mecwacare was founded in 1959 by a small group of volunteers concerned about the ageing citizens of Malvern. Today, more than 500 volunteers across Melbourne and regional Victoria continue our founders’ legacy, generously donating their time to support the elderly and people with a disability.
Our range of volunteer opportunities
There are many reasons why people volunteer at mecwacare. Some want to give back to the community, while others feel good about helping people. Many volunteer to develop new skills or interests.
Whatever the motivation, our volunteers are an invaluable part of mecwacare, and their contributions enrich the lives of our residents, clients, and participants.
We offer a range of opportunities for volunteers across all areas of the organisation. These include:
Social support for activity groups, such as art and crafts, cards and games, music and dance
Transporting clients to appointments or outings
Pastoral care and social visits, including walks
Reading or visiting with a pet
Serving in mecwacare kiosks
Retail sales and assistance in opportunity shops
Gardening or maintenance
If you have a special interest or skill that you would like to share as a volunteer – whether it’s playing an instrument or teaching origami – be sure to let us know.
We welcome people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme
mecwacare is one of the providers of the federal government’s new Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS).
Formerly known as the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS), this program supported volunteers to visit and spend time with older companions for more than 30 years.
On July 1, 2023, the newly upgraded version of the program commenced, with changes implemented as a result of findings from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
With a focus on older people at higher risk of feeling isolated, the free service aims to help develop and maintain social connections by providing friendship and companionship to older people.
The ACVVS will assist mecwacare to recruit, train, and support volunteers, while maintaining relevant community standards.
This initiative is aimed to support older people to continue living meaningful lives and build connections with volunteers.
Available to any person receiving government-subsidised residential aged care or a Home Care Package, recipients of the program must fulfill criteria including being socially isolated, feeling lonely, lacking regular and reasonable contact with friends or relatives, or having frailty, mobility, or communication impartments that prevent them from participating in social or leisure opportunities.
Eligible care recipients can be referred to the program through an ACVVS Network Member, which can be found on the Department of Health and Aged Care’s website – www.health.gov.au/ACVVS. A full list of volunteer and recipient eligibility requirements is also available on the website.
To refer an older person or become a volunteer, contact us on: