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.
Very Special Kids is currently seeking volunteers in the Pakenham and Mornington regions and has multiple information sessions happening in the local area:
Cranbourne – Cranbourne Library, Monday 18 Feb 1pm – 2pm
65 Berwick-Cranbourne Rd, Cranbourne East
Pakenham – Pakenham Library, Monday 18 Feb 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Cnr John St & Henry St, Pakenham
Mornington – Bentons Square Community Centre, Monday 18 Feb 2pm – 3pm
145 Bentons Rd, Mornington
Frankston North Community Centre, Tuesday 19 Feb 6.30pm – 7.30pm
26 Mahogany Ave, Frankston North
Warragul – Warragul Library, Wednesday 20 Feb 6pm – 7pm
75 Victoria St, Warragul
Wonthaggi – Bass Coast YMCA Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Thursday 21 Feb 6.30pm-7.30pm
41 Wentworth Rd, Wonthaggi
More 2019 info session dates taking place at Very Special Kids:
- Wednesday 6 February
- Tuesday 12 February (Brunswick)
- Thursday 14 March
- Thursday 2 May
- Tuesday 4 June
- Thursday 18 July
- Thursday 15 August
- Thursday 24 October