Fernlea House

Volunteering Opportunities

Would you like to make a real difference in your local community?

Fernlea could not do the work it does without our fabulous volunteers! They are an integral part of the Fernlea team and provide support right across the organisation. We are also Centrelink approved for volunteer hours.

Volunteering with Fernlea can help you to connect with your community, share your skills and learn new ones, and to make a difference in your local community. 

You can volunteer in one area, or across a number of areas, the choice is yours. All volunteers receive training, enjoy events for volunteers and volunteer recognition certificates.

I volunteer at Fernlea because I can give back what I experienced whilst caring for my dad. In doing so, I get so much more in return and love the joy it brings me to be a part of Fernlea.... Denise, guest volunteer

Our volunteering roles: 

  • Guest Service - guest volunteers work closely with our day respite clients, to provide companionship and support, assist with activities and serve morning tea and lunch. Download position description

  • Complementary Therapist - we have found over the years that many of our clients benefit from, and enjoy complementary therapies such as Reiki. If you are a qualified therapist in Reiki or a related field, and are willing to volunteer your services, please consider supporting Fernlea. Download position description

  • Driver - volunteer drivers pick up and drop off our day respite clients. Fernlea has a bus (no special licence required) and a car, or if suitable, you can use your own vehicle. Download position description

  • Bus Jockey - bus jockies assist the bus driver to pick up and drop off our day respite clients. Download position description

  • Shop Lead - shop leads supervise the work of all our shop volunteers and shop training needs. Download position description

  • Shop Assistant - shop assistants provide customer service, process transactions and maintain stock and displays. Download position description

  • Shop Online Sales - ideal for those who are social media savvy. Includes researching item pricing, photography, listing and bumping till sold and postage of completed sale. Download position description

  • Shop Garden Coordinator - our shop garden coordinator manages the gardens and garden assistants including seasonal planting throughout the year. Download position description

  • Shop Garden Assistant - provide support to the Garden Coordinator to help maintain the gardens and promote the community garden and its services. Download position description

  • Kitchen Assistant - kitchen assistants support the Fernlea chef, or in their absence to undertake activities related to the preparation and presentation of food. Download position description

  • Events - Fernlea holds fundraising events throughout the year, and this is the ideal opportunity for people who are only available to volunteer every now and then, or who really love fundraising!

  • Fernlea Board of Directors - Fernlea is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who meet monthly to ensure the strategic plan, mission and vision are being achieved, to provide financial oversight and to monitor risk. Download position description

  • Other opportunities - we have a range of other opportunities that arise from time-to-time, depending on what projects we are doing. If none of the volunteering roles above appeal to you, why not contact us to find out what else we have to offer.


Application process

Fernlea has an application and induction process that is designed to support our volunteers and help them get to know Fernlea. If you are ready to apply, you can download the application form on this website, fill it in and email it to admin@fernlea.com.au Once we receive your application,  you will be contacted to come in and meet with us, where we can discuss your areas of interest, any skills you have to share or want to learn, and just generally what you want to give and get from volunteering with us.  

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact our Administration Coordinator, Nicole Riley on 5968 6639 or admin@fernlea.com.au