Help us build our Victorian programs in 2017! 

2016 was a year of great change and hard work for Big Brothers Big Sisters as we rolled out new mentoring programs in different communities with the support of many new staff and volunteers.

The hard work paid off as we realised the positive impact of our programs through our end of year evaluations, a BIG effort and collective impact only made possible through the generous support of our partners and donors. Help us increase this number and support even more young people in 2017!


Volunteering Options

We are currently seeking volunteer mentors and general skilled volunteers in programs across Melbourne and Ballarat. Please see below for programs running in specific locations. By clicking on the corresponding link under ‘Enquire/Learn More’ you can read about specific program needs and complete an online Volunteer Enquiry Form to register your interest in volunteering with current and prospective programs. Please understand that due to funding restrictions we are unable to deliver all of our programs in each catchment area, so please ensure you are clear on which program your enquiry relates to prior to submission.


Unfortunately we are unable to accept enquiries from people outside of our current catchment areas listed below as we lack the resources to manage extensive volunteer waiting lists outside our funded programs. If you live outside the catchment areas specified below, please continue to visit our website to keep up to date on new programs that may launch in your area.

Program  Program Description Locations 

Enquire/Learn More  

1:1 Community Based Mentoring

Volunteer mentors and mentees spend 1:1 time together for a couple of hours each week for a minimum of 12 months.



Ballarat 1:1 Community Based Program


Ballarat Apprentice Mentoring (BAM)

Volunteer mentors are selected based on their current trade/occupation, as well as their own previous experience of being an apprentice or trainee, to mentor a young person undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship in the same or similar area.



Ballarat 1:1 Community Based Program: Ballarat Apprentice Mentoring (BAM)


Melbourne BIG Futures In-school Program


Volunteer mentors and mentees spend 1:1 time together in a supervised group setting during school hours. BIG Futures programs vary in structure and duration between schools.

South Eastern

Yarra Ranges

Western Region (Moonee Valley area)


BIG Futures In-School Mentoring Program


Northern Melbourne BIG Futures Special Focus In-School Program


Volunteer mentors to be recruited based on individual needs of students at this community school. One focus to be vocational, where volunteer mentors working, studying or with experience in required trades mentor small groups of students studying that trade. Other focuses may include shared identity, experiences and cultural background with students. Mentoring occurs in a school environment, and the time requirement is very flexible.

Northern Region (school located in Coburg)


BIG Futures Special Focus In-School Mentoring Program


Young Achievers Program


Volunteer mentors are selected based on their occupation/skills to mentor a young person who is interested in pursuing a similar career path. Program consists of 1:1 community based mentoring and group workshops.

Melbourne Metropolitan (occupation specific)

Young Achievers Program

OurSpace e-Mentoring Program

Volunteer mentors are matched to a young person with whom they interact with using video chat through a safe, monitored custom built online platform. All contact between mentors and mentees is through the OurSpace platform

Victoria and Nationwide

OurSpace e-Mentoring Program



General Skilled Volunteering (not mentoring)


We are often looking for volunteer support to assist us with fundraising, marketing, events and administration.

Melbourne and Ballarat

General Skilled Volunteering



Have you been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters either as a volunteer, mentor or young person?

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