Spend your spare time making a meaningful difference

The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation provides programs that offer young people experiencing family mental illness the opportunity to learn and grow while having fun in a safe, supportive environment.

By volunteering with us, you will help make a positive change for some of the estimated 1.1 million young people living in experiencing mental illness. As a bonus, you will have the chance to meet other like-minded volunteers, learn new skills, and make some great friends along the way.

Volunteering opportunities

Here are just some of the ways you can help

Weekend Camps

Kookaburra Kids Camps run from a Friday evening to a Sunday afternoon. As a Volunteer at camp, your role is to work with us to enable our young people to have the best weekend possible.

It’s a great way to bond with the kids, have loads of fun participating in camp activities like canoeing or quad biking, all whilst meeting new people and making a difference in the lives of young people experiencing family mental illness.

Activity days

Kookaburra Kids Activity Days are run during the school term and school holidays. The days and hours vary depending on the activity being delivered and can include activities such ice skating, laser tag, bowling, rock climbing and more. 

Our volunteers are integral to the activity being able to run and it is a great way to spend some quality time with our young people.

Kookaburra Kids Connect

Kookaburra Kids Connect are online sessions via Zoom hosted by AKKF staff and volunteers. These sessions are designed to offer a safe space for young people to express themselves in a supportive environment, and has enabled us to expand our reach even further across Australia. 

If you want to volunteer with Kookaburra Kids but your time is limited, this virtual volunteering opportunity can be a great way to get involved and support young people experiencing family mental illness. 

Fundraising

As a not-for-profit, fundraising is an integral part of Kookaburra Kids. Without the support of our generous donors we would not be able to provide our programs to young people experiencing family mental illness.

Fundraising for Kookaburra Kids can be a great way to promote our brand, raise much-needed funds and present an opportunity to have some fun doing it. Our fundraisers commit to fitness goals, team challenges and many more. Did we mention it’s a great way to upskill?

Administration

Are you a data whiz? Love inputting information and putting your administration skills to the test?

Volunteering to assist with administration at Kookaburra Kids gives you a behind the scenes look into the brains behind our organisation. Each volunteer type is as important as the other. Without our keen administrators and volunteers, we couldn’t run such a successful program for young people experiencing family mental illness. 

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Want to help make difference?

Thanks to our volunteers, our families are able to access our life-changing programs for their kids at no cost.

How Kookaburra Kids helps young people

Kookaburra Kids delivers its services to young people between the ages of 8 and 18 who are experiencing family mental illness. The program is 100% free and funded via generous supporters.

Our specialist programs are designed by clinicians and aim to empower young people to build resilience, lifelong knowledge and develop the skills and abilities they need to reach their full potential. This enables them to live beyond the impacts of family mental illness.

Our program participants learn positive help-seeking behaviour, providing a pathway to ongoing help, that equips them with the tools they need to reach their full potential.

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An estimated 1 in 5 Australian children live in families impacted by mental illness.

Without some form of early intervention, kids who have a mentally unwell parent are 50% more likely to develop a mental health issue of their own – HAZEL 2010, WHO 2005.

It’s crucial these young people have access to evidence-based, age-appropriate prevention and early intervention mental health services.

Volunteer Expression of Interest

Thank you for enquiring to volunteer with Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation (‘AKKF’), we are so glad you have reached out to us. As the first step in progressing your application, please complete our Expression of Interest form. Once we have received your completed form, we will contact you with further information.

For those who need it the most

Thanks to volunteers like you, our families are able to access our life-changing programs for their kids at no cost.

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We deliver our services to young people experiencing family mental illness with the aim of empowering them to build resilience, lifelong knowledge, skills and abilities so they can reach their potential.

PO Box 69, Miranda NSW 2228 | 1300 566 525 | [email protected]