Whitehorse City Council

Volunteering Opportunities

Council volunteer programs

Please find below information on Council managed volunteer opportunities. Contact details for each of these programs are listed within the description.

Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels)

**We require Meals on Wheels volunteers throughout the year. Please express your interest.**

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Whitehorse City Council delivers 1220 meals to approximately 300 clients each week. Volunteers in this program provide valuable assistance and support by picking up meals from one of our distribution centres and delivering them to our residents at their homes. Monitoring the overall wellbeing of clients and reporting any concerns is also a vital part of this role. You will be a valued member of the team and training and support will be provided. Please note that a clear National Criminal History Check is required at commencement and then every three years.

Volunteers can apply to be either a driver or a jockey. Shifts are approximately 2 hours between 10.00am and 12.00pm. There is also an opportunity to sign up as a relief volunteer to help during times when regular volunteers are unavailable.  Volunteers are expected to attend a minimum two training sessions per year.

Submit an expression of interest here and we will contact you when vacancies are available.



Whitehorse Artspace (Gallery Attendants)

**We require Artspace Gallery Attendants throughout the year. Please express your interest.**

Are you interested in local history? Did you know that the Box Hill region was the birthplace of Australian Impressionism? Do you enjoy talking to people about art and history? Volunteering at the Whitehorse Artspace might be the place for you.

Council is looking for volunteers to assist our Curator in providing customer service to people who visit our Gallery during business hours and Saturday’s. Council’s gallery is located within Box Hill Town Hall. As a valued member of the team you will receive briefings on upcoming Exhibitions and be invited to Exhibition opening events. Please note that a clear National Criminal History Check is required as part of the recruitment process.

Submit an expression of interest here and we will contact you when vacancies are available.



Gardens for Wildlife

Do you have a keen interest in the native wildlife and plants of Whitehorse. Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to support local residents to set an area aside in their garden for locally threatened wildlife. It’s delivered by a team of Garden Guides made up of a combination of volunteers and council staff. If you are interested but don’t think you have the knowhow, don’t worry we will provide some training to provide you with the tools you need for this role.

For more information about the program go to Gardens for Wildlife page.

Submit an expression of interest here and we will contact you when vacancies are available.



ParksWide Education Program

Do you have a love of nature and the enthusiasm to share it with others in the community? We are looking for volunteers to help deliver a wide range of environmental education programs held at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Yarran Dheran and other bushland/open space sites within the City of Whitehorse. These programs are delivered to preschool and school aged children and volunteers can assist by leading small groups on guided walks, assist with games and environmentally themed activities and other general classroom style duties.

Sessions are run during school hours during the school term and for the school holiday programs. Please note that a current Working with Children Check and National Criminal History Check is required or alternatively current Victorian Institute of Teaching registration. Most sessions are run during school hours.

Submit an expression of interest here and we will contact you when vacancies are available.



Parkland Advisory Committees

Parkland Advisory Committees provide valuable support for the care and improvement of 14 of Council’s bushland and open space parks.

If you are interested in the environment and being part of an Advisory Committee or assisting with working bees please see contact details below or refer to the websites listed for further information.

Committee Name
Antonio Park Advisory Committee

Diane Baxter   

0413392589               diane.ken@optusnet.com.au
Blackburn Creeklands Advisory Committee                Megan Short 9878 8773 blackburncreeklands@gmail.com 
Bellbird Dell Creeklands Advisory Committee Anne Makhijani 9874 1572 annevmak@optusnet.com.au
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Advisory Committee Peter Dempsey 0412 959 044 pdempsey@bigpond.com
Buckanbe Park Advisory Committee Marissa White 0408 553 628 Buckanbe_Park@yahoo.com.au
Campbells Croft / Abbey Walk David Haskins 9874 6819 campbellscroft@yahoo.com.au
Cootamundra Walk Advisory Committee Margaret Witherspoon 9878 5998 wwmw@bigpond.com
Halliday Park Advisory Committee Liz DeMaria 0410 561 418 liz.demaria@gmail.com
Harding Street Reserve Advisory Committee Diana Foster 0417 184 264          Diana.foster9298@gmail.com
Heatherdale Creek Parklands Advisory Committee Val Turnbull 9874 8801 vturnbull@optusnet.com.au
Wandinong Sanctuary Advisory Committee Louise Bell 0418 525 591 louise@intherm.com.au
Wurundjeri Sanctuary Advisory Committee Marianne Woodford 0408 800 290 mwoodford@iinet.net.au
Yarran Dheran Advisory Committee Gay Gallagher 9874 5968



Whitehorse Youth Representative Committee and FReeZA

In November of each year, Council’s Youth Services begin recruitment looking for their volunteer committees; the Whitehorse Youth Representative Committee (WYRC) and ‘Flying Pig Events’ FReeZa Committee. Young people aged 12 – 25 years can apply and recruitment for both committees ends in January of the following year.

The WYRC has a focus on: Leadership, Public Speaking, Consultation, Event Management and being a voice for all young people in the community on youth issues.

The FReeZA Committee’s Flying Pig Events focuses on: Organizing and running Music, Arts and Cultural Events that are drug, alcohol and smoke free for young people in the community to enjoy.

Both committees offer unique and valuable experience for young volunteers:

  • Meet and connect with other like minded young people
  • Training opportunities relevant to their committee roles
  • Being part of a welcoming, inclusive and diverse environment that values everyone
  • A structured, supported and positive experience of volunteering and learning
  • Opportunity to  get involved with their local community and contribute to positive change for young people , training opportunities relevant to their committee roles
  • The perfect chance to use a range of skills, learn new ones and get valuable experience to add to a resume.
  • A lot of fun with good people!

For further information please call Council’s Youth Participation Officer on 9898 9340



Cruzin' Study

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The Cruzin Study Homework Support Program provides free tutoring support to young people aged 12-25 years.

Help for: Secondary school, Tafe and University Students
Help with: Math’s, Science and English subjects
Where: The Box Hill Library – 1040 Whitehorse road in Box Hill.
When: every Thursday afternoon of the school term from 4-6pm
Also provided: Free food and drink, internet, photocopying and printing, Wifi and computer access.
Cost: FREE

For further information please call Council’s Youth Participation Officer on 9898 9340.



L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

Volunteer mentor drivers are needed to help deliver the ‘L2P’ learner driver mentor program. The L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program helps disadvantaged young learner drivers who may not have access to a car and a supervisor to clock up the required 120 hours of driver training to get their probationary licence. Council provides the car, petrol, insurance and vehicle registration.

The pdf icon L2P (85.17kB) brochure is available for you to download in PDF format. To apply to be an L2P Mentor, please complete this pdf icon  application form (292.10kB).

For more information about this program please contact the Manningham/Whitehorse L2P Project Officer on 9846 0537.