ID: 203526

Companionship (Host) Volunteer - Disability Services

Disability Services Regular - more than 6 months Across: Melbourne VIC, Melbourne VIC

About this opportunity

At Aruma, we believe in the power of diversity and inclusivity. Our mission is to defend human rights and create a world where every individual is treated with dignity and respect.

We're committed to building a team that reflects the rich tapestry of humanity. People love to work at Aruma because they get the satisfaction of knowing they are Supporting people to live a great life, the life they want, the life they choose. Aruma is BRAVE. That's what makes us a trailblazer, being part of our team means you need to meet our BRAVE behaviours (BoldRespectfulAuthenticValue TeamworkExcellent).

About the Role:

The Host programme aims to provide high quality, professional and individualised support to Aruma customers. It is a community-based respite programme to adults with disabilities, and their families in Victoria.

Host Volunteers provide support and care to customers on a regular basis, such as one weekend per month, one day per fortnight or a few hours each week. Participating in the host programme allows our customers’ social networks, friendships, and experiences, to grow and develop.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Delivering high-quality support services to customers with disabilities.
  • Promoting community integration and supporting clients in accessing social and recreational activities.
  • Encouraging independence and empowering clients to achieve their personal goals.
  • Advocating for the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Providing a duty of care at all times to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the hosted customer.
  • Building trusting relationships by maintaining open communication between the hosted customer, their families/carers, and Aruma employees.
  • Coming to a mutual agreement with the parent/guardian/carer regarding transporting the customer to and from care.

Why Volunteer?

  • Make a difference in the community.
  • Gain personal satisfaction from helping others.
  • Build social networks and meet new people/make friends.
  • Improve communication skills & build self-confidence.
  • Gain work experience employment.

About You:

  • Passionate about human rights and creating positive change.
  • Empathetic and compassionate, with a keen understanding of diverse experiences.
  • Excellent communication skills to be the voice that resonates with others.
  • Enthusiastic team player, eager to collaborate and inspire.
  • Hold current or willingness to obtain relevant regulatory requirements (as per role and/or State).
  • Candidates with a disability are encouraged to apply! Your valuable insights will enrich our advocacy efforts and foster a more inclusive world.

Do I need any qualifications or experience?

You don’t need any disability experience or qualifications to join the Aruma Volunteer team. Our staff will provide you with training and support every step of the way. Some checks that are required before volunteering:

  • Police check (National Police Criminal Record Check – over 18 years of age).
  • NDIS Worker Screening Check – preferred
  • Working with Children check - preferred.
  • Two satisfactory references: one being from an employer or previous employer.

Additional requirements

Covid-19 vaccination . National Police Certificate *. NDIS screening check . Working with Children Check *.

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

A few hours each month, one day per month minimum. Various flexible shifts / times available.

Suitable for
  • People with disability
  • Skilled Volunteers
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Work Experience

Training will be provided every step of the way by experienced staff. Online training modules will be conducted.


Reimbursement will be provided for all out-of-pocket expenses.