This is
Robert Peoples’
breathing before
a float.
And after.

Volunteer For a Worthy Cause And We Will Accept As Payment

4 hours

of your time

+

Non-Profit

selected from our approved list below

=

60 min Float

max of 2 floats per month

Volunteer at One of These Partner Organisations…

Sea Shepherd

Website: http://www.seashepherd.org.au/

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: australia@seashepherd.org.au

http://www.seashepherd.org.au/get-involved/volunteer.html

Description: Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Type of work include:

  • On Shore From helping to sell merchandise, run fundraising events and conduct beach cleanups, to spreading the Sea Shepherd message about the importance of defending and protecting our oceans.
Sea Shepherd

Orange Sky

Website/Volunteer landing page: https://orangesky.org.au/volunteer

Description: Orange Sky provide a platform for every day Australians to connect through a regular laundry and shower service. The focus is on creating a safe, positive and supportive environment for people who are too often ignored or who feel disconnected from the community. In the hour that it takes to do a load of laundry, we sit down on our six orange chairs and have a chat.

Type of work include:

  • General Volunteer General volunteers commit to a fortnightly or weekly shift, assisting our friends to access our services and having genuine conversations.
  • Team Leader Every Orange Sky shift has a designated Team Leader that arranges the weekly roster and ensures the safe and successful operation of the service at the same weekly location.
Orange Sky

Clean Up Australia

Website/Volunteer landing page: https://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au/who-we-are/work-at-clean-up

Description: Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Clean Up Australia works nationally to empower communities, businesses, schools and youth groups to remove rubbish from our environment.

Type of work include:

  • Office Volunteers Clean Up regularly recruits office based volunteers who bring much needed skills they generously share with us.
  • Marketing Volunteers

    Graphic Design - Work with Daisy (Community Marketing) to produce graphics for social media, presentations and more.

    Blog and digital content - Write engaging digital content as part of blogs or new web material.

    Social Media - Help manage Clean Up's social media networks and produce posts and content that will keep our audience excited and engaged.

Clean Up Australia

Earthcare St Kilda

Website: http://earthcarestkilda.org.au/

Description: Earthcare St Kilda is a Non profit group volunteer group that works with locals and government bodies to help improve the natural resources of the city of Port Phillip.

Type of work include:

  • Scheduled litter removal days and beach clean ups Monthly organised group beach clean up of the St Kilda breakwater, removing harmful rubbish from the indigenous penguin habitat. Dates can be found here https://www.facebook.com/earthcarestkilda.
  • Foreshore flora regeneration During the winter months volunteers from Earthcare St Kilda spend Sunday morning removing weeds and replanting native species of plants along the St Kilda foreshore.
Earthcare St Kilda

Dogs Home

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://dogshome.com/volunteer-at-lost-dogs-home/volunteer-overview/

Description: The Dogs Home mission is “to work with the community in promoting the welfare of dogs and cats by reducing the number of lost cats and dogs, alleviating their pain and suffering and enhancing the responsible pet ownership and enjoyment of pets.”

Type of work include:

  • Adoption program Dog walking, interacting and assisting with dog training and, customer service.
  • Cat enrichment volunteers Assist with improving the wellbeing of adoption cats and kittens for their new homes. This involves; socialisation, mental stimulation and exercise, cleaning, feeding and making toys.
  • Event volunteers Assist at various on and off-site community events for The Lost Dogs’ Home. Tasks may include helping the team set up and pack down equipment, promoting LDH animal welfare programs.
  • Administrative volunteers Work within various departments of The Lost Dogs’ Home. Tasks include packing showbags, mailing receipts, opening mail, filing, collating, basic data entry and scanning.

For more details please visit: https://dogshome.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LDH_FS_Volunteering.pdf

Dogs Home

Black Dog Institute

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/get-involved/volunteer-with-us

Description: The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education.

Type of work include:

  • Present to a group of highschool students across perth, regarding Mental Health Community Presenters: Deliver Mental Health awareness presentations across Australia Event Support Volunteers: Help out at community events associated with the Black Dog institute.
Black Dog Institute

Wesley Unity & Lifeline

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.unitingwesley.org.au/get-involved-volunteer/

Description: Wesley Unity & Lifeline care for and support disadvantaged and vulnerable Victorians through a range of community-based services. They also advocate for a more just society, using their unified voice to influence community attitudes and government policy.

Type of work include:

  • Support adults & children with disabilities From helping out at recreational weekend camps for children to providing companionship to an adult with a disability. Supporting creative art activities to assisting with administration tasks.
  • Provide care or support for a child or young person For people with a genuine passion for supporting young people and helping them achieve their life potential.
  • Lifeline Melbourne Volunteering your time and skills to Lifeline’s Melbourne Centre you can help people in crisis.
  • Make a difference in the life of an older person Provide companionship and interaction. Help older clients participate in the local community.
  • Support Crisis Centres Help sort, restock and shelve food donations at the crisis centres in Ringwood and Footscray.
Wesley Unity & Lifeline

CERES

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://ceres.org.au/volunteer/

Description: CERES is the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. They are an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick.

