Volunteer Opportunities

Youth@Work mentors

Youth at Work Mentor SSI Youth@Work mentors support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to adapt to the workplace and stay in work in Australia.

The program aims to enhance the career outcomes of participants who often find it difficult to secure long term employment in Australia because of language and cultural barriers.

Mentors connect with participants via phone, email, text or in person for up to six months to help young people set the foundations for their career goals.

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Social Support volunteers

Mr Kiplin volunteerSocial support volunteers help newly arrived refugees and people seeking asylum to access local services and build social networks in their local community.

Volunteers also support recent-arrivals to gain a better understanding of Australian cultural practices and the public transport system.

For the Social Support role, proficiency in a relevant community language is essential. Examples include Arabic, Tamil, Dari, Farsi, Burmese, Rohingya, Karen and Nepali, and other community languages as required.

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Community Kitchen volunteers

community kitchen volunteersCommunity Kitchen is a fortnightly community engagement activity for community based asylum seekers. It brings together asylum seekers, community groups and organisations to enjoy food, music, sport and activities in a welcoming environment.

Community Kitchen operates on the support of volunteers who help with serving meals, preparing food, participating in activities, and setting up the venue. This is a very rewarding role for volunteers who are interested in socialising with diverse groups and meeting new people.

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Playtime multicultural playgroup volunteers

Playtime volunteers Playtime is a weekly multicultural playgroup for women and pre-school aged children which enables women to develop meaningful friendships with others while their children take part in structured educational activities.

Organisations and members of the community are invited to deliver information to women regarding child health, fitness, budgeting, and how to access community services. Volunteers are also encouraged to organise activities for children and establish connections with women.

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At 17, Paz Roman was nominated as Young Australian of the Year, mostly for her volunteer work. Ironically, she wasn’t an Australian. She came here from Chile as a refugee with her family when she was just a baby, and despite living in Australia since then, she struggled with the idea of becoming a citizen.  

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