To help support residents nearing the end of their program, Odyssey House Victoria is offering a Mentoring Program to residents on their transition back into the community.

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Odyssey House Victoria’s adult residential rehabilitation program in Melbourne and Bairnsdale provides live-in treatment for those with alcohol and other drug problems. Operating as a Therapeutic Community (TC), the values-based program provides a structured environment and encompasses the Community as Method approach.

This involves:

  • Community members all holding roles and responsibilities
  • Continual feedback from peers and staff members
  • Residents and staff acting as Role models
  •  Friendships and healthy family-like relationships consistently encouraged
  • Collective learning
  • Hierarchical work structure and communication system
  • Open communication, emotional honesty and personal disclosure.

Odyssey House Victoria is offering a Mentoring Program to support our Leavers, residents nearing the end of their program, on their transition back into the community.

This stage of the program is often accompanied with increased risk of relapse and stress as they move away from the safety of the structure provided by living in a residential rehabilitation service to independent decision-making, communication and contact with the broader community. The aim of this phase is to provide a staged separation from the security of the TC, allowing residents the ability to become a confident and productive member of society.

Who we are looking for

We are seeking empathetic and committed role models, 25 – 65 years of age, who have skills, knowledge and a positive attitude towards supporting people during this transitionary phase. We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, and queer and questioning (LGBTIQA+) community to apply.

Mentors will provide guidance, assistance and education to an individual with whom they have been matched.

Expectations and responsibilities of the Mentor include:

  1. Participation in comprehensive training (4 hours)
  2. Participation in monthly catch ups with Mentee (2-4 hours)
  3. Fortnightly phone check ins with Mentee (2 hours)
  4. Minimum 1 year commitment

Please note that this is a volunteer position.

Ongoing support will be provided from the Mentor Coordinator through individual check ins and Group Meetings. You do not need to have worked or volunteered in the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector.

More information

If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, or want to find out more information, please contact the Mentoring Program Coordinator via or 0422 383 030. Or you can use the contact form below. 

The recruitment process involves completing an application form, followed by an interview over zoom to determine if you are suitable for the role. You will then receive paperwork inclusive of a Working with Children Check and Police Check. Comprehensive training will also be provided. This process is thorough to ensure the safety of all involved.

As a mandated Victorian Health Service, all volunteers are required to provide a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination certificate or medical exemption alongside their application form.

Apply now

If you want to apply to become a mentor, please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you soon. Alternatively, you can download and fill out this form either digitally or physically and email it back to

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Applicant details
Do you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander?
Do you identify as a member of the LGBTIQA+ community?
How did you hear about the Odyssey House Mentoring ProgramYou can select more than one
Emergency contact details
Application questions
Would you be interested in mentoring a parent with young children?

Please provide the name and contact details of two people who can serve as a referee for you if your application is successful. The nominated individuals must: have known you for a period of at least 12 months; have had recent contact with you; and agree to provide accurate descriptions of your reputation and character. Please use at least one professional reference. Relatives are not permitted.

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Referee 2

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