Be involved in your community …

Enjoy great personal satisfaction …

Gain valuable work experience …


Approximately 120 registered volunteers provide valuable support to staff in enhancing the quality of life for residents, patients and members of the community.

The minimum age for volunteers is 18 years.  Reliability and commitment to regular involvement for a minimum of 6 months is essential.  We offer ongoing training, support and social options.  Criminal history checks are mandatory for all Volunteers.

Volunteer in our Residential Units

  • Provide one to one companionship, have a chat, share an interest, read, help with correspondence, do a crossword together, play cards or assist with computer skills.
  • Join the ‘Life Story’ project.  Use your interest in writing, listening and history to help older people tell their stories.  Computer skills preferred.
  • Involve yourself with a small group of people reading poetry, playing bingo, making a mural, singing together, cooking, gardening or other activities.
  • Assist people with their meals or some exercise.
  • Entertain residents with your particular talents:  magic, music, dance, singalongs, choirs.
  • Share your well-behaved pooch with residents who enjoy the company of animals.
  • Borrow library material from Castlemaine Library for residents with specific interests.
  • Deliver light reading and magazines.
  • Welcome new residents and help them adjust to their new home.
  • Take the “Lolly” trolley to residents: personal care products, magazines and snacks.

Volunteer with People Living in the Community

This service is supported by financial assistance from the Commonwealth and Victorian governments.

Volunteers may choose from a wide range of activities in which to become involved:

 Adult Day Services: Alex Clubs and Respite Clubs
Assist program workers in Castlemaine and Harcourt with activities including art, craft, quizzes, board games, outings, conversation, companionship, exercises, meals and more. Clients include frail older people, carers and younger adults with a disability.

Out and Out Clubs
Evening fun social programs for adults with a disability.  Assist with games, skills development, music, art and craft and outings.

One to One Social Support
Provide companionship and conversation, share interest and activities with an older person living at home in the community.

Companion Walker
Become part of a small group of weekly walkers. Volunteers are matched to an older person for exercise and companionship followed by a cuppa at a local café.

Palliative Care
Limited opportunities for volunteers who have received specialised training in supporting a person and family in the palliative stage of an illness are part of the care team.  Palliative Care volunteers offer emotional and social support, practical assistance, or just being there as needed.

Volunteer at the Hospital

Assist with simple food preparation, coffee making, cash register and customer service.  Minor cleaning involved.  Food handling certificate preferred.

Pastoral Care – Visits and services through local churches.

Administrative Assistance – in various hospital departments

Surveying Residents – conduct customer satisfaction surveys with residents.

Special projects – special projects relating to history, art, gardening and more.

Committee memberships – become part of the Community Consultation Committee or be part of a focus group or working party.

New Ideas for Volunteer involvement welcome!

For more information please contact:
Volunteer Program
Phone:  (03) 5471 1566

Click here to contact the Volunteer Office

Or use our Freepost Box:

PO Box 50
Castlemaine   3450