With thanks to Volunteering WA, EdConnect Australia are piloting the CanteenConnect program. This project will connect newly arrived migrants with volunteering opportunities in school canteens. A framework and small-scale pilot will be developed over the first six months of 2024.


CanteenConnect has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Volunteer Management Activity and Volunteering WA.

The Program

  • The CanteenConnect program will establish welcoming and inclusive volunteering opportunities for newly arrived migrants in their local school canteens.
  • The project aims to establish volunteering roles that celebrate diversity, support language and skill development and create community.
  • We will identify and address the barriers that currently exist for including CALD communities when it comes to volunteering.
  • Finally, the pilot will identify how to adapt processes, training and resources to meet the needs of newly arrived applicants.

Next steps:

If you are interested in becoming involved in the CanteenConnect program, we’d love to hear from you. Contact or call 1800 668 550.