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Your chance to be a volunteer!

We are seeking mature minded people with some life experience who might be interested in transporting guests to and from Fernlea House, and/or being a volunteer in the house with our guests for socialization and activities.

Free training is available.

Call us if your are interested or want to find out more. Ring 5968 6639


  • "The joy of working with Fernlea and our beautiful guests is such an enriching experience, each week we take home more than we give."
  • "I love my time at Fernlea - it gives me great pleasure."
  • "It is our pleasure in being part of Fernlea that cannot be over emphasised."

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Fernlea House could not exist without our successful volunteer program. We have over 50 highly-trained volunteers who support in many ways. Our volunteers complete a training program which integrates both theory and practical information and follows Palliative Care Victoria Training Guidelines and Volunteering Australia Standards.

Day Centre volunteers provide companionship and support for guests, assist with activities and serving morning tea and lunch.

F.E.R.N.S. in-home respite volunteers provide in-home companionship and emotional support for clients and carers.

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Fernlea House transport volunteers assist with transporting guests to/from Fernlea Day Centre. This may include driving our small bus, being “jockey” to support guests during the journey or driving a car.

Complementary Therapist volunteers are professional therapists who offer various therapies free of charge to guests and carers.

Memoir volunteers are trained to support guests to write their memoir.

For further information about the Volunteer program please contact the Co-ordinator of Volunteers on5968 6639 or complete an Application form and email to admin@fernlea.com.au.

Volunteering frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering is a great way of meeting others from the community and to work with like minded people. Some volunteers also benefit from learning new skills and getting work experience that may help secure paid work in the future. Other volunteers get satisfaction from putting their existing experience and skills to good use by donating their talents to our programs. Whatever your motivation, you can be sure that your efforts will be making a real contribution to Fernlea House.

Who volunteers at Fernlea House?

People from all walks of life volunteer with us. Students and young people may volunteer to gain work experience. Many of our volunteers are retired people, looking to put their experience and free time to good use. Other volunteers may work part time then volunteer on their day off.

How much time do I give?

Our volunteers are usually rostered around 3 hours once a week. Usually we ask for a twelve month commitment.

What skills and experience do I need?

Many of our volunteer roles don’t require any experience or specialist skills. Life experience, combined with our four day training program, are the essentials. Other training for specific roles may be offered, e.g. Memoir writing. The individual Position Descriptions clearly define skills and experience required.

What training and support will I be given?

After the initial 6 day palliative care training, we provide induction and role–specific training for volunteers. We have six weekly education sessions this includes a opportunity to network with other volunteers. Staff members are available to support volunteers. All new volunteers will have a more experienced volunteer on hand offering support.