What are the requirements for volunteers?
You should be at least 18 years of age unless volunteering with a parent or other adult support person. You will also need flexibility - things don't always go according to plan! You will need to agree to be on time and agree to attend MND NSW volunteer orientation. If you are accepted into the volunteer program, you will receive more specific information about your volunteer assignment and work schedule.
What will the benefits of volunteering be for me?
Beyond the personal satisfaction of knowing that you have been instrumental in bringing dignity and quality of life to a person with MND, you will also experience the gratitude of our members and their families as well as the staff of MND NSW. Volunteers also receive a regular newsletter every quarter providing an update on what's happening at MND NSW and other interesting information.
Is volunteering with people who have MND emotionally draining?
This is a difficult question to answer. Yes, there are certainly times when you will feel sadness, helplessness and even grief. Having said that though, most of our volunteers tell us that the joy of being part of bringing quality and dignity to another person's life, and the immense privilege of being a part of another persons MND journey adds a dimension to their volunteer experience that cannot be measured. We provide all of our volunteers with training and support and will be there with you to celebrate the highs and support you during the harder times.
How do I apply to be a volunteer?
If you are interested in being an MND NSW volunteer, please download the application form and return it to MND NSW or you can call our volunteer coordinator to talk about applying.
What happens after I apply to be a volunteer?
For all volunteer positions we ask you to come in to see us for an interview - we have regional centres so you won't have to come all the way in to our Gladesville Centre unless you live in Sydney. We also ask you to agree to a Criminal Record Check being conducted.
Do I have to get a new Criminal Records Check if I have had one recently?
Yes, MND NSW conducts a Criminal Records Check on all our volunteers. Many people already have police checks for other positions and question if they need to have another one. All our volunteers need a new Criminal Records Check which MND NSW will pay for.
How often would I be required to volunteer?
We have some volunteers who come into the MND NSW Centre at Gladesville every week but just as we ask you to be flexible we also agree to be flexible and will tailor your role to fit around your availability. Regardless of whether you have lots of time or very limited time to volunteer, we would love to hear form you.
Does MND NSW provide refunds for expenses?
Any expense that you incur on behalf of MND NSW will be reimbursed. Any travel costs will need to be approved prior to incurring the cost. We wouldn't normally cover the cost of your travel from home to the place of volunteering; however we will cover travel costs if, for example, you were transporting a member to and from an appointment. All costs will need to be discussed and approved prior to the cost being incurred.
Do I need formal qualifications?
No, you don't need any formal qualifications - just a willingness to be involved and to learn.
Can I volunteer with my partner or children?
At MND NSW we encourage families and couples to volunteer together, however this may not always be possible for every role. We will endeavor to find a role that matches your requirements.
I am not an Australian citizen, can I apply?
Yes you can, however you will also need to:
- have lived in Australia for a minimum of twelve months
- have a valid Australian visa
- have excellent oral and written English language skills
- provide two Australian professional and two Australian personal referees.
Where can I volunteer?
MND NSW members live right across NSW, as well as in ACT and the NT, so we are seeking volunteers for many areas.
Am I insured while I am volunteering?
Yes, all of our volunteers are covered by our comprehensive Volunteer Accident and Injury Insurance policy, a copy of which can be obtained at the time of your interview.