"Volunteering is a lifetime learning experience and it is wonderful doing something for others, but in doing so you also do something for yourself and gain great satisfaction."
Volunteers at Gateway Health enrich a variety of services with their great enthusiasm and devotion for volunteering. They play an integral role in the health service, providing valuable contributions to the following programs:
* Indicates program is currently seeking volunteers
- Active Rural Communities (Wangaratta)
The aim of this program is to ensure that frail and aged participants are supported to maintain and develop skills to enhance active life styles and meaningful relationships with other people in their community. Volunteers have the opportunity to assist in organising a range of activities and outings. It is preferable if volunteers have a driver’s licence.
Administration (Wodonga and Wangaratta)
Volunteers assist with general administration and data entry duties for a range of programs, in Wangaratta and Wodonga . Volunteers can also assist reception and front of house staff with administration duties such as mail out tasks and collation of client resources. Volunteers require basic administration skills and experience.
Board of Governance
Community Health Centres are governed by a Board of Directors. The Board sets the strategic direction of the organisation and ensures community input into this direction. The Board appoints and supports the CEO in their role of managing the organisation. Gateway Health advertises when Director positions become available.
Community Inclusion * Wednesdays only click here to view position description
Volunteers assist the Community Inclusion Program with a variety of activities, such as morning teas, planned activity groups and encourage participants to get involved. Some volunteers assist with picking up participants for group activities using a Gateway Health vehicle. It is preferable if volunteers have a driver’s licence and undergo first aid training.
Community Representatives on the Community Engagement Committee
The community representatives position on the Community Engagement Committee has been specifically developed to strengthen involvement of consumers, carers and the community in service planning, design, delivery, measurement and evaluation.
Family Connections Driver Program (Wodonga)
Volunteers informally supervise people who are learning to drive. The person learning to drive uses their own vehicle and has 6 sessions with the volunteer to assist them to improve their driving skills. The volunteer must have a full Australian driver’s licence with a good driving record.
Friendly Visitor Program (Bright)
Volunteers visit clients in their homes and provide support to people, who are socially isolated, frail aged or living with a disability. Volunteers provide companionship, encourage independence and aim to increase the client’s social network.
headspace (Volunteer positions are not available at present)
Volunteers are aged between 16 – 25 and must undergo a Working with Children Check.
headspace Reference Group (Wodonga)
The Youth Reference Group is made up of about 12 young people who are passionate about mental health and well-being. This group provides an opportunity for local young people to have input into the strategic direction of headspace services, skills and leadership development and supports young people to lead local projects and events. Volunteers for this role are generally recruited at the start of the year.
Health Ambassadors (Wodonga)
The purpose of the Ambassador Volunteer Program is to provide up to date education on health issues within the local Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community. The Volunteer Health Ambassadors come from different cultures from within the Albury Wodonga Multicultural Community. The volunteers are men, women and youth, who speak different languages from several different ethnic groups. Volunteers engage their local communities, provide support and educate people of all age groups empowering their community to manage their health. Volunteers undergo a training program and a Working with Children Check.
Health Promotion (Wangaratta)
Volunteers assist with various activities undertaken by the Health Promotion Team with the aim of improving healthy eating for people living in our community. Volunteers may be involved in a range of activities such as group gardening, cooking, shopping skills and knowledge and/or information gathering. Volunteers may also assist with data entry.
Indigenous Program Support (Wodonga)
The Indigenous Program Support Volunteer assists with the Equine Assisted Therapy Program. This program works with Aboriginal young people who; have disengaged from school, are at risk of disengaging, are involved in the Juvenile justice system, or have experienced trauma. The volunteer’s primary role is to drive young people to the program using the Gateway Health bus and to also engage them with culturally appropriate behaviour. Volunteers must have a full driver’s licence and undergo a Working with Children Check.
- Launch Program (Wodonga)
Volunteers support the effective recovery-based group program for people with mental illness and psychiatric disability. This will be achieved through co-facilitation of group programs. Volunteers do not need any specific qualifications, just a genuine interest in supporting those living with a mental illness. Volunteers must have a non-judgemental attitude and open mind. Tasks can include assisting with group work, outings in the community and occasional liaison with community services/businesses to arrange activities.
- Mother Goose * click here to view position description
Volunteers assist in the provision of a weekly session of songs, rhymes and storytelling to parents and young children (0-2 years). This program aims to build strong family relationships and to provide parents with long lasting resources to entertain and delight their child. Volunteers assist with group cohesion and morning tea whilst the facilitator leads the group through stories, songs and rhyme. Volunteers undergo a Working with Children Check.
Multicultural Volunteer Support Worker* (Wodonga) click here to view position description
Volunteers assist to support the local refugee and cultural and linguistically diverse community members. Activities can include transporting attendees to and from the Culture Club, sewing groups, Hydrotherapy, TAFE massage group with women’s and men’s health day, physical activity group, health promotion activities and by driving and assisting participants who attend Culture Club and Work Ready using Gateway Health’s mini bus. Volunteers undergo a Working with Children Check.
