Volunteering

To find out more about volunteering email volunteering@chorus.org.au or call 1800 264 268.

Most volunteers are looking to do something worthwhile, improve their resume, contribute to something meaningful in their community or improve their social circle. Groups find volunteering a great way to build their team, help their community and learn new skills.

People can keep physically and mentally healthy through volunteering. Research shows social interaction, a team environment and acts of kindness can benefit the ‘giver’ immensely, triggering ‘feel good’ emotions and positive states of mind and mental health.

Many volunteers go on to find work or continue to volunteer past their ‘need to’ date. This is because the volunteer opportunity brings ‘feel good’ rewards along with social opportunities and events.

It’s about people helping people

How you can help us

Volunteer opportunities are open to anyone with time to give who is suitable for the position. Interested in volunteering? Volunteer opportunities are in the following areas:

Gardening

Gardening volunteers operate from our five depots – Carlisle, North Perth, Wanneroo, Safety Bay, and Midland – from 8am to approximately 3pm.

Gardening volunteers are asked to wear closed in boots/shoes/trainers with comfortable shorts or trousers that they are happy to get dirty. Branded shirts are provided for regular volunteers. We recommend wearing a hat and sunscreen and bringing a packed lunch and water.

Social Support

Social support volunteers work directly with customers, one-to-one or in a group. Activities include taking a customer shopping, home visits, trips to a place of mutual interest, or supporting a group of customers on an outing or in a program. Social support volunteers use their own vehicle to transport customers and are reimbursed for fuel. If a social support volunteer does not have their own vehicle, they may be able to carry out home visits by using public transport.

One of the ways Chorus volunteers support customers is through the Community Visitors Scheme. To find out more about this scheme click here.

We make every effort to match volunteers and customers on convenience, location and mutual interest. Social support volunteering requires as little as two hours per fortnight. Volunteering can be a rewarding experience. By befriending an older person, volunteers have a chance to make a positive difference to the customers life – as well as their own.

Office

Various administration duties are available within our various office locations and departments.

Drivers

Drivers provide safe, timely, reliable transport to assist customers to access the community. Those who use this service are frail aged and younger people with a disability. Our services support independence. You must have a clean driving record and be physically fit. Training and support is provided.

Mental Health Recovery

If you have recovered from a mental health condition and wish to help and inspire others to recovery who are currently experiencing the anguish of mental health issues then become a volunteer for the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program.

Chorus Kitchen

Our healthy meals service, Chorus Kitchen, delivers fresh and healthy meals to those who are unable to make their own. Volunteering opportunities are available for drivers to deliver the meals and in the kitchen preparing and serving the meals to customers using our dining room.

Who can help?

Anyone!

Chorus volunteering opportunities are for:

  • High school students
  • University students
  • Individuals
  • Groups
  • Families
  • Corporates
  • FIFO workers
  • Work for the Dole participants
  • Return to Work participants

In addition, we also offer supported volunteering opportunities for:

  • People with a disability
  • People with early-onset dementia

How we help you

Previous volunteers of Chorus have expressed their reasons and motivation to volunteer as well as the rewards and joy they receive in a number of areas:

  • Social interaction
  • Team spirit
  • Doing something worthwhile
  • Having a point to the day
  • Making friends
  • Giving something back to the community
  • Learning new skills
  • Meeting like-minded people

Many people keep physically and mentally healthy through volunteering. Research shows social interaction, a team environment and acts of kindness can benefit the ‘giver’ immensely, triggering ‘feel good’ emotions and positive states of mind and mental health.

Many volunteers go on to find work or continue to volunteer past their ‘need to’ date. This is because the volunteer opportunity brings ‘feel good’ rewards along with social opportunities and events.

Volunteers are invited to contribute with feedback and suggestions via our bi-annual newsletter and suggestions boxes. Volunteer newsletters are produced twice a year to keep everyone informed of what’s happening.

Volunteers are offered reimbursement for travel expenses based on the public transport system. If they carry customers in their own vehicle, they are reimbursed for fuel based on the size of their vehicle engine. Gardening volunteers are offered lunch money to cover the cost of their packed lunch, unless under another arrangement, e.g. a job agency.

Chorus provides a number of supports to our volunteers, including:

  • Training and learning opportunities
  • Wellness at Work program
  • A supportive team environment
  • Assistance and payment for police clearances
  • Induction and PPE
  • Awards and recognition
  • Employment and career opportunities
  • Insurance
  • No out of pocket expenses – Reimbursement of travel and food expenses

Recognising our volunteers

Volunteer recognition and events are high on the list of priorities at Chorus. Events throughout the year include a breakfast celebration in May as part of National Volunteer Week; a celebration at Government House for International Volunteer Day in December; a Christmas Party at Yokine Bowling Club; Christmas in July BBQs plus other smaller BBQs throughout the year. Volunteers are often nominated for local and community awards. Chorus was the winner of the Staff and Volunteer Training Award from Belmont Business Enterprise Centre in 2010 and the winner of Strengthening Volunteering Community Service Industry Awards in 2009.

Become a Volunteer

Becoming a volunteer with Chorus is easy! Simply contact us with the below information and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch.

Your Name, Phone Number, Email Address

Area you are interested in (pick one):

  • Gardening
  • Social Support
  • Office work
  • Driving
  • Mental Health Recovery
  • Chorus Kitchen

For more information, contact us on volunteering@chorus.org.au.

Chorus Time to Make a Difference

Created in 2017, this book celebrates the great work volunteers do for customers and the organisation. Click on the image below to read stories of Chorus volunteers, past and present.