The Community Friend Program supports volunteers from around Melbourne to participate in leisure activities and friendships with people with a mild to moderate disability and/or mental health issue.
Volunteers build a one-on-one friendship whilst participating in community outings that appeal to their interests.
The aim of the Community Friend Program is to support people with a mild to moderate disability and/or mental health issue to engage with their community, make new friends and enjoy a social life – something most of us take for granted.
In doing this, the Community Friend Program decreases isolation and increases independence for some of Melbourne’s most marginalised community members.
The Community Friend Program supports clients aged from 18 – 64 years of age. These clients come from a range of Local Government Areas in Melbourne including; Banyule, Yarra, Darebin, Moreland Melton, Maroondah, Whitehorse, Monash, Boroondara, and Brimbank.
Volunteers meet clients (participants) in the community, so together you can get to the destination by any means which suits both parties.
The Community Friend Program is looking for committed volunteers over the age of 18 who can spare 2-3 hours a fortnight, have good organisational and communication skills and are looking for a fun way to contribute to their community!
Requirement Description: -
All volunteers are required to undertake an NDIS worker screening check. Volunteers who have resided outside of Australia for longer than 12 months in the past 10 years will also be required to provide an international police check from the country/s of residence, prior to the interview.
Volunteers must be able to commit to 12 months with the program, be reliable, have good communication and social skills, and be over 18 years of age.
Volunteers undergo an Interview/Induction. A variety of training is offered twice yearly.
We do not require specific qualifications. The qualities we look for in volunteers are: • A commitment to the Community Friend Program and the participants (of at least 12 months) • Maturity and reliability • Effective communications and social skills • The ability to be a good role model, • Ability to focus on the needs of others • Ability to seek advice as appropriate • An understanding of the importance of social connections and friendship
Step 1: Phone the Community Friend Program to discuss the position and your interest in the program - 9453 8689 OR 9453 8676
Step 2: Following the phone call CFP will send you a Position Description and a document ‘Information for Potential Volunteers’
Step 3: Once you have read the information provided and have decided you would like to be involved, please contact a coordinator and request an application form. After you have received the application form, please complete and return it. A coordinator will then be in touch to arrange a time for an interview.
Step 4: Attend an interview.
The interview usually takes around an hour and is conducted in an informal and relaxed way in our Fitzroy North office. The purpose of the interview is: • To give you the opportunity to ask any questions about the program and the volunteer role. • For CFP to learn a little about you, your abilities and interests. • To discuss the volunteer role and the most suitable way to get you involved. • If there is a mutual agreement to proceed with your involvement as a Community Friend volunteer, then the necessary paperwork will be completed. • Please note that all volunteers will be required to undertake a Police record check prior to involvement with CFP. Volunteers who have resided outside of Australia for longer than 12 months in the past 10 years will also be required to provide an international police check from the country/s of residence.