Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our communities. With passion and purpose, they freely give their time to make the world a better place. Volunteering not only provides huge benefits to the community, but it is also extremely rewarding and personally satisfying for the volunteer.
MACS has over 60 volunteers who assist staff in delivering lifestyle activities to our residents, gardening and running Stella’s Cafe and MACS Boutique. They give over 1300 hours of service each and every month, across 11 different programs. Volunteers allow us to provide a diverse social and lifestyle program for our residents and like our residents come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. They keep our residents and Home Care Consumers connected to their community and most importantly, they become part of the MACS community and form beautiful friendships with our residents.
We are also fortunate to have independent volunteers (pilots) from Cycling Geelong for our ‘Cycling Without Age’ Triobikes. Cycling Without Age is a world-wide organisation bringing the pleasures of cycling to the aged, infirm, and those who, for any reason, cannot enjoy the experience of cycling without support. Cycling Without Age Geelong’s first chapter was launched at MACS on 23 May 2018.
Anyone aged over the age of 18 can become a MACS volunteer. You may have a special skill or hobby to share, be able to help with one of our cultural or religious groups, or just like to chat and make new friends. Everyone has something unique and special to offer.
If you’re interested in becoming a MACS volunteer, you can find out more in our Volunteer Brochure or by contacting Anita Boras, Volunteer Liaison Officer by email: AnitaB@macs.org.au or phone: 03 5279 6800.
Become a Volunteer
Requirements and What to Expect
The volunteers@MACS program meets the National Standards for Involving Volunteers in Not-for-Profit Organisations as set out by Volunteering Australia, as such we employ a simple process to ensure volunteers are a good match for our residents and that their experience is a rewarding one.
- Before being assigned to a particular area of duty, all MACS Volunteers will have a discussion with the Volunteer Liaison Officer regarding their particular interests and skills in order to highlight what each person could contribute to MACS’ volunteer program.
- Volunteer duties will be negotiated with the Volunteer Liaison Officer.
- MACS employees and volunteers are required to undergo a police check. Only volunteers with a satisfactory result can volunteer with MACS. This is a Commonwealth Government requirement and MACS pays for this police check.
- Each volunteer is provided with a position description which outlines negotiated day(s) and time(s) of attendance, responsibilities, work area and supervising staff.
- All new volunteers at MACS are provided with a basic orientation to the organisation which is facilitated by the Volunteer Liaison Officer. Aspects of occupational health and safety are covered in this orientation.
- Note that many MACS’ volunteers are migrants but, equally, many are Australians who enjoy contributing to Geelong’s rich multicultural community as a volunteer@MACS.
Working as an Aged Care Volunteer
What You’ll be Doing
At MACS, most volunteers spend their time with residents in Mary Costa House, Borrela House, Annie O’Malley House and Gerda’s House, providing individual residents with increased choice in their daily activities.
Volunteers at our Geelong facility do not provide intimate personal care.
Volunteer activities may include letter writing, reading to a sight-impaired person, assisting a confused person, leading or contributing to a group or one-to-one activity, driving and/or accompanying one or more residents on a social outing.
The amount of time a volunteer can give to MACS is an individual decision and often depends on the type of activities undertaken.
Roles undertaken by volunteers at MACS are as follows;
- Lifestyle Program Volunteers (all houses)
- Administration Support
- Catholic Church Program (administering Holy Communion)
- Delivering mail to residents
- MACS Boutique
- Sorting wardrobes
- Stellas Café
Volunteer positions available at MACS.
Bella Chara Community Outings Volunteer: We are looking for a people focused, empathetic volunteer with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle worker on outings within the community. As a volunteer in this program you would also take part in excursions to venues/attractions in and around the Geelong area. Transport is provided, the volunteer would be asked to volunteer five hours a week to this program and enjoy spending time with others.
Bella Chara Lifestyle Program Volunteer: The Lifestyle Program provides interesting activities on a daily basis to residents of Bella Chara. Each month a calendar of events is presented to residents and every day there are different activities which the residents are able to take part in. We are looking for a people focused, empathetic volunteer with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle worker in facilitating these activities. In particular we would like a volunteer who is available on Friday afternoons to assist with happy hour and bingo.
MACS Boutique Customer Service: We are seeking self-motivated, friendly volunteers who enjoy interaction with others and are able to work independently. Daily duties undertaken will range from opening and closing the store, pricing items, sorting and displaying new items, merchandising, money handling and customer service. You should be comfortable working independently and would be available for at least one shift per week.
Stella Café: We are seeking self-motivated, friendly volunteers who enjoy interaction with others and are able to work as a part of a small team. Daily duties undertaken will range from opening and closing the café, making coffee, serving food, operating a cash register and EFTPOS machine and cleaning as you go. You will be required to follow safe food handling practices when undertaking this role. You will volunteer as a part of a small team.
Gardening: Role involves all tasks associated with gardening including weeding, mowing, planting, potting, trimming, watering etc.
Residential Lifestyle Program Volunteer: The Lifestyle Program provides interesting activities on a daily basis to residents of MACS. Each month a calendar of events is presented to residents and every day there are different activities that the residents are able to take part in. MACS is looking for people focused, empathetic volunteers with a positive outlook who would support the designated lifestyle workers in facilitating these activities.
When working at MACS Geelong, each volunteer is asked to:
- Sign in and out on each visit
- Attend fire and emergency evacuation training at MACS and other training sessions from time to time.
- Let MACS know if they are unable to attend agreed duties ahead of time.
MACS is always sensitive to a volunteer’s changing circumstances, and works with individual volunteers to ensure that time generously given to the organisation remains a pleasure rather than becoming a burden.
If individual volunteers find their experience of volunteering is not pleasurable, they are encouraged to talk with the Volunteer Liaison Officer rather than just continuing with what they are doing or leaving without notice.
Insurance for Volunteers
All volunteers are covered by MACS’ insurance when undertaking agreed duties as a MACS’ volunteer.
Interested or want to learn more?
Call MACS’ Volunteer Liaison Officer on (03) 5279 6800 or complete the get in touch form on this page.
I always saw the volunteer activities as an important part of the wider care delivery. I’ve seen and understood first hand how keeping people engaged and connected to their lives and communities improves their general well-being. It can even alleviate depression and help with pain management. Mostly, it’s about keeping on living your life.
Linda Rizzi, Former Volunteer Coordinator