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How to do good in Melbourne

Want to make a difference, but not sure where to start? Give back by getting involved in these kind-hearted organisations

Written by
Rose Johnstone

Helping those less fortunate doesn't have to take up all your spare time if you don't want it to. There are plenty of ways to give others a leg up in Melbourne, and they can range from buying a coffee from a café staffed by asylum seekers to simply spending time with someone. For more ideas, check out these five great places to volunteer in Melbourne.

Social enterprises and charities in Melbourne

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What is it: A café in Richmond staffed by refugees, who receive hospitality training.

How to get involved: Come in for a coffee and some brunch! The café – which was crowdfunded into creation – stocks Proud Mary beans and dishes up top-notch all-day breakfast.

What is it: Melbourne’s oldest charity, which provides care to the most vulnerable in the community, including people living with homelessness, disability and family violence.

How to get involved: Visit the MCM website and browse the current volunteer roles. Start as simply as hanging out with an older person living in an aged care home for a few hours a week; small sacrifices in your time can make a huge impact to another person’s quality of life.

The Social Studio

What is it: A fashion label and shop where all products are designed and made in Collingwood with involvement of refugee and migrant trainees who leave with qualifications in fashion design.

How to get involved: Buy some colourful, one-off threads at the shop.

Extended families

What is it: A respite and support service for families with children with disabilities. Extended Families matches volunteers with families, who’ll provide friendship and mentoring to the young person.

How to get involved: Apply to become a volunteer; all levels of experience are welcome and commitment can range from several hours a fortnight to participating in group events and camps.

Who Gives a Crap?

What is it: A Melbourne-based toilet paper company that donates 50 per cent of profits to building toilets and improving sanitation across the world.

How to get involved: Sign up to a regular delivery of brightly coloured toilet rolls. $48 gets you 48 rolls of recycled toilet paper. Great value and no more carrying large toilet paper cartons on the tram.

One Night Stand Sleepwear

What is it: A Melbourne-based sleepwear brand that gives a meal to someone sleeping rough for every purchase you make.

How to get involved: Shop for their sleepwear online. Their collection includes men’s and women’s T-shirts and trackies, but also bras, trunks and robes.

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