Meridian was founded on the hard work and dedication of volunteers. Volunteers play a key role in the work of the organisation. If you support the vision and the mission of Meridian and have a desire to help us with our work, you will be welcomed as part of a dedicated team of volunteers. There are no rules about the amount of time you would be expected to devote when volunteering with Meridian, and there are many ways that people can help us do our work.
Volunteers must become members of Meridian to be covered by Meridian’s public liability and personal accident insurance policies. Volunteers can choose to become non-financial, or financial members, and are offered a special reduced membership rate. You can find out more about the benefits of membership here.
It is a policy of Meridian that all volunteers must complete a Working with Vulnerable People’s Check. This is free if you are applying for it in a volunteer position. If you have one for another organisation, we will need to cite your card, as well as be aware of any restrictions that may be in place.
As a volunteer of Meridian, you get access to a range of training opportunities. All volunteers who will be doing any work to represent Meridian, such as working on a stall or working on reception, need to do the basic volunteer training. This short training session is run regularly and introduces volunteers to the work of Meridian and information about HIV that will help them in their roles.
Other training is provided as necessary for specific roles, such as workshop facilitation, STRIP sexual health clinic outreach and NSP training.
Volunteer Opportunities - New opportunities are updated as they become available
Please indicate which volunteer opportunities you are interested in using the form at the bottom of this page.
During business hours, light activity. Meridian Offices, Havelock House, Turner. Greeting visitors, answering phone, taking messages, basic clerical work.
During business hours, light-moderate activity. Current driver's license essential. Take your own car, mileage and parking reimbursed. Delivering resource packs around Canberra metropolitan area.
During business hours, light activity.
Pronoun Badge making
During business hours, light activity.
3rd Sunday of May, 3-4 hours, light-moderate activity. Ushering, bump in, basic food preparation, resources and banner set up, bump out.
Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS)
1 hour per fortnight, preferably a 12-month commitment, light activity. Provide regular friendship and companionship to socially isolated aged care recipients, this can include conversations and sharing stories, tea/coffee, games and more. ACVVS is funded by the Australian Government.
Social Group Support
Saturdays, 3-4 hours, light-moderate activity by negotiation. Support the Disabili-Tea team and participants attending activities in the ACT region by engaging in conversation, bush walks, museums, galleries and more. Entry fees, parking, and light refreshments reimbursed. Take your own car or meet at Meridian.
The Roundabout Project – Peer Volunteer
2 hours per month, preferably a 12-month commitment, light activity. Meet in person or connect remotely. Be matched with a person living with a disability and provide friendship and support for social engagement and community connection. The aim is to have fun! Ongoing training and support will be provided.
World AIDS Day
December 1st, 3-4 hours, light-moderate activity. Minding stalls, bump in, bump out, selling WAD merchandise. More information to come. Register your interest today!
Attend pride events, hand out resources and interact with community members.
If you would like to help with any of the above opportunities or have ideas for projects and ways that you would like to assist the work of Meridian that are not listed here, please contact us or call 02 6257 2855.