Volunteers are an instrumental component in helping BCYF meet the needs of vulnerable people in our community. Volunteers are a vital part of our team. They make a unique contribution by providing valuable support that complements BCYF Staff.

Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons:

  • Giving back and helping others
    Volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the lives of the people around them
  • Developing skills and gaining work experience
    Volunteering provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge
  • Meeting new people
    Volunteering is a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests and feel part of a team

Who can volunteer?

Do you have:

  • A passion to work with children, young people and families
  • Skills to engage with children, young people and families with respect and warmth
  • An ability to maintain clear boundaries with children, young people and families
  • Collaborative team work skills
  • Good verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of confidentiality

Are you willing to:

  • Commit to a volunteer role for an agreed amount of time
  • Undertake a National Police Check
  • Hold a Working with Children Check
  • Undertaking orientation, supervision and training as required

Volunteer Positions

BCYF offers a range of volunteering opportunities across our organisation which include but are not limited to:

  • Group Work Support within Playgroups, Parenting Groups & Youth Groups
  • Homework Support for children and young people
  • Mentoring children and young people in Foster Care
  • Conversational English with Refugee and Asylum Seekers
  • Event Support
  • Project / Administration Support

Benefits of volunteering at Barwon Child, Youth & Family

BCYF appreciates that volunteers give freely of their time and talent. In return we provide our volunteers with:

  • Access to BCYF’s internal training and development opportunities
  • Access to BCYF’s Health & wellbeing program including relevant vaccinations, wellbeing initiatives and activities
  • Mentoring and support from an experienced staff member
  • Potential pathways to employment
  • Flexible volunteer opportunities, both short term and long term volunteer roles exist
  • Free confidential counselling support service through our Employee Assistance Program

Volunteer Application Process

If you are interested in becoming a BCYF Volunteer, please complete the online application form and attach a copy of your resume for consideration.

All potential volunteers will be required to:

  1. Complete a formal Application Form
  2. Participate in an interview
  3. Provide appropriate references
  4. Provide a current Working with Children Check
  5. Undergo a National Police Check


If you have any further questions about BCYF’s Volunteer Program, please email volunteers@bcyf.org.au