Do you have a passion to transform lives?
Volunteers are central to the vision and mission of The Leprosy Mission Australia. Volunteer representatives are essential to helping people affected by leprosy and disability, and in Australia and worldwide there are more volunteers then staff members.
If you feel called to volunteer to help people affected by leprosy there are a range of ways you can do this. You might already be equipped excellently for some of them. If you see something you think you would like to give a go, but you’re a bit nervous about doing (ie public speaking) we can help train and equip you to do this.
You might want to do one thing, once a year, or you might want to spend some time every week volunteering. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whichever it is, you have the ability to help impact someone affected by leprosy in a positive way.
To apply for a Volunteer Role, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page. For more information, contact Tim Collison at [email protected] or call 1800 537 767.
Prayer is still a vital part of ensuring people affected by leprosy can attain healing, dignity and life in all its fullness. You would be willing to spend regular time praying on behalf of people affected by leprosy.
As Christians Jesus has sent us the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, and we can all pray. But you may feel particularly called to pray for people affected by leprosy.
We will send you a Prayer Diary once a year, and a monthly prayer update.
Volunteer Resource Distributor
In this role, you will be distributing updates about people affected by leprosy to your community. This could be your church, your community group (ie Rotary), your local library, your local café or even your Bible Study Group (or all of them!).
You would ask whichever group, or groups if they would be happy to receive some literature about people affected by leprosy, what type of literature, how many copies would be appropriate, and how frequently.
You would let us know how much literature you needed sent, and how often you needed it sent. Then at those times you would receive a little parcel containing the relevant material. Then you would distribute that to the right location.
Volunteer Cuppa For a Cure Host
Host a morning or afternoon tea party to raise funds to fight leprosy. When you host a Cuppa for a Cure event, you help provide treatment for people affected by leprosy.
Morning or afternoon tea, anywhere or anytime. Hold it as part of a special event or celebration, a gathering with your friends at home, at church or in your group. We can provide you with the resources and newsletters you need.
You can do this at home, at a community hall, or even at church.
Volunteer Church Representative
Churches are a key part of helping free people from the chains affected by leprosy both overseas and in Australia. In many countries partner churches help deliver services to people affected by leprosy.
In Australia partner churches have people who pray for people affected by leprosy, who support people affected by leprosy financially.
As a volunteer Church Representative you are passionate about your faith community empowering people affected by leprosy in the name of Jesus Christ.
You love reading Paul’s exhortations to the Macedonians to encourage them to fundraise. You know what a difference a few dollars can make to some affected by leprosy.
This is a role with a great deal of opportunity around what you can do. It can range from you holding a morning tea and inviting people to come, and collecting a gold coin from everyone, to speaking at events, to holding gala dinners to raise money. In fact you could do any, all or something entirely different.
We certainly have suggestions: bake sales, events, selling jam – asking people for money! But this is a role which would suit your own take, and your own creativity.
Volunteer in the Office
Did you know there are more volunteers than staff for The Leprosy Mission in Australia? There are a variety of ways you can volunteer in the office, from helping with the Merchandise Department to helping pack KIT newsletters for the Communications Team.
You may want to help people affected by leprosy by utilising your graphic design skills. Or your accounting skills. Or you might be great at talking to people. Or have neat handwriting. We may have a role for you to volunteer in!
Our shopping can help people empower people affected by leprosy. When people purchase from The Leprosy Mission Catalogue, they have a double impact: empowering people affected by leprosy and disability who produce many of the products, and the profits help people affected by leprosy.
If you love talking to people, and you enjoy the hustle and bustle of markets, you may love helping people affected by leprosy out in this way. You would receive goods on consignment and would sell them at your church, car boot sales, or wherever else you might have the opportunity. You could even make a night of it and invite people over for a night of coffee, desserts and shopping from the goods you have on display!
Australians love to help others. Unfortunately not many Australians know every two minutes someone is diagnosed with leprosy.
You are able (or willing to be trained) to speak about this publicly, sharing with others how they can help break the chains of leprosy and empower people affected by leprosy.
Take on and give talks about leprosy at churches, Bible Study Groups, community groups (ie Rotary), or schools – or anywhere you can!
The Leprosy Mission Australia Archivist
More than 100 years of service to people affected by leprosy generates a lot of artefacts. At the office in Box Hill, Melbourne there is a room full of photos, slides, CDs and other historical materials that requires sorting. We’d like to make these precious items available to interested supporters. Would you be able to help sort and prepare this material for The Leprosy Mission Australia’s archives? Some archival or librarian experience is required. We will be able to provide instructions and help as needed. For further information contact Nerida on 039890 0577. To apply, use the form below.
Not your calling?
Use the form below to contact us to discuss what else you can do. Please indicate your availability and areas of interest or skill, and we will be in touch with you soon.