Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

Volunteering Opportunities

UCan2, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Parkville
UCan2 aims to provide additional support for young people (aged 16-24 years of age) who have newly arrived in Australia and are from a refugee background. The CMY component is delivered with the support of volunteers who help provide young people with encouragement, support and skill development, while balancing some of the challenges of day-to-day life.  
Volunteers are encouraged to: share their work, study and life experiences in Australia; act as role models, help young people practice English and help foster young people’s confidence to make social connections in Australia by offering support in a fun and non-judgmental manner.

Volunteers attend weekly sessions with a group of young people, facilitated by a staff member. This position requires that you can attend weekly afternoon sessions for a full semester (16-18 weeks), for 2.5 hours per week between 12.30pm-3.30pm on weekdays. The program is run at locations across Melbourne, with the biggest located in Dandenong and the City of Casey, but also have availability in Melbourne locations.

The link to the application form can be found below:
www.cmy.net.au/ucan2.
 
Youth Referral and Independent Person Program
YRIPP is the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program. YRIPP delivers a high quality system of adult volunteers called “Independent Persons” who attend police interviews with young people in police custody when a parent or guardian is not available. YRIPP also seeks to divert young people from future offending through early intervention at the point of police contact.
As a volunteer you would be responsible for attending police stations, to speak privately with a young person before they are formally questioned by police. The Independent Person then sits with the young person throughout police questioning and processing to provide support. Volunteers also talk to a young person about services that may be able to help them in the future.

For application details, see the link below.
http://cmy.net.au/yripp/volunteers.
 
Homework Clubs
Currently there are 250 out-of-school-hours learning support programs across Victoria, also known as homework clubs. These programs provide high quality tuition and learning support to children and young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and their families. They also assist families to better support their children’s learning at home.
Homework clubs typically run one or twice a week, for a few hours after school.

If you are interested, head to http://cmy.net.au/volunteer to enquire about what homework clubs have availabilities this semester and state your preferred location. The homework clubs are located across Victoria, so you can hopefully find one that suits you best!
 
Please note you will be asked to complete a Police Check and/or Working With Children Check when volunteering with a learning support program. There is also a recruitment process that will include interviews and reference checks.
 
Prison Legal Education Assistance Project (PLEA), Oakleigh
The PLEA Project delivers legal education in prisons to assist inmates to proactively handle their legal cases. PLEA recognises the structural, psychological and cultural barriers that can prevent access to and participation in the justice system. Their aim is to seek to overcome these barriers by empowerment through practical legal education. Volunteers are responsible for running legal workshops in prisons covering topics such as: Court readiness; Family law; Parole readiness and Civil law issues such as infringements and Centrelink disputes. 
 
The PLEA Project currently operates in the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Metropolitan Remand Centre, the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre, Port Phillip Prison, and the Parkville Youth Justice Precinct. Volunteers are allocated to prison teams and can opt to present exclusively in men’s, women’s or juvenile centres.


Students can apply at any time and have their application considered. The link for the application form can be found at the link below: http://pleaproject.org.au/volunteering/
 
St Mary’s House of Welcome, Fitzroy
St Mary’s House of Welcome opens a door to people who are homeless or living in poverty in Melbourne. The House provides services to those in need, six days a week. The centre provides emergency relief, showers and meals for people in need as well as information and referrals. Longer-term programs and activities assist people to develop work, life and social skills and enable them to participate more positively in our community.
Volunteers can assist in the Dining Room, recreation, art classes, hairdressing and collecting food donations. In particular students, may be required for breakfast and lunch shifts. These would fit easily into a student schedule!


Visit www.smhow.org.au to apply.

 

Sacred Heart Mission

SHM assists hundreds of people who are homeless or living in poverty to find shelter, food, care and support. It has a long history of effectively assisting the most disadvantaged members of our community to rebuild their lives. Since opening our doors in 1982, the Mission has evolved into an innovative organisation, sustained by a deep pool of generosity and support from the community. 

Volunteers are a welcome addition to our close knit team. We have an array of opportunities for volunteering work in Melbourne throughout the week.  The majority of volunteer shifts are during the day. We often look to our ‘volunteer army’ for assistance during holiday periods and weekends, especially in our op shops.

