalism and effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to communicate effectively with BSL clients, staff and stake holders
  • Ability to be flexible, to be able to work as part of a team and autonomously
  • Be sensitive to the needs of people from different economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Understanding of Brotherhood of St Laurence, mission, values and objectives
  • A commitment to the social inclusion program goals and principles 
  • A commitment to working with older people and enhancing quality of life
  • Ability to use initiative and be responsive in situations
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence and willingness to undergo a licence check desirable.

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest  to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au 


 

Seamstress
REPORTING TO: Sorting Facility Manager
LOCATION: Judge Street, Sunshine 
HOURS: Flexible - Mon to Sat available during business hours
DATES: Ongoing

The Sorting Facility supports the Brotherhood’s Retail Stores Group through the collection and sorting of donated products. The retail network was started as a fundraising venture to support and subsidise the community work associated with the Brotherhood’s vision of an Australia Free of Poverty. 

We are currently looking to create a team of volunteers with an interest in fashion and experience in clothing alterations, knitting, hand sewing, machine sewing, fabric or design skills to perform repairs, make clothing alterations and adjustments, and create new items from existing garments. This role is based in either our Sorting Facility, or our Fitzroy hunter gatherer store, depending upon demand.

Duties include:

  • Garment repairs
  • Clothing alterations
  • Creating new fashion items from old garments.

Requirements:

  • Experience essential e.g. pattern-makers, seamstresses, or design/fashion students or graduates
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the Brotherhood
  • Knowledge of on trend fashion / vintage and retro style, and in particular upcycling of clothes highly regarded
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.

Time commitment is flexible, with full induction provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information about this position, please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest, indicating your experience and availability, to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Homework Club Tutor - Frankston
REPORTING TO:  Homework and Learning Club Coordinator
LOCATION:  High Street, Frankston
HOURS:  3.45 p.m.  - 6 p.m. Tuesdays (during school semester)
DATE:  Ongoing during school terms

The Homework and Learning Club program is a joint initiative of Peninsula Youth Connections, Woodleigh School and The New Hope Foundation that aims to provide young refugee people with a supportive environment where they can work and receive school tuition in all subject areas.

Many of the students participating in the program will have had interrupted formal education experiences prior to arrival in Australia and will require broad and holistic support to continue participation in school and further education.

We are currently seeking volunteers to act as tutors in the Homework and Learning Club. The tutor’s role will be to deliver tutorial assistance to the young people in the program in a supportive manner that fosters relationships and increases the likelihood of the young people having a positive experience in school and further education. 

Requirements:

  • Tertiary level education, teaching background - Early Childhood, Primary School or EAL teaching experience preferred
  • Be able to participate in and coordinate group activities aimed at building relationships and increasing literacy and numeracy skills
  • A satisfactory police check and Working with Children Check
  • An understanding and empathy with the values and ideals of the Homework and Learning Club 

For further information about the position please phone Jeanette Kaindel at Woodleigh School on (03) 5971 6100 or email  jkaindel@nullwoodleigh.vic.edu.au


 

Tester and Tagger
REPORTING TO: Logistics Manager or Store Manager
LOCATION:  Croydon, Brunswick, Deer Park, Bentleigh, Moonee Ponds 
HOURS: M - F (business hours) and / or weekends depending on location
DATES: Short term or ongoing - negotiable

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling. 

The Sorting Facility supports the Brotherhood’s Retail Stores Group through the collection and sorting of donated products. 

We currently need enthusiastic volunteers to prepare white goods and small electrical items for sale in our retail stores. 

Duties include:

  • Clean and prepare all white goods and electrical equipment for sale 
  • Move and organise electrical goods in a safe manner
  • Attend to the sorting and disposing of waste product 
  • Ensure department work areas are kept clean and OH&S compliant
  • Test and tag electrical items and prepare for orders

Requirements:

  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to follow instructions and work within policy and procedures
  • Strong understanding of O.H & S practices
  • Manual Handling Certificate desirable
  • Testing and Tagging Licence
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and  ideals of the BSL
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest  to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

General Hand - Electrical
REPORTING TO: Logistics Manager
LOCATION:  Sunshine and various other locations
HOURS: Business hours and weekends depending on location
DATES: Short term or ongoing - negotiable

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence.  Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling. 

