About this opportunity
The St Vincent de Paul Society NSW is a volunteer-based charity that assists individuals and communities in need and promotes social justice. Vinnies Western Sydney works across an area covering from Parramatta to the Blue Mountains, and Richmond to Warragamba. We are committed to speaking out against the causes of poverty and inequality on behalf of the people we serve. We assist all people who visit, regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, beliefs, or nationality. We believe that empowering people is the answer to combating the poverty that affects one in eight Australians.
The Vinnies Western Sydney Youth Social Justice Group is a group of young people who are champions for social justice across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
Volunteers are responsible for the following, in collaboration with other members of the Youth Social Justice Group and PCC staff:
- Be informed
- Keep informed about social justice issues
- Share information, stories, and case studies with the Youth Social Justice Network and PCC staff, and contribute information to support submissions
- Speak to community members in your area about relevant social justice issues to build a picture of issues in your area and communicate these to the Youth Social Justice Network.
- Champion social justice and demonstrate the relevance of social justice in the community. Encourage discussion about giving a ‘hand up’ and how we can offer it.
- Take Action
- Attend regular Social Justice Network meetings
- Encourage other community members to take an interest in social justice
-? Support and guide local social justice events
-? Opportunity to attend the annual Society social justice forum in Sydney
- With the assistance of Vinnies staff, take local action such as organising a social justice event, movie screening, a table talk, or a delegation to raise an issue with your local MP
What we need from you:
- Aged between 16 and 30 years of age
- Live, work, or study within the footprint of Vinnies Western Sydney – between Parramatta & Blackhealth, and Richmond & Warragamba
- Have the ability to work with other people and in a team
- Be passionate about social justice
- Prepared to adopt the ethos of the St Vincent de Paul Society (NSW)
- Adherence to WH&S requirements (with appropriate direction and guidance)
In return for their commitment, the Vinnies Western Sydney will provide Volunteers with:
- An induction explaining the Vinnies Western Sydney’s functions and processes and the role of the Youth Social Justice Group
-? Training or resources as necessary to fulfil their roles as a Youth Social Justice Group member. For example, chairing, contributing at meetings, understanding the role of charitable organisations, and presentation skills as needed or on request
-? Opportunities to run events, workshops, and campaigns
-? Opportunities to engage further with the Society through ad-hoc and regular volunteer opportunities beyond that of the Group
This opportunity provides the opportunity for volunteers to develop deeper understanding of the issues of social justice and disadvantage in their local community, as well as the opportunity to take action to address some of those issues. Depending on the skills and interests of the volunteer and the group, there is opportunity to work in events, advocacy, fundraising, and more.
National Police Certificate *. Working with Children Check *.
The volunteer will be required to undertake a police check, a Working with Children Check, interview, and two referee checks.
Volunteers are expected to attend at least bimonthly meetings, as well as any additional meetings, events, and actions as relevant for the Group’s work.Interested in
- Companionship and Social Support
- Fundraising and Events