Night Leader - Collingwood Soup Van

Job No: SVDP475
Location: Collingwood

Do you: 

  • Have the drive and ambition to lead a volunteer team?
  • Have a passion for giving a 'hand up' to individuals experiencing disadvantage?
  • Love giving back to your local community?
  • Enjoy engaging with people from all walks of life?



Yes? We would love you to join the Collingwood Soup Van Operation as a Monday Night Leader, to a team of volunteers providing food, friendship and a smile to those experiencing homelessness or disadvantage.


There are many aspects for you to get involved in, including:

  • Creating a safe, supportive an enjoyable experience for your team of volunteers
  • Ensure your team follow Society Policies and Procedures
  • Distributing food on the Soup Van Run
  • Providing much needed companionship, blankets, toiletries and other donated items


More specifically you will have:

  • A 'Can Do' attitude and positive team spirit
  • Ability to lead a team of volunteers, fortnightly, from 5pm unit approx. 10pm.
  • Experience with Smart Phone applications such as Google Sheets and Office Outlook
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to train volunteers and address issues effectively amongst the team
  • Current driver's license preferable, but not essential
  • The ability to commit to once a week or once a fortnight for at least 12 months
  • Ability to attend 3 monthly meetings in the Collingwood area, usually on a Saturday


Why take this Opportunity?

  • Be part of an organisation with a fantastic history for assisting those in need
  • Gain experience in the Community Services Sector
  • Training provided

Most nights work well with a buddy or co-Night Leader, so if you and a friend are interested, feel free to apply together!


This opportunity is suited to a mature minded individual with some experience in leading a small team, looking to gain experience in the  volunteer or Non for Profit Sector.


A little about us:

Established in 1988, the Margaret Oats Soup Van - Collingwood provides meals six nights a week to people experiencing disadvantage & homelessness in the Collingwood and Richmond areas. 

The primary aim of the SVDP Soup Van Program is to offer food, compassion, genuine concern and a connection with the outside world, to people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness and disadvantage. Through the acceptance of each individual and their lifestyle, it is hoped that feelings of dignity, self-esteem, worth and value as a person are inspired. The Soup Van Program operates within the Mission, Vision and inspired Values of the St Vincent de Paul Society.

The Soup Van Program is supported by over 1000 dedicated volunteers grouped into teams and headed by a Soup Van President for each Soup Van Operation. Over 250,000 meals are served annually by the volunteers, with the Soup Vans operating 365 days a year, rain, hail or shine! 

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to provide a 'hand up' to individuals experiencing disadvantage and combat social injustice.

Click here to Watch 'A night on the Soup Van" .




Please note: Opportunities are only available to those aged 18 years and over.



Please note that prior to engaging in any Volunteer activity with the St Vincent de Paul Society some checks are required. These will include a National Criminal History Check and current Working with Children Check .


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


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