Become a Volunteer Biographer

Are you:

  • Interested in life stories?
  • A good listener?
  • Comfortable with the written word?

You may be interested in becoming a Volunteer Biographer.

  • Available during business hours
  • Able to commit to 1 hour per week sessions with clients plus a minimum of 4 hours per week transcribing at home

Other requirements:

  • Access to own car & own computer
  • Willingness to learn
We regularly invite people in the community to be trained as a volunteer biographer and acceptance into the program is subject to a screening interview, police check and completion of 25 hours of training. Beyond Words offers comprehensive training to volunteers preparing them in their new role and trainees have a chance to further develop their skills around communication, listening, knowledge of aged care, technical transcribing & editing support, the biography process and self-care.

Supervision of Biographers

While the simple act of listening to a person’s life story is in itself a privilege, we know that biographers work best with clear personal boundaries and ongoing support from a professional Coordinator of Volunteers who manages referrals from the aged care team, liaises with the nursing team and supports the work and well-being of volunteers.

Training Calendar

The next training program will be held over four days: Dates TBA

To register your interest in future training programs please email: