Who can be a LinC Volunteer?
We are a very diverse and inclusive organisation who connect with people from all walks of life. If that sounds like the environment for you, we want to hear from you! There are just a few requirements we have for our volunteers:
- Must pass checks, including but not limited to a National Police Check (NPC paid for by Wellways) and Working With Children Check (WWCC free for volunteers)
- Must complete online NDIS module (free)
- Must have a mobile phone and be able to travel via car or public transport.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
- Valuable experience within the mental health, care and disability sector
- Develop new skills through training and ongoing education
- Develop a broader understanding of mental health, disability, care and recovery
- Contribute to reducing stigma and increasing mental health literacy in the community
- Apply lived experience to foster positive change in communities
- Opportunity to gain an employment reference from Wellways.
What skills do I need to volunteer?
Our volunteers are not required to have any qualifications or specific skills other than the ability to create safe, inclusive spaces, act with empathy and compassion and have knowledge of local communities.
How much time do I need to give to volunteering?
We ask for 1 - 2 hours of volunteering per week or fortnight.
Matches go for 3 months and we require a minimum 12 month commitment to allow volunteers to connect in a meaningful way with their position and the participants.
Will I get training?
Yes - every volunteer will receive a full day of training (usually held on Saturdays). There will be ongoing opportunities for group training and supervision.
How do I get matched with a participant?
Both volunteers and participants are given the opportunity to request their preferences (gender, age group etc.) in a matching and we will do our best to accommodate this. Matches are made based on shared hobbies and interests, availability and locations people are able to travel to. Volunteers and participants are welcome to turn down a match when it has been offered to them if the match doesn’t feel right for them.
Do I need to have experience living with a mental health challenge or disability to apply?
It is not necessary for you to have experience living with a mental health challenge or disability to be a volunteer. However, we warmly invite those who have a lived experience to apply.
Do I need a driver’s licence?
It is not a requirement that you hold a driver’s licence to be a volunteer. However, you will need to be able to catch public transport to get to the meetings with the participant.
Will I have opportunities for paid work?
Not within your volunteer role. However, the skills obtained from volunteering will be a great complement to your studies and a good addition to your CV. If suitable paid work opportunities arise at Wellways you are encouraged to apply.
How do I apply to be a volunteer, what is the process?
You’re in the right place!
- To apply - complete the online application form
- Receive an email - we will be in touch to let you know more about the role and when our next recruitment is being held
- Attend an Interview - we will invite you to an interview so you can get to know us and we can get to know you
- Reference check – we will contact one of your referees, this may be personal or professional
- Screening check – satisfactory completion of checks, including but not limited to WWCC, NPC and NDIS module before commencement
- Training - if it seems like a good fit, we will invite you to attend training. You will also receive ongoing training and support with the Volunteer Coordinator.