Volunteering is an excellent way of making a difference in your local community. Ballarat Uniting Care offers you a range of opportunities to participate in a broad range of programs, events and activities supporting people across the Ballarat and Ararat communities.
We match your skills and experience with your areas of interest and available roles. In donating your time, skills, knowledge and networks you will meet some great people and have a lot of fun while assisting to make a positive change enabling people to overcome disadvantage and empower them to build better futures.
Throughout our history, we have been extremely fortunate having the support of a generous, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteer base. Without the skills, interests and energy of our volunteers, we could not provide our community programs and continue to expand our work to help people in need.
Programs and Services where Volunteers are Essential and Can Make a Difference
Community Access (for the frail aged & people with disAbilities)
Community Visitor Scheme: Volunteer visitors are matched with residents in Aged Care facilities.
Do Care: Visitors are matched with people who live independently in their own homes to provide them with social contact & activities. Volunteers also assist staff with group activities and outings.
Residential Services Visiting Program: friendly visiting to residents in a supported Residential Services facility, assist with bus trips & in-house activities.
Community Transport: Supported transport is provided for medical appointments, to visit friends or go shopping (unattended).
Buddies: Providing recreational & leisure activities for adults who have a disAbility.
Support our ER Worker to assist disadvantaged families. Store incoming food donations and keep ER kitchen stocked.
Agency Development, Support & Fundraising
Event Committee: Support us to raise funds and create awareness of our programs that support the most disadvantaged people in our community. Share your ideas, help us plan and run our fundraising events.
Telephone Crisis Support: Training is offered to those interested in this program to enable them to become volunteer telephone crisis supporters.
UnitingCare Furniture Shop: Assistance in the shop with sales & deliveries.
Op Shops: (Lydiard St, Howitt St & Light Lounge): Fulfilling the position of shop assistant, sales & merchandising.
Warehouse: Sorting of donations & preparation of stock for sale.
BreezeWay Meals Program
Meals Support: Preparation & serving of meals to people who are homeless or have no means of cooking their food (i.e. residents of rooming houses, etc).