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Where can I volunteer?

Two female volunteers, standing behind a counter of hot food, one is passing over a plate of hot food

We offer a range of volunteering opportunities across Sacred Heart Mission and welcome your skills and talents. Share your knowledge and have fun whilst helping others.

Sacred Heart Mission provides services to people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness. In order to provide these services, we rely on the generous support of thousands of dedicated volunteers. 960 individuals and 170 groups contributed more than 69,000 hours to the Mission in 2019-20.

Volunteering in our Melbourne community gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most. As an individual volunteer, there are various areas across the Mission where you can volunteer including our op shops, Dining Hall, the Women’s House, Hands on Health Clinic, reception and Sacred Heart Community.  

View our volunteering vacancies here:

Volunteering opportunities

Please note: We appreciate your continued interest in volunteering with us; but due to the coronavirus outbreak we have reduced our volunteer recruitment for now. Please note that only op shops and the Community Visitor Scheme is recruiting at this stage. All client services won't restart recruitment until next year. If your preferred program is not on the list, we encourage you to make a donation to our services so we can continue to support our most vulnerable who need our help more than ever.


Our op shops

Our op shops provide great opportunities for volunteers to use or develop their customer service and retail skills, while helping to raise funds for our services. Open seven days a week, our op shops need an on-going commitment from volunteers to assist with selling as well as stock replenishment.

Skilled volunteering 

Drawing on professional skills in the community through skilled volunteering assists us to maintain and grow our high standard of service to our clients.

We are fortunate to have a number of skilled volunteers who assist with project-specific tasks, and programs such as Kick Start (Health and Wellbeing program) and our Hands on Health Clinic.

Many of our skilled volunteers come from our corporate volunteering partners, who offer their time and expertise in strategy, program analysis and training. Their support adds depth and cutting-edge knowledge to our programs, assisting us to achieve many of our key strategic objectives.

Meals program - Sacred Heart Central and Women’s House

Our Meals Program located in our main Dining Hall, is open 365 days a year and provides much needed nutrition and support to disadvantaged members of our community. As a volunteer, you can work in our fully equipped commercial kitchen to help our chefs prepare and serve over 400 meals (breakfast and lunch) each day.

We also have volunteering opportunities at our Women’s House, helping to prepare and serve meals to women experiencing hardship. Women’s House operates Monday to Friday, 8.30am-1pm.

We welcome younger volunteers in our Meals program, but for safety reasons cannot accept volunteers under 15 years of age. Please see our schools volunteering page if under 18 years of age.

Sacred Heart Community and Rooming House Plus Program 

Our Sacred Heart Community and Rooming House Plus Program offer residents community activities to participate in, which volunteers can help organise. Volunteers can assist with art, sporting and leisure activities, attend the weekly residents barbecue or simply provide companionship and conversation to our residents.

Community visitor volunteers get to know residents through fortnightly visits that may include going for a walk, having a coffee, sharing music, reading a book, or just simply having a chat. A friendly face plays a vital role in enriching the lives of the residents who might otherwise feel isolated from the community.

The Wellbeing and Activities program

Volunteering in our Wellbeing and Activities program is perfect for those passionate about sports, yoga, gym sessions, the arts and general wellbeing. Volunteers can utilise their skills and provide a pathway for disadvantaged and marginalised community members to improve their health and wellbeing, increase social participation and build self-confidence.

Hands on Health Clinic

Sacred Heart Mission welcomes the assistance of professional practitioners who volunteer their time to provide a range of health and complementary services through our Hands on Health Clinic, including massage, physiotherapy, dental checks, counselling and more.

Reception/ administration/ events/ fundraising 

Throughout the year we require the support of volunteers in areas such as Fundraising, Business Services, Business Development, Project Management and IT, to name a few. We also welcome the ongoing support of administrators and receptionists to assist Sacred Heart Central, our Hands on Health Clinic and Sacred Heart Community.

To find out more about our volunteering opportunities in Melbourne, contact the Volunteer Office email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Volunteering opportunities

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0136,596Meals served through our meals program over the last year
069,269Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
05,740Responses at our Women’s House over the last year
Sacred Heart Mission respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate our services. We pay our respects to the ongoing living cultures of Aboriginal peoples, and to Elders past, present and future.
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