Volunteer Opportunities

Community Kitchen volunteer

community kitchen volunteersSSI Community 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.

Volunteers must be able to attend Community Kitchens on a Wednesday. 

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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 - Campsie

Employment ReadinessEmployment 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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Friendship Garden Playgroup assistant

Friendship Garden Playgroup AssistantThe Friendship Garden Playgroup supports families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have pre-school aged children.

Delivered in a structured playgroup setting, children engage in activities that promote social connection and creative expression, and help to develop their understanding of the environment. Playgroup Assistants help to connect participating families, prepare and serve food, set up and pack up resources, and provide language assistance.

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Friendship Garden volunteer

Auburn friendship garden

The Friendship Garden in Auburn welcomes newly arrived migrants, refugees, people seeking asylum, and CALD communities that may not have access to a garden in their home. The community garden has been designed to support people to feel connected, grow local and traditional food, share or gain new knowledge about gardening and permaculture principles, and to build on their existing skills.

The volunteer will support newly arrived migrants and refugees to grow their own food and foster a sense of belonging. The volunteer will assist the gardener and participants with gardening and other horticulture related activities, preparing lunch, facilitating connections between participants, and offering community language assistance.

Volunteers must be able to attend the Friendship Garden on a Thursday. 

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Housing inspection volunteer (Arabic speaking)

Housing Services volunteerSSI's Housing Services provide housing assistance to refugees, humanitarian entrants, and people seeking asylum once they arrive in NSW.

SSI Housing Services volunteers will assist refugees and people seeking asylum who are supported by SSI to search for long-term accommodation, with a focus on supporting clients to attend weekend rental inspections.

Housing Services volunteers will frequently be asked to use their car to fulfill duties, which may include transporting clients.

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Housing Services - admin support officer (Arabic and Farsi speaking)

Housing Admin SSI's Housing Services provide housing assistance to refugees, humanitarian entrants, and people seeking asylum once they arrive in NSW. The Admin Support Officer will assist the Housing Division with its administrative needs.

Duties may include making and receiving phone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, updating spreadsheets, scanning, and filing.

SSI is currently not taking expressions of interest for this role.

Housing Services - welcome support officer (Arabic speaking)

SSI Housing ServicesThe SSI Housing Services team sources and provides short and long-term housing for recently arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants. As part of SSI's housing assistance, basic household goods may also be provided to people when they move into their accommodation.

The Welcome Support Officer will assist refugees who are supported by SSI's Humanitarian Settlement Support program to settle into their new homes. This role will support people to ensure that the setup of their homes meets a high standard and that all furniture and fittings are in good condition and working order.

SSI is currently not taking expressions of interest for this role. 

Ignite business mentor

Ignite Business MentorIgnite Business Mentors offer holistic one-on-one support to Ignite entrepreneurs.

Mentors work with entrepreneurs through a multitude of mediums including text, email, phone and in person. The role of the mentor is to coach, guide and assist in building the confidence of an entrepreneur as they establish and/or grow their business.

SSI is currently not taking expressions of interest for this role.

Ignite marketing support officer

Ignite Marketing support officerThe Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative facilitates small business creation for people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, and people with disability, who want to start their own business or expand an existing one.

Ignite marketing support officers support Ignite entrepreneurs to develop a marketing strategy which will become part of their overall business plan. Volunteers also work with Ignite facilitators and entrepreneurs to identify market demographics and develop marketing and promotion tactics to help entrepreneurs grow their business.

SSI is currently not taking expressions of interest for this role.

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My name is Hameed Cina. My life in Australia today is the life of a normal citizen, ordinary by any standard. I’m married, I have two young daughters and I have a good job that I love. I also volunteer a lot of my free time for my community. But the way in which I arrived at this point in my life was definitely not ordinary.

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