Volunteering is an excellent way of making a difference in your local community. UnitingCare Ballarat 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.
Below is a list of our programs and services:
COMMUNITY VISITORS SCHEME: Volunteers will be matched with a resident in an aged care facility, either in Ballarat or Ballan, and would visit regularly to enrich the quality of the resident’s life by having a visit from a friend. Volunteers visit residents with specific and differing needs from various cultural backgrounds.(Urgent need for volunteers for the above program)
DO CARE (Ballarat & Ararat): Volunteers will be matched to person who is aged or has a disability that lives independently and experiences social isolation, and will visit them in their own home and provide regular outings and social activities. Do Care requires volunteers that not only can visit people in their home, but also volunteers to drive the 12-seater bus on outings.(Urgent need for volunteers for the above program)
COMMUNITY TRANSPORT (Ballarat & Ararat): Volunteers will provide supported transport for the frail aged or people who have a disability, either a door-to-door service to medical appointments, to visit friends or go shopping (unattended), OR as group support (car or bus) to social activities and outings.(Urgent need for volunteers for the above program)
RESIDENTIAL SERVICES VISITING PROGRAM: Volunteers will contribute to the support of socially isolated pension-only residents living in Supported Residential Services facilities, whom are frail, aged and those with disabilities. This is achieved by conducting regular bus trips, in-house activities and one-to-one and group visiting.
SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP: Social afternoon teas with activities, and social group outings. These 2 programs are social groups that attend on a regular basis either for an afternoon of fun and activities at a set venue, or a day outing at various locations. Volunteers will assist in keeping clients involved and remain socially connected to their community.
BREEZEWAY MEALS PROGRAM: Volunteers will assist with the preparation and servicing of lunch for people who are marginalised, homeless, living in insecure accommodation and/or have no cooking facilities.
EMERGENCY RELIEF: Volunteers will support our Emergency Relief Worker to assist disadvantaged families, by storing incoming food donations and keep Emergency Relief kitchen stocked.
SUPPLEMENTARY NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP): Volunteers will pack groceries and have them ready for distribution to those requiring this assistance.
TELEPHONE CRISIS SUPPORT: Lifeline is a 24 hour confidential telephone crisis support and referral service. All Lifeline volunteers must successfully complete a nationally recognised Lifeline Crisis Supporter Workplace Training program at a subsidised cost prior to becoming a Lifeline volunteer.
RESTORE / LIGHT LOUNGE / FURNITURE SHOP: Volunteers will assist in the operation of our three diverse retail shops, which help people in need and to help raise funds to continue our non-government funded programs. Our stores are the Furniture Shop (Albert Street, Ballarat), Light Lounge (Dana Street, Ballarat) & Restore (Howitt Street, Wendouree). Volunteers can also drive our furniture trucks to deliver and pick-up furniture to and from households/businesses.
WAREHOUSE: Volunteers will assist in the warehouse to sort and fold donated goods ready for distribution to our Retail Shops, that will then raise funds to continue our non-government funded programs.
TABOR HOUSE is an Alcohol & Other Drug clinical withdrawal service for young people aged between 12 and 25. Tabor House provides evidence based treatment, support and education for young people to complete the withdrawal program, and Volunteers will assist with group activities and support young people to become involved in these.
EVENTS 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.
KINDERGARTENS: UnitingCare Ballarat is a registered cluster manager of five Kinders in Ballarat and district; Alfredton Pre-School, Bacchus Marsh Montessori Centre, Buninyong Pre-School, Enid Rogers Jubilee Kindergarten and Cardigan Village Kindergarten. Our Kinders offer both three year old and four year old sessions, and Volunteers will assist with activities such as interacting with children, reading stories, and playing musical instruments.