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VAST is a government organisation that supports Home and Community Care (HACC) services across Eastern Sydney. These services provide quality support to people who are frail aged or with a disability and their carers. They rely on the support of volunteers to maintain these valuable services.

VAST has two roles:

  1. To recruit, train and place volunteers within HACC services.
  2. To provide training and support to HACC workers.

VAST covers five local government areas: Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra, Botany and City of Sydney.

What if I Volunteer?

If you volunteer, you are offering a few hours of your time to help a person remain independent and stay within their community.

The amount of time you give is entirely dependent on you. This may be a few hours a week, fortnight or month. Some positions may be short term, others long term.

What Can VAST Offer You as a Volunteer?

  • A range of Volunteering opportunities
  • Free volunteer orientation training
  • Opportunity to learn new skills
  • Being involved with your local community and meeting new people
  • You can make a REAL difference

Commonly asked questions about voluntary work:

  • Can I volunteer in my local area? ...Yes
  • What training is provided for volunteers? ...Lots, speak to a VAST Coordinator
  • Are there opportunities for on-going training?...Yes, in many different fields
  • What are the types of work available? ...See some ideas below
  • How many hours do I work? ...This is up to you
  • Do I need a car? ...No
  • Do I work alone, with one other person, or in groups? ...Flexible
  • Can voluntary work provide skills that will help me get a paid job? ...Yes

What Are The Types of Volunteer Work?

  • Home visiting (social support)
  • Driving the person to the bank, a doctor's appointment or visiting friends etc.
  • Administration support in the HACC agencies
  • Respite care (giving carers a break)
  • Shopping assistance
  • Assisting with recreational activities
  • Food/meals distribution, eg. Meals on Wheels
  • Tutors and teachers

What is Volunteer Training?

The Volunteer Training runs for 1 full day and covers a variety of topics to help you become familiar with HACC services and their clients.

  • What is Home and Community Care
  • Volunteer rights and responsibilities
  • Confidentiality
  • Duty of care
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Working with older people
  • Communication skills
  • Cultural diversity
  • Working with people with varying abilities
  • Stress management

How to Conatct Us

You can contact VAST:
Thursdays by phone and email and Wednesdays by email only
Please phone or email the VAST Co-ordinator to make an appointment to discuss the many volunteer positions available.
Telephone: 9349 8200
Email: vast1@jnc.org.au

A copy of our brochure is available on the Publications page.


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