Volunteer

Volunteer

Open Support’s Volunteer Program is responsible for the recruitment, induction, training, supervision, recognition and retainment of the organisation’s unique and dedicated 200-plus volunteer team.

Volunteers play key roles in nearly every core service and operational area across the organisation and have been a central and essential element of Open Support’s 28-year history and capability since the not-for-profit was established in 1990.

Open Support’s volunteers are a team of caring, friendly, skilled and committed people of all ages and cultural backgrounds who make an invaluable contribution to the organisation’s operations and continuing mission – by providing care and service in line with our motto: “Compassion and Action”. This unique volunteer network is very much valued and respected, and has long-been regarded as the true ‘heart’ of our organisation and the work we do in the community. In addition, all Open Support’s 200-plus volunteers are compliant with national Police and Working with Children checks.

Open Support’s Volunteer Program is part of our strategic focus on increasing operational efficiency and sustainability and volunteers remain central to our ability to deliver the services we provide to assist the vulnerable in society

Volunteer Today

Volunteers have been a vital and integral part of this organisation since its inception in 1990 and they remain central to our ability to deliver the services we provide to assist the vulnerable in society.

Volunteers currently play key roles in assisting service delivery across all service and operational areas of Open Support, with the exception of our domestic violence crisis accommodation service, Safe Haven. Currently we have just over 185 volunteers and around 30 paid staff.

Volunteer Roles

Open Support aims to make the volunteering experience an enjoyable and enriching one and is committed to the professional training of all our volunteers.
Before, or just after, volunteers commence with us, they are required to attend orientation. Further training takes place on the job, as well as mandatory formal training, from time to time.

Importantly, Open Support offers a wide range of volunteer roles across its various services and operational areas. These include: transportation (e.g. driving, booking services and support), social support/home visits, fundraising, court support, general office administration, accommodation and support, fundraising, media and public relations, retail and shop assistant and marketing and communications.

We also offer additional volunteer roles via our Student Placement Program, Schools Volunteer Program and our Corporate Volunteer Program. For example, Open Support’s Student Placement Program offers university, TAFE, college, business school and other tertiary students placement in our various core service and operational areas.

Student Placement provides those studying for degrees and other tertiary qualifications with direct engagement in hands-on activities in a range of support services and, importantly, the chance to gain relevant skills and experience in a professional setting. Tertiary students are provided with a range of research and learning experiences via opportunities that are supported, challenging and relevant to their studies.

Schools Volunteer and Corporate Volunteer roles are equally rewarding and diverse.

History of Volunteering at Open Support

Volunteers have been a vital and integral part of this organisation since its inception in 1990 and they remain central to our ability to deliver the services we provide to assist the vulnerable in society.
Volunteers currently play key roles in assisting service delivery across all service and operational areas of Open Support, with the exception of our domestic violence crisis accommodation service, Safe Haven. Currently we have just over 200 volunteers and around 30 paid staff.

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