Who can volunteer?
The Hut welcomes expressions of interest from anybody who wants to make a difference.
We aim to find you a role that suits your availability and interests, and we will spend time with you to ensure a good match. All we require from you is a commitment to working with us.
Due to the nature of our work with vulnerable people, all volunteers must complete an application form, have a current police check (no cost to volunteers), and provide us with the names of two referees.
What if I’ve been out of the workforce for a long time and don’t have any skills?
The Hut isn’t only looking for measurable skills like being able to drive a car, use a computer, organise a group, or use a telephone system. We believe that everybody has something to offer – such as having empathy for those less fortunate, being able to listen, play a game, or just visit somebody who’s sick or lonely. Plus, volunteering quite often provides you with new skills and experiences.
How much time will I have to give?
We appreciate any amount of time that you can give, depending on the requirements of specific volunteer roles. More details will be discussed when you come in for an interview.
Are there short term vacancies available?
Yes. If you are not able to participate in a long term volunteer role, there are sometimes other short term vacancies available. These usually take place for specific projects. The same screening processes take place for short or long term volunteering roles: interview, police check, referees, and confidentiality agreements.
Do I need to be interviewed?
Yes. We need to get to know you and you need to get to know us! The more we know about you the better we can match you to a role that ensures your experience with us is a positive one.
Are there any special requirements?
The Hut adheres to our legal commitments in relation to protection of children, vulnerable people, and privacy and confidentiality. We ask all volunteers to undergo a police check, to supply the names of two non-family referees, and to sign a Confidentiality Agreement. We also ask all volunteers to comply with our other policies and procedures which will be explained during the interview or induction process.
If there are any other training requirements for the volunteer role you are interested in, you will be informed of this during or prior to an interview.
Depending on the program you choose to volunteer with, you may be asked to complete additional forms.
What about training and support?
Some positions require little formal training and specialist skills, whilst others have greater requirements. Training is generally provided by The Hut but if outside training is needed, volunteers are not required to incur any expense for the training they undertake.
Continuing support is provided throughout the year with dedicated staff and volunteers to help whenever you need it. You are encouraged to speak with your supervisor if you have any support needs.
Do you have opportunities for work experience and internships?
The Hut does offer from time to time the opportunity for students to do work experience.
This depends on your area of interest and the availability within a program.
What if I don’t think I’m suited to my volunteering role or I would like to try something else?
Easy, just make an appointment to see the Volunteer Recruitment Officer to discuss other volunteer opportunities.
Can I volunteer if I’m under the age of 18?
Yes, this will depend on what your interests are. Please speak with us for more information.
Can I volunteer for just one day?
Due to the interview process, police check clearance, induction and training, it is not possible for one-day volunteering unless you are volunteering through a school-based community service program.
Can I bring my children with me on my volunteering duties?
This would need to be assessed on an individual basis, depending on the role you wish to do.
Can I undertake my work for mutual obligation hours at The Hut?
Yes, we are a Centrelink-approved provider.