Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good 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.

Volunteering during COVID-19 (for individuals)

It is with great regret that Wyndham City Council is not taking on any new volunteers until further notice due to the evolving impact of COVID-19. You can register your interest in becoming an emergency volunteer with Volunteering Victoria or Red Cross.

Search for current volunteer roles on Go Volunteer - the website of Volunteering Australia, or read their information on volunteering during Covid-19. Register for roles where you can volunteer virtually (online) with Vollie.

Giving Tuesday NOW website helps connect not-for-profit organisations facing COVID-19 related challenges with individuals who have the will and capacity to help. COVID-19 Generosity Registry 

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Volunteering during COVID-19 (for community groups and organisations)

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Considerations before volunteering

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 decide, consider the following questions:

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

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, are not working or are retired; they can be men, women, families and young people.

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 – to be agreed by the volunteer and organisation.

Guide to volunteering

Read Volunteering Victoria’s Welcome to your volunteering guide. It includes information on where to start, benefits of volunteering, volunteers’ rights and responsibilities, support services and Volunteering Victoria.

Volunteer work and Centrelink

For some people receiving Centrelink benefits volunteering can be a great alternative to paid work. It’s important to know how many hours you are required to volunteer each week. Your hours don’t all need to be with the same Not-for-Profit organisation. Volunteer in more than one role, or with more organisations to meet your mutual obligation.

Please note – Wyndham City may not have a suitable role for you or be able to offer you the number of hours you need to meet your Centrelink requirements. If you have commenced Centrelink approved volunteer work with Council, it is your responsibility to ensure that your required number of hours are completed.

Volunteering on a Visa

Volunteering can be a great way to meet local people and learn more about Victorian life.  If you are in Australia temporarily, as a tourist or student, or asylum seeker awaiting a decision on your application, you may have the right to volunteer under your visa conditions. Check Volunteering Victoria’s guide for travellers.

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.
  5. Opportunities to volunteer online with Vollie
  6. Create your own Volunteer Profile

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.

Volunteering and the Australian Curriculum

This project has been undertaken by Volunteering ACT on behalf of Volunteering Australia. Here you will find a set of lessons and units of work that can be used by teachers in Foundation-Year 10 classrooms across Australia.

The resources show how principles and practices in volunteering can be embedded into everyday classroom activity. If you are a teacher these resources can assist you to explicitly plan for and deliver learning about volunteering. If you are a volunteer resource centre these documents can be used to assist in your interactions with schools.

Find out more

Volunteer Vacancies

Explore these websites to find volunteer opportunities:

  • With Wyndham City Council
  • With other Not-for-Profit Organisations:
    • Volunteer West is a community organisation that operates across the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
    • GoVolunteer provides all the information needed to find out about volunteering and volunteer opportunities in your area, facilitated by Volunteering Australia.
    • Local Wyndham Not-for-Profit organisations - Wyndham City has an online volunteer directory which lists local organisations and community groups who have volunteer roles.
    • ProBono Australia – news, resources, careers and volunteer opportunities for the common good.
    • Good Company  helps to match your skills and interests to volunteer opportunities across hundreds of charities and includes both skilled and 'hands on' volunteering for individuals and teams.
    • Online volunteering opportunities with Vollie.
    • Victorians Volunteering for Nature - Interactive Map showing Environmental Volunteering Opportunities across Victoria.
    • Communiteer – ‘social good’ network and online community.
    • Institute of Community Directors Australia - an enterprise of ourcommunity.com.au - Board Position Matching Service.
    • Create your own Volunteer Profile - register with Volunteering Australia to receive emails with information on roles tailored to you.

 

Other helpful links

Volunteer and Community Group Training

Wyndham City’s Volunteer & Community Group Training supports local volunteers, residents and community organisations across the municipality to develop volunteering. These training sessions and tools are provided free of charge to Wyndham residents, volunteers and community organisations.

Volunteer Engagement Tool (Volpoll)

A free engagement tool designed for volunteers and small to medium groups to better understand their volunteering opportunities. This is an initiative by Volunteering Victoria.

The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

The National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015) have been developed by Volunteering Australia. They are recognised within Australia as the best practice framework for volunteer involvement and provide guidance for volunteers and organisations.

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