Opportunities for Volunteers

OC Connections is fortunate to be supported by a large team of dedicated volunteers who provide valuable assistance to staff and participants. Our volunteers enhance our programs, activities and culture by using their skills and experience to provide opportunities for others.

We are grateful to our volunteers who give their time so generously to support our participants. While our volunteers come from all walks of life and perform different roles, there is a common purpose and understanding to their work – and that is to help make a difference to the lives of others.

Why Volunteer?

Share skills and experience
Develop new skills
Meet new people
Support your community
Try something different
Stay involved and active
Have fun
Trial a career in disability

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

What are your strengths, skills and passions? OC Connections have a large range of services and activities that could benefit from your skills, including:

  • Supporting participants in day activity programs such as art, craft, photography, sport and computers
  • Community Friend – share a hobby or enjoy outings together
  • Helping with working bees, gardening or home maintenance
  • Assisting at recreational activities such as holidays, sporting events, concerts, the weekly disco or lunch outings
  • Fundraising support at the annual charity golf day and Christmas Tree Festival
  • Sharing professional skills

Current Volunteer Vacancies

As part of our COVID-safe plan and to ensure the safety of our staff, participants and community, we are currently unable to onboard volunteers or student placements to work with our participants.  We value the contribution both volunteers and student placements make to our workplace and hope that we can welcome you back soon.

If you would like to be placed on our wait list for future volunteering or student placement opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on [email protected].

You are also welcome to contact us to discuss other ways you can volunteer with us that does not involve on-site or participant contact.  Again, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested.

As part of the new NDIS Worker Screening Check, volunteer roles which would likely require more than incidental contact with people with disability will require the applicant to get an NDIS Clearance before they can start. You can find out more about this screening here. You can also contact our Volunteer Coordinator ([email protected]) to find out screening requirements for all roles.

Current Vacancies

General Maintenance Volunteer
Location: Oakleigh South
Area: General Trade / Maintenance Support – Disability Services
Types of work: Equipment repairs and maintenance, machine maintenance, manufacturing jigs and production aids.
Duration: Ongoing
Time Required: One day a week/fortnight/month
Requirements: NDIS Worker Screening check

We are seeking general trade/maintenance support to assist with tasks such as:
• Equipment repairs and maintenance (chairs/worktables)
• General machine maintenance
• Manufacture of jigs & production aids
We are looking for someone with experience and skills in the trade/maintenance industry as well as an ability to relate to people with a disability.

Administration Trainer Volunteer
Location: Oakleigh South
Area: Mentor and Admin Trainer- Disability Services
Types of work: Administrative Support
Duration: ongoing
Time Required: one a week/fortnight/month
Requirements: NDIS Worker Screening check

We have two supported employees working as receptionists who would like some additional support. The ideal volunteer possesses the following qualities:
• An ability to relate to people with a disability
• Experience working as a Personal Assistant or Office Manager
• Strong Leadership / Mentor skills

2021 OCC Charity Golf Day – Volunteers Needed
The annual OC Connections Charity Golf Day to be held on 27 June is one of our main fundraising events for the year to raise much-needed funds for the people we support. 

Held at The Metropolitan Golf Club in Oakleigh South, this event relies on the generous assistance of volunteers.  We need assistance with registrations, competitions, raffle sales and general tasks to ensure the day runs smoothly. This is a perfect opportunity for students to gain their Community Service hours.

For more information on the roles above, please contact [email protected] or call 0421 659 093.

Corporate Volunteering

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

OC Connections values the contributions of our volunteer partners who have organised and undertaken projects with the help of volunteers sourced through their company programs.  These partners include:

  • ANZ
  • Dulux
  • Caulfield Grammar School
  • CommBank
  • Church of Christ Clayton
  • Diversified Communications
  • HESTA
  • Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
  • Mazenod Panthers
  • MLC
  • Oakleigh Police
  • Oakleigh Fire Brigade
  • SYPAQ
  • Chadstone Toyota
  • Waverley Blues Football Club
  • Wendy Brooks Consulting

Does your workplace, church, or association have a volunteering program? Are you part of a team who would like to volunteer or partner with us?

Contact our Volunteer Coordinator [email protected] to discuss the opportunities we could create with your team.

dulux volunteers group picture

Our Volunteers

Alyson

Alyson has been volunteering in reception at our Warrigal Road office for ten years, assisting with mail outs, laminating, marketing materials and welcoming guests to OCC

dulux volunteers group picture

Dulux Volunteers

In two days, over 50 Dulux volunteers painted our day support rooms at Warrigal Road.  The group worked tirelessly to make sure our participants came back after the July break to bright and new looking rooms.

OC Christmas volunteers huddled together in front of christmas decorations

Christmas Volunteers

Each year OCC relies on volunteers to help us sell Christmas Trees as part of our fundraising efforts.  2019 saw over 120 volunteers from business, schools and the community volunteer over the month long campaign.

VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIALS

“Helping families select their Christmas tree was a lot of fun and knowing that all the money raised was going to such an amazing organisation was humbling and rewarding.”

David Vicino, Managing Director, Sypaq

“It was one of the best days of my working career so far” Malua Kamu, Diversified Communications on Volunteering at OCC Enteprises

RECOGNISING OUR VOLUNTEERS

Celebrating and recognising the value of volunteers is essential to OC Connections. The valued people who give so generously of their time and talents are vital to the difference we can make to the lives of so many who participate in our services and programs.

  • Ensure you understand your role and obligations through an orientation process and role description
  • Acknowledge and celebrate your contribution
  • Ask and accept your feedback on our programs
  • Offer you the opportunity for personal and professional development
  • Provide support throughout your journey

ENQUIRE NOW

If you would like to Volunteer please fill out your details below and we’ll be in touch with your shortly. Thank you

OUR STORIES

Diversified Communications

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