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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Ardoch.

Volunteering with Ardoch is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people, contribute to your community, build social connections, and develop your skills.

Ardoch has a variety of volunteering roles, so there is something to match almost all combinations of availability and skills.

We look forward to welcoming you as part of our community, working towards a shared vision of every child’s potential being realised through full participation in education.

We would love to have you as part of our team

To become a volunteer please call, send and email or complete the enquiry form below. Child Safety is so important. All volunteers who work with children will be required to have Working with Children cards and will receive training in Child Safe Practices.  For some volunteering, Police Checks are also needed.

Current opportunities

Education Volunteers – If you can contribute a minimum of 2 hours a week for at least six months you might be interested in becoming and Education Volunteer and working with children in schools. This could include reading with children, helping with the robotics club or any number of other in classroom activities.

Occasional Volunteering – Ardoch often need volunteers to help with a day here or there. It might be doing Mock Interviews, helping students create science projects at Project Magnify or sharing your career experiences at a Learning Through Lunch.

In office volunteering – Having a volunteer helping in the office is incredibly valuable to Ardoch. You could be reviewing correspondence better Little and Big Buddies, helping to take secure items for our auction or stuffing envelopes. We have a range of options you can consider whether you want to share your office skills, or build them. We are looking for:

Letter Screening Volunteer

Communications Volunteer

Fundraising Support (Ardoch’s Great Auction) Volunteer

If you are looking for volunteering for your workplace, please take a look at our workplace volunteering information

If you have specialised skills that you think would support Ardoch’s work, but that are not listed right please contact us to further discuss

Enquire now

Submit an enquiry below and we will get in contact to share more information about the volunteering you are interested in and explain the next steps on how to apply.

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Volunteering FAQs

How can I apply to volunteer for Ardoch?
To express your interest in volunteering and to learn more about the various roles, please fill in the enquiry form above. We will then send you further information via email with an application form, so you can be confident you are applying for the right role!
What are the benefits of volunteering?

The benefits differ for everyone! Some of the key benefits are:

  • Connecting to community
  • Making a difference in a young person’s life
  • Valuable training and experience to add to your resume
  • Ongoing professional development

What are your volunteering values?

Our vision for volunteering is:

“The connection between students and volunteers builds confidence, increases engagement in learning and inspires students to believe in a future of possibilities. Volunteering with Ardoch is impactful, dynamic, and rewarding and volunteers are central to all areas of our work.”

Our values:

  • Empowerment: We recognise people’s strengths and uniqueness, amplify their voices, and support them to make their own choices.
  • Learning: We value the power of education to change lives, and continually learn from research, students, partners, communities and each other.
  • Impactful: We strive to create the most meaningful change for the students we support.
  • Community: We connect diverse voices and perspectives and collaborate to respond to the unique needs of schools and their communities.
  • Accountability: We own our actions and take responsibility for creating a fair, respectful and positive environment.

Do you have a volunteering strategy?

Yes, we do have a volunteering strategy. You can read our strategy for volunteering here.

What training do I need to do?

The training varies depending on the volunteer role. All volunteers need to do online training modules covering child safety and volunteering with Ardoch.

To be classroom-ready, our prospective Education Volunteers will also need to undertake two half-day training courses provided by Ardoch. These are delivered via Zoom.

What's involved in becoming a volunteer?

Like the training, the screening requirements differ depending on the role you are applying for. All volunteers need to attain a Working with Children Check and almost all need to also complete a National Criminal History Check (which Ardoch facilitates via CrimCheck).

Some roles may also require an interview or reference checks to be completed too.

What is Ardoch's expectations of volunteers?
We ask that volunteers are patient, kind, inclusive and uphold Ardoch’s robust child safety standards.

We ask that our Education Volunteers commit two hours a week at the same time each week to the partner school they are matched to and commit for at least six months, to help provide stability for the students.

I don't have any experience in education, will I have anything to offer?

While experience in education certainly helps, we also have plenty of volunteers who don’t come from an education background and find they bring tremendous value to their roles.

For Education Volunteers, the primary role is to provide support within a classroom under the direction of the classroom teacher. You are not expected to teach. Ardoch’s training and professional development sessions will help to set you up for success.

Further questions
For more detailed answers please see our comprehensive FAQs or enquire above