Become a Peer Support Volunteer

Thinking of joining our team of volunteers?

Applications are open now. Apply by 2 February 2024.

Watch our information session: Everything you need to know about becoming a Peer Support Volunteer at Counterpart to learn about the role. Recorded in Melbourne on Tuesday 26 July 2022

Volunteer Coordinator, Kellie Holland and some of our Peer Support Volunteers discuss the role of Peer Support Volunteers, the comprehensive training program and volunteers' experiences of providing support.

Download the Peer Support Volunteer position description.

Contact Kellie at [email protected] for more information.

Would you like to support other women affected by cancer?

Our Peer Support Volunteers:

  • lend a listening ear
  • provide emotional and practical support
  • help others affected by cancer.

What’s involved?

  • Applications open 15 November. Contact us if you would like us to send you an application form.
  • Applications close 2 February 2024.
  • Comprehensive Peer Support Volunteer training provided:
    • In-person and online
    • Includes a series of online learning modules, interactive workshops and a comprehensive induction day.
    • Practical support and mentoring from experienced Peer Support Volunteers in our Resource Centre, throughout training.
  • Commitment – volunteer for at least 1 x 5 hour shift each month (either from home or in our Resource Centre) on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Ongoing training days – these are held on a Tuesday, around three times a year.
  • All volunteers will require a Police Check and a current Working with Children check (at no cost to volunteers).


  • You have had a cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ideally it has been at least one year since you were first diagnosed with cancer.
  • You have a good understanding of written and spoken English.
  • You are aged between 18 and 80.

We are a supportive and inclusive service and value diversity among our volunteers and staff. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds and communities to apply, including: First Nations women; women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities; members of the LGBTIQ+ community, including non-binary and gender diverse people; women with a disability; younger women; and women living with metastatic/advanced cancer.

Want to know more?

Hear what some of our Peer Support Volunteers have to say

Watch the videos below and go to Meet our volunteers for more volunteer stories.