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 Catchment and Landcare Association (CLA) is a network of organisations that support environmental volunteering. Organisations include Landcare, Catchment Groups, Waterwatch, Greening Australia, CVA and other environmental volunteering organisations. We are seeking volunteers to undertake environmental volunteering in the ACT region.
ACT Health Volunteer Services
ACT Health has over 450 volunteers throughout 28 different programs such as: ICU, Way-finding, Emergency Department, UCH and many others.
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.
The AIDS Action Council was founded on the hard work and dedication of volunteers. The role of volunteers as an integral part of combating HIV continues today. If you support the vision and the mission of the Council and have a desire to help us with our work, you will be welcomed as part of a dedicated team of volunteers. There are no rules about the amount of time you would be expected to devote to volunteering with the Council and there are many ways that people can help us do our work. Volunteer opportunities include: Peer Education Facilitation; STRIP Sexual Health Clinic Outreach; Administrative Support; Stallholder Assistants; Event Assistants; Education Assistants; Research Assistants; Care and Support Assistants.
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.
Aon are the approved and recommended insurance partner for several key NFP associations, including Volunteering Australia and have proudly serviced NFP organisations, charities, community groups, volunteers and associations for more than 30 years. We offer: A dedicated NFP team to answer your insurance queries and provide help with any claims; The NFP Insurance Puzzle Solver – a simple and interactive online tool to help you identify, understand and apply for only the insurances you need; Simple content on Not-For-Profit and volunteering risks and their corresponding insurance covers. Speak to our NFP team at the Expo, or visit aon.com.au/volunteering-australia or call 1800 123 266.
The Australian National Botanic Gardens is a national institution located at the base of Black Mountain. The Gardens curates an outstanding collection of Australian plants and is open for visitors to view the collection seven days a week. The Gardens has benefited from the help of volunteers since 1949. There are currently 16 programs running from front of house to seed gathering, guiding to stocktake. Programs currently open to new volunteers include: Herbarium Specimen Mounting; Volunteer Guides – Walking; Volunteer Guide – Flora Explorer; Visitors’ Information Centre Host; and, Education Program Volunteer.
Red Cross is there for people in need regardless of nationality, race, religious belief, class or political status. We are impartial, neutral and independent and we respond to crisis large and small from major disasters to personal emergencies in Australia and further afield. The stall will provide an opportunity for visitors to engage with Red Cross staff and volunteers to learn more about Australian Red Cross and how they may get involved - champion our work, support us online, join a group, volunteer or fund raise. Promotional material will be displayed and distributed.
Barnardos Australia is a leading child protection charity, supporting families, children and young people in need. At Barnardos , we believe that every child deserves a safe and stable home free from abuse and neglect, with families to love and care for them for all of their childhood. Barnardos works to keep thousands of children safe within their own families - and for those children who cant be kept safe, we find new homes, while keeping them in touch with their origins. We continue to strive to find new ways of preventing child abuse and trauma. Barnardos Canberra mainly recruits volunteers in roles of mentors for children and young people and Carers. We would be looking to promote the Barnardos Child Youth Mentoring Program and the ACT Together Carer Recruitment, Training and Assessment program at the Volunteering Expo 2018.
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.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Pastoral Carer or wish to learn new skills to listen and be truly present to another in your current line of work then this training is for you. The Canberra & Region Centre for Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. offers Nationally Recognised and Accredited Courses in Vocational pathways including: Personal and Professional Self-Development across all fields of endeavour. The Canberra & Region Centre for Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. is training for Pastoral Care, involving the acquisition of skills, personal development and Spiritual Care. The Canberra & Region Centre for Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. training takes place in a setting where you exercise pastoral care practice to people in a variety of settings. You learn how to be effectively present and to relate appropriately to the emotional and Spiritual life of the person to empowering the other to draw on their own inner resources in their current experience. The Canberra & Region Centre for Spiritual Care & Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. students experience increased capacities in psychological strengths such as: Greater self-awareness, Empathic resonance, Improved skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships, Emotional Intelligence, Self Reflection, Skills in self reflective practice and self care.
Cavalry provides care to patients at Cavalry Hospital in Bruce and John James in Deakin, as well as care to residents at Haydon Retirement Community. Volunteers are involved in a number of different program and services to patients/ residents to improve their well-being, and bring enjoyment to their day. This includes providing companionship, running activities (music, craft, games), assistance with meals, gardening, and providing massages.