Peer Support - Community Inclusion (Wangaratta)
The Community Inclusion Program provides a range of individual and group based leisure, learning and lifestyle programs for people with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities. Peer Support Volunteers provide one on one peer support. The volunteer accompanies the client to the activities, and encourages the client to fully participate in the activity. Volunteers may also accompany a client to a new place of work, assisting them to learn new tasks in the workplace. Volunteers also have the opportunity to support a client on a one to one basis while a client is mastering the skills of shopping, cooking and budgeting tasks. Some volunteers may accompany clients to a local education provider, where the client is undertaking the Transitional Education Certificate. Volunteers must have a full driver’s licence, undergo First Aid training and a Working with Children Check.
Rekindle* (Wodonga) click here to view position description
Rekindle is a retail outlet of recycled goods and creative workspace where clients of Gateway Health have the opportunity to create goods, some of which are for sale in the shop, providing an entry point to education, employment, training and skills development. Rekindle aims to provide participants with a positive and supportive workplace in which they gain confidence and practice the skills required in open employment. The purpose of this volunteer role is to assist participants to learn how to apply for a position, attend an interview and work in Rekindle as a Customer Service Officer.
Tai Chi for Health (Myrtleford, Moyhu and Wodonga)
Tai Chi for Health is a form of Sun Style Tai Chi which is fun, safe, easy to learn and effective exercise. Volunteers lead the group in Tai Chi, while enjoying the benefits of participating in an exercise that enhances balance, joint flexibility, strength and mental health. Volunteers undergo role specific training and first aid training.
Transport Volunteer for HIPPY and Family Connections program* (Wodonga) click here to view position description
The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY), is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher. The program builds the skills of parents and carers to help prepare their child for school.
Gateway Health also has a Family Connections program, which is a free service that provides information, advice and support to eligible people who are looking after a child under the age of 8.
The Volunteer’s role is to provide transport to these groups, such as playgroup and the swimming group, which ensures that local community members have the opportunity to participate in these groups. Volunteers need to have a full driver’s licence and must be female, for cultural reasons. Volunteers are required to undergo a Working with Children Check and First Aid training.
WayOut Wodonga * click here to view postion description
WayOut Wodonga (WOW) works with young people, services, and the wider community to promote the rights, mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQI* young people in Albury Wodonga. WOW Youth Action Group volunteers are an integral part of the WayOut project and take a lead role in developing and implementing community based projects. Volunteers also act as peer mentors and group facilitators for the Alphabet Crew Youth Group, a social support group for LGBTQI young people aged 12 – 18, their friends and allies. Youth Action Group volunteers meet fortnightly to plan projects and provide input into WOW’s program, and help out at Alphabet Crew social gatherings and other events as available. Youth Action Group volunteers must be aged 18 – 25, have an understanding of the challenges faced by LGBTQI youth in rural and regional areas, and be willing to undergo a ‘Working with Children’ check.
*LGBTQI: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex
- Weights & Strength Training (Myrtleford)
The weights and strength program involves gentle exercise as a group. The activities are designed to target and improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility and coordination through the use of low impact exercise and various pieces of equipment. Volunteers lead the group through the various exercises. Volunteers need to have prior experience of being a program participant. Volunteers undergo role specific training and First Aid training.
The Multicultural Community Yoga Group provides a safe, inclusive and welcoming space for people from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage in yoga practice. The aim is to increase social inclusion, foster community interactions, and improve the physical and mental wellbeing of participants. Yoga instructor volunteers have the opportunity to support participants by providing a welcoming and inclusive environment, whilst enjoying the benefits of Yoga. Volunteer Yoga instructors must have experience in providing Yoga instruction and have, or be undertaking, a recognised qualification in Yoga Instruction and undergo First Aid training.
- Young Carers (Wodonga)
This program is for 13 – 18 year olds who are caring for, and supporting a family member or friend who is experiencing mental illness. Volunteers assist with facilitating a group and by sharing lived experiences. Volunteers who co-facilitate need to have had the experience of the Pay Attention To Self (ATS) program. Volunteers undergo a Working with Children Check and First Aid training.
Young Parents (Wodonga)
Volunteers are supported by the Young Parents Coordinator and Young Parents Worker to provide a variety of activities for parents and young children (babies to school age). This program aims to build strong family relationships, social inclusion and to provide parents with resources to support the family. Volunteers need to have full driver’s licence and undergo a Working with Children Check.
Volunteers have a long standing core relationship with Gateway Health and the community in which they volunteer. They support Gateway Health to achieve its vision, "People living well", through increasing community participation, strengthening community action, and facilitating partner ships between Gateway Health and the communities it serves.
“We can meet many new people and be part of the wonderful feeling of belonging.”
At Gateway Health we are working hard to advance volunteering, aiming to provide volunteers with a welcoming environment, which offers unique learning and skill development opportunities. Our overarching goal is to maximise the quality the volunteer experience. We value the endless benefits volunteers’ participation has for our service, our clients, and the wider community.
All Gateway Health Volunteers are required to undergo a Victorian Police check. Gateway Health will pay for this check.
Please note that volunteer positions are not available for student placement or work experience purposes. Please see the Student Placement tab on this website for the Gateway Health student placement process.
If your are interested to know more about volunteering for Gateway Health please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, on (03) 5723 2000 or email email@example.com