If the person you are supporting is over 18 and lives with a disability (they don’t have to have a NDIS plan or a formal diagnosis), you can contact us and we can support them to explore volunteering. We will then arrange to meet face to face and have an informal and friendly chat about volunteering.
You can also look online: There are a few different places to look:
If you are in South Australia you can also search on:
Or check out your state’s peak body for Volunteering here
If you would prefer to volunteer to help the environment or volunteer alone, or with only one other person, you can try one of these options
- Just because a place hasn’t advertised for volunteers, it doesn’t mean they don’t want them. Sometimes, all you need to do is ask “Hi, I would like to volunteer here!”. But make sure it’s somewhere that is allowed to utilise volunteers. See our list below.
- If the person you are supporting has a special skill, interest or hobby – your local Community Centre or council might like them to share it with other people. They will also have volunteer vacancies listed on their websites.
- Ask your friends, neighbours, and family where they volunteer.
- Does the person you are supporting use public transport? Have a look around while onboard to see if there are any community places or organisations who might use volunteers. Or, have a look at the bus or train route on google maps and then see which places are listed near the stops. Then check out their volunteering opportunities on their website.
- Is there a community event happening near you? Does it look like something the person you are supporting might like to help with? Find out who is organising it and then contact them to ask if they need volunteers.
- Does the person you are supporting already play sport, do a hobby in the community or have a charity that they support? Ask someone in those groups if they need volunteers or check out their website or social media for volunteer opportunities.
- If the person you are supporting is also looking for paid work and finds a job that seems interesting, but they don’t feel quite ready to apply just yet, you could look up the organisations website and see if they also have volunteers. Remember, it’s important to make sure that volunteering takes place in one of these types of organisations:
- Church organisation
- Community Centre
- Not for profit organisation
- Hospital or Aged Care
- Sporting or special interest group
If you work and don’t get paid, it’s not necessarily volunteering. If the person you are supporting would like work experience specifically, then it’s best to go through Workforce Australia service provider and ask if they can arrange that. Work experience has a different set of guidelines and rules to volunteering.
Workforce Australia can also provide information regarding mutual obligations for income support. The guidelines and policies regarding volunteering changed in July 2022. Some people may have the option of volunteering to receive income support (Government benefits). You can find out more here
If the person you are supporting is also looking for work and needs information about supports for paid workers with disability – check out our resource page