Volunteering Opportunities with Community Organisations

The following organisations have volunteer opportunities available now. To find out more email or ring the contact person directly.

The Hills Shire Council has provided this service free to not-for-profits organisations and community groups located in, or assisting residents of, The Hills Shire. All information published here is the responsibility of the organisation providing the information. The Hills Shire Council accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy of the information.

To add your organisations volunteer opportunity to this page please apply here.

Volunteer opportunities with The Hills Shire Council are available here.

 

Technology Trainer - Computer Pals for Seniors The Hills
Location Old Caretaker's Cottage, Castle hill Showgrounds, Castle Hill NSW
Frequency Flexible - 1/2 day per week (morning or afternoons) Monday to Friday
Details

You will be providing technology training across any of a range of operating systems (Windows, Apple, Android, iOS) and applications (Microsoft Office, Google apps, social media).

Training may be either one to one, or in small classes, depending on your preference. Hours are flexible, and usually no more than one half day per week.

You need to be confident enough in your knowledge of technology to teach others. Previous teaching experience is an advantage but more important is the ability to communicate with and encourage older learners.

We offer a friendly, supportive learning environment and provide equipment and administrative support so you can focus on helping your learners.

Our goal is to help our club members become more confident in using technology so they can maintain their independence and fully participate in their community.

All trainers receive initial induction training and ongoing support. Our volunteers are all over 55 years old, as our members prefer learning from people their own age. Volunteers must join our Club as members ($20 joining fee plus $50 per annum membership).

Contact Deborah Martin, Senior Training Officer 0417 817 587
 

Volunteer Retail Sales Assistant - Lifeline Castle Hill Store

Location

 Lifeline Castle Hill - Level 2, 6/14 Castle Street, Castle Hill NSW 2154

Frequency

Frequency is flexible. Days required would be Monday-Saturday, all day.

Details

We rely heavily on the support and work of our volunteers and we need your help!

Lifeline MacArthur & Western Sydney operates eight retail stores which sell new and pre-loved items, such as clothes, books, household appliances, collectibles and toys.

Our stores help us to raise money to provide our free services to the community. Training is provided in all aspects of a retail environment. No previous skills required, just a willingness to learn!

Contact

Alana Cooper (Volunteer Coordinator) - 02 4645 7200 or alana.cooper@lifelinemws.org.au

 

Volunteer Visitor - Hills Pet Buddies

Location

 Various aged care facilities in the area.

Frequency

One-hour duration shifts Monday - Friday approximately between 10am - 3pm. Frequency is flexible.

Details

Hills Pet Buddies is a small group of volunteers who take their gentle pets to visit people to encourage interaction and promote the bond between pets and people.

Pets must be calm, friendly and enjoy meeting new people.

Uniform T shirt is provided.

Police check and flu shot are mandatory.

Contact

 Sandra Merhi - 0417 675 220 or hillspetbuddies2016@gmail.com

 

Fundraising/Sales/Retail - Retail Assistant - Lifeline Macarthur & Western Sydney - https://www.lifelinemacarthur.org.au/

Location

 Lifeline Macarthur - 13 McPherson Road Smeaton Grange, 2567

Frequency

Ongoing available shifts on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday. Frequency is flexible.

Details

Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney stores sell new and donated clothes, accessories and home wares. The proceeds from the sale of items support the vital everyday work Lifeline provides which is a 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia. Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service.

Our brand new Castle Hill Lifeline Store is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with store operations. Lifeline is an inclusive organisation and welcomes all to apply.

Contact

Suzanne Mazy (Retail Area Manager) - 02 4645 7205 or volunteer@lifelinemacarthur.org.au

 

Volunteer Tutor Program - TAFE NSW Adult Migrant English Program - tafensw.edu.au/amep

 Location

 The one-on-one lessons can be held in suitable locations such as libraries or any agreed location.

 Frequency 

Six-month commitment at least one hour per week.

 Details

The Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) funded by the Department of Home Affairs, is available to eligible migrants and refugees wanting to learn pre-vocational English language and settlement skills, to participate socially and economically within Australian society.

The AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program, AMEP Volunteer Tutor Program - TAFE NSW, is a sub-program of the AMEP. It offers informal language tuition for migrants and refugees, provided by trained volunteers on a one-to-one basis, outside the classroom environment either online or face to face.

It provides:

  • a great opportunity to get to know other cultures while helping AMEP eligible students settle into their new life in Australia
  • a chance to give something back to the community and make a difference to the people in the community
  • an opportunity to develop new skills or enhance existing knowledge and experience.

 Contact

 Call 02 9942 0644 or email AMEPhts@tafensw.edu.au

 

Food Services - Hospitality Assistance (small cafe) - North West Disability Services (NWDS) Secret Garden - www.nwds.org.au

Location

Secret garden, Clydedals Lane, Western Sydney UNI Campus, Richmond, NSW 2753

Frequency

Flexible days and times: Mon - Sat.

Details

NWDS runs a centre of excellence for disabilities at the Secret Garden nursery on the Western Sydney Campus at Richmond.

We teach hospitality two days a week but we would like to open the cafe from Monday to Saturday to cater for the many visitors we are getting now looking for coffee and a cake whilst visiting our beautiful centre.

This would be ideal for people wanting to get out and help others or even someone wanting to take responsibility for the cafe on a voluntary basis.

Contact

Ian Travers on 02 9686 4155 or email itravers@nwds.org.au

 

Garden Maintenance - North West Disabilities Services - NWDS website

Location

 

New Secret Garden, Western Sydney University, Clydesdale Lane Richmond.

Frequency

Ongoing - Once a Week (Tue, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat). Time of day - Flexible.

Details

North West Disabilities Services is a not-for-profit organisation providing services for people with disabilities.

Our Richmond site has a beautiful nursery which needs much support in maintaining and helping it grow.

We are seeking volunteers that can help support the garden by helping with plant propagation and varied garden duties as well as building and construction maintenance.

Our volunteers experience action packed days filled with new experiences and meeting new friends.

Contact

Ian Travers on 02 9686 4155 or email itravers@nwds.org.au

 

Volunteer Ethics Teachers & Coordinators for local Public Schools (Primary Ethics) - www.primaryethics.com.au

Location

Public primary schools in the Hills District.

Frequency

Coordinators - Hours are approximately 2 hours per week during school term with some work during school holidays.

There may be peaks in workload at the end and beginning of the year when making arrangements for classes and at any time when recruiting and inducting new ethics teachers. We ask that you commit to volunteer for at least one year to ensure continuity for the school and students.

Teachers - Hours are approximately 2 hours per week (including preparation) after 2 days of training. Classes are held on a school day 30mins and usually in the morning.

Details

Coordinators

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from those living in the area who are interested in coordinating ethics classes at public primary schools in the Hills District.

An ethics class is an option for students not attending Special Religious Education (Scripture) class and is held at the same time as Scripture class.

Ethics coordinators establish and meet the need for an ethics program for students at their local school which includes:

  • Building a team of ethics teachers to meet the need for ethics classes at a school
  • Provide information about ethics classes and volunteering to the school and school community
  • Establish a collaborative relationship with the school staff to ensure smooth running of the ethics program
  • Understand and apply Primary Ethics and Department of Education policies to ensure the safety of children and the quality of the program

 

The classes teach children how to approach ethical issues and develop their capacity for considered moral judgement, which will enable them to respond more thoughtfully to many of the problems and issues they will face in their lives.

The best candidate for the role will be someone who:

  • Are Interested in contributing to children education
  • Has good communication, organisational and administrative skills
  • Are confident computer user and
  • Enjoy meeting new people

 

Additional requirements - National Police Certificate & Working with Children Check.

Volunteers will be asked to complete a criminal history check and working with children check as part of our recruitment process.
Please note wheelchair access can vary at schools - please check with school.

Online training and ongoing support is provided.

