Do you want to spend some time doing things you enjoy, meeting interesting people, getting involved in your community and maybe even gaining some new skills along the way?
Sounds like you're interested in volunteering!
What volunteers do
Some of the areas in which volunteers play a central role include:
- Fire fighting, lifesaving, and emergency response
- Health, welfare and care services
- Pre-school and school education, mentoring, adult education and lifelong learning
- Arts, heritage and tourism
- Community justice, corrections and juvenile justice, courts and tribunals
- Sport and recreation
- Conservation, environment and animal welfare
- Community governance and local government
How to find a volunteer position
Where do you start? For information to help answer your questions about volunteering and to find the right volunteer position for you, visit the following websites:
- Manningham's volunteer resources will be run by Eastern Volunteers from 1 July 2019.
- Victoria's Volunteering Portal
- Go Volunteer is Australia's biggest website for volunteer opportunities
- Seek Volunteer
- Volunteering Australia
- Volunteering Victoria
Volunteer positions at Manningham Council
Volunteer positions become available at Council from time to time and may include working in one of the following areas. For information on vacancies telephone Council on 9840 9333 and ask to speak to the relevant unit.
Volunteer Mentor Driver (L2P Program)
Provide learner drivers with access to driving practice to help them gain the mandatory 120 hours of driving practice that is required to obtain their licence. A vehicle is provided by the program. Find out more information about L2P Volunteer Mentoring.
Meals on Wheels/Food Services, social support for Manningham seniors. Contact our Aged and Disability Support Services Unit for information.
Manningham Gallery, Manningham Art Centre and Manningham Playhouse Theatre
Front of house, exhibition assistance, administration etc. Contact our Arts and Culture Unit for information.
Festivals and Events
Community and club involvement in Council festivals and events. Contact our Arts and Culture Unit for information.
Tree planting and vegetation maintenance
Council can connect you with local ‘Friends of Groups’ that conduct land conservation activities on Council land. Furthermore, schools may be able to organise student tree-planting days on Council reserves. (Contact our Economic and Environmental Planning Unit for information).
Youth Sustainability Volunteers
Get involved in a sustainable goods exchange market (contact our Economic and Environmental Planning Unit for information).
Council facilitates a number of advisory groups that include community representatives. These advisory groups include the Access and Equity Advisory Committee, Recreation and Leisure Committee and Community Safety Advisory Committee. (Contact our Social and Community Services Unit for information).
Student work experience
Limited opportunities exist for student work experience placements at Council. (Contact our Human Resources Unit for information).
International Volunteer Day – imagine a world without volunteers
If volunteers were a nation, they would be at least the ninth most populous country in the world! Celebrate International Volunteer Day on 5 December.
National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our communities and to say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.
Celebrate National Volunteer Week in mid-May each year. For details visit the Volunteering Australia or Volunteering Victoria websites.