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Volunteer Roles

Counsellor
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Counselling

Duties:

Provide counselling services for clients on a range of issues including issues with HIV, sexuality and coming out, grief and loss and safe sex.

We seek professionals who are committed and sensitive to join our team:

  • For a minimum twelve month period
  • For three to four client contact hours per week

As a volunteer member of the Positive Health team you will be required to attend:

  • Two to three professional development days throughout the year
  • Regular individual supervision
  • Regular group supervision

Qualifications:

You are eligible if you:

  • Have a professional qualification with a minimum of two years counselling experience
  • Are registered with your professional association
  • Are willing to sign a volunteer counselling confidentiality agreement

Directions:

We have a yearly intake of volunteer Positive Health team members in October each year. If you are interested and have the commitment and professional experience please contact:

Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9865 6700 (or free-call 1800 134 840 for country callers)
Email: volunteers@vac.org.au

You will need to provide your resume, including two professional referees and a written expression of interest stating why you want to work within our agency and how you believe you can contribute. Interested candidates will be interviewed and, if successful, will participate in an induction process, which involves two days of training.

Skills: Counselling
Certification: Counselling

Counselling Student
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Counselling

Duties:

We offer places for final year Social Work students to develop their professional skills within an educative and supportive environment.

We are looking for students who are:

  • Interested in working with people living with HIV and members of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual & transgender community and responsive to their changing needs
  • Proactive in empowering individuals and communities to enhance their own well-being
  • Committed to building supportive environments for our clients
  • Wanting to work and actively participate in a creative and enthusiastic team environment


Experience and supervision

You will get training and experience in:

  • Duty work: handling inquiries from the public, counselling calls and related tasks
  • Assessments: structured clinical interviews with prospective clients to assess their eligibility for the service
  • Allocations: participating in allocation meetings where clients are reviewed by the team and allocated to counsellors or referred elsewhere
  • Training days: attending professional training days offered to staff, volunteer counsellors and students
  • Project work: developing policies, promotional strategies, resources and training
  • Supervision is a key part of students' professional development. A qualified staff member offers fortnightly supervision sessions designed to expand the students knowledge on HIV issues, the GLBT communities and clinical skills

Qualifications: Counselling Role requires students in Final Year studying Social Work.
Other placements require students studying Community Development or Welfare.

Skills: Communication, Counselling

Daytime Driver
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Location:

Positive Living Centre
Community Support

Duties:

Volunteer drivers take HIV-positive clients to medical appointments, usually at major hospitals and HIV-specialist medical clinics. Transport expenses are reimbursed.

Directions:

This role suits volunteers with some spare time during the day Monday to Friday. There is no minimum commitment as staff phone volunteers to book each transport.

Skills: Driving

Certification: Current Drivers License

Front of House
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Front of House / Admin

Duties:

This role involves customer service including answering the telephone, dealing with enquiries from a range of people and providing administrative support.

Skills: Administration, Communication

HIV Peer Support
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Location:

Positive Living Centre
PLC Services

Duties:

Facilitate groups and provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS

Qualifications: You must be HIV positive for this program

Skills: Communication, Counselling

Kitchen Hand
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Location:

Positive Living Centre
PLC Services

Duties:

Help with food preparation, washing dishes, and general kitchen duties for lunches on Tuesdays and dinners on Thursdays

Skills: Chef / Kitchen Hand
Certification: Food Handling

Office Admin
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Front of House / Admin

Skills: Administration

Pantry
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Location:

Positive Living Centre
PLC Services

Duties:

Pick up supplies and stock shelves as part of this weekly service which provides clients with items to supplement their grocery shopping.

Skills: Chef / Kitchen Hand

Peer Education Facilitator
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Health Promotion

Duties:

This role involves being the facilitator of a number of workshops over a six-week period. These workshops are for men who are attracted to other men. The workshops aim to provide a safe space where men can learn about themselves, improve their life skills, enhance their relationships and improve their social networks.

