Volunteer with Baptcare

Volunteer with Baptcare

Baptcare’s volunteers share a common trait: the commitment to supporting people in need.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and backgrounds. They include retirees, part-time workers, stay at home parents and skilled professionals.

As a volunteer you can use your energy, skills and life experience in many different ways to really make a difference in the lives of people in your community. Ways you can help include:

  • visiting clients who live in isolation
  • fundraising
  • supporting craft and art groups at our residential sites
  • home visits
  • assisting with transport
  • employment mentoring
  • teaching English
  • administration duties
  • spending time with people who are in search of friendship.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Administrative Assistant

Sanctuary Preston

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About Us

Baptcare is a not-for-profit organisation based in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Baptcare’s mission is partnering for fullness of life with people of all ages, cultures, beliefs, and circumstances.

About this opportunity

Baptcare Sanctuary’a purpose is ‘Safety, opportunity and a fair go for people seeking asylyum’.

Sanctuary provides transitional supported accommodation for asylum seekers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness living lawfully in the community. Many of these individuals and families have no work rights and income, and experience profound isolation, hardship and impacts of trauma and displacement.  Housing is provided in two rooming houses (in Brunswick and Preston), and in domestic-scale homes located in other areas of Melbourne.

Volunteers work throughout Sanctuary to support and assist residents to gain skills and independence so that they can participate more fully in the wider Australian society.  Volunteers provide social interaction with residents and facilitate activities aimed at increasing social participation and improving their quality of life.  Some of the activities include:

  • Supporting residents living in community-based Houses of Hope, to integrate into their local area and take up local services
  • Coordinating and supporting weekly art classes for residents
  • Collecting and distributing food donations to address issues of food security for residents
  • Provision of a monthly Community Meals program to foster relationships and social interaction
  • Bushwalking group
  • Casework support
  • Independent Housing support


The Volunteer Administrative Assistant provides administrative support and oversight to the expanding volunteer program of Sanctuary, ensuring that volunteers are appropriately recruited, placed, connected, supported, and supervised in their important work.

The Volunteer Administrative Assistant implements Baptcare volunteer procedure, overseeing systems for  administration of volunteers and ensuring strong communication and liaison with the volunteer group.   Volunteers work within clearly defined boundaries of involvement with residents and their families, and the Administrative Assistant assists in ensuring that activities are appropriate, safe, and do not pose a risk to any party.

Overall coordination responsibility for the volunteer program resides with the Casework Coordinator (Baptcare Sanctuary).   Individual supervision of recruited volunteers is the responsibility of designated Sanctuary staff.

The position will be based with the Sanctuary staff team at our Preston site.    The weekly time to be dedicated to the position is flexible, however a commitment of two days’ per week would is desirable.

Additional requirements

- Victorian Drivers’ License;

- Working with Children Check;

- National Criminal Records check will be completed by Baptcare prior to commencement.

Time Required

2 days per week (1 day minimum).

Commitment of 12 months’ service is preferred to ensure continuity and development of relationships


  • Demonstrated skills and experience in administration and clerical roles, including database entry
  • Systems thinking, and a positive, organised and efficient approach to administrative tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to engage and work with diverse people

Understanding of and flexibility regarding the issues faced by people seeking asylum.


As required

How to Apply

Please forward your expression of interest to:

Ruth Barr

Email: rbarr@baptcare.org.au

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia.

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a National Criminal History check.

Examples of how you can volunteer

Home-start: visits to families with pre-school aged children

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.

Foster Care

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 program

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.

Respite Activity Program (RAP)

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 volunteering

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.

Aged care volunteering

Baptcare has aged care homes in Melbourne, regional Victoria and Devonport,Tasmania. Do you love gardening, music, craft or just having a chat? We have many different volunteering roles at each of our aged care homes. You can volunteer in small groups or large groups, or just by being a friendly face who has time to chat with an older person. Every volunteer is a very important part of our team and we provide orientation and ongoing support. For more information about volunteering with Baptcare call the Volunteer Program Adminstrator at our central office on 0417 114 628.

Project based volunteering

From time to time we have numerous projects, of varying lengths of time, in different areas of the organisation where volunteer involvement is welcome and can be integral for project completion. Project s occur in areas such as administration, finance, strategy and property development.

If you would like more information about volunteering with Baptcare, call the Volunteer Program Administrator at our Camberwell office on 0417 114 628.

Pastoral care volunteering

We have two options for pastoral care volunteering with Baptcare.

  1. Running Christian services in our aged care facilities across Victoria and in Devonport
  2. Baptcare’s aged care Chaplains are inviting interested Christians to come along and hear about volunteering with Baptcare as a pastoral visitor with our community aged care clients and residents in retirement living and aged care.
It has been amazing to get that feedback...saying that they are grateful, and knowing I am giving back in a meaningful way

Lynn-Maree, Baptcare Home-Start volunteer

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