Volunteer with us

Powered by volunteers, our organisation depends on people in the community who want to make a contribution.

Brain Bank volunteer mentor assists the program participant in the kitchen

More than 1200 people donate their time, skills, knowledge and passion towards our aim of building an Australia free of poverty. Their voluntary efforts make a real difference to the lives of people experiencing disadvantage  – and helps ensure the Brotherhood of St Laurence remains a dynamic community organisation.

The Brotherhood has always been shaped by the community – ordinary people who recognise the need for social change, gathered together to help make that change happen from the ground up. That is our tradition and it remains our goal.

Today, our volunteers include retired people with a lifetime of knowledge and experience, skilled professionals including employees of our corporate partners, migrants wanting to contribute to their new country, school students and other young people seeking work experience.

Volunteers at the Brotherhood of St Laurence can contribute in many ways. They work in our community stores, provide mentoring to refugees, asylum seekers and young people, work as tutors and in programs such as our Breakfast Club and offer other supports to children and families. They also assist people looking for work and contribute to research and advocacy, along with other activities.

View the list of volunteering vacancies at the Brotherhood

We offer volunteer positions ranging from retail and community work, to connecting with older people, younger people and new arrivals, as well as some specialised roles. Read more »

Read about volunteering at the Brotherhood

By volunteering your time, talents and networks you can make a meaningful difference to the lives of people who need your support so they can build a better life for themselves. Read more »

Learn about your rights and responsibilities

Our volunteers are our partners, and we offer them a safe and inclusive environment to contribute in. Learn about our application process and how volunteering works. Read more »

Volunteer resources

Are you a volunteer with us? Our Volunteer Guidelines Handbook provides you with an overview of our organisation and our obligations to each other as partners. Read more »

Find out about corporate partnerships at the Brotherhood

Your organisation can partner with us in a number of ways to support your corporate social responsibility programs while helping us achieve our goals. Read more »

Mike Tucker standing in a front of an old house

We could not be the type of organisation we aspire to be without the support of our volunteers. Meet some of the people who so generously give of their time, talents and networks. Read more »

Contact us

Volunteer Services
Brotherhood of St Laurence
67 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Phone: (03) 9483 1390
Email: volunteer(at)bsl.org.au

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

Find out more about the work of the Brotherhood
Brotherhood Books
Brotherhood of St Laurence Communtiy Stores
Hippy Australia
Given the Chance

The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.