Four Counterpart volunteers smiling for the camera at a morning tea in the Resource Centre.

About our volunteers

Peer support is the cornerstone of our service. Our highly-trained, professional Peer Support Volunteers provide a listening ear and practical support to help women adjust to life following a cancer diagnosis.  'Peer' means that all our volunteers have had their own experience of breast or a gynaecological cancer. Volunteers are vital to the work of Counterpart. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them many skills and qualities (read some of their stories here). They range in age as well and their personal experience of breast or a gynaecological cancer. Counterpart encourages the participation of volunteers in the development and operation of our service.

Counterpart Peer Support Volunteers support women with breast or a gynaecological cancer through listening, supporting and providing information.

We recruit and train new Peer Support Volunteers once a year.   Applications for 2018 have now closed, however, please feel free to get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator regarding our 2019 intake.

What’s involved?

  • Completion of our quality training course: 6 days, over 6 weeks
  • Induction to our City-based Resource Centre and programs
  • A commitment to a minimum of 1 x 5-hour shift per month on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday
  • Attendance to regular training days throughout the year.
  • Have had a gynaecological or breast cancer diagnosis
  • Proficient in English, both spoken and written
  • Aged between 18 and 80
  • Preferably at least 2 years post-diagnosis

Other ways to get involved

Our Program Volunteers are women who have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer and assist with Counterpart programs that support women. Working as a Program Volunteer may be a springboard to becoming a Peer Support Volunteer in the future; for others it’s a way to volunteer for a service they themselves may have used and value in a way that suits them. Find out more about these volunteer roles in our information sheet: Download the PDF

We also recognise that people may want to contribute to the service but share their experiences in a different capacity. This might be people who are partners or carers, people who live in rural and regional Victoria, or younger women who have to balance various commitments. If so, please consider contacting us.

Interested?  Want to know more?

Please see our volunteer information sheet

For further information please contact our Volunteer Coordinator:

03 8488 9834


 Current volunteers can access more information on our Volunteer Portal.