Examples of how you can volunteer
If you have parenting skills, enjoy being around children, have two hours a week to spare and would love to support a local family in in Bendigo, then why not join Baptcare’s Home-Start volunteer program.
Our Home-Start volunteers provide emotional and practical support to a local family with pre-school aged children in their own home. They provide non-judgmental support including:
- talking about boundaries, discipline and parenting strategies
- listening to day-to-day worries and parenting concerns
- sharing their experience and knowledge to help parents explore what options and approaches might work for their family
- helping parents to build new peer relationships
- assistance to find local community services and support to attend those important early years’ appointments
- engage with the children around creative play, learning language and literacy
- help with small jobs alongside the parent in the home.
If you would like more information contact Baptcare’s Bendigo office on 03 5432 4570.
We believe that every child and every childhood is precious. We are in urgent need of foster carers in Melbourne's Northern and Western suburbs.
Our foster carers come from all types of backgrounds, situations and walks of life.
Click here for more information on Foster Care.
Home Stay is a family based respite care program for children and young people aged 6-12 years who have a disability and who reside in the North and West Metropolitan Region.
The Home Stay program aims to provide consistent and regular respite care in a caregiver’s home, provide respite that is age appropriate, provide respite appropriate to the particular disability and behaviours being addressed, minimise the use of facility based respite for young children and to involve children or young people and their families in the decision making process in relation to the family respite placement.
For more information about becoming a Baptcare Home Stay volunteer, contact 03 9373 3800.
The Respite Activity Program (RAP) offers children and teenagers with a disability a fun community based program one Saturday per month, giving families and care givers an opportunity for some respite.
Participants have the opportunity to access a range of activities such as fishing, sailing, ten pin bowling, visiting farms, festivals, the list is endless.
Baptcare RAP groups currently operate from Moonee Ponds, St Albans, Werribee and Fawkner.
Volunteers work closely our staff to help provide children with a safe and fun social experience. For more information becoming a Baptcare volunteer with RAP, contact 03 9373 3800.
Sanctuary is committed to establishing a model of community-based support for people seeking asylum, as a viable and sustainable alternative to homelessness and destitution. As part of this commitment we are partnering with individuals in the community who have a strong alignment to human rights issues and the objective of supporting people seeking asylum to integrate into our community, achieve safety, rebuild their lives and flourish.
Sanctuary offers transitional accommodation to 75 unaccompanied men and one family who are seeking asylum, awaiting an outcome on their Protection Visa application. Housing and a range of supports are offered in two sites in Preston and Brunswick. We are also now partnering with church communities to offer dispersed housing in other suburbs. We work with residents to empower them to learn English, gain employment and obtain independent housing, as well as creating a socially cohesive environment in which people are free to belong and to participate.
Our range of volunteer roles is growing fast and now includes casework, English teaching and tutoring, gardening, small carpentry and maintenance projects, food collection and distribution, art, bushwalking and employment mentoring.
For more information about becoming a Baptcare volunteer with Sanctuary, contact 03 8480 9010 or 0439 038 677.