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Discover which of our services are available in your area.

Volunteer

By giving some time and plenty of heart, you can make a meaningful difference to people with complex healthcare needs.

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Volunteer

By giving some time and plenty of heart, you can make a meaningful difference to people with complex healthcare needs.

View opportunities

Share joy. Volunteer with us.

Volunteers make a world of difference by dedicating their time to HammondCare’s aged care homes, hospitals and by visiting clients in their homes across Australia.

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Join us as a volunteer, and you’ll build personal connections with a diverse mix of residents, clients, patients, care teams and fellow volunteers.

Experience the rewarding feeling of giving back and the sense of fulfilment it brings while making a real difference in someone’s life. We’ll provide quality training and mentoring, and if you have a special skill or interest that may benefit those we care for, we're happy to help find a role that suits you.

Volunteering options

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Residential Care homes

Share friendships at our Residential Care homes

We are dedicated to providing expert Residential Care to people who can no longer live at home and need a high level of care. There are many different ways you may be able to help residents through volunteering, such as:

  • Becoming a friend to residents and sharing friendships
  • Driving a minibus to take residents on local trips in their community
  • Assisting the administration team in the office
  • Helping in the gardens or assisting our Property Team Manager
  • Assisting with pastoral care activities
  • Supporting activities such as exercise programs, cooking, walking, nail care and art and craft

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Funded by the Australian Government, HammondCare is an approved provider of the Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACVVS).

Time Commitment

Ideally, you’ll be available for at least one hour per week over 12 months or longer. This may vary between roles and locations, so we encourage you to speak with us about your interests and availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers at our residential care homes in Cardiff, Caulfield, Darlinghurst, Daw Park, Erina, Hammondville, Horsley, Miranda, North Turramurra, Scone, Wahroonga, Waratah and Woy Woy.

Requirements

To volunteer in our residential care homes, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses and flu vaccinations
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange
  • Complete an NDIS Worker Screening Check

Connect with an older person in your community

As a HammondCare At Home volunteer, you can enjoy the fulfilment of participating in a shared interest with an older person who lives close to your home.

Your local Volunteer Coordinator will connect you with someone in your community who is living at home and is potentially lonely or socially isolated. We aim to partner you with someone who shares similar interests such as playing board games, crocheting, having a cuppa and chat, going for a walk, or visiting a local coffee shop or men’s shed group.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in one of our Respite Cottages or Social Clubs.

HammondCare is an approved provider of the Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACVVS). The scheme is a government funded initiative established to promote social connections between older people and their local community.

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Time Commitment

This role involves a commitment of an hour a week for 12 months or longer. Days and times are flexible to suit your availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers in ACT, NSW (Central Coast, Northern Sydney, Hunter, Illawarra, South East Sydney, South West Sydney, Southern Highlands, Central West, Far West, Northern Rivers) and Victoria (Melbourne Metro).

Requirements

To become a HammondCare At Home volunteer, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses and flu vaccinations
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange

Support people in Health and Palliative Care

Our expert healthcare team provides a range of quality services and support across rehabilitation, palliative and supportive care, mental health care for older people and pain management. There are many ways you can give support to the people in our care, providing them with a sense of hope.

Volunteer at hospitals and clinics

Volunteer alongside specialised clinicians to help provide meaningful engagement with patients and their visitors. You may get involved with:

  • Taking trolleys room to room for happy hour drinks, shopping and morning tea
  • Giving patients hand massages and manicures
  • Helping the administration team in the office
  • Fundraising to support our service delivery
  • Helping dreams come true through the Dreams Project
  • Supporting therapists in activities including art, crafts, music and games
  • Capturing a patient’s life story as a biography service volunteer
Volunteer in Community Palliative Care

We’re passionate about providing comforting physical and emotional support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness. As a volunteer with our Community Palliative Care Service, you may be involved with:

  • Visiting a patient at home to provide company and give their family a break
  • Driving patients to an outing, an appointment or to do some shopping
  • Providing photography services for our patients and their families
  • Assisting our bereavement service with social support
  • Helping our pastoral care team with pastoral services
  • Capturing a patient’s life story as a biography service volunteer
View opportunities
Time Commitment

Ideally, you’ll be available for at least 3–4 hours per week over 12 months or longer. This may vary between roles and locations, so we encourage you to speak with us about your interests and availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers at Braeside Hospital, Greenwich Hospital and Neringah Hospital. As well as community palliative care across the Northern Beaches and North Shore Sydney.

