→ Please also read the information on Volunteering (Settlement Programs) Overview.
Recruitment of new volunteers is determined by the specific requirements of our clients and the needs of our programs. A typical program requires a regular commitment of 1 to 2 hours per week, and we ask for a minimum period of two school terms for Educational, or as agreed for Welfare, to ensure consistent support for our clients. All program times are negotiable, except as indicated.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you should contact the relevant Volunteers Co-ordinator to discuss current volunteer vacancies. We will need to know about your relevant skills, experience, availability, location, transport, etc. If we can match you with an existing vacancy, then you can proceed to register as an NSS volunteer. Otherwise, you may choose to be added to a waiting list. Volunteer registration will take about an hour and includes a general induction, several forms, Police Check, and ID photo. Many volunteering roles also require a Working With Children Check. All registered volunteers working under the direction of NSS are covered by our Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance. After your checks have returned clear, we will facilitate a meeting with you and the client to setup your specific volunteering arrangements, or provide you with a further training for your program. We offer our volunteers ongoing support throughout their volunteering time with NSS. Thank you!