Wombat's Wish
Victoria's leading grief support service for children and young people who have experienced the death of a parent


Our volunteers are diverse, compassionate, and pretty amazing. Here’s some of the ways they help:

  • Work directly with children, young people and their families in a therapeutic capacity as part of our Weekend Camp Program
  • Help out with activities, games and fun stuff at our camps and events
  • Provide governance at Board level
  • Lend us their skills in events and fundraising, to help WW support families across Victoria
  • Pop by the office to help with admin and camp prep

Whether you’re keen to take part in our therapeutic weekend grief camp program, or happy to spend an hour or two in our friendly office helping us with admin prep, we’d love to have you as part of our incredible volunteer team!

Whichever way you choose to support Wombat’s Wish, you can be assured that your help can make all the difference to a bereaved child.

Ready to find out more about becoming a WW volunteer? Fill in the Volunteer Form below and help us get to know you, your interests and experiences, and in what ways you’d like to help out. We organise quarterly Volunteer Induction sessions, which are fun and informative, and for many of our volunteers, where they make beautiful new friendships.


I’m just so grateful to be a part of the Wombat’s Wish camps, and have the opportunity to help others. I just love it. My team leader was amazing – kind, friendly, helpful and very capable.”

My experience of the camp was great. It’s well worth my time and fills my cup. I most liked the collaborative practice with all the team – very friendly and inclusive. I really appreciated being involved.”

The team was fabulous. Very welcoming, inclusive and supportive at all times. Thanks to everyone involved. So smooth and well run.”

Could you be a great Wombat’s Wish volunteer? Here’s what you need


  • All applicants must be over the age
    of 21 – although exceptions may be made for young people who have had previous experience or expertise in this field, and/or relevant skills and aptitude


  • Emotional resilience
  • A reasonable degree of fitness and stamina
  • An open, respectful approach to working with children and adults
  • Willingness to get involved in all aspects of the program including creative tasks and physical activities as well as domestic chores.
  • A sense of fun
  • A mature and responsible approach
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Empathetic nature


  • All applicants will be assessed as for their suitability for the role they wish to work in. Working with bereaved children can be emotionally demanding and physically tiring.
  • We provide training as well as a debriefing process for volunteers that wish to work on the therapeutic program.
  • Police checks are mandatory for any volunteer working with the children. If you do not have a current police check Wombats Wish will organise one on your behalf.

The things I liked most about my experience were chatting with the families, the team vibe and general supportive feel. Plus the team debriefs and the regular check-ins were appreciated.

– Volunteer feedback, 2022

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Wombat’s Wish acknowledges the Wadawarrung, Taungurung and Bunurong peoples as Traditional Custodians of the lands from which we live and work,
and we pay our deep respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.