Whitehorse City Council

Volunteering

VolunteeringMore than five million Australians volunteer each year. These volunteers contribute more than 700 million hours of community service to many areas of society including health care, the arts, sport, the environment, education, emergency services and social justice.

The City of Whitehorse is fortunate to have a vibrant volunteer community. Many of the groups and services that operate in Whitehorse could not do so without the support and effort of our volunteers.

Council itself engages more than 500 volunteers in many different roles and programs including food services, Walking School Bus, park advisory committees, homework and study group programs and more. Our volunteers are crucial to the delivery of many of our services and add value in many different ways.


Why Volunteer?

The reasons people choose to volunteer are many and varied. These include:

  • To give back to the community
  • To meet new people
  • To gain experience
  • To stay active and involved
  • To try something new
  • To learn new skills
  • To have fun
  • To support a cause.

Read the Volunteer Profiles page to learn more about the reasons why people volunteer. 

 


Volunteer Opportunities

Some of the sectors in which volunteers play a central role include:

  • Fire fighting, lifesaving, and emergency response
  • Health, welfare and care services, and associated support systems
  • Pre-school and school education, adult education and lifelong learning
  • Arts, heritage and tourism
  • Sport and recreation
  • Conservation and environment
  • Community governance and local government
  • Community justice, corrections and juvenile justice, courts and tribunals.


Opportunities at Whitehorse City Council

L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

Volunteer mentor drivers are needed to help deliver the ‘L2P’ learner driver mentor program. The L2P 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. To get involved in the program or for more information, contact the Manningham/Whitehorse L2P Project Officer Isabel Machuca on 9846 0537.

 pdf icon L2P Nov 2016 (85.17kB)

Whitehorse Artspace

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? The Whitehorse Artspace just might be the place for you. Roles include administration; cataloguing artworks and memorabilia; exhibition installation and dismantling; gallery sitting; guiding; marketing and research.

Cruzin’ Study

Cruzin' Study is a multicultural youth homework support program that aims to provide culturally and linguistically diverse young people with access to additional language and study support to provide the essential opportunity to achieve optimum educational outcomes. If you are a professional who has worked in the educational field and are able to tutor up to Year 12, this role may suit you.

Blackburn Lake Sanctuary

Do you have a love of nature and enthusiasm to share it with the community? Blackburn Lake Sanctuary provides opportunities for many volunteer activities including school and community education programs (guided walks, talks, hands-on activities, environmental games); staffing the visitor centre; Water Watch monitoring; weed control; advisory committee; mulching; tree planting and seed collection.

Yarran Dheran Reserve

Volunteers with special interests in conservation, or in communication and community education are sought to support this important bushland reserve. Tasks include conservation work, including weeding and planting, and staffing the Information Centre. In particular, the committee is in process of setting up an education program for school visits and needs volunteers to get this established.

City of Whitehorse Bicycle Advisory Committee (COWBAC)

Council has appointed 12 local residents with a keen interest in cycling to provide advice regarding cycling matters. The City of Whitehorse Bicycle Advisory Committee (COWBAC) meets with Council officers and a Councillor every three months to discuss issues relating to cycling infrastructure, policy, advocacy and education programs. For more information, visit our Cycling in Whitehorse page.

Parkland Advisory Committees

These committees play a vital role assisting with the management of our reserves and parklands as well as doing planting and weeding and rubbish collection in the parks. It is a great way to get to know other locals and neighbours as well as keeping fit and helping out.

Bushland Parks

Download the pdf icon Combined Parks Calendar (260.98kB) for dates regarding working bees, information sessions and school holiday programs.

Delivered Meals (Meals on Wheels)

Volunteers are needed to pick up meals and deliver them to frail older people and people with disabilities living in their own homes. Monitoring the wellbeing of the recipient and reporting any concerns is a vital part of your role. You will be a valued member of the team and training and support will be provided.

Walking School Bus

Walking School Buses are a healthy, fun, safe and environmentally-friendly way for students to travel to and from school. Volunteers drive the bus, picking up children at stops along the way.  

Reconciliation Committee

This committee provides strategic advice on access and inclusion issues relating to Council initiatives, services, activities, functions and facilities. It also works to ensure that the Reconciliation Policy and Action Plan remains relevant to Council and the broader community.

 

Disability Advisory Committee

This committee provides strategic advice on access and inclusion issues relating to Council activities, functions and facilities. It also works to ensure that the Disability Action Plan remains relevant to Council and the community.

 

Local Volunteering Opportunities

The City of Whitehorse is fortunate to have a vibrant volunteer community. Many of the organisations that operate in Whitehorse could not do so without the support and commitment of volunteers. Council recognises and values the contribution that volunteers make to our local community and the vital role that these volunteers play by strengthening and enhancing community connectedness.

Council and Eastern Volunteers have produced a booklet titled pdf icon  Get Involved – Local Volunteering Opportunities (1.85MB). The booklet profiles local community organisations and their volunteering opportunities.

Almost 100 organisations are included in the booklet, highlighting a myriad of volunteering roles including working with the elderly, young people, children, animals and recently arrived migrants.

There is something for any interest – history, the environment, craft, health, technology and many more areas.

We hope that this booklet will be a valuable tool for anyone who is thinking about getting involved in their local community through volunteering. We also hope it will be a vehicle for spreading the word about the hugely varied and invaluable contributions local volunteer-involving organisations make to the local community.  

 


 

Relevant Links

For more information about volunteering in Whitehorse, call 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Council’s Civic Participation/Volunteer Officer.