SHARC recognises the value of our volunteers, who contribute greatly to our service delivery. SHARC works to ensure that all our volunteers are treated with respect and gratitude for their contribution and are engaged in work that is safe, significant, meaningful and fulfilling. There are volunteer roles available across the organisation: answering the Helpline; running community support groups; running community events; designing and publishing resources.

All recruitment and selection procedures and decisions reflect SHARC’s commitment to providing equal opportunity by assessing all potential candidates according to their skills, knowledge, qualifications and capabilities. Complete one of the applications below to apply to become a volunteer with SHARC. 

This form is to apply and express interest in becoming a volunteer at SHARC. Requests for Student Placements can be made here.

Family Drug Helpline

Family Drug Help recognises that caring about someone who uses alcohol or other drugs can be overwhelming. We offer support, information, education and hope to people facing these challenges. Our Family Drug Helpline in Carnegie is staffed by trained volunteers who know what it is like, as they too have been impacted by someone’s substance use. Our Support Groups across Victoria are also places where people can gain support, share information and learn from others who are experiencing similar situations. We encourage volunteer applications for both the Helpline and our Support Groups. During their time with us, our Helpline volunteers are encouraged to get involved in our other programs, such as Support Groups, InFocus and BreakThrough, which offers both personal and professional growth. Please note, our Helpline and Support Group volunteer opportunities are peer support roles, fulfilled by people who have personal experience of being impacted by someone’s substance use. This lived experience is the key selection criteria.

I would like to apply to volunteer for Family Drug Helpline


Recovery Support Service

Recovery Support Services (RSS) is a peer-based program for young people aged 16 to 25 experiencing severe problems related to their use of alcohol and other drugs. We provide community housing, an activity-based day program and a community where we create authentic recovery opportunities.
Whilst there are opportunities to volunteer in the residential programs, these places are somewhat limited. Volunteers need a valid driver’s licence and we prefer them to have a lived experience of recovery from substance dependence and some previous experience working in or volunteering for other health or welfare programs; they will also be required to undergo a police check and have, or obtain, a valid Working With Children card. If the person has a lived experience of substance dependency, they will be required to be at least 2 years into their own recovery.

I would like to apply to volunteer for Recovery Support Service