Reach is dedicated to supporting young people to get the most out of life.

Young people today face more challenges than ever before.

Some of the facts are alarming, with the unemployment rate for teenagers at an all time high of 13.2% - almost three times the national unemployment rate* and one in five young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness**.

At Reach we celebrate young people and their potential, recognise the challenges and aim to improve their wellbeing so they can be healthy and resilient to meet life's challenges.

Independent research has found that Reach can improve the wellbeing of young people by significantly enhancing their feelings of meaning and engagement (Vella-Brodrick, Rickard & Chin, 2013).

Early intervention and prevention is imperitive if young people are to remain actively engaged in school and work through their challenges to live meaningful and healthy lives.

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*ABS (2013) - Labour Force Australia

**Mission Australia and The Black Dog Institute, Youth Mental Health Report 2014

Fundraise

Whether you’re an individual, school or business, you can get inspired and raise important funds for Reach.

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FUNDRAISE AT WORK

Ask your colleagues to get involved and raise funds for Reach.

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FUNDRAISE AT SCHOOL

A fundraiser at school is a great way to support Reach.

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CELEBRATIONS

Request donations in lieu of gifts for Reach.

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CREATE AN EVENT

Discover fun ways to get involved and raise funds.

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FITNESS & CHALLENGE EVENTS

Get fit and raise funds.

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CONTACT US

Need more info or ideas?  Call us and chat with our Fundraising team...

VIC: 03 9412 0915
NSW: 02 8218 9212

Corporate

Our partnerships with businesses around Australia enable us to make a positive impact in the lives of young people.

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS

Reach has a long history of partnerships with leading organisations in corporate Australia. Our partners include the likes of BHP Billiton, PFD Foods, KFC, NAB, SC Johnson, AFL, and State Street Corporation. Learn more about our partners here.

Depending on the level of partnership your company is looking for, we can offer a variety of engagement options – aligned with your CSR programs, business values and company objectives.

Through a corporate partnership with Reach, you will see how your funding directly improves the wellbeing of young Australians.

For more information download our brochure, or get in touch at corporate.enquiries@reach.org.au

 

CORPORATE DONATIONS

It’s through the generous donation from companies of financial gifts, in-kind goods, and pro-bono services that Reach can achieve its mission.

We gratefully accept a range of donations from companies.

 

WORKPLACE GIVING

Workplace giving gives your employees the opportunity to make regular tax deductible donations that will make a significant impact on Reach.

It’s been reported that workplace giving can lead to increased staff morale and engagement. Plus, it’s a great way to showcase your commitment to the local community.

HOW ARE FUNDS USED:

  • $10 a fortnight will give one young person the opportunity to participate in a Reach community workshop (Fused) for one year
  • $25 a fortnight will allow two young people to attend a Reach Weekend Away
  • $45 a fortnight assists with the training and skill development of a Reach crew member. These young leaders deliver Reach workshops in schools and communities across Australia
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING

Reach aims to provide a meaningful experience to our corporate volunteers. Whether it’s a group or skilled volunteering, volunteers often comment what a powerful experience volunteering at Reach can be.

GROUP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • We offer group volunteer opportunities at our popular Heroes Days workshops. Corporate volunteer teams have the opportunity to assist our crew in delivering these workshops, in three locations across Victoria. Over 3,000 teenagers are directly impacted by Heroes Days each year.

SKILLED VOLUNTEERS

  • We aim to connect skilled volunteers with important short-term projects for Reach that deliver long term results.Our skilled volunteers come on board to provide guidance and expertise on various projects from website design and construction, to consulting with Reach management on business strategy, resourcing, services and training. Each skilled volunteer opportunity is different – depending on what’s required and what skills are on offer!

More options

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? We’d love to chat to you about other ways to get involved. Here’s some more ideas:

  • Ask Reach to tailor a workshop for your staff.
  • Invite us to participate in a community event.
  • Join a fitness based activity.
  • Start an individual or team adventure challenges.
  • Let us deliver a corporate retreat or weekend away for your team.

Interested in Adult Workshops?

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Volunteer

Our volunteers are vital to our organisation. They provide essential administrative assistance to our office staff and this, in turn, supports our ongoing work with young people.

Whether you help out in the office or use your networking skills to help us with our events – your contribution supports our work.

Click on each of the options below to check out the range of volunteer opportunities on offer in Victoria and New South Wales.

ONE-OFF VOLUNTEER

Occasionally Reach requires volunteers for one-off event opportunities. It’s times like these that we really need people to accept the call to adventure.  This is an excellent way to help us get instant results.

We advertise the one-off volunteer opportunities here, as they become available.