Type of work include:

  • Playspace Communications Participate in playspace monthly meetings, working bees, design days etc and write articles, blogs or assist in developing podcasts for a variety of media. Assist in the updating brochures, signage and flyers. Preparing resources to help promote community days of designing and building.
  • Propagation Propagating by seed, cuttings, division and transplanting. Watering, fertilising, weeding and plant detailing. Labeling plants for sale. Helping to maintain infrastructure and propagation surrounds.
  • Joe’s Market Garden Soil Preparation, planting, watering, weeding and pest control. Harvesting, general maintenance.
  • Meditation Garden Be part of the busy bee!
  • …and more
CERES

Friends of the Earth

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.melbournefoe.org.au/volunteer

Description: Friends of the Earth Melbourne believes that “social and environmental issues cannot be separated from each other.” FoE is a social and environmental justice organisation, seeking to work toward a sustainable and equitable future. Operating in a way that empowers individuals and communities. FoE operates on a collective basis, utilising the consensus decision-making model.

Type of work include:

  • Food Co-Op & Cafe Community education, cooking, cleaning, packing, gathering resources, helping shoppers, ordering food, maintaining finances, fundraising, making signs, working on the cash register, researching products, writing articles for the Friends of the Earth newsletter, or any other projects that you may wish to discuss with the co-ordinator.
  • Community Outreach Team FoEM Schools Program Coordinator. Working closely with collectives, affiliates and allied teachers to develop schools program for Friends of the Earth.
  • Creatives Team: Graphic designers/Posters/Culture jammer liaison From Facebook group/page and campaigner pitches to, creating graphics for campaigns.
  • …and more
Friends of the Earth

Eco Centre

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.ecocentre.com/volunteer

Description: The Eco Centre are passionate about supporting people to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to reduce waste and curtail consumption. They believe “all citizens should have equitable access to clean air and water, viable soil, and renewable energy.” They know that enhancing biodiversity is critical to a functional urban ecosystem.

Type of work include:

  • Gardening Weeding, watering, mulching, propagation, composting, worm farming, harvesting, general site maintenance and landscaping ( may include digging, raking, tidying).
  • Compost turner Helping turn our compost bays.
  • Waterers Water once (or twice) for an hour during the week.
  • …and more
Eco Centre

Love Me Love You Foundation

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: http://www.lovemeloveyou.org.au/get-involved/friends-of-love-me-love-you/

Description: Love Me Love You provides interactive and engaging programs that challenge the views and stigmas surrounding youth mental health.

Type of work include:

  • Become a Friend of Love Me Love You Raise awareness and reducing the stigma of youth mental health and substance abuse.
Love Me Love You Foundation

Streat

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.streat.com.au/about/get-involved

Description: STREAT works with willing volunteers like you to stop youth homlessness, one mouthful at a time. Together, offering disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood.

Streat

Beyond Blue

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-involved/volunteer-with-us

Description: Beyond Blue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.

Type of work include:

  • Volunteer Help promote good mental health in the community at festivals, sporting events, conferences and expos. Represent Beyond Blue at events, hand out information resources, collect donations, attend conferences, expos and community festivals, cheer on Team Beyond Blue at sporting events!
Beyond Blue

Wellways

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.wellways.org/get-involved/volunteering-wellways

Description: Wellways is a youth health service providing general health and mental health services to young people aged 12-25.

Type of work include:

  • Developing Courses
  • Peer Support
  • Youth Advisory Committee (YAC)
Streat

Reach Foundation

Website: https://www.reach.org.au/

Volunteer Landing Page/Contact: https://www.reach.org.au/support-us/careers-volunteering/

Description: Reach Foundation is an independent, for-purpose organisation that’s been making a positive impact in the lives of young Australians for nearly two decades. They are young people who work with young people to build up their empathy and resilience. All the while inspiring young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.

Type of work include:

  • Assisting at Reach events
Reach Foundation

Key Rules…

Our intention is to make this smooth for everyone involved. Some key rules…

  • Volunteers must abide by each organisation’s codes of conduct.
  • 4 hours of volunteering earns 1 float.
  • Volunteers can earn up to 2 free floats a month. (Of course, feel free to volunteer more if you’d like, but you’ll only earn a max of 2 floats).
  • You must have volunteered at the organisation within a month of submitting your hours.
  • Volunteers can share their credits with whoever they like.
  • Volunteers hours must be verified, either through contact with each organisations’ volunteer coordinator/s, or through volunteers providing proof (such as a photograph of volunteer site, or written confirmation from one of the volunteer coordinators).

Volunteers can be removed from the program for any reason including:

  • Not abiding by Beyond Rest’s expectations of good conduct.
  • Not abiding by the Volunteer Organisations’ expectations of good conduct.
  • Missing scheduled floats without 24 hours notice (you’ll also lose your float)!

Track your hours to receive floats!

Why are we doing this?

Since we began in 2013 we have provided various free programs that have allowed people to come and float with us in exchange for their time and contributions. This is because we want to make floating accessible for as many people as possible no matter their financial situation.

How does the program work?

We came up with a list of some of our favourite non-profit organisations locally here in Melbourne that you are able to volunteer your time with. If you are interested in volunteering at one of these organisations, contact them through the info provided below, and let them know you are with the Beyond Rest Volunteer program.

Everytime you volunteer at least 4 hours of your time, fill in the form. We will then verify your hours with the volunteer coordinator and then give you a 60 min float credit on your account. When the credit is added you will receive an email acknowledging the credit so you can then book your float session in.

Will there be more organisations?

The organisations we choose are ones that we feel are contributing wonderful work to the community. We’re always looking at new groups we can partner with to assist in getting more floaty volunteers to help and contribute to the community. Please reach out to us about who you are and what you are doing to make a difference in the world.