Current Positions

Live-In Mentors Eastern

  • Applications close: 30 May 2018

Would you like to be a positive role model and support young people to build independent living skills and transition to independent living?

Live-In Mentor (Lead Tenant) – Eastern Suburbs

  • Would you like to receive free accommodation and utilities ?
  • Are you compassionate and interested in making a real difference in young people’s lives?
  • Easily combine this volunteer live-in role with your work or study commitments.
  • Eastern Suburbs Location – Surrey Hills or Wantirna

Overview of the Program
StepOut is an out-of-home care placement option providing medium-term accommodation and support to young people aged 16-18 years, who have been placed away from the care of their families by Child Protection. The Live-In Mentor program provides a safe, semi-independent living environment where young people are supported in the house by Live-In Mentors who also live at the property and provide day-to-day guidance and mature role modelling. Live-In Mentors are not paid workers but volunteers. However, they are not required to pay rent or utilities (excluding telephone) and receive an honorarium payment of $75 per week. The volunteer role can be easily combined with your work or study commitments.


Position Objectives
The Live-In Mentor’s role is to live at the selected property with another Live-In Mentor and two young people and provide direction, encouragement and support within the household. They are required to act as positive role models and assist the young people in the house develop independent living skills. Live-In Mentors are expected to demonstrate a positive and balanced lifestyle and be engaged in some form of employment, study or training. They are also required to participate equally in domestic chores and duties and ensure that any conflicts arising within the household are dealt with in a positive and productive manner.

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Live-In Mentors Bendigo

  • Applications close: 31 May 2018

The Mentor Supported Tenancy program, will accommodate two young people in a home with volunteer mentors. Up to four positions are available.

  • Use your skills, talents and compassion to role-model and support young people
  • Live in a shared household with two young people 15-18 to develop independence
  • Live rent free, with the support of the program team at St Luke’s

The “live in” Volunteer Mentors live rent-free. They are not paid workers.

Mentor-Supported Tenancy (MST) houses are an important model of service for young people aged 15-18 years who have the ability to adapt to more independent living arrangements, but who require support and encouragement to develop the necessary skills to share accommodation and live successfully in community settings.

The MST program is a new program accommodating and supporting four young people in two homes in Bendigo suburbs.  One home has been established for young people leaving residential care, and the other home for young people experiencing homelessness.

In each home two young people will live together with up to two “live in” Volunteer Mentors.  The role of a “live in” Volunteer Mentor is to provide direction, encouragement and support within the household so that young people can develop their independent living skills. Volunteer Mentors are expected to demonstrate a positive and balanced lifestyle, to participate equally in domestic chores and duties and to ensure that any conflicts arising within the household are dealt with in a positive and productive manner.

Volunteer Mentors are also expected to establish positive and meaningful relationships with young people, act as positive role models and coordinate household routines in a shared housing arrangement.

Volunteer mentors will receive support and training from the team at St Luke’s, and will be supported by program staff in the Residential Care and Youth Services team.  Volunteers will also have access to On Call support, 24/7.

Some conditions and benefits

As a volunteer mentor, you will live in a shared home, rent free.  You will also be provided an allowance for food and a small stipend to assist with expenses.  Our volunteer mentors are also not required to pay for utilities such as gas, electricity and water bills.

At least one volunteer mentor is expected to be home every evening to support young  people in the house.  You are not required to cook and clean for the young people, but be available to listen, coach and role model positive behaviours.  Our volunteers will work together to share responsibilities to allow evenings away and holiday breaks.

A detailed information brochure is available, on request, to outline all of the conditions and responsibilities  of the role.  There will be an information session in mid-January, for prospective mentors.

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