Teachers

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from those living in the area who are interested in teaching ethics classes at primary public schools in the Hills District. An ethics class is an option for students not attending Special Religious Education (Scripture) class and is held at the same time as Scripture class.

The classes teach children how to approach ethical issues and develop their capacity for considered moral judgement, which will enable them to respond more thoughtfully to many of the problems and issues they will face in their lives.

Volunteer Ethics Teachers are trained to deliver our age-appropriate curriculum every week and to use the accompanying learning and teaching materials.

No formal teaching credentials or experience is necessary however the best candidate will be someone who:

  • Likes working with children and encouraging them to think
  • Has strong communication skills
  • Is available during school terms to teach in the classroom for approximately half an hour per week
  • Can commit to volunteer for at least 12 months on a weekly basis to provide continuity

 

Additional requirements - National Police Certificate & Working with Children Check.

Volunteers will be asked to complete a criminal history check and working with children check as part of our recruitment process.
Please note wheelchair access can vary at school.

Full training and ongoing support is provided.

Apply

Go to www.primaryethics.com.au website for more information. Click on “Ethics coordinators” or "Ethics teachers" and Click to apply.

Contact

Go to www.primaryethics.com.au website. Click on “CONTACT US”. Fill-in the enquiry form and click 'Submit’ or ring 02 8068 7752 during business hours.

 

Disability Support Worker (Respite/Carers/Allied Health) - Disability Services - website

 Location

15A Conie Ave, Baulkham Hills 2153

 Frequency

Ongoing - Monday - Sunday

 Details

To work and develop the skills of people with disabilities in a broad range of program areas. The programs run seven days a week and volunteers may choose when they wish to work.

Volunteers will need to make a commitment to this role for the medium to long term.

Volunteers will enjoy working within a team environment and should be committed to rights and access for people with disabilities with various focuses on groups.

There is a broad range of roles to fit interest of volunteers.

 Contact

Ian Travers on 02 9686 4155 or email itravers@nwds.org.au

 

Administration Assistant (Respite/Carers/Allied Health) - Disability Services - website

 Location

15A Conie Ave, Baulkham Hills 2153

 Frequency

Ongoing - Monday - Thursday

 Details

We are after an experienced admin person that can support our administration area. We are after someone that can help apply for funding applications and other administrative duties.

Exemplary communication skills, attention to detail and basic administrative skills are essential for this role. Importantly, you will be self-motivated and have proficiency in using computers including word processing and excel.

The role will be varied so you will need to be resourceful and easily adaptable.

 Contact

Ian Travers on 02 9686 4155 or email itravers@nwds.org.au

 

Health and Animal Assisted Therapy - velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 Location

Throughout The Hills

 Frequency

Fortnightly - Weekdays - Mornings

 Details

We are seeking volunteers to train with their own pet to visit lonely, challenged and the frail aged in health care facilities for the purpose of Pets As Therapy for a few hours each week or fortnight.

Pets can be dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, rats and even well trained and socialised chickens, sheep and pigs.

You will be required to learn OH&S, infection control, safe pet positioning and professional protocols involved in safe and fully beneficial Pets As Therapy.

 Contact

Velma Violet Harris on 0432 578 210 or email velma@velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 

Community Services/Health Administration Team Member - Sikh Helpline

 Location

 31 5-7 Anella Ave, Castle Hill

 Frequency

 Flexible - Ongoing

 Details

The ‘SIKH HELPLINE’ is Australia-wide confidential support service where anyone can get help, advice, counseling and information on various issues.

SikhHelpline (Red Khanda Inc.) needs volunteers for administration role. This position comes with flexible working hours and working from home.

Requirements for the Role:

  • 18 years or older
  • Attend mandatory training
  • Complete a Police Check

The “Sikh Helpline Australia” is an initiative by RED KHANDA Inc. (Registered Charity ABN 29 245 785 739 and Deductible Gift Recipient in Australia).

