We love connecting and believe that everyone has a part to play. We have volunteer opportunities in all areas of Macquarie Care, some regular and others periodically. The right volunteer fit is important, helping you connect your skills and interests with the program that best suits you.
Packing Christmas Hampers
Once a year in about November, a team of volunteers gives a day of their time to meet together and pack donated goods into hampers for Christmas. These hampers are given to women who find themselves in a refuge over the Christmas period and include food, personal hygiene products and luxury items. You can also donate towards these hampers by dropping goods to Macquarie Life Church from October each year. Click here to volunteer now.
Hunter Homeless Connect is a volunteer not-for-profit organisation that coordinates the annual Hunter Homeless Connect Day. The day links people to vital services such as accommodation and housing providers, health and wellbeing, legal and financial assistance, employment, study, and support to people who are homeless, doing it tough and at risk of homelessness. Macquarie Care staff members attend this day each year. If you would like to connect with Hunter Homeless connect see their website at www.hunterhomelessconnect.org.au
Backyard Blitz's are held periodically throughout the year to lend a helping hand to a family or individual that may be doing it tough or need assistance, specifically with their home or yard. Blitz's are tailored to the individuals but may include cleaning, yard work, building or maintenance. To volunteer for an upcoming Backyard Blitz click here.
Our Backyard- Car to Home Project is a designated private car park space that allows men, couples, women or families who are sleeping in their cars a place to park and sleep, in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie areas. Our Backyard offers access to bathroom and kitchen facilities in the aim of making life a little easier. Support workers will assist clients to connect with service providers to access community supports and programs if that’s what is needed. Volunteers for Our Backyard might help clean or tidy the facilities from time to time or work on special projects throughout the year. To volunteer for Our Backyard please click here.
Shine is a three day intensive program facilitated by Macquarie Care team and volunteers that focus on the core concepts of WORTH . STRENGTH . PURPOSE . A Shine volunteer may become part of a team running a program in a school or community facility. Shine programs do run intensively over three days, available time through the week days is ideal. To volunteer for the Shine team please click here.
A community playgroup at Macquarie Life Church, Corner Macquarie & Wentworth Roads Cardiff every Tuesdayfrom 10:00am to 12:00pm, during school terms. Volunteers for our Playgroup might attend the group and help on the day. Playgroup volunteers would need a current working with children's check, which we can help you with. To volunteer for Macquarie Care Playgroup please click here.
Every second Sunday night, Sandwich Time volunteers go out to bars and nightclubs in Newcastle, handing out sandwiches, having a laugh and spreading joy throughout the town. Sandwich Time runs fortnightly on a Sunday night, volunteers may make sandwiches on a Sunday afternoon or work with the team to distribute the Sandwiches in the Newcastle area on a Sunday night. To volunteer for Sandwich Time click here.
Seniors Cafe is for seniors within residential care facilities held at Macquarie Café, once a month on a Thursday from 10am until 11:30am at Macquarie Life Church, Cardiff. We promote fun by having entertainment for the seniors which is in the form of games, concerts, dancers, and art exhibitions etc. A Seniors Cafe volunteer may serve coffee, homemade slices and talk to the seniors on the day. To volunteer for Seniors Cafe please click here.