What Is A Volunteer?

Volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit and community organisations and projects and is undertaken:

  • to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer
  • of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
  • for no financial payment.

Principles Of Volunteering

  • Volunteering is a benefit to the community and the volunteer
  • Volunteer work is unpaid
  • Being a volunteer gives the individual the opportunity to participate in their community
  • Volunteering in an activity performed in the not for profit sector only
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work
  • Volunteer does not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to paid workers.
  • A volunteer respects the rights, dignity and culture of others.
  • Volunteers promote human rights and equality

Who Can Volunteer?

  • Anyone over 18 years old - subject to checks and suitability
  • Anyone under 18 years old - with parental permission or through a school program

Is There A Screening Process?

  • Yes, all volunteers are subject to National Police Checks and Working with Children checks.

Do I Need To Have Experience With People Who Have Disability?

  • No. A “people person” with a positive outlook, self-motivation and accepting the person for who they are is much more important than experience.
  • Midwest Community Living will provide training and support to the volunteer

Will Volunteering Cost Me Anything?

  • No. All checks and training are paid for by Midwest Community Living

How Many Hours Would I Have To Volunteer For?

Anywhere from a couple of hours a week/fortnight/month to a Host Family role. We work with you to choose days and times to suit you

What Type Of Volunteering Activities Will I Be Doing?

We try to match volunteers with individuals who have the same interest. It could be a range of activities, from assisting in the garden to attending a book club or a concert.

You could be undertaking a HOST FAMILY role if interested.

Volunteer Host Family – An alternative care arrangement.

Host Families play a special role in offering a person with a disability regular care in a safe secure living environment whilst giving the family a break from the daily responsibilities of caring. The host family model also gives the person with disability the opportunity to form relationships and have new social experiences.

The host family includes the person with a disability in the day-to-day home activities and outings. Host families can be individuals, couples or families with or without children. The person with disability may be a child or an adult.

Host family arrangements can involve overnight, weekend or holiday stays in a mutual arrangement that suits both parties.

The responsibilities of the Host Family

The person with disability is entitled to a positive and stable living environment. She/he can expect tailored and non-intrusive support which is consistent with that received by others with similar needs within the community.

  • A safe living environment
  • Food appropriate to the persons needs
  • Clothing that is age and weather appropriate
  • Emotional support, friendship and a sense of belonging
  • Attention paid to health needs (medication schedule etc.)
  • Independence and freedom of choice consistent with the Person Being Supported age, culture and skills.

How Do I Find Out More?

Contact us through our website or us call on (08) 9921 1505


Disability Service Commission

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

Carers WA

Companion card

IDfPWD Geraldton 2015

Thermoregulatory Dysfunction Energy Subsidy (TDES)