Requirements

To become a Health and Palliative Care volunteer, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses, flu vaccinations and further immunisation screening
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange

Share friendships at our Residential Care homes

We are dedicated to providing expert Residential Care to people who can no longer live at home and need a high level of care. There are many different ways you may be able to help residents through volunteering, such as:

  • Becoming a friend to residents and sharing friendships
  • Driving a minibus to take residents on local trips in their community
  • Assisting the administration team in the office
  • Helping in the gardens or assisting our Property Team Manager
  • Assisting with pastoral care activities
  • Supporting activities such as exercise programs, cooking, walking, nail care and art and craft

ACVVS logo-COLOUR-inline
Funded by the Australian Government, HammondCare is an approved provider of the Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACVVS).

Time Commitment

Ideally, you’ll be available for at least one hour per week over 12 months or longer. This may vary between roles and locations, so we encourage you to speak with us about your interests and availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers at our residential care homes in Cardiff, Caulfield, Darlinghurst, Daw Park, Erina, Hammondville, Horsley, Miranda, North Turramurra, Scone, Wahroonga, Waratah and Woy Woy.

Requirements

To volunteer in our residential care homes, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses and flu vaccinations
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange
  • Complete an NDIS Worker Screening Check

Connect with an older person in your community

As a HammondCare At Home volunteer, you can enjoy the fulfilment of participating in a shared interest with an older person who lives close to your home.

Your local Volunteer Coordinator will connect you with someone in your community who is living at home and is potentially lonely or socially isolated. We aim to partner you with someone who shares similar interests such as playing board games, crocheting, having a cuppa and chat, going for a walk, or visiting a local coffee shop or men’s shed group.

There are also opportunities to volunteer in one of our Respite Cottages or Social Clubs.

HammondCare is an approved provider of the Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACVVS). The scheme is a government funded initiative established to promote social connections between older people and their local community.

ACVVS logo-COLOUR-inline

View opportunities
Time Commitment

This role involves a commitment of an hour a week for 12 months or longer. Days and times are flexible to suit your availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers in ACT, NSW (Central Coast, Northern Sydney, Hunter, Illawarra, South East Sydney, South West Sydney, Southern Highlands, Central West, Far West, Northern Rivers) and Victoria (Melbourne Metro).

Requirements

To become a HammondCare At Home volunteer, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses and flu vaccinations
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange

Support people in Health and Palliative Care

Our expert healthcare team provides a range of quality services and support across rehabilitation, palliative and supportive care, mental health care for older people and pain management. There are many ways you can give support to the people in our care, providing them with a sense of hope.

Volunteer at hospitals and clinics

Volunteer alongside specialised clinicians to help provide meaningful engagement with patients and their visitors. You may get involved with:

  • Taking trolleys room to room for happy hour drinks, shopping and morning tea
  • Giving patients hand massages and manicures
  • Helping the administration team in the office
  • Fundraising to support our service delivery
  • Helping dreams come true through the Dreams Project
  • Supporting therapists in activities including art, crafts, music and games
  • Capturing a patient’s life story as a biography service volunteer
Volunteer in Community Palliative Care

We’re passionate about providing comforting physical and emotional support to people with a progressive life-limiting illness. As a volunteer with our Community Palliative Care Service, you may be involved with:

  • Visiting a patient at home to provide company and give their family a break
  • Driving patients to an outing, an appointment or to do some shopping
  • Providing photography services for our patients and their families
  • Assisting our bereavement service with social support
  • Helping our pastoral care team with pastoral services
  • Capturing a patient’s life story as a biography service volunteer
View opportunities
Time Commitment

Ideally, you’ll be available for at least 3–4 hours per week over 12 months or longer. This may vary between roles and locations, so we encourage you to speak with us about your interests and availability.

