The following volunteer roles are currently available.
Massage Volunteers - Melbourne (Northern Suburbs) and Seymour
Our massage volunteers provide hand and foot massage for people living with MND. The aim of the massage is to assist with relaxation and comfort. We currently have clients in the Northern Suburbs of Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula area who are hoping to be matched with a massage volunteer who may be able to provide them with a weekly, fortnightly or monthly hand and /or foot massage in their home or place of residence.
Time required: Our experience has been that each massage visit takes approximately one hour plus travel time. Massage volunteers let us know how much time they have available – some massage volunteers visit one client each month others support a number of clients on a regular basis.
Skills required: Massage volunteers are not required or expected to come with skills in massage. MND Victoria provides training and resources to prepare volunteers for their role in hand and foot massage.
Relief Reception Volunteer
We still have a need for one or two relief reception volunteers. Our volunteer receptionists are our frontline at the MND Canterbury office. We are seeking to develop our small pool of relief reception volunteers, able to provide backup support to our reception team.
Time required: Reception shifts are Monday to Friday for 3.5 hours in the morning or afternoon.
Times required would vary according to occasional vacancies in our reception roster.
Skills required: Excellent communication skills. Interest in learning lots about MND Victoria and in developing office and administration skills.
Life Story Volunteer
We are seeking to grow our team of Life Story Volunteers across Victoria. In this volunteer role you will work with a client to record stories from their life. Recordings are transcribed and developed into a book which the client and their family have to keep and share as they desire.
Life Story volunteers come with an interest in listening and a willingness to create a book which reflects the individual’s story. Life Story volunteers do not need to have prior writing or publishing experience. MND Victoria provides training and equipment for this role and covers the cost of producing each Life Story in a booklet form.
Time required: Volunteers will visit with each client for approximately 6 one hour sessions to record their story over a period of weeks. Transcribing and editing generally takes up more time but can be done at home at times that suit the volunteer.
Skills required: Interest in others and in engaging with clients to learn about their life and history. A level of computer skills will be required to enable transcribing of the client’s life story and production ready for printing.
Capacity to work through a short term project with a client gives a sense of satisfaction and completion.
Hairdresser - Northern Suburbs
We are seeking an experienced hairdresser to visit clients living in the northern suburbs or Melbourne. Volunteer hairdressers provide a client with MND with a trim in the comfort of their own home. This role is suitable for a qualified hairdresser with their own equipment and will involve travel within the area.
Time required: Appointments will be coordinated with the client and volunteer to suit their needs and availability.