Communities@Work’s Social Programs serve the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Canberra and the surrounding region, including low income families and individuals, the homeless, women and children fleeing domestic violence and at-risk young people.
By providing food, clothing and essential services, Communities@Work empowers people to create better futures and helps foster independence, resilience and social connection.
Best Dressed Store & Clothing Program
Communities@Work’s Best Dressed Store stocks excess pre-loved, donated clothing and all funds raised through the store will go to supporting our Social Programs. For many disadvantaged men and women who are unemployed, on low incomes or who have experienced a life changing event, it can be a real struggle to meet the cost of suitable clothing for the next job interview or to commence new employment. Communities@Work’s Social Programs Clothing Program provides those in need with free clothing, shoes and accessories for job interviews, work experience or other special events. The program is staffed by friendly and helpful volunteers who are committed to providing a respectful and efficient service to all clients.
The Community Pantry program provides food and crisis support to individuals and families experiencing hardship in the Canberra region. The objective of the program is to help people in need make life changing choices in terms of nutrition, budgeting and household practices. With a pantry full of healthy food and essential items (available either for free or for a nominal charge), our clients can ‘shop’ in a safe, secure, dignified setting.
Our centres for seniors at Gunghalin and Holder are welcoming placess for members to meet and make friends, experience great activities and have fun.
The Gungahlin Men’s Group welcomes men of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. The group gives men the opportunity to meet in a friendly social environment and work on meaningful projects of their choosing. The members, with the support of Communities@Work staff, and volunteers organise social outings, guest speakers, projects and discussion groups
Communities@Work Seniors Activities Volunteer
Communities@Work runs various activity based programs both South and North of Canberra for clients with a mild to moderate disability. The group’s members are warm and welcoming individuals, and all members are self-sufficient. Those who do require extra assistance are accompanied by their carers.
Communities@Work Lifestyle Services Volunteer – Disability
Communities@Work provides a safe, stimulating environment for the nurture and education of young people through the provision of high quality child care via our education centres, family day care and in-home care services, and our-of-school hours care.
Paint ‘n’ Play
Communities@Work Paint ‘n’ Play is an energetic, educational and social outdoor playgroup. The group provides a variety of exciting and interactive activities for children from birth to the age of five and their mums, dads and carers. Paint ‘n’ Play gives families the opportunity to engage socially in the community, access information on services and support which are available in the Canberra region as well as access mobile health outreach.
Communities@Work Paint and Play Volunteer
Family Day Care Playgroups
Our Family Day Care (FDC) playgroups provide an opportunity for children and educators within our FDC scheme to come together socially and enjoy activities that are facilitated by a playgroup leader. The group provides a variety of exciting and interactive activities for children from birth to five. Family Daycare Playgroups run from various sites both North and South of Canberra from 9:30 am – 11:30 am (school term only).
Communities@Work FDC Playgroup Volunteer
There may be opportunities to volunteer ‘behind the scenes’ within the Communities@Work organisational support teams.
Internal mail run position available.
Christmas Helpers needed to collect and sort Christmas donations.