Volunteers needed to help out at schoolies

Crime Stoppers Queensland is calling for 350 volunteers to help out at this years Schoolies event on the Gold Coast.

Volunteers are needed on the Surfers Paradise Beachfront from 19-25 November to help with street and beach patrols, walk home services, and just as a safe person for school leavers to reach out to.

But CEO of Crime Stoppers Queensland Trevor O’Hara says new and returning volunteers need to register as soon as possible to make sure they have all their credentials in time for the event.


“Blue Card applications are due by October 21 to allow for processing time,” he said.

“It can take several weeks for volunteers to be accredited with their ‘working with children’ Blue Card, so it is imperative for all volunteers to register early.”

Mr O’Hara said it’s a great opportunity for parents of school leavers to assist in a positive way.

“Parents are able to get involved and connect with the safety program, while observing their children’s wellbeing from a distance,” he said.

“Volunteering for the [Schoolies Support Team] also allows mature aged students, who are studying justice and law courses in South East Queensland, the chance to gain valuable experience and is something that can be put on resumes.”

He said the main requirements for those wanting to volunteers is that they must be at least 20 years of age, and need to attend a training session. Otherwise, Mr O’Hara says they’ll only have to work on the days and times that suit them

“We understand that people are busy and won’t be available every day of Schoolies week,” he said.

Register your interest at www.schooliesvolunteer.com.au or call 1300 309 355.