 Contact

Jashanpreet Singh on 0451 115 000  or email info@sikhhelpline.com.au

 

Event Assistance - Campground Host Volunteer - National Parks & Wildlife Service - Office of Environment & Heritage

 Location

 Varies

 Frequency

 Fixed Term. Daily. Days Required - Varies, Flexible

 Details

Campground Hosts help NSW National Parks rangers by meeting and greeting campers, helping them enjoy their park experience in our campgrounds.

This program is a great opportunity to experience camping in our national parks while providing a valuable service to the public. If you have a passion for the outdoors and volunteering, becoming a Campground Host might be for you.

 Contact

Alex Connor on 02 9585 6945 or email npws.volunteering@environment.nsw.gov.au

 

Volunteer Youth Leader (Female Only) - Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT (https://girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/)

 Location

North Rocks, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Crestwood, Kellyville, Northmead.

 Frequency

Once a week - unit meetings usually on evenings during the week plus some weekend activities.

Details

Adult females are required to work with girls in a range of age groups to deliver the Australian Guide Program. Training for the role is provided along with certification for qualifications gained. Uniform is provided.

Committee Members (female and male) are also required to support volunteer leaders and assist with fundraising and building management. 

Girl Guides is voluntary for both girls and women and welcomes and seeks members from all racial, ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups.

Girl Guides offers fun, purpose, skills development, friendship and satisfaction allowing young women to grow into confident, self-respecting and responsible community members.

Contact 

Guide House Staff on 02 8396 5200 or email guides@girlguides-nswactnt.org.au or write to Level 2 55 Holt Street Surry Hills 2010.

 

Non Member Volunteer (Female Only) - Girl Guides NSW & ACT (www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au)

Location

North Rocks, Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Crestwood, Kellyville, Northmead.

Frequency

Guide Units meet weekly during the School term and occasionally on the weekend. Volunteer when available in consultation with the Unit Leader. Guide Units usually meet during the week in the afternoon or evening. Some Units meet on the week end.

Details

Women 18 + years help the Unit Leader to provide a safe environment at weekly Guide meetings. Join in to help facilitate the weekly program. Volunteers require a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers) and will receive on the job training,

Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls aged 5-17 years a weekly program that combines learning with friendship and fun. Activities focus on the outdoors, life skills and service to others. Girls grow in confidence and gain leadership skills. www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au 

Contact

Guide House Staff on 02 8396 5200 or email guides@girlguides-nswactnt.org.au or www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au 

 

Car Drivers - The Hills Community Aid & Information Services Inc. (www.hca.org.au) 

Location

Drivers may reside anywhere in Sydney.

Frequency 

Flexible fixed term

Details

HillsCarPal has been set up to help Hills seniors who no longer drive to stay connected to their community.

HillsCarPal uses Facebook to request trips and pays volunteer drivers additional vehicle running costs via PayPal.

Potential volunteer drivers can subscribe to receive more information at www.hillscarpal.org.au It's quick, simple and fun to lend a helping hand, in as little as five minutes!

Contact 

John McQuarrie on 02 9639 8620 or email convenor@hillscarpal.org.au or write to Convenor, HillsCarPal, 390 Windsor Road Baulkham Hills NSW 2153.

 

Action Group Volunteer - The Australian Youth Climate Coalition - www.aycc.org.au

Location

Various locations around Sydney, regularly in Parramatta and Macquarie University

Frequency

Weekly meetings and regular events

Details

We are looking for young people 14-30 years old, to join our local action groups in Parramatta and at Macquarrie University. You will be involved in our campaigns for action on climate change.

The groups run regular events in the community to raise awareness of renewable energy and climate change, undertake training and have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills.

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is Australia's largest youth-run organisation, with over 80,000 members. We're building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis through short term political and long term cultural change.

Contact

Samantha Cooper on 0415 574 536 or sam.cooper@aycc.org.au

 

Recreational Activities Volunteer Royal Rehabilitation Centre

Location 

Royal Rehab. Centre 259 Morrison Road, Ryde 2112

Frequency  

Flexible

 Details

Volunteers can assist a client to practice their words for speech therapy; their walks for physiotherapy.

