Do you want to contribute to empowering our Aspergers autistic community? Discover the joy and satisfaction of giving back to your community and making a real difference through a volunteer role with AV!
AV is a peer-led organisation, and our team of volunteers are the heart of our organisation. Generous and passionate, AV volunteers are committed to supporting our community. They’re not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty. They like to make a difference, create change, and support their peers - and they do!
We are always looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people with lived experience of Aspergers, autism, or another similar neurodivergent profile, to support our organisation through a volunteer role.
There are many different ways for you to get involved with AV. You could facilitate peer support groups, you could help us out with event planning or preparing policies, or you could support our fundraising and sponsorship. Or if you have a brand new idea for a group, program, or activity that you would like to volunteer to run, please get in contact - we'd love to talk to you about it!
Who can volunteer?
Aspergers Victoria is committed to diversity and to equal opportunity in our volunteer recruitment. Aspergers Victoria does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, colour, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to hiring, training, opportunities for advancement, and terminations and applies to all Aspergers Victoria’s employees, volunteers, members, clients, and contractors.
We particularly encourage members of the Aspergers, autistic, and wider neurodivergent community to apply for our volunteer roles.
Benefits of being an AV Volunteer
Volunteering at Aspergers Victoria offers many benefits. Along with the experience of giving back to your community, you will be playing a vital role in the invaluable ongoing work AV does to provide opportunities for people with Aspergers, autistic people, and the wider neurodivergent community to connect, share stories and information, find meaningful employment opportunities, and most importantly, feel part of a community who just “get” us. You will learn invaluable skills and have access to training and development opportunities, as well as plenty more volunteer benefits.
As an AV volunteer, you will have access to a range of opportunities and volunteer benefits, including:
How do I find out more?
If you are interested in volunteering at AV, please complete our online application form. This form will ask you about your background, your skills, your experience, the reason you are interested in volunteering with AV, and your basic contact details.
If we have an available role which fits your skills and experience, our admin team will contact you to chat about what you're looking for and which role might best fit your skills and experience. The next steps will be to complete the volunteer paperwork and document checks. As part of this process, we will ask you for your current Working with Children Check, you will need to sign our Code of Conduct and Confidentiality Agreement, as well as complete any induction or required training. Our Board roles have additional requirements, including lived experience of Aspergers, autism, or another similar neurodivergent profile.
We also have some staff roles available from time to time. Please visit the Join the AV Staff Team page to check for any current vacancies.
We welcome those with a passion to drive change for our community, as well as suitable board, governance and/or strategy experience, to apply to join our Board, which meets monthly / every second month. Our board currently comprises volunteers with lived experience of Aspergers, autism, or other similar neurodivergent profiles in the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and General Board Roles. In this role you are responsible for overseeing the legal requirements for governance of our organisation according to our Rules and legal requirements, as well as overseeing our vision and strategy.
Currently you will also have some operational deliverables as we transition our organisation to a more sustainable model with some funded support staff.
If you have any questions, please contact our AV admin team.
AV is committed to meeting Volunteering Australia’s National Standards for Involving Volunteers and we are a signatory of the Statement of Principles for the Recognition of Volunteers.