Volunteer opportunities

Volunteers support healthy eating by delivering simple, easy-to-understand messages and practical skills.

To become a Foodie, you need to undertake 24 hours of training – generally one four hour session each week, for six weeks. The training is free of charge, and delivered by a Foodie Coordinator. The training covers:

  • A social view of health (taking a broad view of what makes us healthy – for example, having a house and enough money also affects our health)
  • Basic nutrition with a focus on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating
  • Food safety
  • Group work and presentation skills
  • Planning and evaluation skills
  • An opportunity for all Foodies to practice a presentation they would like to give in the community

Once Foodies have completed their training they are registered as volunteers of UCWB or with an organisation UCWB is partnering with and work in partnership with workers from the setting/site they are working in and/or other Foodies to promote healthy eating in the community.

Foodie Coordinators provide advice and assistance around implementing and planning Foodie activities and programs, and can also support through debriefing Foodies about their experiences.

How else can we support you?

Telephone Club

Telephone Club volunteers make regular, friendly phone calls to connect with older people living in residential aged care facilities who may be experiencing social isolation.

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Community Visitors Scheme 

Community Visitor Scheme volunteers visit people who are experiencing, or who are at risk of, social isolation or loneliness.

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The Open Door

The Open Door provides financial and material assistance to people in the community who are experiencing homelessness, eviction, utility disconnection and financial difficulties. Volunteers run the service alongside UCWB staff.

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Workplace volunteering

Enables employees to make a positive contribution to the community in which they live and work by getting involved in a valuable team building exercise at a community organisation.

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Community Foodie

Volunteers support healthy eating by delivering simple, easy-to-understand messages and practical skills.

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Volunteer screening, induction and training

All volunteers are required to undergo a background check, induction and training.

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