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About the opportunity

The LinC Volunteer Program are looking for new team members with good local knowledge from the local community, enabling many varied opportunities for community connection.

As a volunteer within our LinC Program will assist participants in the areas of social connection, inclusion and engagement support them to link in with a range of social and community networks. The role of the volunteers will be to facilitate the development of social connections and encourage the support of other community members to be inclusive. It is through developing these social connections participants can independently be active in community life.

Volunteers will be guided by the participant they're matched with to find out what community means to them. A day in this role may see you assisting with social inclusion by supporting people in a range of activities, such as catching public transport, exploring different interests or hobbies, learning how to use the internet and social networking sites, joining social interest groups, and building confidence in getting to know their local area, such as the gym, neighbourhood house, library, parks, art galleries and walking paths.

Meetings between the volunteer and the participant happen weekly or fortnightly for one to two hours per meeting. We require a minimum 12 month commitment from volunteers.

About the program

The Life in Community (LinC) volunteer program provides volunteer support for up to three months to people who experience mental health challenges in their recovery journey to engage with their local community.

Volunteers will undergo various checks and training, including but not limited to:

  • One on one interview with Volunteer Coordinator
  • National Police Check (Wellways will pay for this)
  • One reference check (personal or professional)
  • Working With Children Check (free for volunteers)
  • NDIS Worker Orientation Module (online and free)
  • Compulsory training (split over two Tuesday evenings at the end of July, online)
  • Provide a COVID booster vaccination certificate or valid medical exemption

About Wellways

Wellways Australia exists to help all Australians lead active, fulfilling and inclusive lives in their community. We achieve this by supporting and working with individuals, families and the community to help them imagine and achieve better lives. We advocate for change to ensure people have access to the best possible care and information when they need it. We provide a wide range of services and assistance for people with mental health issues, disabilities, youth and older Australians and those requiring community care.

For further information about the role, please contact Leanne Renfree, Volunteer Supervisor on 03 8486 4275

Wellways Australia Limited is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people. All applicants applying for roles within Wellways must undergo a screening process prior to their successful appointment.

The health and safety of Wellways participants and employees is our highest priority and all Wellways roles are covered by directives that require mandatory COVID vaccinations. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption prior to commencement.

Wellways is committed to reconciliation, lived experience and inclusivity. We strongly encourage and warmly welcome people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with a lived experience of mental health and disability and people who identify as LGBTIQA+ to apply. Even if you only meet some of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you.

If you’d like to know more about our reconciliation commitment, please visit our website.