Our Exhibitors for 2018
Read a bit about each organisation and their volunteering opportunities. Attend the Expo to meet them in person and discuss how you might get involved.
The ACT Parks and Conservation Service (PCS) works in partnership with the community to provide opportunities for people of all ages, background and abilities to become involved in volunteer programs. We call this ParkCare.
As an activist, you’ll be joining other passionate people in your local community to organise events and activities that empower people to take action for what they care about. With your help, we can campaign for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. We are currently looking for people passionate about Indigenous or Refugee Rights to join our Actions Teams as well as anyone who is dedicated to defending Human Rights and interested in Social Media or outreach through stalls at local events.
Anglicare is the Social Justice arm of the Anglican Church. Anglicare’s mission is to tackle disadvantage, helping children and families break free from the cycle of poverty. We have a range of volunteering opportunities: Youth Services, Disaster Recovery, Retail, Disability Services, Retirement living, and ad hoc admin roles.
Belconnen Community Service provides a wide range of high quality, integrated and inclusive programs and services to individuals, families, children and young people in the Belconnen region. BCS works with community members, local organisations and businesses to develop responsive programs, services and activities that support self determination and reduce social isolation. Volunteers are involved in a variety of roles including group support, community transport, admin support, English Conversation Group as well as other activities and events.
COTA ACT is the peak organisation for all issues relating to older Canberra citizens, seniors, those of mature age and their families. It is an independent organisation working to protect and promote the well-being, rights and interests of all older people in the ACT. COTA ACT is a member of an Australian wide organisation – COTA Australia – and contributes to the development of national policies and agendas. We cover all aspects of the journey of growing older. COTA ACT benefits greatly from the contribution of volunteers. Volunteer roles with COTA ACT include: reception and administration; peer education; data entry and research.
Epilepsy ACT provides accessible support, information, education and connections for people living with epilepsy in the ACT and surrounding region, their families, support network and the community. We have several volunteering opportunities including education, events and promotions.
The National Heart Foundation funds lifesaving heart research and works to improve heart disease prevention and care for all Australians. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our fight against heart disease. Volunteers help us with things like: administrative support, organising and running events, coordinating Heart Foundation walking groups, fundraising appeals (e.g. door knock campaigns or challenge events), volunteering their professional expertise on specific projects, community speaking, helping on school programs, administrative help on donor thank you programs.
Heart Support Australia provides support to people affected by a heart event and works as a partner in health to empower people to achieve their quality of life – Physically, Emotionally and Socially. We have volunteers who promote our cause and train to work with patients who have had an episode. We also have volunteers who help with community fundraising events.
At IRT we create communities where seniors achieve their optimum quality of life. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of older people. Our vibrant community has many meaningful roles for you, such as Meal Assistance and Namaste Care volunteers.
Kookaburra Kids are seeking enthusiastic volunteer leaders to attend weekend camps in the ACT. We have four camps each year in various locations for children aged 8-18 years. We are looking for adults over the age of 21 from all walks of life. You can volunteer over the long term or short term. Kookaburra Kids exist to support children living with a parent or family member who suffers from a mental illness. We deliver early intervention programs to these children in a fun way through camp and activity day programs, while facilitating unforgettable experiences giving them a sense of community plus providing a break from their carers role. We are a collaborative, creative and fun team, who are passionate about making an effective and positive difference to the lives of many vulnerable children.
NEXGEN - the next generation of Marymead fundraisers. AUTISM CENTRE - sibling support groups, Lego group support. CHILD MINDING - assisting paid staff members provide child-minding whilst parents undertake courses. ADMIN ASSISTANCE. FRAMEWORK REVIEW PROJECT - Undertaking a review of current therapeutic frameworks.
Meals on Wheels
Meals delivery service to frail, aged people over the age of 65 as well as people living with a disability and NDIS participants. Delicious fresh and frozen meals delivered for free within the QPRC district by our dedicated Volunteers.
National Capital Authority
Northside Community Service is a community-based, not for profit organisation that supports and works alongside community members in the Inner North and Gungahlin regions. Volunteer Programs: PAWS: The PAWS Program supports older Canberrans who are unable to care for their pets in the same way they used to. Run by volunteers, PAWS works with pet owners to provide support with pet walking and transport for pets to and from vet clinics for health appointments. iSeniors: Run by volunteers, the aim of the iSeniors program is to develop the information, communication and technology (ICT) skills of older Canberrans. This includes using computers, mobile phones, tablets, accessing government and other information/ service websites and using social media such as Facebook and SKYPE and computer programs. LIFE: The LIFE Program supports older citizens to enjoy their life, through discovering or rediscovering their passions. Volunteer roles can include anything from supporting the client with shopping and running errands, having a cup of tea, visiting the library or museum, or attending community events to pottery, bird watching or hiking.
Palliative Care ACT advocates and promotes the provision of delivery of quality palliative care services in the ACT to support clients and their families with care compassion, respect and dignity. Our staff support volunteers in providing services in clients' homes, The Canberra Hospital, Residential Aged Care facilities, and Clare Holland House. Our volunteer services include companionship, massage and life story writing.
Get involved in supporting Canberra’s active cycling community. Pedal Power ACT is a membership organisation for Canberra cyclists and our aim is to get more Canberrans cycling, more often. We represent the interests of people who already ride bikes and those who would like to. Our programs and events are run by primarily by volunteers – we offer both ongoing and short term opportunities in a range of areas from event management and office administration to cycle advocacy. Most of our volunteer roles do not require any cycling experience.
SHINE for kids is a not for profit organisation supporting and assisting children of prisoners. We are currently the only organisation within Australia that is focused solely on these children and their families. We currently run four programs within the ACT- Prison in visits, supported transport/supervised contacts, Child Parent days and the Story time program. All four of these assists children to have contact with an incarcerated parent whether it be face to face or just through a voice recording of a Storytime book. ACT is currently looking for volunteers for our supported transport program and our Prison in-visits program.
SHOUT Inc is a Canberra based Community Organisation which provides support for over 40 members. Through its services, training and expertise it provides a conduit for organisations to build and strengthen. We promote and connect our organisation to training opportunities, connect them to assistance and resources.
The St Vincent de Paul Society in Canberra/Goulburn has more than 2000 dedicated members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across our region. By volunteering, you can be sure you’re making a difference for those in need. For some Vinnies volunteers, this is a chance to give something back to the community, to use their skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of people who need assistance the most. For others, it is a chance to develop new skills and experience in a supportive environment. Volunteering for Vinnies is a rich and rewarding experience, we have a variety of volunteer programs which we benefit from your talents.
Wellways Australia Limited is a leading not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation. We work with a diverse range of people living with mental health issues or various disabilities, and their families, friends and carers, to bring about positive change and build good lives in their communities. This can include creating a home, securing a job and building meaningful relationships. The Wellways Life in Community (LinC) volunteer program supports people in social inclusion activities by encouraging community linkage, building on natural supports and developing social connections. LinC volunteers can participate in two main ways – meeting with and supporting an individual one on one to identify and participate in activities in the community, or as a skilled volunteer facilitating workshops including art, music and creative writing.