Volunteer at Ryde- Gladesville
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” ― St. Therese of Lisieux
We have a number of volunteering opportunities at our Parish, so there are plenty of ways to get involved and give back to your local community!
Safeguarding and Child Protection Compliance
Here at Ryde-Gladesville, we are committed to keeping children and vulnerable people in our parish, school and local communities safe. That's why it is a requirement for all our volunteers to complete the Archdiocese's Safeguarding & Child Protection Compliance.
The following requirements are consistent across all Parishes following the Royal Commission into Child Abuse in the Catholic Church, and are mandated by the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In order to volunteer with Ryde-Gladesville, all volunteers must complete Step 1 of the following compliance documentation, and provide this to the Parish Office.
All those who come into contact with children more than 5 times per year in their volunteer role must complete Steps 2 to 4 of the compliance documentation below, and provide these documents to the Parish Office.
The 5 Steps of Safeguarding
Sign the Code of Conduct (see below)
Provide a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). If you do not already have one this can be obtained by visiting the Office of the Children’s Guardian website or through Service NSW. You can find more information about obtaining your WWCC here.
Complete the SALT training. This step will be completed by you online, and only takes 30 minutes. To register for the online training please click here. Once you complete this form, the Archdiocese will send you a link to complete two short, training modules. Once these have been successfully completed, you will be automatically emailed a SALT Completion certificate, which must then be provided to the Office. If you are unable to complete this step online, please contact the Parish Office and we can make alternative arrangements for you.
Provide this documentation to the Parish Office. One we have copies of all 4 documents, your Safeguarding and Child Protection is completed.
Here you can download all the documents you'll need to complete your Parish Compliance for Ryde-Gladesville. Please fill them out and then return them to the Parish Office at email@example.com or by visiting us during office hours.
Volunteer Registration Form
Please fill out the Volunteer Registration form with your name, street address and the volunteer roles you are or will be involved in. Make sure you sign and date this form. Download here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have a WWCC to volunteer?
We do reccoment that all volunteers have a Working with Children Check if volunteering with our Parish. It is free, and allows you to volunteer with other organisations as well. However the Safeguarding Office has stipulated that it is not necessary for all Parish volunteers, only those in certain roles.
If you fulfill any of the following roles at our Parish, you will need to obtain a WWCC and provide a copy of it along with your date of birth to the Parish Office.
Parish Priests, Assistant Priests, Parish Administrators
Youth Ministers, Workers or Leaders
Sacramental Group Leaders
Catechists in State Schools
Children’s Liturgy Coordinators
Children’s Choir Ministry Leaders
Acolytes and Senior Altar Servers (aged 18+)
Ministers of the Altar
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers of the Word
Do I have to complete the SALT Training?
The Safeguarding Office's SALT Training is an incredibly helpful and important tool to help volunteers and staff identity inappropriate or dangerous behavior that may harm the children and vulnerable members of our community. While we do recommend all volunteers complete this training, even if only for their own knowledge, it is only compulsory for regular volunteers or those who come into contact with children reguarly.
If you come into contact with children in your role, or do so more than 5 times per year: You need to complete the SALT Training, as well as all 5 Steps of the Safeguarding documentation. Once completed, you will need to provide your SALT Completion Certificate to the Parish Office, along with the other required documents.
If you do not come into contact with children at all in your role, or do so less than 5 times per year: You do not need to complete the SALT Training, however we still recommend it.
How do I get a WWCC? Does it cost money?
A Working With Children Check (WWCC) can be obtained from the Office of the Children's Guardian and Service NSW. A volunteer WWCC is free, and will not cost you anything, however if you are a paid employee with children at our Parish or elsewhere, you will require an employee's WWCC, which incurs a fee of $80.
To obtain your WWCC, go to the Office of the Children’s Guardian website and fill in your details, and then take the completed form to Service NSW along with identity documents. If you or someone else has trouble with the website, you can go straight to Service NSW and apply for the check there.
You can find out more about how to obtain your WWCC here.
