Western Sydney MRC’s Volunteering opportunities
Do you have extensive experience in the Australian professional sector, and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? Volunteer with the Western Sydney MRC’s employment mentoring program and provide one-on-one support to help newly arrived migrants and refugees secure employment in Australia.
Are you friendly, energetic, and enjoy working with young people? Are you familiar with the Australian High School Curriculum, or speak a community language? Volunteer with the Western Sydney MRC’s Homework Support Program from 3:30-5:30pm on Monday afternoons. Volunteers are asked to commit for a minimum of one school term.
Do you enjoy working with people and being part of a team? Are you confident interpreting and translating between English and another language? Volunteer as a community interpreter at Western Sydney MRC programs and community events.
Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an initiative of the Australian Government and is funded nationally by the Department of Health and Ageing. The aim of this program is to enrich the quality of life of residents of Aged Care Homes (Nursing Homes or Aged Hostels) who have been identified as being lonely or socially isolated and might benefit from having a regular friendly visitor.
The volunteer program includes:
- A commitment to visiting a resident friend at least once a fortnight
- Visits should be spent doing something you both enjoy – you might want to read, listen to music, chat and reminisce, or watch a favourite TV program together
- The activities you undertake will depend on the health and interests of the resident
- Sharing your time and your interests with the resident will help them feel better about themselves and enjoy their life more
The Western Sydney MRC will provide you with support and training and reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.
If you can spare a couple of hours on a fortnightly basis, this can be a very rewarding experience and you will be making someone’s day a little brighter.
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