If you are interested in volunteering at the Lodge, here is some information you may find useful:
- Shifts: 9 am - 1 pm, 1-5 pm, 6.30-9.30 pm. A weekly commitment is preferred.
- Requirements: Volunteers will need to be 18 years or older, required to have a Working With Children Check, as well as providing a referee.
- Roles: General Volunteers, Minibus Drivers, Alongsiders, Activity Leaders
Training is compulsory for all volunteers.
Got more questions? Check out our FAQ below, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Morning (9 am-1 pm) – breakfast clean-up, lunch set-up, socialise with lodgers
Afternoon (1 pm-5 pm) – lunch clean-up, assist with activity or in kitchen, socialise with lodgers
Evening – (6.30 pm-9.30 pm) - Assist with dinner clean-up, socialise with lodgers
From time to time there may be some cleaning or laundry tasks, particularly in preparation for taking in a new lodger. Volunteers can feel free to join in with any scheduled activities or can encourage lodgers to assist them with tasks.
Drivers must be aged 25 years, hold a full licence (no special licence required) and be able to drive a manual transmission. Drivers are needed for the following times:
Monday-Thursday: 9 am from Lodge to Launching Place bus stop (20-30 min trip)
Monday-Thursday: 1 pm from Lodge to Yarra Junction (return to Lodge by 2 pm)
Friday: 9 am from Lodge to Lilydale/Chirnside Park (return to Lodge by 12 noon)
Monday-Friday: 4.30 pm from Lodge to Launching Place bus stop (20-30 min trip)
Saturday: 1pm from Lodge to Yarra Junction (return to Lodge by 2 pm)
Similar to a ‘buddy system’ seen in schools and workplaces. A volunteer commits to walking alongside a lodger as a friend who will listen well and be a guide through the process of growth at the Lodge. Meet weekly, on or off-site and attend Friday night Community Night/God Spot as able. This relationship may continue beyond life at the Lodge as the lodger seeks to integrate into more permanent accommodation and into mainstream society. Additional training is offered to volunteers taking on this role.
Run a weekly activity to encourage lodgers to learn or improve a skill (eg. carpentry, job skills, hiking).