One of the state’s largest welfare providers, Anglicare Victoria has more than 1,400 staff, 680 volunteer foster carers and almost 1,800 additional volunteers working to deliver grassroots programs that strengthen communities.

We rely on our volunteers to deliver essential services that support Victorians, and, in some cases, our volunteers rely on us: for rewarding experiences, for a powerful sense of community, and for tangible personal fulfilment.

“Being there as a companion, a guide and a friend to the child is such a wonderful experience and is the most rewarding thing you can do.” – Megan, Volunteer

Anglicare Victoria volunteers run homework clubs, sewing groups, community gardens, parenting classes and learner-driver practice for refugees and recently arrived migrants. They run specialist playgroups to prepare refugee children for preschool and school. Volunteers help us to deliver breakfast and other services to the homeless people in Melbourne’s CBD and Ballarat. Volunteers work to provide breakfast to over 600 school children per week, and support us in helping disadvantaged and isolated Victorians reconnect with their community.

Get involved

Our Emergency Relief Centres throughout metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria assist families in crisis. We couldn’t meet the increasing demand for these services without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call 1800 809 722 or contact us here.

We also value volunteer contributions for:

  • Breakfast and lunch for the homeless
  • Child minding
  • Emergency relief
  • Homework clubs
  • Sewing groups

Friends Volunteer Program

Are you wanting to help children in care achieve better tomorrows? We’re looking for caring, dependable and energetic volunteers to provide support from just four hours per month.

Highly flexible, the Friends Volunteer Program provides practical assistance to children and their carers across a number of AV programs in Melbourne’s Eastern metropolitan suburbs. The program operates within the local government areas of Manningham, Monash, Boroondarra, Whitehorse, Maaroondah, Yarra Ranges and Knox. 

Various volunteer opportunities are available including occasional child minding, helping with transport to various events, tutoring, mentoring, or acting as a role model to young people in youth accommodation. The program is ideal for those who are time poor but want flexibility and variety. Friends volunteers nominate their availability ranging from a regular weekly, fortnightly or monthly commitment to helping out on an occasional basis.

If you’d like to help children in care achieve brighter futures consider becoming a volunteer Friend.
Free training sessions are run regularly throughout the year. To find out more please contact us:

  • Eastern Metro Region – 1300 889 335

Centre positions

We are always looking for volunteers to assist us in centres in Melbourne and throughout Regional Victoria.

Some examples of volunteer roles include:

  • St Mark’s Community Centre
    is a homeless drop-in centre operating from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. We are looking for volunteers to help pack and prepare food parcels, and engage and socialise with our homeless clients.
  • Homeless Breakfast Program 
    offers breakfast to homeless people, every day of the year from 7am to 9am. Volunteers are always welcome and would assist with preparing and giving out breakfast.
  • Mission House, Fitzroy
    has an Op Shop and offers emergency relief. We are looking for assistance in the Op Shop, as well as preparing food parcels and collecting donations.

To volunteer for any of these programs, please call 1800 809 722 or enquire online.