Connecting mates and mentors

Make a difference by being a mate or mentor

Everyone needs a mate. cohealth community mental health’s Connecting Mates and Mentors program links people experiencing mental health issues with volunteers on a one-on-one basis to increase their community engagement and enhance their life skills.

The program brings together two people with shared interests and preferred activities to learn, have fun and grow. Volunteers also benefit from the experience and understanding of mental health issues.

Think you have what it takes to assist a person experiencing mental health issues to overcome social isolation and/or support them to develop or regain life skills?

Be a mate

A mate offers a professional friendship, usually meeting with their client for a couple of hours per week or fortnight. The two engage in any activity that friends might do together, such as meeting for coffee, going to the movies, galleries, exhibitions, playing sports etc.

Be a mentor

A mentor supports a client to achieve a particular goal, 1-2 hours per week, for an 8 week period. Attending classes, improving computer skills or building confidence with using public transport are some of the goals that can be worked on together.

Connecting mates and mentors

We aim to make being a mate or mentor as easy as possible for our volunteers. The program offers flexibility with days, times and locations being negotiable. Training and ongoing support and supervision are provided. Reimbursement is available for volunteers’ expenses.

All we ask is participants are required to be committed, reliable and readily contactable via phone.

Still interested?

If you would like to volunteer as a mate or mentor, please complete and submit our mates and mentors Expression of Interest form online below or download here, complete and mail to 215 Nicholson Street, Footscray, VIC 3011. The Connecting Mates and Mentors coordinators can also be contacted on 9448 5510 or at

Once we have processed your information, we will invite you to attend an interview and training delivered by our Connecting Mates and Mentors volunteer coordinators.

Mates and Mentors Expression of Interest

Medical Information

cohealth has a duty of care to protect your health and/or safety while you are a volunteer. Your answers to the following questions will help meet our mutual needs:

Employment Status

Are you currently (please check one or more):


Your Skills and Experience



Your interests:


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Connecting Mates and Mentors Program. If you have any further queries, or if your details change, please contact the Program Coordinators on 9448 5510 or at:


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