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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 

 

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


 

Reception and Administration Assistant
REPORTING TO: Reception & Administration Officer - Roque           
LOCATION: Centre for Work and Learning - 95 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy                    
HOURS: 5 hours shifts available during business hours (between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
DATES: Minimum 4 month commitment

The Brotherhood believes in providing a Line of Sight for disadvantaged job seekers into the world of work, through access to support, development, training, work experience and placement into jobs and work opportunities.

The Brotherhood's Work and Learning Centres offer intensive personal support to disadvantaged job seekers; particularly those who live in public housing, are long-term unemployed, or face other significant barriers to participating in the workforce.

Our work and learning services include:

  • Job seeker services
  • Workforce Solutions works with employers, offering tailored recruitment assistance and matching them with prepared job seekers who are ready for employment.
  • Training Services delivers customised training, to give our job seekers the skills they need to get a job and keep it. We also offer tailored training to specific employers to prepare them for our job seekers.

We are currently seeking a volunteer with basic reception and administration skills to join the Work and Learning team. This is a great entry level position for someone wanting to get experience and training in reception and administration.

Duties include:

  • Provide prompt and appropriate responses to internal and external enquiries via telephone, fax or in person
  • Ensure the reception area is welcoming, responsive and maintained in a well organised manner at all times
  • Provide administrative support including, faxing, photocopying, typing and processing of incoming and outgoing mail
  • Contribute and collaborate on ideas for the continuous improvement of reception and administration functions
  • Maintain data on the job-ready database for tracking and evaluation.

Requirements:

  • A genuine commitment, understanding of and ability to work with Asylum Seekers and Refugees from different cultural backgrounds
  • Basic computer and reception skills (further training provided to the right applicant)
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to be able to liaise with a diverse range of people
  • Awareness of and ability to maintain client confidentiality
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • An understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.

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


 

Administration Assistant
REPORTING TO: Administration Officer, Community VCAL - Erin
LOCATION: High St Centre, Frankston
HOURS: 8 hours a week - negotiable on either Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs.
DATES: Ongoing

The High Street Centre brings together Community, Education and Employment services on the one site to create a place where people can come, feel welcome and at ease seeking assistance from various services without having to go around from place to place.

In 2010 the Brotherhood of St Laurence began delivering Community VCAL, an integrated education program to meet the literacy, numeracy and personal development needs of young people (aged 15-19) in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region who are unable to participate in mainstream schooling.

We are currently seeking a reliable and capable volunteer to provide administrative support to the Community VCAL program.

Duties include:

  • Generation and maintenance of resources including leaflets, brochures, course and marketing material and program forms
  • Assisting staff in the research and organisation of events and excursions
  • Arrange and coordinate meetings, manage group calendar, prepare meeting correspondence and take minutes when required
  • Communicate with internal and external stakeholders (young people, schools, employers and agencies)  face to face, electronically and over phone
  • Ensure client confidentiality is maintained at all times
  • Accurately maintain key administrative systems and files (both hard and electronic) including student databases, enrolments and attendance records. 
  • Code and prepare invoices for approval and maintain register of paid accounts

Requirements:

  • Significant computer experience and familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, Access and the use of data bases.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to advise and liaise across all levels of the organisation and external organisations and deal with interruptions in a positive and productive manner. 
  • Sensitivity to and the ability to deal with a variety of personalities and behaviors of people from various economic, social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to be able to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment and autonomously
  • Willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory Police Check
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.


For further information about the position please call Volunteer Services on 03 9483 1390, or email your expression of interest  detailing your relevant experience and resume to volunteer@nullbsl.org.au specifying which position you are applying for.


 

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.


 
Support Worker - Urban Camps
 
REPORTING TO: Chaplain - Debra Saffrey-Collins
LOCATION: Fitzroy
HOURS: 2 full days plus 3 mornings in block periods, occurs 13 weeks of the year

The Urban Camp program is an experiential learning camp allowing students to learn about inequality, injustice and discover the reasons for poverty and disadvantage first hand.  Students are involved in many different programs of the BSL and interact with the communities within which we work, learning people’s stories.

We are currently looking for suitably qualified volunteer to act as a support and liaison person for Urban Camp staff across different camp activities.

Duties include:

  • Accompanying students on public transport to and from camp activities
  • Liaising with Urban Camp staff and camp activity staff and where appropriate join in on programs with the students 
  • Briefing and debriefing students about camp activities as part of the BSL Schools Engagement Team
  • Acting as BSL representative at all external activities

Requirements:

  • Able to relate to and enjoy working with young people
  • Able to work as a part of a team, and also be able to show initiative and take responsibility 
  • Have an understanding of the issues of social justice, disadvantage and community development
  • Demonstrated patience and a sense of humor when working with young people
  • A willingness and ability to learn new things 
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to advise and liaise across all levels of the organisation and external organisations
  • A willingness to undergo and obtain a satisfactory police check
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the BSL.

For 2014 Urban Camp dates click here.

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


 

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
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
  • Croydon
  • Deer Park
  • Eltham
  • Glen Huntly - *Various shifts available*
  • Greensborough - *Particular need for Tuesday afternoons*
  • Grovedale
  • Ivanhoe - currently full, sorry
  • Knox - *Particular need for Saturdays*
  • Melbourne City
  • Moonee Ponds
  • Mount Waverley - currently full, sorry
  • Northcote - *Particular need for Monday, Wed & Thursday* 
  • 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

Patrick - volunteer 
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).