Volunteers at Beechworth's Community Christmas Lunch
Do you enjoy meeting people? Are you interested in active community involvement? Do you have time to share with others? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then volunteering at Beechworth Health Service could be an option for you.

Become a Volunteer Today!

The essential elements of volunteering include providing a service to the community because you want to, without monetary reward. Volunteering is all about gaining a sense of satisfaction by helping others and having fun at the same time. It’s also a valuable opportunity to learn new and important life skills.

Volunteers from the community are currently needed in all program areas of the Health Service. Whilst many programs are located at Beechworth, others are in Yackandandah and Tangambalanga. We need ‘visiting friends’ for our residents, many of whom are lonely and have little contact with the community in which they live or you may be able to help increase the number of outings that residents and Club Connection members can enjoy. Do you play a musical instrument, play cards, able to read aloud, play bowls, wish to support patients and their family through a terminal illness, able to arrange flowers? We can link you to the right program to use your talents.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to undertake training to help ease them into their role. Insurance for volunteers is held by the organisation – volunteers are encouraged to find out details.

Currently insurance for volunteers over 80 years of age is limited.


If you are able to spare even half an hour now and then to be a companion for someone, to have a chat, to walk or wheel our residents, to help with craft activities or bus outings, or just to listen- we would love to hear from you.

What Our Volunteers Say

My name is Rosemary and I am one of the many volunteers associated with the Beechworth Health Service. Volunteers come from all walks of life, all age groups and bring a variety of skills and experience with them. At present I am involved with working in the hospital kiosk one morning per week and helping co-ordinate and participating in the Beechworth Heart Foundation Walk each Friday morning.

By becoming a volunteer, there is the opportunity for making new friends, both residents and staff and to learn new skills via various training sessions that the Health Service holds from time to time. Following the admission of my mother Mary to Stringybark Lodge a few years ago, I have had a long personal relationship with the Beechworth Health Service have been very impressed by the expert care and attention afforded to all patients and residents alike. I decided that I really wanted to be a part of this environment by taking on a volunteer role. As well as the kiosk and heart walk, I have also enjoyed sharing my own interests and hobbies with staff and residents. As a member of the local re-enactment group I demonstrated the clothing worn by ladies during the gold rush era and have also been able to share my passion for spinning and weaving. I have also danced to Glen Miller, played bingo and enjoyed numerous afternoon teas and special occasions. There are many ways volunteers can contribute to the Health Service.

To know that your skills, talents and experiences can really make a positive difference to someone else’s life is so gratifying and when that someone else shares their experiences and talents with you it is even more exciting and rewarding.

Rosemary  – Beechworth Health Service Volunteer

General requirements

As a professional volunteer service, it will come as no surprise that we have some very clear requirements to ensure our volunteers are top notch.

To be eligible to become a Volunteer at Beechworth Health Service, all volunteers must:

  • Be 16 years or older (anyone under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian)Undergo a National Volunteer Police Check (paid for by Barwon Health)Complete a Working with Children Check, (if deemed necessary for your role)
  • Commit to a minimum of six months service and a minimum of 3 hours a fortnight
  • Complete relevant orientation and training
  • Attend ongoing information and education sessions
  • Sign and agree to our Confidentiality Agreement
  • Keep us updated with any changes in availability or contact details
Current roles available

Aged Care Volunteer

This role is varied, ranging from assisting our Aged Care Residents with particular activities or just being there for a chat, providing company and support.


Community Christmas Lunch

Each year Beechworth Health Service is involved in running a Community Christmas Lunch for local residents who are alone on Christmas day and want to share the day with others. Roles required for this day vary, so please contact us to find out more.


Indigo Calling

Indigo Calling is a telephone visiting service where community members are matched with volunteers from their community for a regular, friendly chat at an agreed time.

Trained volunteers are matched community members based on their interests, hobbies and availability.

The key aim of Indigo Calling is to provide friendship and companionship to participants. A phone chat can help break down isolation so local people can remain connected and included in their own community.

This program is for people who enjoy some social contact via the phone.

Indigo Calling may benefit those who:

  • Feel isolated
  • Find it difficult to get out of the house
  • New members of the community
  • Live in a remote location
  • Are living with a disability
  • Live alone

Indigo Calling volunteers are:

  • People with good communication and listening skills.
  • Able to make a phone call at least once a week for approximately 20 minutes at their own cost.


Indigo Community Connectors

Community Connectors are people across the Indigo Shire who are trained as ‘go to’ people to help local people find support in their own communities and wider.

Community Connectors link local people and the services and activities that are available to support health and wellbeing of community members.

Community Connectors direct people to available services and activities such as:

  • Health Services
  • Community groups
  • Transport
  • Housing
  • Residential & respite care
  • Help at home

Community Connectors are:

  • People with good communication and listening skills.
  • Those who are interested in finding out about what is available in their community and would like to pass this information on.
  • Available to chat over the phone, via email or in person.
What's the next step?

If you have found a suitable volunteer position on our website, please contact us today and we will discuss the position and its requirements.

If there is not a suitable position available, please continue to check our website as positions are updated regularly.

And finally… happy volunteering!

For any other queries regarding our volunteer service please contact us.

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