View current vacancies here:

https://www.sacredheartmission.org/support-us/volunteer/volunteering-opportunities

JobWatch, Melbourne
JobWatch is an employment rights legal centre, which provides assistance to Victorian workers about their rights at work.  They operate a free and confidential telephone information and referral service, community legal education seminars and provide representation and assistance for disadvantaged workers through a legal casework practice, as well as campaigning for law reform to promote workplace justice and equity for all Victorian workers.

If you are interested in volunteering at JobWatch, either with the Legal Practice or on the Telephone Information Service, feel free to email your CV and a cover letter to admin@jobwatch.org.au.


Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), Perth

YMAC is the native title representative body for the traditional owners of the Pilbara, Murchison and Gascoyne people. It is run by an Aboriginal board of directors to protect the region by providing a range of professional services including heritage protection, community development projects and native title claims.

YMAC accepts student placements throughout the year for a duration of two weeks. Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@ymac.org.au


North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), Darwin

NAAJA provides culturally proficient Aboriginal legal services in the Northern Territory. They also provide support for Aboriginal prisoners and juvenile detainees.

NAAJA offers volunteer and intern placements in their Criminal, Civil and Law & Justice Projects teams. They require volunteers to commit at least one month. If seeking a placement during university semester breaks, students may apply to the Aurora project which is organised in partnership with NAAJA.

More information can be found at http://auroraproject.com.au/.


Generalist Community Legal Centres (CLCs)

Community legal centres form an integral part of our justice system as independent, not-for-profit community organisations providing legal services and community development services to the public. CLCs provide legal assistance for people experiencing or vulnerable to disadvantage.

Volunteering opportunities vary depending on the CLC. Find your local CLC here: http://www.naclc.org.au/clc_directory.php.


Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Footscray

ASRC provide myriad services across a range of areas for refugees and asylum seekers. Their work includes food and material support, health services, legal assistance, education, community engagement and empowerment programs.

The first step for prospective volunteers is to attend an information evening. Registration is required and will be available from this link: https://www.asrc.org.au/become-a-volunteer/. Sessions are held approximately four times per year. A commitment of one day per week for 12 months is required.


Refugee Legal, Collingwood

Refugee Legal defends the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and is the largest free specialist legal assistance for asylum seekers in Australia. Refugee Legal also provides education and advocacy services. Refugee Legal provides substantial legal advice and casework services which include a telephone advice line, evening advice service, full legal representation, Temporary Protection Visa clinics and more.

Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum of six months. To apply, read the position description and complete the online application form with an attached resume at https://refugeelegal.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/.


Women’s Legal Service Victoria (WLSV), Melbourne

WLSV has been providing free legal services to women since 1982. WLSV works with and for disadvantaged women in cases of relationship breakdown or domestic violence. WLSV also advocates for law and policy that promotes the rights of women.road

Volunteers are required from 9am-5pm on weekdays. The minimum commitment requirement is one day per week for 12 months. Position descriptions can be accessed here http://www.womenslegal.org.au/support-us/volunteer.html.


Lentil as Anything, Melbourne
 

Lentil as Anything are a series of restaurants and catering services providing wholesome and nutritious food with no set prices. Customers donate the value that they feel the food is worth into a contribution box. These contributions are used to continue running the restaurants and are their sole source of income.

Volunteers will perform general hospitality and food service tasks. To volunteer, visit a Lentil as Anything restaurant at one of the induction times (found at http://lentilasanything.com/volunteering/). No registration for these sessions is required.
 

Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program (SAIL), Melbourne

The SAIL program was established in part by MLS lecturer Matthew Albert and is a non-profit organisation which provides free English support and community services to the Sudanese Australian community. Every Saturday morning from mid February to late December, the program provides English tutoring services to approximately 400 members of the Sudanese community.

Volunteers must be available on Saturday mornings and be willing to undertake a Working with Children check. To apply, sign up for the induction process by first selecting your preferred campus at http://www.sailprogram.org.au/site/join/join-sail/volunteer-with-sail/.

 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES:

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