Volunteering is an integral part of the service delivery and fundraising model of Very Special Kids.
We are proud that more than 1,000 volunteers generously give their time to support families of children with life-threatening conditions. We are also proud to have been awarded Volunteering Victoria’s 2017 Excellence Award recognising our unique and highly successful volunteering program.
Very Special Kids provides three volunteer programs. You can choose to work directly with children and families by becoming a trained Family Services Volunteer or assist with fundraising and events as part of our Friends Volunteer group. We also have opportunities for Corporate Volunteering that are aligned with our corporate partner relationships.
Family Services Volunteers assist in four different ways: in the family home, when the child is admitted to the hospital, when the child is at Very Special Kids Hospice and by participating in program activities, such as Sibling Days. Every Family Services Volunteer completes a 27-hour training program to equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to support families who have a child with a life-threatening condition.
The role of the Friends Volunteers is to provide practical fundraising support to Very Special Kids. Volunteers are involved in areas such as administrative support, gardening and maintenance, fundraising events and public relations. The Friends Volunteers organise events throughout the year, including the annual Fair each November. They also play a major role in the Piggy Bank Appeal by volunteering to visit Victorian communities.
How to become a volunteer for Very Special Kids
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you will need to attend one of our regular information sessions, which are held from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at our Malvern office at 321 Glenferrie Road unless otherwise stated below.
2019 info session dates taking place at Very Special Kids:
- Thursday 24 October
- Monday 28 October (Kurrambee Community Centre, 12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay)
2020 info session dates taking place at Very Special Kids:
- Tuesday 4 February
- Tuesday 11 February (Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Road, Brunswick)
- Wednesday 18 March
- Wednesday 29 April
- Thursday 4 June
- Wednesday 22 July
- Wednesday 26 August
- Wednesday 14 October