NEMA Volunteers

NEMA prides itself on having a strong and dedicated volunteer base. NEMA wishes to acknowledge the ongoing generosity and contributions of our volunteers. It is their dedication, passion and support that will enable our organisation to thrive into the future. NEMA highly values the contributions of its volunteers and endeavours to provide them with as much support as possible.

Our volunteers support NEMA in any activities or projects that may be undertaken and we strive to match volunteers with tasks suitable to their skills and abilities. Volunteering with NEMA offers an opportunity to improve your skillset, increase your social activity, help the community and enhance your self-esteem. NEMA is flexible with volunteering arrangements - we understand that some people wish to volunteer a certain amount of hours per week, while others are content to volunteer on an 'as needed' basis.

Below are some testimonials from NEMA volunteers:

graeme prowd

 I have been volunteering at Nema since 2012. 

 I conduct Computer, smart phone and tablet lessons for our mature aged migrants, introducing them to new technologies.

 They tell me, now they can keep in touch with their children and grandchildren through Skype, facebook and other social media.

 I also help newer migrants with the Australian Citizenship test.

 Having travelled extensively, I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing life in other cultures.

I have been fortunate to meet many people from different cultures at NEMA and I enjoy the cultural events such as, Harmony Day and the various National day  celebrations from around the world. I really enjoy the food from around the world which is always an integral part of these celebrations.

Suree My name is Suree, I started to volunteer at NEMA in 2017.

I enjoy meeting all the people from different countries and really enjoy the cultural days and helping out at fundraising events like the Bunnings BBQ.

I am from Thailand and one of my volunteer duties is to help new arrivals from Thailand access the services of NEMA. I have also used some of the services like the computer classes and the citizenship classes. 

Whenever I can, I tell people about the wonderful volunteers at NEMA and the services they provide.

Susan IngletonI have volunteered at NEMA for the last 12 months and have found so much fun and satisfaction in so doing. The Staff is an amazing group of people who enjoy their work and want to be at the office, to help each other as well as the CALD community and always make the volunteers feel welcome and appreciated.

The Volunteers are a wonderfully dedicated and skilled band of helpers who are prepared to ‘get in and help’ in a variety of ways. I have loved meeting the wonderful students who come to me for English Tutoring. In the last year I have had students from Laos, Thai, India, Iran, Turkey, Italy, China, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

I have enjoyed being part of the NEMA contribution to Carols by Candlelight, The Pop Up Park, Harmony Day,’ The Great Move’ and the resettlement into our new premises. I have especially appreciated the training and implementation of the Cultural Advocate programme.
We all have gifts and skills that we are able to share with others. It may be placing letters in envelopes, It may be as a handyman, it may be showing a neighbour that “Bring a plate” does not mean that you do need to bring a knife, a fork and a cup and that “your shout” does not mean speak up louder! Or it may be answering telephone, helping to organising social events or washing the coffee cups.

Become a Volunteer

Membership is required if you would like to become a volunteer. Please contact the NEMA office for more information via phone: (03) 5721 2090 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A police check (provided for by NEMA) and 100 points of ID will be required for volunteers. 


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The Voice of Multiculturalism
in North East Victoria

  • Alpine Shire
  • Benalla Rural City
  • Indigo Shire
  • Mansfield Shire
  • Rural City of Wangaratta