ID: 95278

Vinnies Van Volunteer Team Member - RESERVE

Homeless Long Term Wentworthville, NSW

About this opportunity

Vinnies Van is a service aimed at offering food, drink and conversation to people who may be experiencing or at risk of homelessness and/or social isolation. Volunteers travel to set locations in Mt Druitt and Parramatta 364 nights a year to engage in friendly conversation, offer free food and drink, and share information on local assistance services when needed.

Vinnies Van Volunteer Team Member - RESERVE:
- To fill in for regular team members of the Vinnies Van where needed (upon availability), in order to ensure the Vinnies Van goes out every night of the week.
- Prepare food and pack the Vinnies Van vehicle according to menu and stock lists provided at the Vinnies Van base
- Travel to set locations in Mt Druitt and Parramatta as a team in the Vinnies Van
- Offer prepared food and drinks to visitors to the Van
- Engage visitors in friendly and positive conversation
- Offer information on other assistance services where needed
- Work with a team of 3-5 members (who may be regular or reserves themselves) to complete the above processes
- Debrief as a team and work together
- Follow Vinnies policies and procedures

Ideal skills of a Vinnies Van Volunteer Team Member:
- Be a good team player
- Be able to follow reasonable directions from Team Leader
- Be friendly and polite
- Be able to follow policies and procedures including food and personal safety
- Be a good face to face communicator
- Be able to engage with people from all walks of life in a respectful manner

Before volunteering you must attend a compulsory training session run by the Social Justice and Youth Coordinator. In this session you will learn about:
- St Vincent de Paul Society
- Homelessness
- The Vinnies Van
- Volunteering and Communication
- Work Health & Safety
Following this you will receive onsite training from a team leader for your first shift. Further support throughout your volunteering experience is available from the Social Justice and Youth Coordinator and/or Team Leaders.

Benefits of being a Vinnies Van Volunteer Team Member - RESERVE include:
- Meeting likeminded people and making friends
- Contributing to a service you are passionate about and serves those in need
- Develop new skills

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this role before applying, or to request Application Forms, please contact 02 8861 9700
PO Box 573 Wentworthville, NSW 2145


Additional requirements

National Police Certificate *.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

4 hours (appx 7:00pm – 11:00pm) on any given night of the year. Note: Reserves may go out anywhere between 1-8 times per year. Reserves receive a text when a place needs filling. Available Reserves will reply if they can do the shift.

Interested in
  • Companionship and Social Support
  • Food Preparation and Service