Communities@Work is a community based agency that supports the community in many spaces in Canberra. We will have information on our current volunteering opportunities and their relevant PD's, general information about Communities@Work and some freebies. Volunteering positions include; Community Pantry, Seniors Programs, Food Rescue, Clothing and Retail opportunities.
2XX is a community radio station that provides opportunities for individuals and groups to present radio programming covering genre-specific music shows, talk-based programs and community languages to give a voice to the Canberra community.
The Connections program assists people in our community who experience social isolation due to a mental health condition by connecting them with a volunteer buddy in the community. Volunteer buddies walk alongside participants to reconnect with the broader community through social activities, providing friendship and working towards participant lead goals. The program is grounded in a strengths based, recovery oriented approach to reduce stigma associated with mental illness and to increase participant’s positive self- perception. A Working with Vulnerable People card is essential to volunteer in this program. There are a range of internal training requirements to ensure our volunteers have all the necessary skills and tools to confidently support the program’s participants and others who experience mental illness in our community. Drop by the stall for more information and to find out how you can make a difference by supporting someone to connect with their community through volunteering.
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.
Dragon Boat ACT (DBACT) is the governing body of the sport of dragon boating in the Australian Capital Territory. The sport was introduced to Canberra in 1990 and since then has become a successful sport in our community with the pinnacle of each year being the Australian National Dragon Boat Championships as well as a number of international competitions. Canberra is set to host the 2019 Championships in April next year and with our season kicking off on September 1, we are looking forward to our 7 local regattas as well as the ACT Championships in the lead up to the 5-day National competition which will see thousands of competitors battle it out on Lake Burley Griffin.
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.
As Canberra's longest-standing aged care provider, and one of the largest private employers in ACT, Goodwin offers a range of career paths for an exciting future of your choice. Our residential care facilities, retirement villages and home care services across Canberra offer extraordinary experiences and personal rewards. We also offer significant employee benefits such as discounts from local companies, training, workplace incentives, family and lifestyle provisions.
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.
The Inclusive Volunteering Program assists people who identify as having barriers in finding positive, enriching and sustainable volunteering positions in the ACT. Barriers may include living with a disability or mental health condition or someone from a migrant background. As a support volunteer, you will act as a volunteer mentor, supporting a participant one on one as they begin their volunteering journey. All support volunteers need to have a working with vulnerable people card and will need to complete internal training prior to being matched with a participant. Drop by the stall for more information and to find out how you can make a difference by supporting someone to connect with their community through volunteering.
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.
Legacy Club of Canberra is an independent, not-for-profit organisation of volunteers dedicated to the care of the dependents of Australia's servicemen and women who have dies in the service of their country or as a result of that service.
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.
Mental Illness Education ACT (MIEACT) is a peer-volunteer led not-for-profit organisation servicing the ACT & surrounds. Our volunteers form the heart of what MIEACT undertakes in the area of raising awareness & decreasing stigma in relation to mental illness. We are a dynamic & diverse team who share our stories of lived experience, either directly as someone with a mental health issue or as a carer for someone with a mental illness, to a wide audience including secondary & tertiary schools, the community sector, government agencies & more broadly into workplaces. All MIEACT volunteers are support & provided with on-going training to be able to work from lived experience, which means sharing our personal stories, our difficulties & our stories of recovery. We promote an understanding of what it is like to live & manage mental illness. Storytelling is a powerful way to break down stigma & prejudice, placing the personal experience central in the context of mental health & illness.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) is the Federal Government Agency responsible for developing an understanding and appreciation of the role of Canberra as the National Capital. We take a strategic approach to fostering an awareness of the Capital by encouraging participation, appreciation and celebration in the National Capital; by providing information and education about the Capital; and by promoting the attributes of Canberra that are of national significance. The NCA established volunteer programs to complement its role of informing and educating Australians and visitors about Canberra as the National Capital and to assist with the care of areas of National significance. Volunteers come from the local community and contribute their experience and knowledge in a variety of ways. Volunteers are provided with a range of training opportunities to assist them to successfully undertake their role as ambassadors for Canberra. Volunteers also have the opportunity to participate in group activities, allowing them to expand their knowledge about the nation’s capital in an informal and enjoyable manner. The NCA’s volunteer program is divided into three categories; Horticulture Volunteers, Volunteer Guides and Research Volunteers. We have a variety of Volunteer Guide positions available for suitable candidates.
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.
