Conference Membership Expression of Interest

Job No: SVDP1178
Location: Various



Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the St Vincent de Paul Society, especially at this challenging time.

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is continuing to respond to the growing challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak and while some of our services may look a little different temporarily, we emphasise that – we are still here.

The way that we assist the community has changed during this time as we adapt to the isolation measures.

Its important to know we are actively recruiting for conference members at this time, as we need you to support the future rebuild in our communities. If volunteering in a conference is specifically where you wish to support, we can place you on our wait-list and when things are looking brighter (which they will) we will get in touch to discuss the options with you.  We will also provide you with updates along the way to keep you informed of the things the Society are doing to help during this time. 

Please read below to learn more about the volunteering process and instructions on how to join our wait-list.




Who: Volunteers who will support their community in many different ways (through the provision of food, financial aid and other services).

When: Different days depending on how the local conference operates and when they deliver services to the community.

Where: Please click here to open up our Vinnies map. You can select on the left just "Conference Support" to see where we are located. 

We currently have conferences all over Victoria.

Please note: You will also be able to see various other volunteer opportunities available. If you do not want to view these you can untick them on the left hand column. If you see any other opportunities that interest you, you can view these in more detail here.

Requirements: No experience required. A Working with Children’s Check and Police Check is required before you commence, arranged and paid for by St Vincent de Paul. St Vincent de Paul will assist you in acquiring these checks and completing a food handling course.

We are looking for people with:

  • A passion for helping others and giving back to your local community
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • An ability to build rapport in a respectful manner with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures
  • The ability to act with empathy and without judgement
  • The ability to commit to regular activities and meetings (weekly or fortnightly) for at least 6 months
  • Capacity to ‘think on your feet’ - remaining focused, calm and motivated in unexpected situations and unfamiliar environments
  • Someone looking to join a supportive, like-minded and committed team of volunteers who make a real difference in the lives of young people

As a volunteer you will be able to:

  • Homeless services
  • Disaster relief
  • Mobile and fixed meal services
  • Migrant and refugee services
  • Housing support and emergency accommodation
  • Mentoring and social support programs
  • Advocacy
  • Youth programs – including family, teen, and kids
  • Budget counselling
  • Material assistance

We can offer you...

  • Initial and ongoing training opportunities!
  • The opportunity to build lifelong friendships with other volunteers

How do I apply? Please use the form below to apply and be a part of something both exciting and meaningful! We will place you on our wait-list and we will keep you informed of what we are doing along the way. When you are contacted by one of our local volunteer leaders you will begin the process to become a member.


Learn more about our conferences.


Society members are passionate about helping those in need in their local community and work together in groups known as 'Conferences' that are usually attached to; parishes, schools, universities, social groups, workplaces, or groups of individuals from the local area.

The Society would not exist without its members and volunteers; they are the Society. They support their neighbours by visiting people in their homes or in the community, providing friendship and support to those they serve and each other. They are called to seek out the poor and marginalised wherever they may be.

The first Australian conference was opened in 1854 in Melbourne just 21 years after Frederic Ozanam founded the organisation in Paris, France.


St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria is proactive in supporting child safety

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences.

We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions.

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