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Giving the gift of time

mecwacare was founded in 1959 by a small group of volunteers concerned about the ageing citizens of Malvern. Today, more than 450 volunteers across Melbourne and regional Victoria continue our founders’ legacy by 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 and others feel good about helping people. Many volunteer to develop new skills or interests.

Whatever the motivation our volunteers are an invaluable part of the organisation and their contribution enriches 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
  • Administrative tasks
  • 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.

mecwacare offers our volunteers:


Our values are at the centre of everything we do: Caring, Accountable, Respectful and Ethical. We passionately live these values through:

  • Proactive and compassionate care and services
  • Responsible and professional conduct
  • Empathetic and thoughtful communications
  • Honest and fair partnerships.
Learning and Development
  • Extensive corporate and on-site orientation programs
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Annual volunteer appreciation event and awards program
Inclusion and Diversity
  • Equal employment opportunities, including a pro-diversity approach and discrimination prevention
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Certified Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

Are you interested in donating your time and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in your community? If so, then we would love to hear from you.
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 03 8573 4962, or email volunteers@mecwacare.org.au.

Volunteering at mecwacare