About Volunteering

Did you know that 1 in 5 Hills residents volunteer?

Each year volunteers with Council and across our community perform a wide range of tasks.

These span many different organisations - each one making a difference in The Hills Shire.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • meet new people
  • gain a new skill or
  • to try something new and
  • to get involved in our community

The Hills Shire is very fortunate to have a large and dedicated group of volunteers.

They play a critical role in helping Council provide important services to the community. In doing so they form new friendships and learn new skills.

If you would like to devote some of your time to your community and assist others, your help would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteering with Council

Council proudly supports the training of volunteers in The Hills Shire LGA by providing access to free courses. 

To browse the Volunteer Calendar Program, click here.

For further information, please contact Council on 9843 0245 or email volunteers@thehills.nsw.gov.au.

 

Meet Our Volunteers

The Hills Youth Army

The Hills Youth Army (HYA) is dedicated to empowering young people aged 12-25. The HYA provides volunteer opportunities and connections with the local community.

The Hills Youth Army assists with a range of local events and fundraising activities such as:

  • Orange Blossom Festival
  • the Garage Sale Trail
  • Paws in the Park
  • Hills Relay for Life
  • Mental Health Campaigns
  • The Mayoral Sleep-out and
  • Australia Day

Council offers educational opportunities and mentorship programs for all members.

If you would like to become a Hills Youth Army member contact Council's volunteer coordinator:

Email: volunteers@thehills.nsw.gov.au or Phone +61 2 9843 0245.

 

Aged and Disability Services

Council's Hills Community Care Centre provides a number of important services across The Hills Shire to:

  • the aged and
  • people with disabilities

Volunteers are welcome to assist with services such as:

Food Services (Meals on Wheels)

This involves preparing and delivering meals to elderly and frail-aged people.

Easy Care Gardening

Assist elderly people or people with disabilities in maintaining their garden. Tasks include pruning bushes, sweeping paths and mowing the lawn.

Respite Care

Provide care to the frail-aged or people with disabilities. This allows full-time carers to take a break.

Social Day Care Program 

Assist with planned activities and monthly outings.

Community Transport

Provide transport assistance to elderly or frail aged people either by car or as a volunteer on Council's Community Transport bus.

For more information visit the Hills Community Care website   

  

Events

Volunteers can assist with:

  • stage management
  • logistics
  • theming
  • set up
  • staging
  • merchandising
  • customer services
  • providing information and
  • coordinating entertainment
  • Major Events include Australia Day (Jan) and the Orange Blossom Festival (Sept).

Contact events at events@thehills.nsw.gov.au.

 

Environmental

Community Environment Centre

The Hills Shire Council has a Community Environment Centre which is open on Thursdays.

The centre runs workshops on weekends. 

Volunteers assist with:

  • the Sustainable Home Demonstration
  • the Waterwise garden site
  • workshops
  • events and
  • other environmental projects

To learn more about volunteering at the Centre please contact Council on +61 2 9843 0533.

 

Bidjiwong Community Nursery

The Hills Shire Council manages a nursery. Here volunteers can:

  • learn about the native flora of The Hills Shire
  • participate in propagating native plants and
  • attend environmental workshops

Volunteers receive training and experience in all aspects of nursery work. This includes seed saving, propagation of indigenous plants and Work Health and Safety.

Activities include:

  • propagation
  • potting up
  • weeding
  • washing pots
  • filling plant orders and
  • seed cleaning

Volunteering is available Thursdays and Fridays 9am – 3pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm.

More information

 

Bushcare

Bushcare volunteers take on the vital role as protector of our fragile bushland environment. They preserve our natural flora and fauna and remove anything that can be harmful to its future.

For any Bushcare volunteer it's definitely a hands-on role.

To join a Bushcare group or for any further information:

 

Advisory Committee Network

Council has given delegated authority to a number of Committees to advise on a variety of Council’s facilities and reserves.

A list of Advisory Committees and their members is available here.

For further information phone +61 2 9843 0245 or email volunteers@thehills.nsw.gov.au