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. View our volunteering vacancies here.

Please note: We appreciate your continued interest in volunteering with us; but due to the current COVID-19 restrictions we have halted our volunteer recruitment for now. Please touch base with us again at the end of September 2020. In the meantime, 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.

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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

Five Minute Volunteer program

Like to help out by volunteering but only have ‘five minutes’ spare in your busy lifestyle? Sacred Heart Mission has developed an exciting new volunteer scheme supporting our Sacred Heart Local clients who have age-related conditions and often live alone. Many of our clients need help with minor, everyday tasks such as fitting a light bulb, putting out their rubbish bin, watering plants and or just have someone checking in on them on a hot day.

If this sounds like you and you live in the local government areas of Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra please contact the Volunteer Office team on 0400 497 139 or submit an online application.

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., or reserve a place in one of our Information Sessions.


0125,929Meals served through our meals program over the last year
096,000Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
07,012Responses 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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