Become a Volunteer

COTA Victoria has an active volunteer program with many interesting and diverse roles available to volunteers.

Our program is designed to have a dual role.  It seeks to use the talents, combined experience and skills of our membership base while providing opportunities for volunteers where they can develop new or existing skills and actively contribute to the health and well being of older Victorians.

The volunteer program enables members to take an active part in their organisation and assist with its continued development.

All volunteers are provided with a comprehensive orientation program and training is provided on the specific program or area of work.

We pay out of pocket expenses and provide full insurance cover for all volunteers.

Dates and times of volunteer information sessions in 2014.
Friday 14th November 9:30am – 12noon Register online for this session

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with COTA contact Karen Ivanka on 9655 2107 or email


COTA’s Peer Education Team

WINNNERS: Outstanding achievement by a volunteer team (Primary Health) in the Minister for Health Awards, 2011.

For over 10 years COTA’s Peer Educators, working individually and as a team, have supported a range of programs and projects. They have delivered over 2500 information sessions throughout Victoria to a range of audiences, including CALD communities and rural and remote areas, presented at national forums and conferences and assisted with events such as the International Federation on Ageing Conference 2010 in Melbourne.

Programs have included Challenging Ageing; Creative Transitions to Retirement; Community Champions; OMNI: Men’s Discussion Groups. Topics have included Medicines and You; beyond maturityblues; Moving More; Myths and Stereotypes of Ageing; Memory – Remembering Well; Older Men’s Health; Positive Ageing.

Our peers’ ‘lived experience’ of ageing means there is a special connection between them and the groups they speak to. Importantly, programs have not been an end in themselves, but a stepping stone for peers back to their own communities. Our team learns and contributes through monthly meetings, participation in design and development of training programs, materials and resources.

COTA and funding bodies such a NPS Better Choices, Better Health and beyondblue understand the value of peer educators and the contribution that they make. Now their contribution has been recognised by the Victorian Minister for Health!

PHOTO CAPTION: The well-deserved Minister’s award was accepted on behalf of our team by (l to r): Martin Clancy, Janet Wood, Dorothy Trezise, John Doutch, Janet Bennett and Maria Garzo.

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