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

Volunteer at Counterpart

Volunteers are vital to the work of Counterpart. All our volunteers have experienced breast or a gynaecological cancer and understand what it can be like. 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 their personal experience of breast or a gynaecological cancer. Counterpart encourages the participation of volunteers in the development and operation of our service.

We have two types of volunteers at 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. Program Volunteers help us in a variety of ways, including assisting with our mail-outs.

Peer Support 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.

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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 two years post-diagnosis.

Position description

Download the Peer Support Volunteer position description (PDF)

Applications for the 2021 volunteer intake are closed. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Support Volunteer and would like updates regarding our next intake of volunteers please email

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, either in our library or helping with our mail-outs, 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.

Would you like to know more?

Please see our volunteer information sheet

Get in contact:

For even more information please contact our Team Leader Operations/Volunteer Coordinator:       or     03 8488 9834

 Current volunteers can access more information on our Volunteer Portal.