After a gentle nudge from her mum, Courtney started her volunteering journey.
At MercyCare volunteers provide connection, community and a huge array of skills and experience. Volunteers are a valued part of our team, enriching our culture, strengthening our relationships and helping make our work more effective by contributing their time, skills, energy and enthusiasm.
Volunteers are involved with a range of MercyCare’s services including:
Most of all you need to have the desire to help others. We love it when our volunteers bring a special professional skill or talent with then, whether that’s a head for numbers or a singing talent. The hours you volunteer are flexible during the week. We ask for a minimum commitment of three months, volunteering 1-2 shifts per week.
We have a variety of volunteering opportunities for individual and corporate volunteers across Perth from Joondalup to Rockingham.
All volunteers will be required to undertake a National Police Check and some may require a Working With Children Check. MercyCare will organise and pay for these checks following receipt of the completed application.
Teaching dedicated students
“They come when it is freezing cold and it’s pouring with rain or when it’s a stinking hot 40 degrees. On those sorts of days when they show up, it puts a lump in your throat. They come because they want to be here,” MercyCare volunteer Russell Waters says of the dedicated students of his English classes.
Held at MercyCare’s Mirrabooka office, Russell teaches three classes a week of English as a Second Language and computing. He has been bringing his skills as a volunteer to MercyCare for six years.
Supporting migrants find their feet
At a loss after leaving her native Brazil behind for a new life in Australia, Cris found renewed confidence after volunteering for MercyCare to help fellow migrants find their feet. “When I started working at MercyCare as a volunteer my life changed completely. MercyCare opened a new door and opportunities in my life. I started feeling better about myself and my new life where I felt I could stay in Australia.”
Getting feet tapping
Bringing music to MercyCare’s Residential Aged Care homes has brought joy to so many MercyCare volunteers.
From sing-alongs to guitar, music is a great way of connecting and having fun while enriching the lives of others.
Bringing Playgroup to Balga Primary School
A local playgroup helped Amy Ball Rodriguez connect with other mothers and build a support network when she had three young children. Amy volunteers to run playgroup sessions at Balga Primary School catering for families with babies and children up to four years of age. “I found it so helpful for my mental health as a mum, not only do the kids get the benefit of playing with other children but I got to chat and build a support group.”
MercyCare’s Staff and Volunteer Day was an incredible experience filled with inspiration and purpose.