One of the most rewarding things we've seen as we build the Stitch Community are the ever-increasing number of members who would like to volunteer their time and experience to help the community in some way. 

We think this says a lot about how more and more people are starting to understand the importance of Stitch's social mission

We've also learned, however, that all our members are different, and often have different ways they'd like to get involved to help in some way.

Some members love the idea of getting the community started in their area, but many others live in an active area already or would prefer to get involved in other ways. 

So we've come up with four broad options for the different ways Stitch members (and others) can volunteer to help the community in ways that suit their interests, availability, skills and experience. These are: 

  • Community Champion Volunteering
    For people who would like to help the community get started or more active in their area, and are attracted to the idea of organizing regular events to help people connect
  • Community Evangelist Volunteering
    For people who want to help spread the word about Stitch, raise awareness of the community, and help get new members to join or community organizations to participate
  • Community Enabler Volunteering
    For people who want to assist individual members of the community who face barriers which prevent them from fully participating
  • Community Expert Volunteering
    For people who have other skills or expertise they would like to contribute to the Stitch Community to help make it successful

The sections below give a high-level overview of the different types of volunteering we're currently working on at Stitch. Please have a read, follow the links for more details, and if you'd like to get involved then please register your interest!

PLEASE NOTE: The Stitch volunteering program is primarily designed for Stitch members, but if you are under 50 then you are still welcome to contribute! Under 50s are eligible to participate in all volunteering options apart from the Community Champion Volunteer program. 

Community Champion Volunteering

Community Champion Volunteers are people who would like to help the community get started or more active in their area or beyond, and are attracted to the idea of organizing regular events to help people connect.

Community Champion Volunteers grow the community in new areas by:

  • Committing to holding regular Stitch events or activities over a 12 month period (in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these will be virtual events). These regular events can be hosted weekly, fortnightly or monthly -- it's up to the volunteer and their schedule
  • Optional: Creating a Stitch Group

Please note you need to be eligible to be a member of Stitch to be a Community Champion Volunteer (i.e. you need to be aged 50 or above).

Learn more about Community Champion Volunteering by selecting the button below.


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Community Evangelist Volunteering

Community Evangelist Volunteers are people who want to help spread the word about Stitch, raise awareness of the community, and help get new members to join or community organizations to participate.

Community Evangelists get involved in a variety of ways, which can include:

  • Representing their local Stitch community at promotional events (e.g. answering questions about Stitch at a booth at a Seniors' Expo)
  • Posting fliers about the community in their local area
  • Contacting local media organizations to raise awareness
  • Agreeing to be interviewed by media for stories about Stitch
  • Coming up with creative ideas of their own to promote and advertise Stitch in their local area 

You don't need to be a member of Stitch to volunteer for some of these activities, but it definitely helps if you are. 

Learn more about Community Evangelist Volunteering by selecting the button below.

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Community Enabler Volunteering

Community Enablers are people who want to assist individual members of the community who face barriers which prevent them from fully participating.

Stitch is increasingly being contacted by local community organizations who serve older adults who may be socially isolated and would love to participate in Stitch, but face barriers such as lack of access to technology which prevent them from doing so. 

Stitch will be working with these community organizations to maintain a register of people who need a little bit of help to be part of Stitch, and to buddy them with Community Enabler Volunteers in their area. Community Enablers may get involved in a variety of ways, which may include:

  • Calling their buddy by phone to tell them about upcoming activities in their area that they would like to attend
  • Helping with transport or other logistical challenges
  • Providing regular check-in phone calls
  • Helping their buddy address specific technical challenges

You don't need to be a member of Stitch to be a Community Enabler Volunteer, but it's great if you are.

Learn more about Community Enabler Volunteering by selecting the button below.



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Community Expert Volunteering 

Community Expert Volunteers are people who have other skills or expertise they would like to contribute to the Stitch Community to help make it successful.

In case you're not aware, the Stitch team itself is extremely small (only 5 employees!) and the fact we're a social enterprise means we are always likely to be constrained by very limited resources. 

We do, however, have a wealth of incredible members who have lifetimes developing unique skills and expertise which can be used to assist the Stitch Community. 

There really is no limit to the sorts of things which Community Expert Volunteers can get involved in, but some examples of areas we have had help from members has included:

  • Workshops on mental health run by members with a psychology background
  • Providing technical training sessions to Stitch members
  • Using their professional networks to link Stitch to existing government, health, and community organizations
  • Providing sponsorship and media opportunities through their existing businesses
  • Running online or in-person verification sessions to help new members get verified

Learn more about Community Enabler Volunteering by selecting the button below.


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