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Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.
H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Volunteering Opportunities

Kids Programs

We often need adult volunteers to help facilitate our kids’ programs.  While the programs are run by experienced tutors, having volunteer helpers is a great asset.  Volunteers enable more one-on-attention for the children and gives the tutor valuable logistical support.  Our current kids’ programs are:  Learning Club, Karate, Soccer, Kids’ Art House and Youth Drop-In.

Please note due to popular demand, we are not always able to accommodate volunteer requests.  However, inquiries are always welcome.

Police Check and Working With Children Check required.  

English Language Tutoring for Adults

English Language tutors work one-on-one with adults from non English speaking backgrounds living in the local community to help them improve their English language skills in a relaxed environment at Railway House. This might be conversational English or more structured help with reading and writing.

No teaching experience necessary but good English language ability and good people skills are essential. 

Police check required. 

Have a special skill to share?

People with particular expertise or knowledge, such as sewing and cooking, are also welcome to get in touch to discuss running a program.

Volunteers will need to obtain a Police Check (and a Working with Children Check if the role involves working with children) which Railway House can help with. Volunteers will be provided with an induction and with a Certificate of Appreciation for their volunteer work.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and email it to Tania Jorquera (Community Development) at or contact her first for further information.

Donations – The Little Green Bag Initiative

The Little Green Bag Initiative is a donation-based project to support people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne. The initiative was started in honour of a dearly departed friend who found himself living on the streets.

How it works:  you donate recyclable green bags and much-needed items, and we pack and deliver them to homeless people across Melbourne.

We need the following items to make up our green bags:

  • new tooth brushes
  • toothpaste
  • sleeping bags in good condition
  • electrolytes to help combat dehydration
  • muesli bars/packaged snacks
  • sunscreen
  • torches with batteries
  • books
  • tampons/pads
  • antiseptic cream
  • hand sanitiser
  • green bags

Please bring your donations to Railway House during business hours, Monday through Thursday.  Weekend drop-offs can be arranged by appointment.