Welcome to Melba Support Services   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to Melba Support Services

Volunteer with Us

“The staff are always friendly and helpful, they make you feel welcomed and valued, and are grateful for your help”

“I get the opportunity to meet lovely people and learn along the way. Every week is different and I’m always learning new things.”

“There is so much love here!”

Make a difference and volunteer at Melba!

Volunteering connects you with your community. The simple act of offering your skills and enthusiasm through volunteering at Melba will positively impact the lives of others, as well as your own.

You might be surprised at the diversity of things that people we support do every day! Activities include gardening, coffee and shopping outings, cooking, music programs, swimming and talking on the radio, just to name a few.

Everyone brings a unique perspective and set of skills that can make a genuine difference to the people we support.

At Melba we strive for social inclusion and a society that values the individuality and rights of all people. Volunteers form a valuable part of this ethos, providing extra support so that people can live an everyday life!

Whether you are looking for a meaningful role, to make some new friends, to share your knowledge or hobby or gain industry experience, or to learn new skills, there are many great volunteering opportunities for you to contribute at Melba.

We are always looking for passionate and committed volunteers in all our service areas, and behind the scenes.

From office administration to gardening, committee work and planning one-off special events, we encourage you to bring your skills to Melba and support us to provide excellent service to people we support. Whether you’re interested in volunteering directly with someone we support, or would like to volunteer in other ways, we’re sure we can find a place for you where your skills will fit right in!

Corporate Volunteering

Melba has received invaluable corporate support over the years, including assistance on group projects such as building and garden maintenance. We have also received innovative assistance with advocacy support on a very individual level. We can tailor corporate volunteering projects to suit your needs.

Through volunteering at Melba, businesses invest in their communities and add to their own social capital. And, of course, it makes a significant difference to the lives of people we support!

As a volunteer, you will receive induction and best practice training, as well as ongoing support and development opportunities. You will also be invited for refresher training and to special events where we celebrate and recognise the important contribution of our wonderful volunteers.

Current Volunteer Vacancies

Community Access Volunteer – Fridays
Fridays, 10.15am to 2.15pm
We’re looking for a cheery, easygoing volunteer to help support one support worker and a group of four people (three wheelchair users) while out and about in the community. You’ll be supporting a wheelchair user by helping push their chair.

Ball Sports Volunteer
Friday mornings, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Melba is looking for a dedicated volunteer to support one staff member in Friday morning ball sports activities. You’ll be working with five participants with varying levels of physical ability.

Swimming Volunteer 
Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (meet at pool) or 10 AM – 2 PM (meet at Melba Lilydale)
Support a staff member and 4 female participants to get into and out of the pool safely and helping to provide important social connections.

Community Access Volunteer – Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
We’re looking for a cheery, easygoing volunteer to help support one support worker and a group of four people (two wheelchair users) while out and about in the community. You’ll be supporting a wheelchair user by helping push their chair.

Purple Patch Community Garden Volunteer
2 hours a week, any time
Support our community garden initiative by overseeing the Melba plots within the garden. This work can be undertaken any day of the week and would suit green thumbs!

Able Bakehouse Volunteer
Thursday mornings, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Support one of the awesome Able Bakehouse crew in preparing baked goods, as well as spending the morning together and sharing lunch.

If you are interested in volunteering at Melba, please contact:

Leanne Garnett – Volunteer Coordinator

Phone: (03) 9212 0100

Email: leanne.garnett@melbasupport.com.au

Or Click Here to submit an online enquiry

Frequently asked questions

Who can volunteer?

Anyone! Well, almost anyone. While volunteering positions at Melba do have some age restrictions, Melba welcomes volunteers from all walks of life with all sorts of lived experience. The important thing we look for in all our volunteers is someone who shares our values and is looking to positively impact the lives of others. If this sounds like you, give us a call today and find out more!

How much time will I need to be a volunteer?

Whatever time you’re able to give, we will work to match your talents, interests and availability with a role that suits you.

Do I need to have any previous experience or qualifications in disability services?

No, Melba will provide a comprehensive induction to the organisation and industry. You will also receive ongoing training and support. Again, what’s important is that you share our values and have some time to give.

Will I need to have an interview and checks?

Absolutely, and it is important to note that not all volunteer applicants will be successful. At Melba, the safety of people we support comes first and we only engage people who approach volunteering with a human rights focus, and who share our vision for a society that values the individuality and rights of all people. Melba undertakes Police Checks for all volunteer applicants as well as a Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme check, at no cost to you.

When you come along for your interview, bring a copy of your current resume, contact details for two telephone referees, Working With Children Check and identification to carry out a Police Check.

How long does it take between making my application and starting as a volunteer?

Once we have received your application, our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you and schedule an interview within the next fortnight. The relevant checks will also be carried out at this time. If your application is successful, we will look for an appropriate volunteer role for you.

Will volunteering for Melba lead to employment opportunities?

Volunteering is a great opportunity to find out if the industry suits you and to gain valuable experience. Melba encourages all volunteers who may be interested in employment to apply for an advertised paid position.

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