Become a Book Fair Volunteer

Become a Book Fair Volunteer.

Lifeline South Coast is seeking dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to help at the Big Book Fair!

The Big Book Fair fundraiser will take place on the 20 – 22 of March 2020 at the Illawarra Sports Stadium, Berkeley.

Over 80,000 books will be on display in over 50 categories. Books include, fiction, non-fiction, hobbies, travel, children’s books, art, science, history, rare books, and more.

The Big Book Fair is Lifeline South Coast’s major fundraising event for their 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support Service in the Illawarra and South Coast on 13 11 14.

Volunteers are an integral part of the Lifeline South Coast Big Book Fair.

Every year a team of dedicated volunteers work to ensure that the Big Book Fair is a continued success.

Can you help at our Big Book Fair?

Volunteers are needed for a range of tasks at the Big Book Fair.

Tasks Include:

  • set-up and pack-down
  • staffing the tally tables (people who are good with numbers would be perfect for this role)
  • operating cash registers and Eftpos machines (prior experience is useful)
  • crowd control
  • security
  • selling bags

Year round Lifeline South Coast volunteers also do an amazing job collecting, sorting, pricing and packing books for the event.

The Lifeline South Coast book sorting team are a dedicated, friendly and knowledgeable group of volunteers who manage to sort, clean, research, price, and pack around 200,000 books per year!

As a result of volunteer work, numerous books are made available at the Big Book Fair as well as the Wollongong and Corrimal Lifeline Shops.

There are a range of volunteer roles available at the Book Sorting section located in Unanderra.

For more information on volunteering for the Big book Fair you can visit our Volunteer page.

Upcoming Events

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Crisis Support Volunteer

Lifeline provides a National Telephone Crisis Support Service on 13 11 14. The service aims to support people in their time of emotional distress or crisis. The Crisis Supporters operating this service are volunteers and work from offices in Wollongong.

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Retail Volunteer

The Lifeline Shops are the financial cornerstone of Lifeline South Coast. They provide the largest portion of funding and allow the continuation of Lifeline’s vital 24-hour telephone crisis support service in the Illawarra and South Coast. There are Lifeline Shops in Wollongong and Corrimal.

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How to apply

Please download the information booklet and application form here and email your application to to

Friday 23 October 9am-5pm
Saturday 24 October 9am-5pm
Sunday 25 October 9am-4pm

For 24-hour telephone crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14

If life is in danger, call 000

Lifeline South Coast would like to acknowledge the lives that have been lost to suicide. We are committed to supporting those with a lived experience of suicide and aim to reduce the stigma around seeking help for poor mental health and suicidal crisis.