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Soul Cafe thrives on the involvement of keen, enthusiastic and generous volunteers. If you or your work mates, friends or family would like to join our community of volunteers we would love to hear from you!

At Soul Cafe the following times are available to help in providing meals:

Breakfast shifts - Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

7.00am to 9.00am (service from 7.30am – 8.30am)


Lunch shifts Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

8.30am to 1.30pm - Prep / Service (11:30 – 1pm) / Cleanup

11:30 – 2pm - Service (11:30 – 1pm) / Cleanup / Next Day or Special Projects Prep

Sundays (fortnightly)

11:15am - 2pm - Service (12md - 1pm) / Cleanup

Aside from meal preparation there are other areas you might like to volunteer.

  • If you have experience in helping those with social challenges then maybe the floor team is for you.  Talking to guests and helping them to have social connection and to find support services.
  • If you are involved in a business or service that would be beneficial to Soul Cafe guests such as health, welfare, employment services please also contact our office to discuss any partnership opportunities.

To sign up as a volunteer please fill out the volunteer application form and email this to or mail the form to PO Box 686, Newcastle NSW 2300 or drop it in to Soul Cafe at 2nd Floor, Cnr Hunter & Watt Street, Newcastle 2300.

Once we receive your form we will be in touch about a 'trial shift'. This is your opportunity to come in and meet us all and participate in a shift. At the end of your trial shift you can discuss with the Kitchen Manager or Team Leader availability for ongoing rostering.

To be a volunteer with Soul Cafe you must have an active Working With Children Check, which can be obtained at your local Service NSW centre. More instructions on how to obtain this check is available in the link below:

WWCC How Do I Apply Fact Sheet


It is a great thing when students want to help with making a difference for people who are in need. However, the challenge for Soul Cafe when it comes to having students in the café is that the people we help have very significant mental health, drug and alcohol and other social issues. For this reason, we have guidelines around the age of persons who can volunteer at the café:
1. If a student is 16- 17 years they can volunteer on weekend or breakfast shifts providing they have parental permission and an interview with our Kitchen Manager required prior to being accepted as a Soul Café Student Volunteer.
2. If a school approaches us about a student on a school program we require a letter from the school about their program and insurance coverage. An interview with our Kitchen Manager is required prior to being accepted as a Soul Café Student Volunteer.

Volunteer Application form Student 2018