Volunteer Opportunities

Breakfast Club assistant

Hubs breakfast clubThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

Breakfast Clubs, in schools, have been established to promote the nutritional benefits of breakfast. The Breakfast Club assistant will work alongside their Community Hub Leader to provide students, who do not normally get the opportunity to eat breakfast, with a nutritional start to their day.

Breakfast Club assistants are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance at two breakfast clubs per fortnight. Times and days will vary across hubs and Breakfast Clubs are only held during school terms.

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Community support assistant

Employment workshopThe Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program provides support to asylum seekers who are living in the community on temporary visas while their status as a refugee is being assessed. Services include temporary accommodation, income support and case management.

Community support assistants build on the case management support offered to clients of the SRSS Program by guiding access to local services, support with life skills development, local community linkages and building social networks.

N.B. A regular commitment of at least one shift per week is requested for this role.

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Community support assistant (community language)

WorkshopThe Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS) program provides support to asylum seekers who are living in the community on temporary visas while their status as a refugee is being assessed. Services include temporary accommodation, income support and case management.

The community support assistants (community language) build on the case management support offered to clients of the SRSS Program by guiding access to local services, support with life skills development, local community linkages and building social networks. Volunteers also provide language support when and where required.

N.B. A regular commitment of at least one shift per week is requested for this role.

It is also a requirement of this role that volunteers have a proficiency in any one of the following languages: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Hazaragi, Tamil or Rohingya.

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Creche assistant

Hubs PlaygroupThe Community Hubs Program is based in primary schools. It aims to support migrant and refugee families (including children 0 to 5 years of age) by offering meaningful social activities, as well as access to support services, including local education, health, community and settlement services.

The creche assistant will support children aged 0 to 5 years in supervised play while their parent/carer takes part in learning or program activities run through the Community Hub. Parents are usually within close proximity to their child if not in the same room.

Child minding assistants are required at various locations in Bankstown, Cumberland, Parramatta, Blacktown and Fairfield, and must be committed to regular attendance at two sessions from 9am to 2pm per fortnight during school term.

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Donation pickup and delivery assistant

Donation deliverySSI has an established donations initiative to support families, from all of its programs, with items such as children’s clothing and toys, non-perishable food, cots and prams and small household appliances. This initiative requires semi-regular pick up, drop off and sorting of donations.

The donations pick-up and delivery assistant supports this initiative by collecting, sorting, and delivering these donations to families being supported by the organisation.

N.B. A current and valid driver’s licence and flexibility to meet pickup and delivery needs is required.

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Employment mentor

employment mentor Successful employment is one of the highest priorities for newly arrived refugees and is vital to building a new life in Australia. Employment mentors, from various professions, are engaged by SSI Employment to guide recently arrived refugees seeking employment in the same or similar profession.

Volunteers add significant value to refugees' job seeking efforts by offering insight into industry job markets, targeted job application strategies and workplace culture. Where appropriate, mentors will also look to introduce job seekers to their own professional networks and contacts.

Make a significant difference to the lives of newly arrived refugees – apply to become an employment mentor today.

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Employment Readiness assistant - Bankstown

Employment prep 240Employment is integral in the settlement journey for newly arrived refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and for other vulnerable people in our community. It provides a valuable pathway to achieving independence.

The Employment readiness assistant will support an SSI Employment initiative to prepare recently arrived refugees for entering the Australian workplace. This role will focus on guiding, assisting and proactively supporting HSS clients as they look for work.

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Food distribution and delivery assistant

OzHarvest volunteers SSI's food delivery program provides people who are supported by SSI’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program with access to donated perishable and non-perishable food items.

The Food Distribution and Delivery Assistant supports the emergency relief food program by accepting, sorting, distributing and delivering food donated byby Oz Harvest and Second Bite.

Volunteers for food distribution and delivery must be available on a Thursday. 

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Success stories

Muhammad Sadiq: How I came to call Australia home

Muhammad Sadiq cooking for people seeking asylum at Community Kitchen.I came to Australia as a refugee in 2009, hoping to find a peaceful place to build a home for my family. Increasing persecution of the Hazara community from which my family and I come meant that our native land, Pakistan, was no longer the safe haven it once had been.

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