At Children First we could not do what we do without the generous support of our volunteers. Our greatest need for volunteers is at Children First’s Miracle sMiles Retreat in Kilmore.

Volunteer at the Retreat

The Miracle sMiles Retreat in Kilmore is where the children live while in Australia for treatment.   It’s like any other family home and volunteers assist the Retreat Managers with day-to-day tasks similar to any household. The contribution of our volunteers to the lives of the children is immeasurable.  They form a close bond with the children and many tell us their lives are richer for the experience.  Indeed, the children are an inspiration to all of us.

Volunteers help at the Retreat on a roster basis, tailored to suit their availability. Some volunteers spend a day at the Retreat, some are there half a day,  attending to general household tasks, doing the washing, or preparing lunch or dinner.  Others pop in regularly to prepare the evening meal. All volunteers devote time and attention to the children – it’s impossible not to.

We also need weekend volunteers – you may choose to spend the whole weekend at the Retreat, or a portion of the weekend, depending on your availability.  More information about volunteering can be found on the FAQ sheet

Student Work and Study Placement

Volunteering at the Miracle sMiles Retreat offers valuable experiences for many tertiary courses, such as child care, teaching, nursing, working with disabled, speech pathology and physiotherapy.  Some courses require students to perform a number of hours work experience as part of the course requirement, or simply to connect with the community as volunteers.  We welcome enquiries from students and course coordinators.

A significant amount of time is invested in training and supervising students in line with their course requirements, so we ask that students commit to a minimum of three months, on a regular basis.  This enables students to get to know the children in a meaningful way, and it’s beneficial for the children to become familiar with the people caring for them.

Contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator to discuss your particular course requirements.

How do I become a volunteer

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, simply complete the Volunteer’s Registration of Interest form below and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will be in touch.  Alternatively, please contact the North Melbourne office and ask to speak with the Volunteer Coordinator.

Please note: Volunteers must undergo a Working With Children Check before volunteering at Children First.