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.
We are always looking for volunteers to join our committed team. If you are interested in volunteering with us please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 9569 0603 or complete the form below.
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:
- Church of Christ Clayton
- Oakleigh Police
- Oakleigh Fire Brigade
- Waverley Blues Football Club
- Share skills and experience
- Develop new skills
- Meet new people
- Have fun
- Support your community
- Try something different
- Stay involved and active
"I volunteer because I want to. I get a great deal of satisfaction from meeting new people and working to support others in any way I can. I don't think people should retire - just change the direction of their lives. Volunteering did this for me." David Hawkes – volunteer
"It has expanded my horizons and given me a sense of achievement and satisfaction." Noel Ebery - volunteer
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)
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 to discuss the opportunities we could create with your team.
Student Placement and Community Service Voluntary Hours
Applications for Student Placement are different to our Volunteer applications. To discuss student placement opportunities, please email your enquiry.
OC Connections can accommodate students for Community Service Voluntary hours. Find out how, by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator.
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.
To support our volunteers, we will:
- 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
Our Volunteer Stories
Alyson has been volunteering in reception at our Warrigal Road office for ten years, assisting with mailouts, laminating, marketing materials and welcoming guests to OCC.
Sisters Joan and Mary are stalwarts of the OCC Volunteering Community. They have been involved in golf days, Christmas tree fundraising and supporting participants. Joan says: "I'd much rather be out in the community helping others than with my head in my phone searching social media."
In two days, over 50 Dulux volunteers painted the 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. Read more