Disability volunteers provide vital support for young people living with a disability, and their families living in the western region of Melbourne.
Our disability volunteers provide either individual, group or at-home support for families, children and young people living with a disability. The goal of the service is to provide a flexible, client-centred approach to enhance the lives of children and young people with a disability and their families’ well-being and build on their strengths and interests.
In return for your commitment, we provide training, supervision and support and specific guidance when required.
We offer three disability volunteer roles to support young people and families living in Melbourne’s metropolitan north-west region.
Children and youth mentors
Youth mentors provide one-to-one support to assist young people to access activities and services which enhance their social and educational development. The volunteer’s role will depend on what family goals are identified and can be focused on working directly with the family member with disability or their siblings. Some possible goals could include support with self-care and life skill development, accompanying young people to recreational activities or assisting with schoolwork and providing friendship and life coaching. Ideally you will have a good understanding of the developmental needs of young people who have a disability.
Group activity volunteer
We are always looking for volunteers to assist in group activities which support families and young people’s connection to their local community and promote their well-being and personal development.
Group activity volunteers can assist with:
- the preparation and packing up of activities
- providing encouragement to participants in the group
- helping out with childcare and transport when required
- being a resource for information about parenting and disability
- providing advocacy to assist carers and young people to get the additional support they need
If you have a specific skill in an area such as craft, music or dance and are willing to share, these can sometimes be incorporated into group activity programs.
In-home support volunteer
Caring for a child or young person with a disability at home can be challenging for many families. Some become disconnected from their local community, while the demands at times can lead to family breakdown.
Our in-home support volunteers play an important role in giving families additional support in their caring role. As an in-home volunteer, your role may include:
- interacting with children including assisting with reading and homework tasks
- providing emotional support and companionship
- working with the family to assist with managing the home. This may include helping parents establish good routines, preparing the child for school, planning after school activities, help with household tasks.
For further information about our disability volunteer roles, contact MacKillop's Volunteer Resource Worker or complete the enquiry form below.
Please note that we are unable to offer student placements as we have ongoing partnerships with many tertiary institutions and can only accommodate those that are part of course requirements.