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.
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:
- Share skills and experience
- Develop new skills
- Meet new people
- Have fun
- Support your community
- Try something different
- Stay involved and active
"It was one of the best days of my working career so far" Malua Kamu, Diversified Communications on volunteering at OCC Enteprises
"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
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.
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
Current Volunteer Vacancies
The following volunteer positions are available at OCC:
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.
Days and times negotiable
Support and provide garden advice to one of our community living participants to help his garden thrive.
Community Access Volunteer - Towards Employment
Thursdays, 9am - 3pm
We’re looking for a cheery, easygoing volunteer to help support one support worker and a group of four people while out and about in the community.
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 easygoing volunteer to assist our Towards Employment Facilitator with activities in the Towards Employment pathway. You would be working with 4-5 participants.
To find out more about any of the above volunteering opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Fleur Haberfield, via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. Read more
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. Read more
Diversified Communications has supported OCC for the last two Christmases with 24 staff members volunteering at both our Christmas Tree Festival and packing facility in December.