Volunteering FAQs

  1. Can I do volunteer work to qualify for my Centrelink payment?
    Yes, if you receive an allowance (i.e. Newstart) from Centrelink that asks you to do volunteer work (i.e. 15 hours per week) to qualify for your payments we can generally help you meet all, or part of, that commitment. This depends on the vacancies that exist.
  2. Can I get a reference from UCWB?
    After volunteering for a period of three months or more, you can request that your Volunteer Coordinator acts as a referee.
  3. Can I go on holidays?
    Everyone needs a break and we encourage you to plan some time away from your volunteer tasks. Let your Volunteer Coordinator know in advance when you intend to be away so that suitable arrangements can be made in your absence.
  4. Do I get trained for my volunteer role?
    Training opportunities will be available to volunteers depending on funding and training needs. Please speak with your Volunteer Coordinator.
  5. Do I need experience to be a volunteer?
    UCWB makes every effort to match you to the role that will suit you the best. We are interested in utilising the skills that you have attained through your life and work experience.
  6. Do I require a police check?
    Yes, all volunteers must have a police clearance before commencement. This is free of charge and will be organised by UCWB.
  7. How many hours/days a week do I have to commit to my volunteering role?
    There is no pressure regarding the time you wish to provide. Complete flexibility will be provided to organise times that best suit you and UCWB. Once a time is agreed upon, commitment would be appreciated.
  8. Who can volunteer?
    Anyone is welcome to volunteer.
  9. Why should I volunteer?
    People volunteer for many reasons, including to develop new skills; gain experience for pathways into employment; increase confidence and self esteem; have fun and feel self-satisfied; make new friends; be actively involved in the community; take on new challenges; lend a helping hand.