What happens at a Volunteer Training Course?

We care about our volunteers having a great experience at Rough Edges.  To help you with this we ask all our volunteers to complete a training program before you start volunteering.Photographer JENNY TEMPLIN (14)

Caring for others and yourself

At the course you will learn how to look after yourself and others who are dealing with difficult emotional issues.  Often as a volunteer you might find yourself in situations which are confronting and distressing – learning about self-care is an important aspect of preparing yourself to volunteer.

Dealing with difficulties

Sometimes at Rough Edges we have to deal with challenging behaviour.  We teach you the skills to talk down someone who is angry or on a drug induced high.  We use non violent communication (NVC) strategies to do this.  NVC is useful anywhere in your life where you want to reduce conflict and misunderstandings and improve outcomes for yourself and others.

Photographer JENNY TEMPLIN (68)

Understanding the issues

It is important that our volunteers have some understanding of the issues that impact our community.  We invite several special guests in who will share their stories and experience with living with mental illness, addiction and homelessness.  We also have guests from other agencies who talk about the work they do to address some of these problems.

Attendance at a Volunteer Information Night is a pre-requisite for applying for Volunteer Training.  The dates for these nights in 2017 are here.



Long Course:

The long course involves one full Saturday from 10am – 3pm and six Monday night workshops from 7.00pm – 9.30pm.  The 2017  long courses are now closed.  New dates will be added for 2018 when they are scheduled.

You must be able to attend the Saturday to be part of a course.  Attendance at all Monday night sessions is expected.

Intensive Course:

The intensive course is run over one weekend.  Friday night 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm, Saturday 9.00 am – 9.00 pm and Sunday 9.00 am – 3.00 pm.

The dates for the final intensive course for 2017 are:

Friday 4th May, 7.00 pm –  9.30 pm

Saturday 5th May, 9.00 am –  9.00 pm

Sunday 6th May, 9.00 am – 3.00 pm

You must attend ALL of an intensive course to join the volunteer roster.

The Non-intensive training will run from Saturday the 16th of June from 10:00am-3:00pm then Mondays at 7:00pm-9:30pm from the 25th of June till the 30th of July.


Cost:Photographer JENNY TEMPLIN (82)

Working full time: $250

Student: $125

If the cost of the course would stop you from volunteering please talk to us about this.


To find out more or to be added to our mailing list for potential volunteers please email roughedges@stjohnsanglican.org.au