Riding for the Disabled ACT Inc. (Pegasus) provides horse-facilitated programs and activities aimed at developing abilities for people with a disability. Established in 1973, Pegasus is an iconic charitable organisation operating on 100 acres in Holt, and serving the ACT and local NSW region. Pegasus provides more than 2,770 sessions each year to over 100 people living with a disability. With a hear of 16 commendable horses, our horse-facilitated therapy programs support individuals with physical, intellectual and social disabilities. We have a range of different roles for volunteers, and position availability varies week to week. While the most common position volunteers approach us for is leading a horse or side-walking with a participant, these positions are rare and the areas for which we are always looking for more volunteers are in grant writing and to assist at events such as the Bunnings BBQs.
Prisoners Aid volunteers at the AMC. We are here to support Volunteers for Prisoners Aid at the AMC have many opportunities to assist detainees, ex-detainees and their family members. From talking with visitors, waiting in the visitor’s centre, to one on one (mentoring) support to detainees and family members. WE have very simple aims: to reduce crime, increase support and fairness and to assist detainees to make a successful return to the community. This demographic suffers from all kinds of hardships and disadvantages (discrimination, trouble with employment, social network struggles, no support, etc). Families of detainees experience the same amount of difficulties as the detainee themselves, with stigma and judgment. We aim to help people overcome these disadvantages, and pull them in the right direction, with guidance and support. At the same time, we seek to reduce crime by giving the ex-detainees the best chance of getting back to a normal life. We help and support detainee and families to stay together, while their family member is in the centre. We also do what we can to assist detainees before and after their release (one on one mentoring support), in conjunction with other services. The work we do is varied and our volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The opportunity and experience you will gain, will be complex and challenging, but an opportunity that cannot be walked past. Prisoners Aid provides a positive and congenial atmosphere for everyone who is interested in trying to make a difference. OUR Aims • Provide and promote benevolent assistance in Canberra and district for prisoners, released prisoners, those in need in the criminal justice system, and for the families of such persons; • Provide support for prisoners at the Alexander Maconochie Centre and to undertake visits to such prisoners; • Provide support for the families of prisoners and to facilitate visits to prisoners by family members; • Provide support for prisoners on their release and to assist in their return to the community; • Provide support for persons involved in the justice system in the ACT courts; • Play an advocacy role for the interests of prisoners and their families; • Work for better community understanding of the needs of prisoners, released prisoners and their families; and • Promote research into the rehabilitation of offenders.
Radio 1RPH provides a radio reading service for people in the Canberra, Wagga and Junee communities. We're seeking volunteers to help with live broadcasting, pre-recorded programs as well as fundraising and sponsorship.
Rotary is a group of service-oriented people across the world who, while enjoying fun and friendship, want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. There is something for everyone, from digging in to help local communities in need, to working with young people to develop their skills, to supporting international programs e.g. scholarships, exchanges, and literacy, water and health programs e.g. polio and malaria eradication. If you enjoy fundraising, you'll find plenty of opportunities. Rotarians meet regularly and enjoy a range of stimulating guest speakers. Woden Daybreak Rotary Club and Woden Rotary Club will be at the stall.
We rely on the community to continue to provide care for the thousands of animals that come into our shelter every year. Our dedicated volunteers provide invaluable assistance in many different areas and are an indispensable part of our organisation. We have a vast range of volunteer roles available ranging from working at the shelter directly with animals to assisting us at one off events.
The Scout Association provides young Aussies aged 6 to 25 with fun and challenging opportunities to grow through adventure. Scouting in Australia has over 66,000 members, making it the largest youth development movement in the nation. No other organisation offers such a diverse range of activities for young people across such a wide range of ages!
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.
Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT (TADACT) designs and makes customised assistive equipment which is otherwise unavailable, to meet the needs of, and assist people with disabilities of any age and older people to become more independent in their daily lives. TADACT also modifies commercially available equipment to make it better suit the person’s needs, repairs equipment, provides specialised technical advice or refers clients elsewhere if appropriate. TADACT has a team of highly skilled volunteers who donate their time and expertise to provide quality solutions and modifications to all types of assistive equipment. Further volunteering opportunities are available to people willing to donate their time to assist at a variety of community awareness and fundraising events.
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.
Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. As a local service club, Zonta Club of Canberra Inc carries out service projects to help women in our local community as well as contributing to global projects. All of our members volunteer their time to contribute towards the Club's fundraising, service projects, fun and friendship events, and to ensure we have good governance across all of our activities.