The Sorting Facility supports the Brotherhood’s Retail Stores Group through the collection and sorting of donated products. 

We currently need enthusiastic volunteers to prepare white goods and small electrical items for sale in our retail stores. 

Duties:

  • Clean and prepare all white goods and electrical equipment for sale 
  • Move and organise electrical goods in a safe manner
  • Attend to the sorting and disposing of waste product 
  • Ensure department work areas are kept clean and OH&S compliant

Requirements:

  • Able to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Ability to follow instructions and work within policy and procedures
  • Strong understanding of O.H & S practices
  • Manual Handling Certificate desirable
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and  ideals of the BSL
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390, or to apply email your expression of interest  to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

iPad Tutor
REPORTING TO:  Social Inclusion Program Coordinator (Northern)
LOCATION:  Sunbury
HOURS: Negotiable – approximately 2 hours per fortnight  
DATES: Ongoing – Short term

The Social Inclusion Program assists older people and people with disabilities maintain connections to family, friends, neighbours and the wider community as a strategy for improving health and wellbeing.

The program is committed to assisting people pursue their recreational and learning goals by providing access to interest or hobby groups that can improve self esteem, confidence and create pleasurable opportunities to connect with like minded peers.

We are currently seeking volunteers to provide individualised iPad computer training and support on an as needs basis.

Duties include:

  • Meeting clients in a mutually agreed place to establish requirements of training according to needs and interest
  • Facilitate training sessions for participants such as showing them how to use the iPad, understand the different settings, downloading and using different Apps and surfing the Internet
  • Preparing instruction documents for participants to reinforce learning
  • Provide regular feedback to the Social Inclusion Coordinator about client progress or issues
  • Liaising with coordinator regarding issues pertaining to the steering and development of the program

Requirements:

  • Significant experience in using an iPad
  • Privacy and confidentiality ensuring clients keep their usernames and passwords safe and protected.
  • A genuine commitment and ability to work with older people or those with a disability, to facilitate their learning and development in relation to computer activities
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • A current Victorian Driver Licence
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the BSL
  • A satisfactory Police Check

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Shop Assistant  - Community Stores
REPORTING TO: Store Manager
LOCATIONS: Various - see below
HOURS: Mon - Sun, business hours
DATES: Ongoing

  • Bentleigh - *Urgent - various roles and shifts available*
  • Brunswick - *Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday*
  • Croydon - *Saturday* 
  • Deer Park
  • Eltham
  • Glen Huntly - *Various shifts available*
  • Greensborough - *Particular need for Tuesday afternoons*
  • Grovedale
  • Ivanhoe - currently full, sorry
  • Knox - currently full, sorry
  • Melbourne City
  • Moonee Ponds - *Various shifts available*
  • Mount Waverley - currently full, sorry
  • Northcote - *Monday and Tuesday*
  • Ormond - *Various shifts available*
  • Pakenham - *Various shifts available*
  • Seaford - *Particular need Saturdays* 
  • Watsonia - currently full, sorry

Click here for Community Store address and opening hours.

Better known as the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s op shops, our community stores sell donated furniture, clothing and other household items. Our stores in Brunswick, Croydon, Deer Park, Geelong and Moonee Ponds also stock white goods. As well as selling low-cost goods to families and bargain hunters, they also offer a place for community connection.

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division of the Brotherhood of St Laurence, which works to provide revenue for the invaluable client services, advocacy and research work undertaken by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Our social enterprises also encourage and promote environmental sustainability through recycling.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and committed volunteers to provide a high-quality customer service experience to the public and to support paid and volunteer staff in the day-to-day operations of the store.

Duties include:

  • Welcoming customers into the shop, and assisting with any specific needs
  • Sorting, cleaning, tagging, pricing, merchandising, selling, and ordering stock
  • Ensuring all areas are clean including selling area, sorting area, delivery area, bathroom, kitchen and footpath 
  • High-level customer service
  • Cooperating with colleagues to enhance the team effort.

