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cohealth provides high quality, culturally appropriate and accessible primary, community and mental health services with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in the cities of Melbourne and Moonee Valley.
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Volunteer caring for babies


Volunteers at Doutta Galla work in many different roles across the organisation. Volunteers drive clients to appointments and activity programs; lead exercise groups; give out health information; help run activities and outings; work as Committee or Board members; offer administrative help, and lend their professional skills to many projects at Doutta Galla. Whatever their role, all volunteers contribute their skills to help improve the health and well-being of our clients.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life and include retired people, students, workers, parents, grandparents and many other community members. We value the involvement of members of the community in our work.

All volunteers at Doutta Galla are appointed to a particular position and allocated a staff supervisor. Most volunteer positions are ongoing, but some involve working on short-term projects or on an occasional basis. Volunteer hours vary widely, but most volunteers contribute between two and four hours a week to Doutta Galla.

Volunteer Morning Tea celebrates individual contributions

Caz Healy speaking to staff and volunteers

On Wednesday 3 July Doutta Galla held a morning tea at its Moonee Ponds site to celebrate the contribution made by volunteers.

All volunteers were invited to participate.

CEO Caz Healy spoke of the difference that volunteers made and thanked them for the sacrifices they make for the good of the organisation and community.

It was an enjoyable occassion for all.

Volunteers - have their say

Patrick sees only positives in volunteering

Patrick working hard

Patrick has been a Volunteer Communications Assistant at Doutta Galla’s Moonee Ponds and Niddrie sites since March.

Volunteering twice a week benefits Patrick in gaining valuable work experience and allows him to put the knowledge he acquired at university into practice.

Patrick’s tasks include: updating Doutta’s quarterly newsletter, writing media releases, administering the corporate website and building community awareness through assisting in promotional events.

“Every day is different”, Patrick says. “One day I’m assisting in a photo shoot and working on the newsletter; the next I’m working on the website and liaising with suppliers for promotional displays, there’s never a dull moment.”

Patrick explains that the best aspect of volunteering at Doutta Galla is the people.

“The staff here are very friendly and welcoming. They make you feel part of the team and are always happy to help you out. This is especially true of my manager, who is supportive and ensures I am always learning new marketing techniques.”

Although he never previously considered volunteering at a not-for-profit organisation, Patrick does not regret his decision. Rather he encourages others to volunteer.

“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”

Helen is spoiled with monthly outings

Helen Mather Web

Helen has been an outing volunteer at Doutta Galla since 2011. She accepted her friend’s offer, Annie, to help with the outing program, which is free for people in the Kensington community.

“I really enjoy my volunteering tasks – picking a great place, sending out invites and bringing the group together for a fun day once a month. So far, the group has visited Werribee Park, Tulip Farm, Preston Market, Queen Victoria Market and Sydney Road op-shops.”

Helen, who studied teaching at the University of Melbourne, enjoys giving back to the community. “I love to be a part of people’s lives, even for just a short time. This group of people always love to share their stories. They’re just wonderful people. It’s fascinating to see how similar and how diverse we are as people,” says Helen. “I’m very spoiled. Every time I go home after an outing I know I have had so much fun,” she laughs.

Helen believes that volunteering is a win-win situation. “Volunteering really gives me so much more than what I give. I feel that I have done something worthwhile."

Becoming a Volunteer

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? We welcome the involvement of community members in our volunteer program.

  • View our current Volunteer vacancies and find a relevant position
  • Read the position description for that role and check your suitability
  • Complete the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form
  • Send the completed form to the Human Resources Officer, either as an attachment to an email or post to Human Resources Officer, Doutta Galla Community Health, 7 Chester Street, Moonee Ponds, 3039.
  • We meet with or interview all potential volunteers. Successful applicants are appointed following completion of a referee check, police check and, where relevant, a working with children check.
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