Volunteering FAQs


About Inclusion Melbourne

1. Was Inclusion Melbourne known by another name?

Yes. We have a proud and long history. We formally were called Gawith Villa and changed our organisation name in 2008 to Inclusion Melbourne.

2. Are you a not for profit organisation?

Yes and we have charitiable status (DGR) so all donations are tax deductable.

3. Does Inclusion Melbourne provide volunteer insurance?

Yes.We have government backed insurance for volunteers age of 16-79 years old.

About Being a Volunteer

1. What is volunteering?

Volunteering is defined as an activity which takes place through not for profit organisations and is:

  • Of benefit to the community and the volunteer
  • Of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
  • For no financial payment and
  • In designated volunteer positions only

2. How much time will I need to be a volunteer?

Inclusion Melbourne will seek to match your skills, talents and time available to a role which suits you.

3. Is there an age limit?

Generally speaking there is no age limit, however the safety of our clients and volunteers always comes first. We must therefore ensure that volunteers have the appropriate qualities and capacities to meet the needs of their role.

4. Do I need to have experience or qualifications in working with people with disabilities?

No. Inclusion Melbourne will provide training, however if you do have experience and or qualifications that’s great. There are also roles, such as those that are administration, where directly working alongside people with disability.

5. Will I need to have an interview and a police check

Yes. Applying for a volunteer role is much the same as applying for a paid role and there is an application process. Inclusion Melbourne has legal obligations under our funding agreements to undertake police and referee checks with all volunteers.

6. How long does it take between making my application and starting to volunteer?

Once you have completed your application and your police check has been returned Inclusion Melbourne will notify you about whether your application has been successful. This usually takes no longer than a couple of weeks.

7. Am I limited to one volunteer role only?

No. You can undertake a number or range of volunteer roles depending on your availability, the positions available and your skills and talents.

8. Will volunteering assist me in getting paid employment?

Volunteering is a great thing to put on your CV and may assist you in developing your work skills. If you are interested in a career in the disability sector volunteering would be a good way to find out if it suits you. Inclusion Melbourne is happy to provide phone references for people who have volunteered on a regular basis over a six month period or longer.

9. What if I don’t like the volunteer role I undertake?

If you start volunteering and find you are not enjoying the role,speak with our Volunteer Manager who will work with you to either find a role which suits you better, work through any concerns you may have or assist you to decide if volunteering at Inclusion Melbourne is right for you.

10. What if my circumstances change and I need to leave?

We understand that peoples’ life circumstances change and that you may need to move on. Please call our Volunteer Manager if you are unable to continue so that we can thank you for your contribution and find a replacement for you.

11. What happens if I am sick or want to go on holiday or are unable to work that day?

It is understood that volunteers will have other things going on in their life alongside their voluntary commitments. Please notify our Volunteer Manager of your plans so that we can make alternative arrangements.