Topics covered include:

Coming out, identity, sexual health, community and many more.
Normally groups have are 8-12 participants followed with two trained volunteer peer facilitators.

Directions:

Workshops run once a week for six weeks on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night for three hours from 7.00pm - 10.00pm with a break for dinner.

Reception
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Location:

Positive Living Centre
PLC Services

Duties:

Provide front-of-house customer service including answering the telephone, dealing with enquiries from a range of people and providing administrative support.

Skills: Administration, Communication

VACreach Support
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Location:

Peter Knight Centre
Health Promotion

Duties:

VACreach SOPV & Online Volunteers are members of the Health Promotion Program. Their role is to participate in outreach activities that may support patrons in Sex On Premises Venues (SOPV) or in Online communities who are affected or infected with HIV/AIDS or other Sexually Transmissible Infections (STIs) who are actively seeking sex with other men in these spaces.

Health Promotion Program volunteers are accountable in the first instance to their Outreach Project Health Educator, but they are ultimately accountable to the Manager of the Health Promotion Program.

General responsibilities:

  • To be reliable, responsible, communicative and committed to working cooperatively within the Health Promotion Program (HPP) and the Victorian AIDS Council (VAC)
  • To work cooperatively with other project volunteers and where needed with other HPP volunteers to ensure the integrity and quality of work within the Project is achieved
  • To attend Bi-Monthly Catch-up meetings or to communicate with the project worker if you will be absent
  • To actively contribute to the work of the project
  • To actively and cooperatively undertake training provided by the HPP for Outreach Volunteer workers where it has been identified as needed for the duty to be performed
  • To maintain a non-judgmental approach to the diverse lifestyles and life choices of other volunteers and clients of the HPP
  • To respect and maintain confidentiality of client/s, friends, family and other volunteers
  • To participate in review sessions at the conclusion of set periods of times within the course of the project
  • To accept assistance, feedback and supervision from Outreach Project worker and program support staff as necessary
  • To feedback through appropriate channels any information that may be useful or necessary for the welfare of client/s and the Program
  • To complete necessary volunteer records e.g. statistical records in venues and/or online, claim forms, etc as required
  • To be available a minimum of three (3) hours if working primarily in SOPV and/or two (2) hours if working primarily in online environments per month
  • To not engage in any sexual activity with any HPP client whilst performing volunteer duties
  • To identify any conflict of interest you may have in respect to any aspect of your volunteering role and to declare any such conflicts to the project worker or the manager of the HPP
  • To not use yourself or to not provide a client with or secure for a client any illegal or illicit drugs
  • To not accept/loan/give money to/or from a client
  • To work within the policies and procedural guidelines as established by the HPP
  • Please note: Failure to do so may result in termination of volunteer status within the HPP and possibly the VAC organisation

Time commitment:

  • To be available a minimum of three (3) hours if working primarily in SOPV and/or two (2) hours if working primarily in online environments per month
  • To attend the regular Bi-Monthly Catch-ups if you are able

Qualifications/Skills/Abilities/Qualities/Experiences:

  • To have available time to undertake HPP VACreach SOPV & Online activities. This will include a diverse range of hours and times for volunteer work
  • To have the ability to communicate, care for and share with others in a supportive, non-judgmental and flexible manner
  • The ability to work in socially confronting environments
  • The ability to identify why you want to devote time to volunteering work and to determine what you can contribute and what you gain from such involvement
  • A sense of humour, patience, empathy and understanding of the situations of clients
  • Have a good understanding of male-to-male sex cultures
  • A willingness to contribute and learn new skills and take up training opportunities offered
  • Ability to respect the confidentiality of clients and other volunteers
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Commitment to supporting the rights and independence of clients
  • The ability to be self motivated yet to work effectively in a team situation with other volunteers

Directions:

Additional training sessions are required to carry out this work. These sessions are generally run over a weekend. Please note: it is a requirement that potential volunteers are able to attend both sessions.

All potential and current volunteers for this organisation must be prepared to undertake a police check as a condition of working for this agency.

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