Older people and people with a disability are more likely to experience illness, mobility issues, grief and loneliness and are at greater risk of experiencing social isolation than any other group of people. Your Side coordinates a range of daily activities and day trips in the community to extend social connections, keep participants healthy and active and enable them to simply enjoy life. These may include annual events and festivals in Sydney like the Sydney Royal Easter Show or the Vivid Festival, visits to theatres, art galleries, gardens or museums, yoga, Sailability and movies and lunches.

Position Description

Volunteers will assist as a companion to people over 65, or people living with low to medium level disabilities. Duties may include:

  • Engage in meaningful conversations with people living with a disability respecting client’s confidentiality, choice, dignity and respect.
  • Help driver load passengers into wheelchair modified bus via a hydraulic hoist or assist driver to safety clamp wheelchairs into a tracking system on buses.
  • Provide support with mobility, pushing wheelchairs and assisting participants to travel to the venue and back.
  • Act as a facilitator during social support trip. Liaise directly with the reception/customer service at the venue.
  • Assist as companion to wheelchair dependent adults on day trips. This can include pushing wheelchairs, assisting with shopping and at mealtime if required.

Volunteers do not assist with personal care (which includes helping in the bathroom) or administering medication. Please note Your Side has a no lift policy for all staff and volunteers.

Position Requirements

  • Criminal Record Check.
  • Formal interview.
  • Willingness to comply with WH&S and volunteer standards.

This opportunity is suited to students with strong people skills, who are approachable and friendly. Volunteers must demonstrate a genuine caring and compassionate attitude and a passion for working with people with a disability, older people or those experiencing marginalisation or disadvantage.


Your Side head office is in Chatswood. Activities and events are held in various locations around Sydney.

Dates & Times

Weekdays & weekends 8:30am to 5:30pm

Application Process

Please send your expression of interest to ACU Engagement at acuengagement@acu.edu.au.

Please include in your email:

  • your student number
  • your community engagement unit
  • contact number
  • the number of community engagement hours you would like to complete with Your Side
  • details of the time and days you are available


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