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.

Volunteer 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
  • Insurance Australia Group (IAG)
  • Mazenod Panthers
  • MLC
  • Oakleigh Police
  • Oakleigh Fire Brigade
  • Chadstone Toyota
  • Waverley Blues Football Club
  • Wendy Brooks Consulting

Why Volunteer?

Share skills and experience
Develop new skills
Meet new people
Have fun
Support your community
Try something different
Stay involved and active

“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

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

Handyman – carrying out maintenance, gardening and/or handyman jobs at community homes

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 (eg: assistance with databases or specialised spreadsheets, computer skills)

Corporate Volunteering

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 fhaberfield@occonnections.org to discuss the opportunities we could create with your team.

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

Current Volunteer Vacancies

While we are currently in lockdown we are still looking for volunteers to fill the positions below when restrictions are lifted.

Kitchen Garden

Any day of week for a few hours

Help maintain and oversee the OCC garden so our Kitchen Garden group have a workable plot to utilise.  This work can be undertaken any day of the week and is most suitable to garden lovers.

Garden Assistance

Days and times negotiable

Support and provide garden advice to one of our community living participants to help his garden thrive.

Towards Employment Support Volunteer

Wednesdays, 9am – 3pm

Would you like to help support people with disability gain the skills necessary for employment?  We are looking for an easy-going volunteer to assist our Towards Employment Facilitator with activities in the Towards Employment pathway.  You would be working with 4-5 participants.

Christmas Volunteers

Get into the Christmas Spirit by giving back through volunteering and supporting our participants at our Christmas Tree Festival! Tasks include:

Greeting customers

Helping customers select trees and stands (if necessary)

Baling (using a machine to wrap trees in netting)

Carrying treesOdd jobs during quiet times such as sweeping and watering trees
Volunteers may also be required to help bring in trees after deliveries – two people are needed to carry heavy trees.

To find out more about any of the above volunteering opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Fleur Haberfield, via email volunteers@occonnections.org


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



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