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Volunteer in the Out-of-Home Care space

Many community service organisations are working hard to support children and families involved in the Out-of-Home Care system, or to prevent children from entering care in the first place.

Whether its supporting a child, young person, a carer, or a family doing it tough, if you have time and energy to give, you can be a valuable source of support and make a difference in someone’s life.

Volunteer Roles

We have listed examples below of volunteer opportunities that are linked to the Out-of-Home Care space in various ways. More information about the roles, criteria and application and screening processes is available on each organisation’s website linked below.

Please let us know about others that you are aware of by emailing hello@homewardproject.org

Supporting Children & Young People

Pyjama Angel Mentor

QLD: South, South-East, Brisbane, Central, North

NSW: Greater-Sydney

VIC: Greater-Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong

Volunteer Pyjama Angels build and maintain a trusted relationship with a young person living in out-of- home care, visiting the young person in their home with a focus on learning-based activities for one hour per week over a minimum 12-month period. For more information visit: The Pyjama Foundation


Aunties & Uncles Mentor

NSW: Sydney, Maitland, Taree, Ballina

Wesley Aunts and Uncles open their heart and home to a child living with challenging family circumstances for one day or weekend a month for a minimum of 12 months, in a spirit of acceptance, friendship and understanding for both the child and their parent/s. More info at Wesley Mission, phone 02 9857 2966, or email auntiesuncles@wesleymission.org.au


Foster The Future Tutor

NSW & VIC: various locations and online

Foster The Future’s mission is to help youth in care get back on track. They aim to aim to empower kids in foster care through tutoring and educational support provided by dedicated university student volunteers. For more information visit: Foster The Future


Fostering Hope Mentor

TAS: various locations statewide

Fostering Hope’s mentoring project matches adults with young people aged 7-12 years old in care. Mentors are people who choose to spend time with a young person, invest in them, and be an extra support in their life. For more information visit: Fostering Hope


Community Integration Program

VIC: Melbourne metro, Gippsland

Volunteers are trained to connect children and young people in Out-of-Home Care with activities in the community to reduce isolation and disconnection by increasing social skills and confidence. For more information visit: Kids First Australia


MATES Mentor

VIC: Eastern Melbourne

Temcare’s MATES Mentoring program connects a young person with a volunteer mentor for regular organized activities. For more information visit: Temcare


Wesley Mission Youth Mentor

NSW: Sydney, Maitland, Taree, Ballina

Wesley Mission Youth Mentoring is a volunteer based program that connects young people with an older adult role model who can offer positive guidance and support in a non-judgemental and friendly environment. For more information visit: Wesley Mission


L2P Learner Driver Mentor

VIC: Various locations statewide

Volunteer mentors assist eligible young Victorian learner drivers 16-21 years of age who do not have access to a supervising driver, or an appropriate vehicle gain driving experience required for a probationary licence. The program is delivered by local councils and not-for-profit community organisations across Victoria. For more information visit: VicRoads Transport Accident Commission (TAC) L2P program


Kids & Youth Camps Volunteer Leaders

Southern Cross Kids Camps provide annual camps for primary-aged children who have experienced trauma in various locations across VIC, NSW, QLD, NT. For more information visit: Southern Cross Kids Camps

Cru Camps provide great experiences for kids through a range of camps in various locations across NSW. For more information visit: Cru Camps

Edmund Rice Camps for Kids serves the needs of at risk or disadvantaged children aged 7–16 and their families by providing developmentally-focused recreational and educational respite programs in various locations across WA. For more information visit: Edmund Rice Kids Camps WA

Supporting Care Leavers

Community Connections Mentor

VIC: various locations (see below)

The Victorian Government’s Better Futures initiative supports young people who are making the transition from care to adulthood and independence. The Community Connections program screens and trains volunteer mentors to provide young people with support and opportunities to achieve their goals and build connections in the community. This Department of Families Fairness & Housing program is delivered by various organisations including: 

Supporting Carers

Friends Volunteer

VIC: Eastern Melbourne

The Friends Volunteer Program provides practical assistance to children and their carers across a number of Home Based Care programs in Melbourne’s Eastern metropolitan suburbs. For more information visit: Anglicare

Supporting Families

Parent Mentor | Home-Start Volunteer

VIC: Sunshine & Bendigo

Home-Start is a voluntary home visiting service that offers practical support and mentoring to families with children under the age of five. For more information visit: Baptcare


Volunteer Home Visitor

NSW: Newcastle & Lake Macquarie

A home visiting program where trained and supervised volunteers visit a family with children aged 0-5 years in their own home, once a week. For more information visit: Home-Start Australia


Respite Carer

VIC: Eastern Melbourne

Short-term respite care that provides families with a much-needed break and a child with a loving and caring environment. For more information visit: Temcare

Other Volunteer Roles

Fostering Hope

TAS: Various locations statewide

Various volunteer opportunities for those interested in providing wrap-around support for foster, kinship and informal carers and kids in their care. For more information visit: Fostering Hope


Child Protection Volunteer

SA: Various locations statewide

Various volunteer roles working directly with the Child Protection Department. For more information visit: South Australia Child Protection Department


Fostering Hope Australia

WA: Based in Wangara

Various volunteer roles with Fostering Hope Australia who gather donated good, provide suitcases to children entering care, and organise events for children in care. For more information visit: Fostering Hope


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