Becoming a Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community. It provides a variety of benefits, including making new friends, sharing skills, getting job-ready and becoming a part of the local community.
Thinking of being a volunteer
“I love giving positive new experiences to children on our Youth Programs. It’s a privilege to be a role model and watch our children grow in confidence and self-belief. Through being positive and supporting children we can hopefully give them the tools to overcome challenges they experience in life.
I love the Vinnies Community, I love spending my time with like-minded people who share a passion for Social Justice. I have met so many inspiring people who love giving back to their community!”
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Our Youth Programs
SENSE Youth Mentoring
Volunteer Youth Retreats
What clearances are required for me to become a volunteer with a youth program?
Every volunteer is required to complete a police check with the society as well as obtain a valid blue card. St Vincent de Paul Society QLD will be able to support you in completing all required checks before you engage with the program
I already have a police check; can I use that police check as part of my screening submission with Vinnies?
No, due to the type of work we do in Vinnies, we require all potential volunteers to complete a police check with Vinnies.
Do I need a driver's license to be part of the program?
Not necessarily, but it is a good thing to have for any youth program you engage with as this will help with planning the logistics for the day.
What kind of work will I be doing as part of the youth programs?
When you first begin with a Vinnies Youth program, your main role will be to meet the young people and get to know them. It is important that as a volunteer on your first few days, you have fun and enjoy the company of the young people and the volunteers you are with. As you get to know the program and the young people you are working with, you will have the opportunity to step into leadership positions and contribute to Vinnies in a significant way.
What are the time commitments expected of volunteers?
This can vary depending on the program you are involved with. For example, when you are first starting out with a Buddies Day program, you will be expected to attend a monthly program outing on a weekend once a month. If you want to become more involved, you may decided to assist in the planning and the facilitation of the day.
Do you have any short-term or one-off volunteering opportunities?
Most of our programs require and ongoing commitment from our volunteers (such as Buddies Days and SENSE Youth Mentoring). We do have camps and immersions that occur throughout the year that we encourage all volunteers to join. Volunteers who engage with our camps must undergo our screening and training process which Vinnies can assist with.
Will I need to be interviewed?
Yes, depending on the area, you may receive a phone call from program staff while other program staff will meet up with you face to face. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions about the program and how you can be an asset to the young people you will be working with.
Will I receive any training?
Yes, all volunteers will be required to undergo training before they engage with the program. Volunteers will have the opportunity to also participate in extra training such as first aid, mental health first aid, suicide prevention, activity coordinators training.
Do volunteers/members have to be Catholic to participate in the work of Vinnies?
No, the Society welcomes people of all backgrounds and beliefs. The Society is a Catholic lay organisation however exploring and sharing our Vincentian Spirituality is an integral component. To enable a full experience of the Society and individual acts of service, Members and volunteers are encouraged to be open to prayer and reflection.
Volunteer Expression of Interest form