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 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
  • 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.

Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme

Funded by the Australian Government

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:

T 03 8573 4962

E ACVVS@mecwacare.org.au

For more information, visit this link.

What 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.

Stories from our volunteers

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