Locations

We welcome volunteers at Braeside Hospital, Greenwich Hospital and Neringah Hospital. As well as community palliative care across the Northern Beaches and North Shore Sydney.

Requirements

To become a Health and Palliative Care volunteer, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Show proof of COVID-19 two doses, flu vaccinations and further immunisation screening
  • Follow our COVID-19 guidance
  • Complete a criminal record check, which we can arrange
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“I’m passionate about improving quality of life by engaging residents through social interaction and activities that preserve their dignity and self-respect. HammondCare has taken my life experience to a new level in working with so many like-minded people. It’s a two-way street.”

Matt, Residential Care volunteer
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“I encourage anyone thinking of volunteering to take the leap, stepping outside of your comfort zone. The rewards are many! And people may be surprised, like I was, by the opportunities volunteering can bring. ”

Brendon, Hospital volunteer
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"It might sound a bit unusual, but the residents have an incredible ability to make me laugh and smile. The residents appreciate the endless energy and enthusiasm of young people, and at the same time students can learn valuable life lessons and skills as well as generating hours for awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh.”

Alana, student volunteer

Apply to volunteer with us

Becoming a HammondCare volunteer is simple.

  • Apply now and tell us about yourself and why you’re interested in volunteering
  • Next, we will set up an interview and invite you to complete an application form
  • We’ll arrange a police background check and other checks relevant to your role
  • You’ll also be required to provide proof of your current flu and COVID-19 vaccinations

Successful applicants will receive an offer to join us as a volunteer and start our online training.

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Register your interest

Speak to our friendly team today by calling 1800 793 399 or simply fill in your details.

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FAQs

How many hours do you require from volunteers?

We’ve found that volunteers who are committed regularly over a long period of time gain a deeper sense of personal satisfaction. Preferably, you’ll be available for at least one hour per week over 12 months or longer. This may vary between roles and locations, so we encourage you to speak with us about your interests and availability.

You will be completely supported from the moment you start as a volunteer. Before you’re on the ground, we prepare you for the role with our online training program. Then from day one, you’re paired with a volunteer buddy who will introduce you to people and guide you on your journey. Your local Volunteer Coordinator also provides ongoing support.

Your local Volunteer Coordinator will meet with you to find out about your interests, and then they’ll look for someone close by who may share similar interests. At your first meet-up, the Volunteer Coordinator will help with introductions and get the conversation going.

Our volunteer programs provide opportunities to build relationships with the clients, residents and patients we care for. The best way to make this happen is with a volunteer commitment of at least an hour per week or fortnight for 12 months or more. But, from time to time, we may have short-term opportunities available. You can check our volunteer opportunities page for updates.

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is a development program empowering youth to explore their full potential. We welcome students aged 16 years or older who are willing to commit to a minimum of 60 hours of service in one of our residential care homes. Please note that student placements are limited.

We appreciate the interest, however, volunteering isn’t a pathway to a paid role at HammondCare or completing work placements. Our recruitment team is always looking for great people to work with us, so we encourage you to check the vacancies on our Careers page.

You can help by volunteering to help raise vital funds for The HammondCare Foundation. All funds raised go toward helping us continually expand and improve our services and support for people in need. Visit the HammondCare Foundation to learn more about the work we do.

The majority of our volunteer opportunities are held during the week, Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. There are limited opportunities to volunteer outside these times, but we can discuss your availability and preferences during the interview process.

We welcome organisations who would like to get involved in our Corporate Community Engagement program. For more details, call our Volunteer Coordinator on 1800 793 399.