Requirements:

  • High-quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Interest in retail and recycled goods preferred
  • Enthusiasm, reliability, an interest in and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood
  • Commit to regular weekly or fortnightly shifts for a minimum of 3 months
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check.

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with full training provided in a friendly and supportive environment. This is a great developmental opportunity if you are looking for a career in retail. Please call Volunteer Services to discuss further.

For further information about the position please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390, or email your expression of interest and resume (optional) to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au specifying which store location would best suit you.


 

Book Specialist - Shop Assistant
REPORTING TO:  Store Manager
LOCATION: Croydon or Brunswick
HOURS:  During store opening hours
DATES: Ongoing

The Retail Stores Group is part of the Social Enterprises Division.  The retail network was originally started as a fundraising venture to support and subsidise the community work associated with the Brotherhood’s vision of an Australia Free of Poverty.

We are currently looking for volunteer, book-specific shop assistants to act as Book Specialist in one of our retail stores. This will be an important liaison role between the Brotherhood Books head office and the retail store.

Duties include:

  • Pricing, categorising, shelving and tidying books 
  • Ensuring all areas of the store are kept clean and tidy 
  • Assisting customers as required.

Requirements:

  • An interest in or experience with books preferred, but not essential as full training will be provided
  • High-quality people skills, communication skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds  
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and commitment to the objectives of the store and the Brotherhood of St  Laurence 
  • Understanding of and sympathy with the values and ideals of the BSL  
  • Willingness to undergo a Police Check

Time commitment can be as little as half a day a week, with full training provided in a friendly and supportive environment.

For further information about the position please call Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au


 

Activity Companions (Northern)
REPORTING TO:  Social Inclusion Program Coordinator 
LOCATION:  Preston, Northcote and other Northern Suburbs

Activity: Movie Group
HOURS: Approximately 10 am – 2 pm.  Third Monday every month

Activity: Morning Cuppa Group
HOURS: 10 am – 12 pm. Every second Thursday in Thomastown

The Social Inclusion Program assists older people and people with disabilities maintain connections to family, friends, neighbours and the wider community as a strategy for improving health and wellbeing.

The program is committed to assisting people pursue their recreational and learning goals by providing access to interest or hobby groups that can improve self esteem, confidence and create pleasurable opportunities to connect with like minded peers. 

Duties include:

  • Supporting the supervisor in the facilitation of a small group of Brotherhood clients 
  • Providing conversation and companionship to participants who are often socially isolated and lonely to ensure clients have a positive experience  
  • Assisting clients with their individual needs including purchasing tickets / food, getting in and out of transport  
  • Collecting and recording donations, completing attendance sheets.

Requirements:

  • A high degree of professionalism and effective interpersonal skills in order to be able to communicate effectively with BSL clients, staff and stake holders
  • Ability to be flexible, to be able to work as part of a team and autonomously
  • Be sensitive to the needs of people from different economic, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Understanding of Brotherhood of St Laurence, mission, values and objectives
  • A commitment to the social inclusion program goals and principles 
  • A commitment to working with older people and enhancing quality of life
  • Ability to use initiative and be responsive in situations
  • Willingness to undergo a police check.

For further information about the position phone Volunteer Services on (03) 9483 1390 or email your expression of interest and resume to  volunteer@nullbsl.org.au

Meet our volunteers

Patrick, Brigid and Bev are just some of our volunteers whose personal stories show the varied reasons people get involved, as well as the rewards that come from giving one’s time for a greater cause.

Patrick

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Patrick volunteers two hours per fortnight, as a mentor for the Brain Bank program for refugees and migrants, giving digital and IT support. Read more (PDF file 269.KB).

 Brigid

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Brigid is a 23-year-old student studying Masters in Communication, majoring in public relations. Read more (PDF file, 232.88 KB)

Bev

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Bev was 19 when she first started volunteering for the Brotherhood. Read more (PDF file, 294.14 KB).