Here at ReachOut, our vision is for all young people in Australia to be happy and well. We are committed to working with young people to design and deliver a relevant and effective service.

Throughout the year, we offer a range of different ways for volunteers aged 16–25 to support the mental health and wellbeing of young people across Australia while gaining relevant skills and experience.

Check out the info below and sign up to get updates about new volunteer opportunities.

RO Crew – casual volunteer opportunities

From time to time, we have opportunities for people to share our content via social media, or to help out at community events or in the Sydney office.

What’s involved?

  • Help ReachOut at community events.
  • Help promote ReachOut’s content online.
  • Complete occasional surveys.
  • Get involved in a RO fundraiser.
  • Chuck us some likes on social media.

What’s required?

There’s no special training or minimum level of commitment. You can help out when you have time, or step back when you’ve got a lot on your plate.

Sign me up!

Sign up by filling out this short form. Once we’ve got your details, you’ll receive information about events and online activities that you can participate in.

Online Community Builders

A Builder is a member of the community who has put their hand up to take support to the next level. They’re trained in the art of providing peer support and help us to make our community the best place it can be.

This program will provide you with all the skills you need to help us grow and support our online community, to provide peer support to other young people seeking help, and to lead community activities and discussions. As a Builder, you’ll be a role model and leader in our community and begin exploring what it’s like to support other people.

Anyone in Australia aged 16–25 can become a Builder. Completion of our online Builder training program, and participation for at least two hours a week as a Builder, is also a prerequisite for becoming a Moderator in the community.

What’s involved?

  • Provide peer support – share what you have learnt from your experiences to help others.
  • Help with basic moderation and management of the Forums.
  • Help build and maintain our community as a safe and supportive space for anyone who wants to talk, by contributing to and leading discussions and activities.

What’s required?

  • Complete our online training (approximately two hours).
  • Participate as a Builder in the community by responding to members seeking support and contributing to community activities.
  • Get to know the other members of our Builders and Peer Moderators teams!
  • That’s it!

Sign me up!

You can apply to be a Builder at any time! Every month we invite a new round of Builders to undergo training, so you’ll hear from us within a month of applying! You can apply by completing this form.

Online Community Peer Moderators

Peer Moderators work exclusively online on the Forums to keep our online community safe and supportive. They receive training in providing peer support, as well as in basic mental health knowledge, community building, community engagement, leadership and much more.

Experience as a Peer Moderator is excellent for young people who are looking to support others in their communities or considering careers in mental health and wellbeing. ReachOut provides all the skills necessary for Moderators to volunteer in this role.

What’s involved?

  • Provide peer support to members of the community.
  • Build capacity in the community.
  • Train senior members to provide support.
  • Moderate and manage the community.
  • Host Getting Real sessions.
  • Host community activities, including weekly wellbeing activities, Friday Fives, special discussions, Ask a Pro events and other ad hoc discussions.

What’s required?

  • Be aged between 18 and 25.
  • Live in Australia.
  • Volunteer as a Community Builder, or be willing to become a Community Builder prior to starting the Moderator program.
  • Be skilled in providing peer support, or be open to learning these skills.
  • Attend an induction workshop in Sydney. (We’ll fly you there and back.)
  • A one-year commitment, including regular participation in community activities.

Sign me up!

If you’re interested in becoming a Moderator, then get started now by applying to become a Community Builder. You can apply by completing this form.

Youth Ambassador Speaker Program

ReachOut’s Youth Ambassador (YA) Speakers are our legend volunteers from across Australia who share their stories of overcoming challenges such as bullying, stress about the future, exam stress, toxic friendships and relationship issues through the help of ReachOut services.

YA Speakers play a key role in spreading awareness, breaking down stigma and helping young people across Australia.

What’s involved?

  • Share with us and our supporters your personal stories of overcoming challenges and tough times through the help of ReachOut services.
  • Represent ReachOut in your community.
  • Engage in fundraising events.
  • Participate in media interviews as case studies.
  • Contribute to content and online reviews.
  • Advocate for ReachOut in your community.
  • Execute your own events on behalf of ReachOut.
  • Meet awesome, like-minded young people while also having the best fun!

What’s required?

  • Be aged between 18 and 25.
  • Live in Australia.
  • Be passionate about sharing your lived experience.
  • Have experience of, or be open to learning, public speaking and storytelling skills.
  • Attend a speaker training workshop in Sydney. (We’ll fly you there and back.)
  • A one-year commitment to the position.

Sign me up!

ReachOut runs a Youth Ambassador Speaker Program for around ten young people across Australia once a year.

Joining is easy: just fill out this short form. Once we’ve got your details, we’ll let you know when applications open!

Work experience and student placements

We love supporting high school, university and TAFE students to gain some work experience or to complete internships. However, we only have limited opportunities each year. If you’re interested, fill out this form or contact us on [email protected] with the dates of completing the program and your desired outcomes, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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