They can play dominoes or cards to increase the level of social participation by the client, assist during meal times, reading, floral arrangements, painting, craft activities or chatting.

Where possible, skills and interests will be matched.

Contact

Ayse Dalkic on 02 9808 9638 or ayse.dalkic@royalrehab.com.au

 

Animal Foster Carer - DCH Animal Adoptions - www.dchanimaladoptions.com.au

Location

Your home

Frequency

Flexible

Details 

If you have the space and time to look after a pet, or if you would like a pet of your own but your situation doesn't allow it long term, then foster caring might be for you.

We place 1-2 suitable rescue animals with each carer.  You look after it in your own home as if they were your own pet until we can find a permanent new home for the pet. This may take a number of months so a serious commitment is required.

We pay for all veterinary expenses but you pay for the food and flea treatments.

We have a great support network amongst our carers and you are never forced to take a pet you might be uncomfortable with and we are there to help if any issues or problems arise.

Foster caring is a great way to save a life and be rewarded with the love and appreciation that comes from a rescued dog or cat and their happy new family.

Contact 

Megan McDowell on 1300 83 93 40 or dchanimaladoptions@iprimus.com.au

 

Operations Support/ Administration - The Hills State Emergency Service

Location

Based at Baulkham Hills but cover the whole LGA

Frequency

Mainly Wednesdays from 7:00pm-10:30pm with some additional support during emergency operations in a 24/7 environment.

Administration Teams: 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Thursdays (Note: much of this work is currently being completed remotely from home).

Details

Computer skills are an advantage.  Training will be given including induction, radio operations, and team safety.  Further ongoing training will be provided to use the Services' computerised dispatch system.

The SES will continue to reassess and adjust how they do business during COVID-19.

Contact

For all roles - https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer/unit-volunteers/

 

Riding for the Disabled (RDA NSW) Tall Timbers Centre

Location

125 Old Pitt Town Road, Gables

Frequency  

Flexible - volunteers are required Monday to Saturday. School hours or after school hours. Ongoing need.

Details

Join our Volunteer team and help provide equine programs for people with a disability. There are many areas to help with including:

Fundraising

  • We would love to hear from volunteers that would like to create and deliver fundraising events to assist the ongoing costs of delivering our programs

Program Volunteers

  • If you would like to get involved in program delivery we have some options on Mon - Fri, before during and after school hours. Volunteer training will be provided 

Property Maintenance

  • Just 2 hours a week will help us keep our gardens and property entrance tidy

Cleaning 

  • Just 2 hours a week will help us keep our indoor facilities clean and tidy for our volunteers and participants

 

All volunteers participate in RDANSW training and induction sessions.

Contact

Please contact by email admin@rdanswtalltimbers.org.au to confirm availability of opportunities.

 

Membership Crestwood Lions Club - http://crestwood.nsw.lions.org.au/

Location 

Crestwood, Baulkham Hills

Frequency

First and third Thursdays of the month, dinner meetings at which members and guests have the opportunity to listen to interesting speakers.

Details

Lions Clubs are part of community life, in the cities and in the country.  Clubs are easily identified by their distinctive logo, the trademark of our International Association, and the "We Serve" motto.  The Club welcomes members from all areas, particularly the Crestwood and Bella Vista areas.

The Club carries out many projects and supports many activities, groups and individuals in need.  These may be local, national or overseas needs.  The Club is always seeking people to help with these projects.

The Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month.

Contact

John Ebbott on 0458 727 905 or crestwood@lions.sydney

 

Hills Rotaract Club - hillsrotaract.org.au

Location

Castle Hill and Hills Region

Frequency

Flexible

Details

The Hills Rotaract Club is a volunteer-based community group for 18-35 year-olds, that participates in fundraising initiatives, professional & personal development, social connection events and other volunteering activities acrossthe Hills and Sydney region.

As part of Rotary International, the Club also engages with other Rotary, Rotaract and Interact clubs, as well as charities and NGOs.

Contact

Cameron Cortazzo on 0481 101 333 or hillsrotaractinc@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.