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Friend of the Family Volunteer

  • Location: Underwood QLD
  • Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
  • Category: Community Services
  • Time Required

    ◾ Shift Times: Volunteers visit with 1 family per shift, at the same time each week. Volunteers visit with families during business hours only. ◾ Minimum of 4 hours per shift

  • Suitable for
    • Skilled Volunteers
  • Type of work
    • Childcare
    • Counselling & Help Line
    • Companionship & Social Support
  • Training

    An induction, orientation and relevant training will be provided on commencement.

  • Reimbursement

    ▪ Expenses are generally not incurred by volunteers when conducting their role with UnitingCare. ▪ A

  • Requirements
    • Working with Children Check *
    • National Police Certificate *
    • Driver's Licence (C)
    • Others

    1. Drivers License
    2. Blue Card for working with Children

    * May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

UnitingCare has been helping people across Queensland and the Northern Territory since the early 1900's to live life in all its fullness. Every day we’re engaging with people from all walks of life and our focus is on meeting people where they are and walking alongside them to achieve positive change and growth.

This volunteer opportunity will help to This volunteer role will help disadvantaged families in Logan by providing practical and emotional support to enhance wellbeing and capacity.

UnitingCare IFSS, Logan aims to build community capacity to support safer, stronger futures for children and families through increasing safety and reduce risk for children living at home, and strengthening protection and belonging. We support a diverse range of families experiencing complex needs including domestic family violence; mental health; alcohol and drug use; housing instability; financial difficulties and a significant portion of our clients are culturally diverse.

We are looking for volunteers who are compassionate, caring and have a strong interest in helping others - particularly children, young people and families . Our volunteers need to have an open mind, great communication and listening skills, a non-judgemental approach and a willingness to learn. It is also essential that volunteers are able to maintain confidentiality and boundaries, be responsible in communicating concerns, be reliable and physically able to interact with children, and have the time and energy to volunteer once a week during business hours preferable for a minimum of 6 months to provide consistency to a family.

IFSS is a welcoming, collaborative and supportive team of paid staff, student placements, and volunteers who are committed to supporting the disadvantaged children and families we work alongside.

Volunteers have access to training, supervision and a designated Volunteer Coordinator, and become valued members of the dedicated care team wrapped around a family led by a caseworker. Our office is located in Underwood however our volunteers often visit families in their homes and community, and will access a fleet vehicle for these visits. Our volunteers typically visit with the same family over a period of time each week or fortnight, dependent on the support they require and availability.

Tasks involved include: Friend of the Family volunteers work alongside children and parents with the goal of building family capacity and wellbeing. Tasks will vary between each family our volunteers work with, however they often support people to: develop new skills; connect with their community; enhance parent-child interactions; increase knowledge of child needs and development; provide informal emotional support; support attendance and participation in appointments; assist with groups and events.

This is a great opportunity to: ▪ Experience the joy of making a meaningful difference ▪ Gain invaluable workplace experience ▪ Improve mental health and personal well being

You will need to be 20 years or older, hold a current QLD drivers licence, and be eligible to apply for a Blue Card. The role is ideal for volunteers who would like to build their skills in human services, draw from your own experiences and knowledge, link with networks, meeting new people, and contributing to the community.

This role is accessible for people using: ▪ accessible toilets

UnitingCare values diversity in our organisation and we have some principles in place that will help to promote both