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!

Find out more about our current volunteering opportunties below.

All Volunteers are asked to complete the Volunteer Registration Form, once completed, please email your signed form to office@rgcp.org.au

Thank you

Volunteer with us

Our Lady's Kitchen

In partnership with Gladesville and Rozelle Vinnies, the St Merkorious Charity and Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish have started Our Lady’s Kitchen to bring freshly cooked meals, bread and the like to those in need in our local area.

Our Lady's Kitchen Volunteers are required on Tuesdays & Thursdays to:

Pick up food from St Merkorious around 12:30pm

Pack Food at 3pm in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Hall

Deliver Food to Clients from 4pm

If you would like to volunteer with Our Lady's Kitchen, please email Judy Raumer at ea@rgcp.org.au for information on role specifics.

Coming soon - Vinnies Van delivering to the Ryde & Cumberland LGA.

If you are interested in learning about being part of the team that goes in the Van, please contact Judy at ea@rgcp.org.au

More information will be available soon.

Church Wardens

Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish is proud to have a dedicated team of wardens who help to supervise our churches during opening hours and assist visitors during their time with us.

The role involves welcoming guests to our churches, supervising the Blessed Sacrament. Depending on the day of the week, church wardens also have the opportuninity to assist at special events such as funerals, weddings and baptisms.

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 on 9807 2966 or email office@rgcp.org.au 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

  • Reader

  • Eucharistic Minister

  • Acolyte

  • Musician/Choir Member

  • AV Operator or

  • Camera Operator

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 in a sacred way in the Mass, and training and support is provided. We have a bi-monthly Ministry Roster which allows parishioners to volunteer in these roles on a regular basis.

For more information, please contact the Office on 980702966 or email office@rgcp.org.au if you'd like to be involved.

Green Fingers Gardening Club

Welcome & Hospitality Ministry

Our welcome ministry, 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 the Parish office on 9807 2966 or office@rgcp.org.au

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 the parish office at office@rgcp.org.au

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.

What's required?

The following requirements are consistent across all Parishes and are mandated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • All volunteers must complete Steps 1 and 2 of the following compliance documentation, and provide these to the Parish Office.

  • All those who volunteer as Readers, Eucharist Ministers, Acolytes, Parish Collectors, Wardens, Kids Liturgy, Music (under 18's Choir) are required to complete all Parish Compliance.

The 5 Steps of Safeguarding

  1. Complete the Volunteer Registration Form (see below)

  2. Sign the Code of Conduct (see below)

  1. Provide a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). If you do not already have one this can be obtained by visiting Service NSW.

  1. 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.

  1. Provide this documentation along with your Birth date to the Parish Office. One we have copies of all 4 documents, your Safeguarding and Child Protection is completed.


If you completed your Salt Training Induction Course in 2019 or 2020 you are now required to complete a "Refresher Course". To complete this course please use this link to obtain the Refresher course information https://forms.gle/XuQFsRsvq3BYtXqT9 this course should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Once you have received your Salt Refresher Certificate, please email a copy to office@rgcp.org.au

Thank you


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 office@rgcp.org.au or by visiting us during office hours.

Code of Conduct

Please read the full Code of Conduct and sign and date the last page. Download here.

Code of Conduct for Working with Children.pdf

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.

Volunteer Registration - Acceptance Form.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a WWCC to volunteer?

We do reccomend 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

    • Parish Secretaries

    • Youth Ministers, Workers or Leaders

    • Pastoral Associates

    • Sacramental Coordinators

    • 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

    • Parish Counters/Collectors

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.

How do I get a WWCC? How much does it cost?

A Working With Children Check (WWCC) can be obtained from the Office of the Children's Guardian and Service NSW. A volunteer WWC 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 WWC, 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.