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Volunteers work together with our occupational therapists, clients and their carers, to make or modify equipment that promotes independence and improves quality of life. Solve volunteers give their time freely and are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses such as materials, travel, telephone calls etc. New volunteers are required to participate in a half day Induction Training course and all volunteers are encouraged to attend branch meetings/days that are held during the year.
There are a number of opportunities to volunteer for Solve throughout Victoria, across a range of activities and operations.
Solve Disability Solution’s Technical volunteers use their own workshop (or a workshop they have access to) and tools to design, make or modify equipment for people with disabilities when there is no commercial option available. Initially, the volunteer attends an appointment with the client and the Solve Occupational Therapist at the place where the equipment is to be used, and together they identify a solution that will be practical, safe and appropriate to the client’s needs and medical condition. The volunteer then makes/modifies the equipment/aid in their own time.
Volunteers who wish to be involved in the Freedom Wheels modified bike program can assist in any or all of the following ways:
Children’s specific needs are assessed by Solve Occupational Therapists at bike clinics held in metropolitan Melbourne and selected regional centres in Victoria. Volunteers assist by taking off and adding on specific parts of the bike e.g. pedals, back supports etc. until the bike is customised to meet the individual needs of the client.
Once the needs of the client have been assessed, a separate bike build day is arranged to assemble the bikes. Each bike is customised to the specific needs of the client, this work is undertaken by a team of volunteers at Solve’s Central Office- Abbotsford, using specially designed support equipment.
Roles are limited in administration, however skills in filing, general office work, various computer software packages and customer service are all valuable.
If you like driving and would like to help with occasional delivery and collection of equipment and parts around Victoria, this could be the role for you. Caddy van or car provided (if needed). Volunteering for this role is on an ad hoc basis – fit it in around your schedule.
Corporations interested in providing volunteering experiences for their staff are asked to contact our Manager, Workforce & Innovation on 03 9853 8655.
If you have experience in marketing, events and community engagement, we have a very active marketing team and welcome your expression of interest for a range of activities and events.
Do you have a skill or expertise you think could be useful to Solve and people with disability?
We love new ideas – get in touch!
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Find out more about Solve and the NDIS.
You do not need to be eligible or registered with the NDIS to access Solve services.
If you have a hearing or speech impediment, please contact us through the National Relay Service.
TTY/Voice calls 133 677
Speak & Listen 1300 555 727
SMS Relay 0423 677 767
To speak to us in any language other than English please phone us via the
Telephone Interpreter Service (TIS) on 13 14 50
We acknowledge and pay respects to the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land across Victoria where our services are located.