Join us as a volunteer
Volunteers are the most important part of our foundation. Without them, we would not be able to process and package or parcels for new families, supply Brekkie bars to time-poor parents in hospital, run our NICU Connections, hold our annual event Walk for Prems, help us with admin — and that’s just some of the things they do. More than that, they’re like family to us and we love the enthusiasm and passion they bring as we all work for causes very close to our hearts whether they’re packing a box or running a discussion in our Facebook group.
We have been very lucky with so many wonderful volunteers, and some that have been with us since LLTF started. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and help families with premature and sick babies.
Check out our FAQ below for more information, or contact us directly with any questions you may have.
If you’ve already decided volunteering is for you, then please apply below.
What our volunteers have to say
“As I have recently been out of full-time work, I have found volunteering rewarding. It is an absolute pleasure to work with the team. They have made me feel very welcome and I have made some new friends.”
“Volunteering doesn’t necessarily mean a huge commitment of your own time. It becomes a part of who you are and brings great joy to your life.”
“I get to connect with other parents and provide genuine, empathetic care and use my experience to provide something positive. LLTF provides excellent support to help you know what to do and they look after you while you do it.”
“Being a volunteer is one of those rare experiences in life where you feel utter satisfaction and value in what you are doing. You definitely gain as much as you give to others!”
Frequently asked questions
What type of people would be best suited to a volunteering role?
- We are looking for people who have a compassionate heart and love to help others.
- You will need to be over 16 and physically fit and healthy.
- Our Peer Support Volunteers need to have had a premature or sick baby so that you have the understanding to support other families.
- Our Packing volunteers need to be capable of standing or sitting for long periods of time and are able to do light lifting.
- Our hospital delivery volunteers will need to have a car and current licence.
What kind of time commitment is need?
- Peer Support roles usually require a commitment of 3 hours once a month for hospital visits and weekly for Facebook support.
- Admin and Warehouse volunteers usually volunteer for 4.5 hours once a week.
- Food Delivery Volunteers usually help for 30 mins a week as most food pickups are within 10 mins of the hospital
Do I need to have had a prem or sick baby?
- If you’re applying to be a Peer Support Volunteer in our Facebook or Hospital groups, then you will need to have had a prem or sick baby. But we also have many roles that do not require this such as Packing and Admin Volunteers and Professional Volunteers.
Do I need to be located in Vic?
- If you want to help at our Head Office to do packing or admin then yes you need to live in Vic.
- But we have plenty of Peer Support positions in Canberra and Brisbane.
- We have food delivery roles in Sydney.
- Facebook Peer Support Volunteers positions can be done from anywhere.
Do I get training?
- All our volunteers are trained in their roles with online and hands-on training.
- You will be mentored by our staff members until you feel comfortable in doing your role.
How easy is the onboarding process?
Our onboarding process is easy.
- You will need to fill in an online application form and will be interviewed.
- If you’re successful you’ll progress through the online training and also get some hands-on training.
- You might need to do a couple of compliance checks like Working With Children and National Police Checks.
- If you are looking to be a Peer Support Volunteer in a hospital you will also need to do the hospital compliance training.
But don’t worry, we will help you through all of these steps.
Will I be working with other volunteers?
- We love our volunteers to work together in teams, so you will usually have a team of others working alongside you.
Can I volunteer with a friend?
- Yes as long as you and your friend have the skills to do the job we are more than happy for you to work with others you might know.
Can I volunteer as part of my community service or through my workplace?
- We are looking for long term volunteers who can help us either weekly or fortnightly so it will depend on the length of community service required.
- We do sometimes run Corporate Volunteering days but most of our volunteers are long term, regular volunteers.
Can I still go on holidays?
- We understand that everyone needs to have a holiday at some stage and we try and work around your family needs. We will need some notification of your holidays so we can plan ahead.