A great number of volunteers are needed for our 2021 Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Masses to ensure everything runs smoothly.
This year we have 9 Masses across 4 locations, and have a number of roles that need filling, including:
first aid officers
ushers and welcomers
general volunteers for set up and pack up
letterbox drop volunteers
If you are able to assist this Christmas season, please complete the sign up forms on the Parish website homepage, rosters website or in your emails for those on our mailing list by Friday 3rd December.
Our Lady's Kitchen
In partnership with Gladesville and Rozelle Vinnies, the St Merkorious Charity and the Gift of Bread Foundation, Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish have started Our Lady’s Kitchen to bring freshly cooked meals, bread, hampers and the like to those in need in our local area, and who have no one else to look after them.
We have a dedicated team of wardens (previously COVID marshals) who help to supervise our churches during opening hours and assist visitors with COVID-safe check in procedures. The role involves assisting people with QR Code check in or manual sign in, maintaining procedures such as mask-wearing, physical distancing and hand sanitising, and undertaking light cleaning duties where needed.
Depending on the day of the week, church wardens also have the opportuninity to assist at events such as funerals, weddings and baptisms, and provide an essential service that helps keep our parish community safe.
Church supervision is a great way to spend some extra quiet time with the Lord while the Blessed Sacrament is on display at St Charles, as well as meet and welcome new visitors in the local area to our parish.
You can volunteer for just 1 hour a week or whenever you're available, or if you would like to assist more reguarly we can find you a regular time slot.
If you are interested in this vital ministry, please contact the Parish Office for more information about how you can get started.
Ministry at Masses
Many of our parishioners volunteer as Ministers, and assist in various special roles at our Masses, including
AV Operator or
If you are interested in becoming any of the above, you are most welcome to join our team of over 70 volunteers. It is a great way to be involved ina sacred way in the Mass, and training and support is provided. We have a quarterly Ministry Roster which allows parishioners to volunteer in these roles on a regular basis.
For more information, you can visit our ministry website, and contact the Office if you'd like to be involved.
Welcome & Hospitality Ministry
Our welcome ministry is a newer volunteering role, in which a team of friendly people welcome parishioners and guests to the church at our 10am Mass, and serve tea and coffee afterwards.
It is a great way to get to know other people in the Parish, and with a growing team we are hoping to expand it to other Mass times as well. If you'd like to know more or are interested in joining, please contact Pina Bernard on 0432 682 239 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Fingers Gardening Club
Our Green Fingers club usually runs once a month on a Saturday morning. This team of volunteers works with Fr Greg and assists with maintaining the gardens and lawns at St Charles Church, Ryde.
Green Fingers is usually advertised in our Parish bulletin a week or two before, and anyone is welcome to join, so just keep an eye out in the bulletin! You can also subscribe to receive our weekly news email, including the bulletin, so that you always know when it's on.
Vinnies Night Patrol
The Gladesville branch of the St Vincent De Paul Society takes part in the Vinnies Night Patrol initiative, providing hot meals, blankets, toiletries, snacks, hot beverages and companionship to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Sydney.
If you'd like to be involved in the St Vincent De Paul Society at all, particularly with the Night Patrol Van, please visit our Ministry website or the NSW St Vincent De Paul Society website for more information.
If you'd like to be involved with our local group of volunteers, you can contact Anna Alessi, our Gladesville Vinnies Coordinator at email@example.com.
Our Buddy System volunteers help us out on an opt-in, weekly basis, delivering bulletins to our elderly and isolated parishioners who are unable to come to Masses during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, particularly those without access to technology and our parish news/masses online.
We deliver bulletins, prayer cards and other support to over 50 elderly and isolated parishioners every weekend. Buddies are assigned parishioners that live near them, and the role only takes 1 hour maximum over the course of the weekend.
The Buddy System is now in the process of winding down as we return to face-to-face Masses, however we are still delivering to a few parishioners who are not yet able to return to Mass.
If you'd like to know more, you can visit our COVID-19 update page, or contact the Office if you are interested in being a volunteer.