Volunteer stories from metropolitan Melbourne

Passion and planned approach provide a satisfying balance

Blue asterix logo of 'I Can Do That: Victoria's Volunteer PortalGreg Keane thought carefully about volunteering with the Asylym Seeker Resource Centre before he took the plunge - and now he's contributing to an organisation whose values he passionately agrees with, and adding to his skills at the same time! Read his story.

Volunteer firefighter 'petrified' at first

Sue mountain thumbFirst Lieutenant of Yarrambat Fire Brigade, volunteer Sue Mountain not only fights fires - she also runs its junior program and recruits new volunteers to the CFA. She says her brigade is like a family and volunteering makes you feel like a better person. Read her story.

SES - keeping it in the family

Martin Ledwich SESSES volunteer Martin Ledwich likes the strong bonds he's formed with the people he serves with at the Cragieburn unit. And the SES also introduced him to 4WDs, a passion of his. Read Martin's story.

Cricket is a healing force in local community

Blue asterix logo of 'I Can Do That: Victoria's Volunteer PortalMatthew Shawcross is the head coach of the Sunshine Heights Cricket Club under 13s Ntini team. He says that the cricket team has helped the boys educationally, socially and emotionally. Read Matthew's story.

Support and a cool head to the rescue

Blue asterix logo of 'I Can Do That: Victoria's Volunteer PortalLouise Bohmer's role as a volunteer Ambulance First Responder has her doing anything from delivering babies to attending major road accidents. Read Louise's story.

Guides give girls a great start

Sarah Stebbins and young guidesSarah Stebbins loves volunteering with the Guides. She says the most rewarding thing about being a volunteer os giving her time and skills with no expectation of gain. Read Sarah's story.

Diverse lifesavers love learning

Surf Lifesaving young volunteers groupA group of young trainee lifesavers from diverse backgrounds talk about how much they enjoyed the experience of learning and volunteering with Surf Lifesaving Victoria. Watch the Diverse Lifesavers story

Junior crew are future firefighters

Young volunteer from Yarrambat CFASue Mountain of Yarrambat CFA explains how junior volunteer fire fighters get to have fun and learn about fire fighting. Watch the Junior Firefighters story

Creating community with a hot meal

Freeman Trebilcock, CEO of InteractionVolunteers from different faiths come together and provide a weekly hot food service, The Fast Supper, in the community. Watch the Fast Supper story

Horse-lovers enjoy helping people

Jo Bond, RDA volunteerThe horse-loving volunteers at Riding for the Disabled really enjoy interacting with all the different riders who come through their gates. Watch the Riding for the Disabled story

Film editor's secret life as 'petrol head'

Peter Johnstone YoorallaYooralla volunteer Peter Johnstone may seem at first to be a mild-mannered expert in video production and editing, but dig a little deeper and you'll see he has another passion - car racing. Read his story.

Advocate volunteers her voice for rights!

Madeline Sobb YAC VicMadeleine Sobb loves her volunteer role with the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVIC) which gives her the opportunity to speak up for the rights of people with disabilities. With the skills she's learning as a volunteer, she's also looking forward to expanding her advocacy. Read Madeleine's story.

Welcome support for families in hospital

Judy Browning standing at reception deskJudy Browning knew first hand what it felt like to be a mum with a child in hospital - and when her own children were out of primary school she started volunteering at the Royal Childrens hospital, providing practical help to families with kids undergoing treatment. Read Judy's story.

Ageing positively - a life changing experience

John Doutch City of CaseyJohn Doutch hadn't planned for an active retirement but he found the transition to a life of leisure wasn't as enjoyable as he expected. So now he's involved in his community as a volunteer for COTA and loving it! Read John's story.

Salvos volunteer blames 'a touch of fate'

Frank Hibbert on the phone for the salvosFrank Hibbert has been a high-powered executive, but his background and experience also made him a great fit role at the Salvation Army. And even better, he says it's great fun. Read Frank's story.

Former client is now a volunteer - and loves it!

Jawad Erfani thumbnailThe Adult Multicultural Employment Service (AMES) helped Jawad Erfani settle in Australia and now he's helping others as a volunteer there. Read Jawad's story.

Berry Street stalwart inspired by foster carers

Valerie Freeland at Berry StreetValerie Freeland loves kids and she feels 'humbly proud' to volunteer with Berry Street, helping children, young people and families. Read her heart-warming story.

Scout leader - what an adventure!

Gary Park and scoutsGary Park is proud of his role with the Scouts - leading young people in adventures and personal development, as well as developing his own skills. Read Gary's story.

Station Master's hobby keeps Puffing Billy on track

station master beside trainJohn Tunks has been working with heritage train Puffing Billy for 14 years and says his primary objective is to make people's day enjoyable. Read John's story.

Musicians as mentors

Moira Tyers, Neil Robertson and Wendy Ealey

Singer-songwriters Wendy and Moira started Darebin Songwriters Guild in 2006 to help budding artists get their music out of the kitchen. Read their story


Soup for all

Chris with other volunteers on the job

Charles does a weekly run with the St Vincent de Paul Society's Matthew Talbot Fitzroy soup van. Read Charles' story


Trees for a lifetime

Cameron Paine and Justine Clear

Tree planting hadn't been much of a priority for Cameron and Justine until they joined Tobin Brothers' Tribute Tree program. Read their story


Sharing skills and stories

Susan Trowbridge

Susan teaches dress-making to people with a disability at Wavelink and volunteers at Monash Volunteer Resource Centre. Watch Susan's story


A multicultural world

Tahira Razaee

Tahira helps people from different cultures to gain confidence and acquire new English language skills. Watch Tahira's story


Volunteering close to home

Nimalan Sathananthan

Nimalan found a local opportunity just around the corner running the Meals on Wheels program for his local council. Watch Nimalan's story


Making new friends

Guna Majhi

Guna enjoys the friendly and welcoming environment at the City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub. Watch Guna's story


More than trimming roses

Nan Myat Kyaw

Trimming, planting and fertilising is all in a day's work for Nan as a volunteer at the Werribee Rose Garden. Watch Nan's video


Melbourne's cultural centre

Devi Ghimire

Devi meets people from different cultures and backgrounds as a volunteer at the City of Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub. Watch Devi's video


Chic Clique at Lower Plenty Cricket Club

New 'Chic Clique' female members of the Lower Plenty Cricket Club

Fran Hurst has implemented a female's only membership designed to invite and include more females at the Lower Plenty Cricket Club – as players, committee members, coaches, canteen ladies and supporters. Read Fran's story.


Volunteers provide snapshots of the future

An illustration of a group of speech bubbles with the outline of a different person in each oneStudents at Gladstone Park Secondary College are learning how to develop positive pathways into the workplace, thanks to an innovative mentoring program run by the Stride Foundation. Read about their volunteer Miranda and her work on the program