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Apply to be a Peer Support Volunteer now

Applications for the current intake are open until 2 June 2017.

View our information sheet for more information.

Counterpart is a quality, women-centred, holistic service providing information and support to people affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer in Victoria. Through our caring and flexible approach we provide a safe environment for people to share their personal experiences of cancer and to seek information relevant to their needs. Counterpart recognises that every woman’s experience is different.

About our Volunteers

Volunteers are vital to the work of Counterpart, and we are fortunate to have a group of motivated and committed women who continually inspire and inform us. 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 as in their personal experience of cancer. Counterpart encourages the participation of volunteers in the development and operation of the service.

Become a BreaCan Peer Support Volunteer

Our Peer Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience and share their own experiences in a helpful and meaningful way to support others affected by breast or a gynaecological cancer. The exchange of knowledge between women comes from their personal experience which helps to affirm and normalise what they are going through, in a way others cannot. Peer Support Volunteers work in our Resource Centre or at our Bridge of Support Programs at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Women’s or Sunshine Hospital. We recruit women with breast cancer and women with gynaecological cancers to be Peer Support Volunteers once a year. To reflect the diversity of women who use our service we encourage any women who has experienced breast or gynaecological cancer to apply, including those who speak community languages, younger women and women with children.

Would you like to:

  • Listen to women’s experiences of breast or gynaecological cancer, share your own experience and provide support?
  • Help women access good quality, reliable information?
  • Link women into available support services such as counselling, practical support, local health care services, and breast or gynaecological cancer support groups?
  • Talk to women who visit in person, or contact us by telephone or email?
  • Help us host information activities at the centre?

Then Peer Support is the role for you. Peer Support Volunteers need to be able to work in the Centre during the day and commit to a 40 hour training program.

Information sheet: Download the PDF

Online application form: Apply now

Other ways to get involved

Our Program Support Volunteers are women who have had a breast or gynaecological cancer experience, or have been close to someone who has, and assist the programs that Counterpart runs to support women. Working as a Program Support 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.