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 please 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 and in Tasmania.
Our foster carers come from all types of backgrounds, situations and walks of life.
You can provide foster care full time, part time or simply support a foster family by assisting with babysitting, tutoring, transports to school or sports activities or just providing a helping hand occasionally.
There are different types of foster care that suit different households. We can help you understand what foster care option is right for you:
- respite care (for example, one weekend per month)
- emergency care
- short term care (3–6 months)
- longer term care (6 months and more)
- friends of foster carers (for example, helping other carers with the school run).
You can also note a preference on the age and gender of children that join your household.
Foster carers are required to be over 21 years of age, have adequate space in their home, have no criminal record, and pass a police and working with children check.
Please visit our foster care page for more information.
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, please contact 03 8480 9010 or 0439 038 677.