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Why Volunteer with SPDL

  • You can make a positive contribution to social inclusion, by supporting older people and people with a disability and those who care for them, to remain connected to their community.
  • Provides you with the opportunity to connect, meet new people from different backgrounds and build a stronger sense of community understanding. 
  • Expand your personal skills, experience and knowledge.
  • Give back to your community at a local level in a way that makes a hands-on difference to people's lives.
  • Improve your personal outlook as research indicates people who volunteer are happier and healthier in being able to make a real difference.

SPDL Volunteers Make a Difference

SPDL volunteers make a real difference to people lives by providing support to individuals to remain independent and connected to their community through the various services SPDL provides to the residents in the City of Port Phillip. Reducing the personal sense of social isolation for older people and people with a disability, which has been demonstrated to cause people to lose their sense of confidence, reducing their physical mobility and personal sense of wellbeing.

SPDL Volunteer Roles

DayLinks Volunteer Drivers - provide a local door to door transport to our clients who reside within the City of Port Phillip, using an SPDL standard motor vehicle. Volunteers are required:

  • to be available a minimum of one half-day, weekly or fortnightly on weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm
  • to have a current Victorian Driver' Licence (all applicants will undergo a driving assessment)

Download DayLinks Position Description (Community Driver)


Reception Volunteers -  Reception volunteers take transport bookings from DayLinks clients and general inquiries. Enter the bookings into our transport booking system and support volunteer drivers while on the road with information to complete their transport shift efficiently. They also help in the office by completing general administration duties. Volunteers are required:

  • to be available a minimum of one half-day, weekly or fortnightly on weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • to have good customer service and basic computer skill   

Download Receptionist Position Description


GardenMates - volunteers provide support to older people to maintain their gardens, the volunteer is matched with a suitable client, the role is to also encourage the older person to participate in gardening if they are able. Volunteers are required:

  • to be available a couple of hours fortnightly or monthly and maybe weekdays or weekends, as agreed
  • to be fit and able to do light weeding, tidyups and minor pruning

Download GardenMate Position Description


PetMates - volunteers can undertake dog walking, animal, and foster care, to support an older person who is finding it difficult to care for their pet. The volunteer is matched with the older person and the agreed role and availability are negotiated. Volunteers are required:

  • to be available a couple of hours weekly and  maybe weekdays or weekends, as agreed
  • to be fit and able to collect and dispose of dog waste

Download PetMates Position Description


WalkMates -  volunteers provide support to older people to gain exercise by being a walking companion, volunteers are matched with the older person, the frequency and level of support required by the volunteer in the role are negotiated. Volunteers are required:

Download WalkMates Position Description


What can I expect as a volunteer and how do I develop my ability to achieve the role?

SPDL volunteers are provided with relevant on the job training, mentoring, orientation and individual support in a friendly supportive informal environment.

There are regular meetings with volunteers, which encourages volunteers to share ideas, experiences, and concerns; social get-togethers; newsletters and opportunities to be involved in the in the local community.

We ensure that you are comfortable and confident to undertake your role as a volunteer.

Volunteer Application Process

If you would like to express your interest in becoming a volunteer with SPDL please either fill out the form below, or contact us:

     By Phone - Contact SPDL on 9646 6362 to make an appointment with the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

The Volunteer Program Coordinator will be in contact with you to make a time to meet and discuss your volunteer application. See initial application process below.

Interview - All potential volunteers are required to meet with the Volunteer Program Coordinator to be interviewed to ensure that their skills fit the position description and to explain the requirements of the volunteer role you have applied for.

Police Check - People applying to become a volunteer are asked to provide 2 referees and to undergo a police check, to complete the police check we will need you to provide us with 100 points of personal identification.*

Driver Assessment - In the case of the DayLinks or DriverLinks service, interested volunteers need to successfully undertake an independent driver assessment.

Costs - SPDL will cover these costs as a part of the volunteer recruitment and orientation process.

*South Port Day Links is unable to accept volunteers who have a criminal record.

Complete an Online Volunteer Application Form

If you are interested in volunteering in one of the programs offered by South Port Day Links please complete the online volunteer application form below.

Questions with a red asterisk must be answered.

  • Firstname *
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  • What age grouping do you fall into?
  • What SPDL program would you prefer to be involved with? *
  • What languages do you speak?
  • What interests you in becoming a volunteer for SPDL?
  • How did you find out about volunteer opportunities with South Port Day Links *
  • What days and times to volunteer would you be available? *
  • Is there anything that may affect your ability to be a volunteer in certain circumstances? *
    An example may include a medical condition or disability
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