Volunteers are an integral part of the CCA community and are located across Australia. By dedicating a few hours on a one-off or regular basis, our volunteers provide valued support to the IBD community.
There are many ways to volunteer with Crohn’s & Colitis Australia based on your interests, experience or skills you have. Please see below for current volunteer opportunities, and get in touch with us if you are interested in volunteering your time. We’d love to hear from you!
Email our Volunteer and Programs Coordinator for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Group Facilitator
Support Group Facilitators co-ordinate and facilitate support group meetings (monthly or bimonthly). Support Group meetings aim to reduce personal distress and strengthen the belief that an individual with IBD can manage their unique personal challenges. Or, you may want to start as a Back-up Facilitator to assist the Facilitator to ensure the group can always meet regularly.
We are currently seeking interest for Support Group Facilitators to establish groups in the following areas:
• Wollongong NSW
• Central Sydney NSW
• Newcastle NSW
• Geelong VIC
• Sunshine Coast QLD
• Hobart TAS
• Perth WA
Volunteer Teams (VT) are groups of regional volunteers recognised and supported by CCA. The purpose of a VT is to increase CCA’s reach and enhance the quality of services provided to CCA members and all individuals living with, or affected by, IBD. Supporting the work of CCA staff, VTs help to create greater organisational capacity to extend support programs and enhance fundraising and awareness in their communities.
Local Champions raise awareness of IBD and CCA in their local electorates and support lobbying campaigns for better quality of care and funding for IBD. With help from CCA, you will make contact with your community (for example: MPs, businesses, schools, community groups or media) and spread the word about IBD and the important work of CCA.
Ambassadors use their proven media profile to increase visibility of IBD and raise awareness of the challenges experienced by people living with the condition. This program is tailored for individuals with a significant media following who wish to help us raise CCA’s public profile.
iConnect Support Crew
The CCA Digital Helpline, iConnect, provides an opportunity for those with IBD to access online support as well as resources, to help manage their IBD or assist them in their role as a carer.The Support Crew provides support and information through online one-on-one conversations with people accessing the service. Support Crew volunteers will use their knowledge of Crohn’s and colitis to assist clients with their inquiries and issues they are facing in a confidential chat format. Crew members can be men or women with IBD, IBD nurses or carers of someone with IBD.
Fundraising and Ad-hoc volunteering
Can’t commit to an ongoing role? You can still donate your time on a one-off or ad-hoc basis. From time to time, CCA will have special events or campaigns that will require volunteers (e.g. May Awareness Month). Keep an eye on our social media to get involved! Additionally, you could hold or take part in a fundraising event and donate the proceeds to CCA. For more information on fundraising, see our Community Fundraising page.
CCA also welcomes corporate, skilled and office volunteers. However, these roles are advertised and recruited as needs arise.