Welcome Dinner Project Volunteer – Melbourne

Being a WDP Volunteer

Volunteers for the Welcome Dinner Project are ambassadors for welcome in their local area, working together in hubs to build more trusting, connected communities of welcome.  

WDP – Victoria recruits two cohorts of volunteers a year and each WDP hub identifies the numbers of volunteers needed to serve their community in each cohort.  If you are interested in submitting an application to become a WDP Volunteer please complete the online application form here.

WDP provides a thorough volunteer induction training program that includes online material and face to face experiential learning, supported by ongoing professional development. Our volunteers begin as Facilitators, and in time may expand into taking on more coordination of the WDP work within local hub areas.

Through involvement with WDP, our volunteers may gather the following skills and experience:

  • Facilitation microskills
  • Acknowledgment of Country
  • Event management, organisation, conflict resolution, problem solving, critical thinking, creative thinking, reflective capacity
  • Research, pitching and negotiation skills
  • Digital capacities & remote working experience
  • An expanded community and sense of belonging
  • Greater empathy and self-awareness

and opportunities to gain certificates in First Aid and Food Handling and a professional reference.

All WDP volunteers who are Australian citizens / permanent residents will need to provide a current Police Check. Those in other visa categories may provide a reference in its place.  Details of this process will be shared during the Volunteer Induction process.

What are WDP Volunteers like?

We actively seek a diversity of representation in our volunteer community and are working towards having an equal number of newly arrived and established Australian volunteers in our team.  Our volunteers are people who really care for their community and want to see positive change within it.  They also share the following qualities and skills:

  • Working together with others in a spirit of collaboration
  • Flexibility and reliability
  • Enthusiasm and friendliness
  • Fun-loving attitude
  • Committed to building relationships and passionate about working with people from all cultural backgrounds
  • Organisational skills, including responsiveness to emails/phone calls

What do WDP Volunteers do?

WDP Volunteers are involved in the development of their local community in two ways:

1) As a Facilitator at Welcome Dinner events

This role supports the bringing together of newly-arrived and established Australians over a shared meal.  Facilitators play a vital role ensuring every dinner is a welcoming, safe and positive experience for all involved.

Specific tasks include

  • host home visit inspections
  • contact with dinner participants prior to dinner to ensure all understand the purpose of the dinner, are able to get there and know what to bring
  • at the dinner supporting the host in coordinating food and making sure the table is set for a good time and working with co-facilitator to deliver WDP planned activities
  • monitoring and observing the flow of the dinner, ensuring everyone is safe and feeling welcomed, included, and in conversation with others
  • following up with everyone after the dinner, including host and participants
  • attending online and face to face volunteer meetings
  • involvement in ongoing professional development
2) As a hub member helping to coordinate Welcome Dinner events

This role involves working with other WDP hub members in your local area to plan home welcome dinner events in people’s homes and community dinners in

Specific tasks include

  • developing partnerships with local service providers
  • applying for locally based grants
  • volunteer recruitment process, including training
  • promoting WDP in your local community
  • liaising with facilitators, hosts and guests
  • project managing Community Dinners
  • documenting, evaluating and reporting on the impact of WDP dinners
  • attending online and face to face volunteer meetings
  • involvement in ongoing professional development

This role is available to volunteers who have facilitated dinners for 6 months or more.

Any questions can be directed to vic@welcomedinnerproject.org

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It was an honour to host Australian people in our home.

– Mohannad & Maisoon (newly arrived family, refugee background)

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