Become a SCARF Volunteer
Volunteers are SCARF’s most valuable resource; we simply could not exist without them. Volunteers make it possible for SCARF to provide support that is flexible, responsive and targeted to the needs of refugee children, youth and adults – for as long as they need it.
By joining the SCARF community as a volunteer, you can help us achieve our mission to:
- Provide refugee support that builds a sense of belonging;
- Promote social and economic inclusion;
- Empower individuals and families to lead independent lives by creating connections and generating opportunity.
What do SCARF volunteers do?
SCARF draws on the skills, commitment and generosity of volunteers to coordinate and deliver all of our front-line programs and activities, assist with office administration and provide specialised operational support. Volunteers also govern SCARF as members of our highly-skilled Management Committee.
I want to volunteer! How do I apply?
GENERAL VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED.
SCARF aims to welcome new volunteers at specific times throughout the year to ensure we can provide screening, briefing and induction that is appropriate and personal.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill in our short Volunteer Expression of Interest Form and tell us more about your skills and interests. We will notify you as soon general recruitment opens or if a suitable opportunity comes up before our next recruitment round.
Are there any opportunities to get involved now?
There are a small number of roles that we will accept new volunteers for in between recruitment rounds. These include:
- L2P Driver Mentoring
- Specialist Skills
- Community Language Interpreters
- Champion of Welcome
Check out the SCARF Volunteer Opportunity Directory for more information about these opportunities. To Express your Interest in these roles, please email email@example.com.
Working with Children Check
All SCARF volunteers are required to submit a Working with Children (WCC) Check number. Applications can take between 1 to 4 weeks to process, so we encourage you to apply for your WWC number as soon as possible. To apply or to get more information, visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website. The WWC check is free for volunteers.
Zoe - Form Filling Volunteer
Joining SCARF in the role of a form filler has taught me more in a few short months about humanity, communication, connection and community than perhaps my entire university degree. It's taught me that despite a language barrier there are always ways to connect, that some forms are incredibly difficult to fill out even for English speakers! and that seeing others smile after hearing of their struggles in previous times fulfills me more than anything.
I have loved becoming a part of the SCARF community and I can't wait to see how we grow in 2018!
Phil - Homework Help Volunteer
I originally got involved out of a vague sense of wanting to do something to help. SCARF’s Homework help gave me a way to practically profess my values and use my skills. I now volunteer for different reasons… I enjoy the challenge of assisting community members with different levels of academic skills, interests, and engagement. What keeps me coming back is seeing kids with ambitions work hard towards reaching their dreams.