Volunteering with Jesuit Social Services
Welcome to the opportunity to help build a just society. We recognise that volunteers have a lot to offer through their skills, experience and commitment to get involved to make a real difference in the lives of others. Jesuit Social Services offers volunteers the opportunity to make that difference to people in our community while learning and growing their skills and with in themselves.
About Jesuit Social Services volunteers
Jesuit Social Services has a long and proud tradition of working collaboratively with volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in our commitment towards Building a Just Society. At Jesuit Social Services, we work with volunteers by building effective, professional and respectful working relationships with people who are committed to the mission, vision and values of Jesuit Social Services.
Jesuit Social Services provides a range of opportunities for volunteers to apply their professional, trade, administrative, personal and social skills, whatever their background, qualifications and experience. Our volunteers work in a variety of capacities from working in our programs, in administrative roles, on committees, in reception, providing consultation and assisting us with our fundraising initiatives.
African Visitation and Mentoring Program
The African Visitation and Mentoring Program (AVAMP) is run from the Brosnan Centre in Brunswick. It is an initiative delivered by the Jesuit Social Services in partnership with Corrections Victoria, providing mentoring support to people from an African background who have been imprisoned in the Melbourne region.
The mentors are volunteers who are trained in areas such as cultural sensitivity, migration and settlement issues for African communities, and the structure of the justice system. Once trained, mentors are matched with a participant who has been assessed by an AVAMP staff member.
Usually, mentors begin visiting when the participant is imprisoned, with the aim to support them through their sentence and after their release. The mentors meet with the participant on an ongoing basis, developing a relationship that encourages the participant's transition into community. We also ask our volunteers to commit to a 12 month mentoring period, in order to allow time to build that relationship.
Applications close 31 January 2016.
African Homework Club
L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program - Brosnan Youth Services
Where are we
Jesuit Social Services programs are located in a number of regions in metropolitan Melbourne and in Western Sydney.
What makes us unique?
Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society by advocating for social change and promoting the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged young people, families and communities.
In all our services our goal is to enable people to connect with others so they can take an active part in the community. Only when people form relationships can they come to trust again. When they trust, they may imagine new possibilities and pursue them.
What we are looking for?
We are looking for people who feel connected to our mission and values as an organisation. We would like to work with people who can see that to make things better for others we need to come together and assist those in need and be part of our community.
Standing in solidarity with those in need
Expressing a faith that promotes justice
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What we give you
Please contact our volunteer coordinator to discuss any current volunteering opportunitites.
Please contact the Jesuit Social Services volunteer coordinator on 03 9421 7610.