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Technical volunteer

Freedom Solutions Australia

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The Boroondara Volunteer Resource Centre is advertising this role on behalf of Freedom Solutions Australia.

Freedom Solutions Australia are looking for technical volunteers to design, make/modify equipment for people with a disability.  If you are an engineer, tradesman, upholsterer or expert "handyperson" this could be an ideal volunteering role for you.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • With our Occupational Therapist (OT), meet with the client and their family to scope the equipment related problem and together discuss possible solutions
  • Together agree on the solution that best serves the client's needs. Design and build or modify the equipment, if required make a pro-type first
  • Trial the equipment with the client and family to ensure the solution is suitable
  • Finish off making the equipment, ensuring it is made to a high quality standard
  • Deliver the equipment to the client (usually with the OT present)
  • Prepare a written report of the project and include, photos and any reimbursement claims for out of pocket expenses (such as materials and kilometres travelled)
  • Submit the report

Skills and Experience: The following types of skilled volunteers are required:

  • Engineers, tradesman, upholsterers and expert "handymen and women"
  • You need access to a workshop and tools, be a practical minded person who enjoys problem solving and thinking outside the square
  • You need to be a good listener and to be patient and respectful to people.
  • You need to be able to make or modify equipment to a high quality


  • Get to use your skills- be inventive!
  • Gain an understanding of living with disability
  • Help others in the community
  • Give back to the community
  • Meet and form friendships with other like-minded volunteers
  • Seeing the smile on a client's face when they can do something they thought they wouldn't be able to
  • Gain satisfaction from seeing your end product