Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering is time willingly given for the benefit of the community, in a designated volunteer position and without financial gain. We value the significant contribution made by community members who volunteer their time.

Volunteers significantly enhance the quality of life, community spirit and leisure time opportunities in the region. Volunteering promotes enduring social, cultural, environmental and economic value to the Wyndham community.

Volunteering is a fun and an easy way to explore your interests and passions. As a volunteer you can make a significant contribution to various areas of community life.

Through volunteering, you can:

  • Have the opportunity to contribute to your community
  • Learn new skills and gain confidence
  • Be a significant part of a team
  • Make new friends and have fun
  • Help promote awareness of the needs and services in our community
  • Gain satisfaction in the knowledge that volunteering really does make a difference
  • Demonstrate your skills which can be attractive to a future employer. Being a volunteer can lead to but does not guarantee paid employment.

Demonstrate your skills which can be attractive to a future employer. Being a volunteer can lead to but does not guarantee paid employment.

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Right Volunteering Role

The key to choosing the right volunteering role is to find a position that you will enjoy and are capable of doing.  To help you to decide, consider the following questions:

  • Would you like to work with people?
  • How much time are you willing to commit?
  • How much responsibility are you ready to take on?
  • What skills can you build on or bring to a volunteer role?

Typical Volunteer

People who volunteer come from many different cultural and educational backgrounds, ages and skill levels. Volunteers can be people who also have paid jobs or not working or retired, men, women, children and young people.

This is a personal decision and will depend on how much time you can spare. Volunteering roles can range from short-term and one-off projects to long-term or ongoing roles. The role might require a few hours a month or a few hours or more a week – this is a mutual negotiation.

Time commitment

This is a personal decision and will depend on how much time you can spare. Volunteering roles can range from short-term and one-off projects to long-term or ongoing roles. The role might require a few hours a month or a few hours or more a week – this is a mutual negotiation.

Volunteer Work and Centrelink

If you are receiving Centrelink benefits volunteering can be a great alternative to paid work.  You need to find out if there are restrictions on the number of hours per week you can volunteer. We may not have a suitable role for you or the amount of hours available for you to meet Centrelink requirements.  

If you have commenced Centrelink approved volunteer work with council, it is your responsibility to ensure that the required number of hours are completed.

High Schools and High School Students

If you are a High School looking for volunteer opportunities for your students or a High school student looking for a volunteer position as part of your school curriculum, you might like to consider the following options:

  1. Contact Volunteer West, a community organisation passionate about supporting volunteers and volunteering organisations. You can email info@volunteerwest.org.au or phone on 9398 1233. Ask them for a copy of their youth brochure.
  2. Contact Go Volunteer to search opportunities and organisations in your area.
  3. Check Wyndham City’s Online Volunteer Directory where local organisations list their volunteer vacancies.
  4. Check Council Volunteer Vacancies but these positions are usually ongoing, long term roles.

High Schools

If your students are expected to volunteer as part of their curriculum, the following helpful tips may come in handy:

  • Provide assistance and guidance to the students to find a volunteer opportunity       
  • Consider what you would like your students to achieve and gain from their volunteering experience
  • Think about some of the skills that your students may be able to offer, and your timetable
  • Develop a partnership between your school and one or two local not-for-profit organisations - sports clubs, events, gardening/environment, or emergency relief. Build on this relationship over a number of years to develop close relationships with these organisations for future volunteering opportunities
  • Plan ahead and approach organisations in plenty of time.  Recruiting new volunteers and creating new roles can take time so the more notice you give, the better for the organisation.
  • Ensure the organisation has appropriate insurance for people under 18
  • Ensure that the supervisor has a current Working with Children Check.

High School Students

Here are some tips for you to consider:

  • Plan ahead and approach organisations in plenty of time
  • Think about some of the skills you may be able to offer
  • Consider what you would like to achieve and gain from your volunteering experience
  • Try to find a role that interests you and an organisation that you believe in
  • Consider joining with a friend to volunteer together
  • Be open to volunteer opportunities you may not have considered, in order to learn new skills
  • Ensure the organisation has appropriate insurance for people under 18
  • Ensure that the supervisor has a current Working with Children Check.

Websites To Explore

Here are some websites for you to explore and check out the right volunteering opportunity for you:

  • Volunteer West is a community organisation that operates across the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.  Its purpose is to inspire and value inclusive and active participation in volunteering, and build the capacity of volunteer involving organisations.
  • Register with Volunteering Australia to receive emails with information on roles tailored to you
  • GoodCompany helps to match your skills and interests to hundreds of volunteer opportunities across more than 1,000 charities. GoodCompany includes both skilled and 'hands on' volunteering for individuals and teams
  • Volunteer Match assists in matching your skills with industries such as IT, hospitality, design, accounting, law and sales.
  • GoVolunteer provides all the information needed to find out about volunteering and volunteer opportunities in your area
  • Safework Australia provides information about volunteering and the work health and safety laws 
  • Volunteering Victoria Inc. is the peak body representing the volunteer movement in Victoria. Volunteering Victoria provides a range of services to individuals who are interested in volunteering and to organisations who involve volunteers
  • Volunteering Australia is the national peak body working to advance volunteering in the Australian community

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