Regular Volunteering

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Volunteers make an invaluable contribution to the work of Children First. We couldn’t do what we do without their support.

Volunteer at the Children First Foundation Retreat

We warmly welcome volunteers at our Retreat in Kilmore (approx. 1 hour from Melb CBD) – this is where the children are cared for during their treatment. Volunteers work alongside our staff helping with tasks you’d find in any family home and providing 24/7 care and support for these amazing children. We also have volunteer teachers and interpreters; nurses and drivers; gardeners and handy-persons. If you’d like to volunteer with us, just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to help and if you have any special skills and interests, come and share them. The staff and kids will welcome you with open arms!

The first step towards volunteering at the Retreat is easy –simply complete the on-line Expression of Interest form and we’ll be in touch.

All our volunteers are required to obtain Working with Children Checks and be familiar with our Child Safety Standards: these are legal requirements for all organisations that provide services for children. We can help you with the process to obtain these.

 Volunteer in South Australia

Children requiring craniofacial surgery are treated at the Craniofacial Unit in Adelaide. Our SA Volunteer Team provides support and friendship to the parents or guardians of these children while they undergo surgery and treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

If you live in South Australia and you’d like to know more about joining this dedicated team, please email coordinator Anne Ford

Volunteers and COVID-19

The Children First Foundation Retreat is classed as a healthcare setting and is subject to the Victorian government’s Vaccination Mandate.

From 15 October 2021, in order to volunteer or work at The Retreat, you must be able to provide evidence that you:

  • are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or
  • have received a first dose, and be booked for a second dose by 15 December, or
  • be booked to receive a first dose by 29 October, or
  • have a medical exemption.