• LIVEfree Project Team

Work Placement That Makes A Difference in Newcastle

Each year we’ve had a growing number of students choose to do their work experience and student placements with us. This is an exciting opportunity for students to gain experience in supporting some of the most disadvantaged people in Newcastle. They gain experience in a range of programs including:

This provides students with valuable knowledge and experience in interpersonal communication, trauma informed care, therapeutic conversations, providing emotional support, showing empathy and a non-judgemental attitude.


As well as practical skills and hands on experience in client-centred goal setting and support plans, providing practical food relief, mandatory reporting, referrals, liaising with community services and program planning.


"Doing my placement through LIVEfree Project has been an amazing experience, the staff showed me that they are not just doing their job and ticking boxes. They’re doing their job with a caring, nurturing and empathetic way, and treating all clients and their issues with a holistic approach."

- Community Services Student 2021



Here’s what some of our students had to say about their experience:

"My experience consolidated the importance of relationships within the community, they are essential, especially when a crisis happens. The relationships are already there to build on."

- Chaplaincy Student 2021


"Their understanding of the vulnerable needs within the community has been finely tuned and is a credit to the people that work and volunteer at LIVEfree project."

- Community Services Student 2021


"I learnt from every member of the team, the richness the staff and volunteers bring to the LIVEfree Project is invaluable, I enjoyed sitting and learning from staff as they shared their experience of growth and their journeys with clients."

- Chaplaincy Student 2021



If you’re currently studying and require work placement hours or school work experience in the areas of Social Work, Community Services, Chaplaincy, Counselling, Social Science or a related discipline then contact us at chris@livefreeproject.org.au today.

"I would recommend LIVEfree project to anyone if they wanted to experience a true grassroots organisation, I thoroughly enjoyed my time doing placement and meeting some truly amazing people who are helping change the lives of wonderful people, who have for whatever reason found themselves in a difficult situation."

- Community Services Student 2021



Read the rest of our January Update here

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