Established during the Great Depression, the Brotherhood of St Laurence was the vision and creation of Fr Gerard Tucker, a man who combined his Christian faith with a fierce determination to end social injustice. The BSL has developed into an independent organisation with strong Anglican and community links. Today, we continue to fight for an Australia free of poverty.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence employs over 600 staff and is supported by 1200 volunteers. We are developing social and community enterprises to address inequality by forming partnerships between government, business, community and welfare organisations.

As well as providing services and programs for families and elderly people on low incomes, refugees, young people and the unemployed, we research the causes and effects of poverty and advocate national and local policy solutions for people who are disadvantaged.

The BSL is currently focusing its work on strategies to alleviate and prevent poverty for those people most at risk at the four transition stages considered critical to their future wellbeing: the early years, the years from school to work, periods in and out of work and retirement and aging.

Sumner House and Sambell Lodge offer quality care and friendship in a warm and welcoming environment. Each cluster of bedrooms has its own lounge-dining room with kitchenette. Meals, served in the central dining room, are cooked in our own kitchen.

Sumner House and Sambell Lodge also offer a hairdressing salon with visiting hairdresser, and an activities room that includes a small gym. If, over time, residents require more involved care, we provide a range of further services so that they can avoid the disruption of moving again. We have nursing staff present around the clock, visiting doctors and other health practitioners including physiotherapists, podiatrists, dietitians and psychologists. We also provide specialised care and tailored activities for residents with dementia. There are a range of activities which take place, including day trips and in-house activities and residents enjoy getting involved and being part of the community around them in the homes.

Coolibah Centre is a day centre that provides activities and a community space for elderly people, living locally. The facility has computers, cooking and gardening classes along with arts and other activities run by both staff and volunteers.

Activities Assistant- Ageing and Retirement


To be involved in one on one and group socialisation activities with residents of Sumner House.


1. Main duties

  • Providing companionship and communicating with the residents
  • Assisting with lifestyle activities such as but not limited to:
  • Walking groups
  • Barbeques
  • Parties and functions
  • Chat groups
  • Outings
  • Facilitating games, exercise and activities such as playing board games
  • Escorting them to appointments

2. OHS Procedures

  • Report any OHS hazards to the Coordinator
  • All staff and volunteers are responsible for assisting, monitoring and reporting matters pertaining to OH&S within their workplace.

3. Multi-Skilling 

  • The volunteer may be directed to carry out such duties as are within the limits of his/her skill, competence and training.

4. Equal Employment and Opportunity 

  • The Brotherhood is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Therefore, Brotherhood policies and EEO legislation bind all employees and volunteers.
  • All Brotherhood staff, paid and volunteer must be committed to a work environment free from discrimination and harassment and bullying.

Position Requirements

  • Volunteer Working with Children’s Check
  • Police Check
  • Formal Interview
  • Volunteer Registration Form
  • Volunteer Reference Form
  • Signed copy of position description


Brunswick Street, Fitzroy or South Terrace, Clifton Hill

Dates & Times

Negotiable, generally during the day

Application Process

Email your expression of interest to

Following this you will be invited to interviews. If you are successful you will be notified by Wednesday 1st and will be sent out paperwork to complete ahead of your placements.

Once we receive your working with children’s check, police check and other paperwork you will be able to commence your placement. At this point the volunteer manager responsible for the programme you are volunteering with, will invite you to come in for a brief induction and set you up ready to start your placement.


Joanna Hill





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