Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.
Volunteering can deliver a wealth of benefits including:
- A means of building self-esteem and/or confidence
- A great way to learn or develop skills and interests
- A pathway to enhance work experience
- A way to enhance your health and get active
- A way to meet new people or broaden your social circle
- As an expression your gratitude for help you may have received in the past
- An opportunity to support a cause you feel strongly about, and
- An opportunity to make a real difference to your community.
Keen to volunteer?
Find out how with these steps to volunteering
1. Attend a free introductory seminar
Bridge to Volunteering is a free, weekly seminar for new volunteers where you can find out about the benefits, rights and responsibilities of volunteers and organisations. We recommend you attend a session before you start volunteering. Bridge to Volunteering workshops are held weekly on Fridays 10.30am- 12.30pm. Bookings are essential. Book here.
2. See what types of volunteer roles are available
Find a volunteer role or roles that interest you by searching the following listings. Make note of the role number for each role you are interested in.
- Search for a role using the Find a Volunteer Position search engine.
- Corporate Volunteering Opportunities
3. Sign up to our Skilled Volunteering Weekly Alert newsletter.
You can sign up to our weekly Skilled Volunteering newsletter which showcases a sample of volunteer roles available. Sign up here
4. Complete a Volunteer Registration Form or submit an Expression of Interest through the volunteering Portal
Upon completion, the Volunteer Registration Form is sent to the Volunteer Referral Service (VRS) where your details are entered into the volunteer database so that the VRS can help you find volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills and values.
If you have previously registered and been interviewed by the Volunteer Referral Service and are looking for a new volunteer job, please phone the VRS team on 02 9261 3600 Monday-Friday, 10am – 3:30pm.
Note: Please include the role number if you have found something you are interested in.
5. Make a date for an interview
Once your application has been received and processed, the VRS team will send you an email confirming your registration. Please call the VRS team to make a date and time to interview you. Your interview can be done over the phone with the VRS interviewers or face-to-face at our office in The Rocks, Sydney.
During your interview you can tell us about your skills, interests and availability and we will look for a volunteer role on our database that will work for you. We can also refer you to your nearest local volunteer referral centre if Sydney is too far away from you.
6. Get matched to a volunteer role
During your volunteer interview we will try to match you to the volunteer role you expressed interest in. If this isn’t possible, we will try to match you to another role that suits you.
We provide you with the details of the organisation offering the position or positions, days and times you would be required to work and the location of the role. We also send the organisation confirmation that you have been referred to them.
7. Contact the not-for-profit organisation
When we refer you to an organisation we give you their contact details and send them yours. You must contact the organisation yourself to discuss the volunteer role. Please contact the organisation as soon as possible to express your interest in the position and to arrange a suitable time for your telephone or face-to-face interview with the organisation.
Do you still have a question about volunteering? View our FAQs
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