How old do I need to be to register?
You need to be over 16 years of age to volunteer at Exercise Your Mood Walk.
How do I find out my location and role?
When you register to volunteer, you will be able to nominate a preferred role. We will do our best to accommodate your chosen role, dependent on need. We will notify you of your role and location 2 weeks before the event date of 12th October 2019.
When will I receive the final details about the day?
We will contact you regularly in the lead-up to the event, via SMS, email and phone. We strongly recommend that you attend the Volunteer Information night (date and time TBC) so that you have all the information that you need - and you can pick up your event shirt and drink bottle, information pack and course map.
If you cannot attend the information night, we will post out your pack, map, shirt and bottle one week before the event.
What time will my shift start?
All shifts start at 6pm and you need to be at your appointed location and ready to go at 5.30pm on Saturday 12th October. Your shift will end at midnight.
How do I get to my location?
You will need to make your own way to your location. All locations are within Sydney Olympic Park. Plan your trip carefully to ensure you arrive in plenty of time at the right location.
The start and finish site is at Fig Grove, Sydney Olympic Park. Fig Grove is located on the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Dawn Fraser Avenue, across the road from McDonalds.
Trains run to and from Olympic park station which is a 3 minute walk from Fig Grove. Plan your route here.
We strongly recommend taking public transport to and from the event. Sydney Trains have kindly put on extra trains from midnight to 1am for this event and the timetable will be updated to reflect this two weeks before the event.
At this stage, no trackwork is planned on the line.
There is limited paid parking on site ($25). The train station is a 3-minute walk from the start/finish site while parking is some distance away and we cannot accompany you to your car. Find out more about parking here.
Ubers and Taxis can access the site and drop you at your location. If you are stationed within Bicentennial park, you may need to walk for 5-10 minutes to reach your location.
What should I wear on the day?
You will receive a Black Dog Institute Volunteer shirt that must be visible at all times during the event. Please wear comfortable clothing and close toed shoes as there may be walking involved and standing on your feet for long periods of time. Temperatures range between 14 and 22 degrees so dress warm!
What food/refreshments will be provided and what should I bring with me?
You will be provided with a snack pack and this will be given to you by one of the Volunteer Coordinators. You will also receive a token that will provide you with food and drink from Rotary Australia at the end of your shift. Please bring additional food with you if needed. Please ensure you have a water bottle with you.
Where can I store my belongings?
We do not have storage for your belongings so please bring only what you need for the event.
Will I be working with other volunteers?
Yes, you will be in teams of 2 or more. The only time you will be by yourself is if your fellow volunteer/s need to use the bathroom.
What recognition will I receive?
You will receive a certificate of recogniton and a thank you letter after the event.
What do I get for volunteering?
Apart from a fun time and making new friends, you will also receive:
- A Black Dog Institute t-shirt
- Snack pack
- Water Bottle
- Certificate of Appreciation
- Thank you letter
- The knowledge that you are helping to create a mentally healthier world!
How will I be supported while volunteering?
You will be supported by two wonderful Volunteer Coordinators, and you can easily contact them via Walkie Talkie during the event. Black Dog Institute is dedicated to supporting participants and volunteers to ensure you have a positive, rewarding and fun experience while volunteering.
I've registered to volunteer, what happens next?
Thank you! We will be in touch via email and phone with more information.
Can I bring my kids or my dog?
As much as we love kids and pets, in the interests of safety, we ask that you please do not bring your child or dog with you to volunteer.
Do I need any experience or qualifications?
A willingness to learn and listen, lots of ethusiasm and good communication skills are all that is needed. And a smile!
Will I be safe?
Your safety is very important to us. You will always be in groups of two or three and our Volunteer Coordinators will be roaming and checking in on you. Sydney Olympic Park Security will also be roaming on site. You will be provided with walkie talkies and contact numbers as well as the procedure in the event of an emergency.
You do need to take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others. If in doubt, follow the event reporting procedure to voice any safety concerns.