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Outlandish eco-volunteering program

Environmental and socially aware volunteering for women

Sharee Thomson standing in front of a galvanised metal raised garden bed, leaning on a gardening fork

Outlandish is a pathways program that provides a therapeutic, supportive and safe environment for women who want to be involved in the community either socially or economically.

Through an extended program of supported volunteer opportunities with environmental and socially aware organisations, women develop their interpersonal and work-ready skills, build personal confidence and social skills and take first steps toward independent social and economic participation.

Outlandish is not a case management program. Rather, through regular and active volunteering the program focuses on occupational and vocational capacity-building, and provides experiences for women to grow or further develop skills or interests. Participants commit to and practice working within a range of boundaries and expectations that would be expected in a work environment.

As a structured pathways program, Outlandish participants gain confidence and a sense of fulfilment that comes with supporting and contributing to others and the community. 

Examples of opportunities include:

  • Engagement in the work of eco-focussed programs
  • Working with farm animals and contributing to the work required in a successful and popular community children’s farm and market garden
  • Growing plants and creating income at a local community garden co-operative
  • Revegetation activities in public parks
  • Community vegetable gardening
  • Caring for animals who may be abused/ abandoned/ unable to be cared for
  • Supporting local Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement.

Outlandish women are achievers. Many move on enthusiastically to more than one pursuit as a result of the program. After participation in 2016-17, 21 per cent of participants gained employment or undertook work experience, 28 per cent went on to volunteer independently, 28 per cent engaged in community-based activities, 28 per cent completed job-ready tasks such as licences, resumes and job applications and 21 per cent were enrolled in training and further education.

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0128,000Meals served through our meals program over the last year
070959Hours contributed by our volunteers over the last year
06,476Responses 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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