Volunteer Opportunities

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.

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Rights at work information sessions - workshop facilitator

Rights at Work volunteerThe information sessions and workshops provide information to empower people seeking asylum, so they understand their right to workplace entitlements such as fair pay and conditions that will help them seek, maintain and sustain employment.

The volunteer will facilitate Rights at Work information sessions and workshops by delivering information to clients in a group setting about workplace laws and employee/employer rights and responsibilities.

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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.

SSI is currently seeking only social support volunteers with Arabic, Assyrian and Tibetan language skills. 

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Community Kitchen volunteers

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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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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Applications for Playtime volunteers are closed for 2016.


Auburn Friendship Garden

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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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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Housing Services 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 - 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.

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Hameed's Story


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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