EVENTS VOLUNTEER

Interested in volunteering on one of our fundraising-event committees? Our committees help source donated items for raffles and attract new guests to our events. For example, volunteers fulfil the following roles for the following Reach events:

THE ANNUAL REACH BALL
  • Assist with seeking sponsorship, if appropriate
  • Be able to personally fill two or more tables, consisting of friends, colleagues, clients, etc.
  • Assist with sourcing items for main auction, silent auction and prizes.
  • Participate as a team to address issues such as the theme for the event, staging, room/table decoration.
  • Be available on the morning/afternoon and night of the event for set up and assistance on the night.
  • The committee meets three months prior to the event. Meetings are usually held in the evening on weekdays, for approximately 1-2 hours, once every three weeks.
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  • Assist with seeking sponsorship, if appropriate.
  • Assist with selling three or more tables to corporate guests
  • The committee meets three months prior to the event. Meetings are usually held on weekdays for approximately 1 to 2 hours, in the CBD area.
OFFICE SUPPORT VOLUNTEER

We’re always looking for people who can help out with the following:

  • Data entry.
  • Reception work.
  • Mail outs.
  • Simple logistics.

This work is mostly during the day and occasionally in the evening at our Collingwood (VIC) and Surry Hills (NSW) premises. Previous experience in Microsoft Office (Excel and Word) is required.

From time to time we also call for skilled volunteers who assist with special projects.

These opportunities depend on your skills, interest and availability.

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volunteer faqs

Click on each of the questions below to view the relevant information.

CAN I WORK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE DIRECTLY?

The typical role of a Reach volunteer is to provide administrative and logistic support at the office and at our events. We need to point out that this does not involve attending workshops or working with young people.  Our specially trained Reach crew delivers our workshops.

If you are between the ages of 16 and 20 you can apply to become one of our crew.

If you are specifically interested in working with young people, you might be interested in becoming a mentor for a young person. Reach and Whitelion have an enduring partnership to deliver a unique mentoring program for young people aged 13-17 living in residential care. This program is called 'Ramp'.

Becoming a Ramp mentor involves a 12-month commitment of around 3 hours per fortnight, plus attendance at workshops and a weekend away. All Ramp Youth Mentor opportunities are coordinated by Whitelion: www.whitelion.asn.au

 

WHAT’S THE MINIMUM TIME COMMITMENT OF A VOLUNTEER?

Due to the comprehensive procedures associated with registering as a volunteer with Reach (such as Police and Working with Children checks) we require a commitment to volunteering of 12 months or more.

CAN I GET WORK EXPERIENCE?

Reach is often approached by students seeking work experience in social work, youth work or psychology.

We are unfortunately unable to accept student work experience placements at this time.

CAN I GAIN EMPLOYMENT AFTER VOLUNTEERING?

As a volunteer with Reach you are welcome to apply for any position promoted here.

WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I APPLY?

Our Volunteers Manager reviews all applications and places them on our database.  If an opportunity arises that matches yours we will contact you for a chat.

We’re grateful for all of the applications we receive and appreciate the generous offers of help.

Last year a myriad of volunteers donated over 3,000 hours to Reach and it made the world of difference.

By applying to become a Reach volunteer, we understand that you’d like to be contacted to help out if and when the need arises.

If not, please email reception@reach.org.au to be removed from our volunteer database.

RECRUITMENT PROCESS

As opportunities arise, applicants who are selected from our database will be asked to attend an interview.

Following an interview, those who meet the eligibility requirements will be asked to come along to the necessary training and orientation activities, before commencing in their role.

All volunteers are required to obtain a Working with Children Check and National Police Check. This ensures we meet our commitment to maintaining a child-safe organisation.

Please note, as a volunteer you do not work directly with young people (this is the job of our Reach crew).

In the interim we’d still love for you to get involved in one of our One-Off volunteering gigs or join us at one of our Reach events.

Because volunteering is a long-term commitment, please read the Volunteering FAQs carefully and reflect on how volunteering might fit into your life.

If you’re not sure if Reach is the right for you, there are heaps of other organisations that could use your volunteering help. Here’s a free online resource of other volunteering gigs across Victoria and NSW.

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Interested in volunteering?

Apply now! We're always looking for incredible volunteers in both Victoria and New South Wales.

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Join the team

We’re always on the look out for energetic, creative and skilled people to join us at Reach.

Be Crew

They're the dynamic and talented young people who design and deliver all our workshops.

When we talk about young people inspiring young people, we’re talking about the crew and what they do at Reach. The crew are aged between 16-25, so they get what it’s like to be young.

Want to become part of the Reach crew?

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Be staff

Working at Reach is a unique experience. It’s energetic, challenging and rewarding – and it encourages you to grow personally as well as professionally.

Whether it’s through fundraising, marketing, managing workshops or supporting the smooth function of The Dream Factory, every role at Reach contributes to our aim of supporting young people to get the most out of life.

 

If you’re after a role that makes a difference and you’re up for a new experience, we want to hear from you.

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