Community Organisation Volunteering Opportunities

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.

Youth/Children's Services - Family Ambassador Admin/Clerical - Ronald McDonald House (Westmead) - Website

 Location

Redbank Road, Westmead

 Frequency

Fortnightly, Ongoing, Mon-Sun (time flexible)

 Details

This position provides daily support at our welcome and reception desk. This position provides a welcoming presence within the house, a smiling face and listening ear for the families. Ensuring all families are given a full orientation to our house to support and welcome them to their home away from home as well as general administration duties.

 Contact

Josh Binns 0411 837 819 email: josh.binns@rmhc.org.au

 

Youth/Children's Services - House Keeping - Ronald McDonald House (Greater Western Sydney) - Website

 Location

 Ronald McDonald House Greater Western Sydney

 Frequency

Fortnightly, Ongoing, Mon-Sun (flexible), Time (flexible)

 Details

The House Keeping Volunteer role aims to support daily functions of our House. With families all sharing the same communal living areas, this volunteer ensures that communal areas are comfortable and welcoming while also supporting daily functions. This role includes checking and cleaning rooms to ensure they are ready for a new family to check in, putting welcome packs & presents for kids into the rooms. Working with our onsite housekeeping team to ensure we provide a safe and clean house for them.

 Contact

Josh Binns 02 9845 0600 email: volunteers.westmead@rmhc.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

 

North West Disability Services - Michelle Lymberatos on 9686 4155 or email mlymberatos@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

North West Disability Services - Michelle Lymberatos on (02) 9686 4155 or email mlymberatsos@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

 North West Disability Services - Michelle Lymberatos on (02) 9686 4155 or email mlymberatsos@nwds.org.au

 

Accounting/Bookkeeping (Treasurer) - Rouse Hill Rams Sports Club - www.rousehillrams.com.au

 Location

 Rouse Hill

 Frequency

 Ongoing, flexible

 Details

Dedicated volunteer required for major sports Club located in Rouse Hill. Duties include monthly reconciliation of sports Club accounts and reporting. Quarterly BAS lodgements are required with the assistance of the Club's accountants. Co-ordination of yearly audit across 5 sports divisions and lodgement with Office of Fair Trading. Attendance at meetings (monthly) is desired but not compulsory.
Driving innovation, change and flexibility across the organisation is most welcome.

 Contact

 Brian Yates on 0414 585 414 or email president.club@rousehillrams.com.au

 

Hills Community Homework Group Tutor - Hills Community Aid - www.hca.org.au

 Location

 Vinegar Hill Memorial Library, Rouse Hill

 Frequency

 Mondays - Ongoing - 3.30pm - 5.50pm

 Details

Hills Community Aid offers free homework & assignment help fro students in years 5 - 12. We require an experienced volunteer tutor/teacher with previous experience of assisting students in a group setting. Must have a current 'Working with Children Check'.

Hills Community Aid is a Not-For-Profit organisation that provides a range of community based services, programs & activities for residents of The Hills Shire and specific services for the wider North West Sydney area.

 Contact

 Bronwyn Millington - 02 9639 8620 or email bronwynm@hca.org.au

 

Community Services/Health - Pets as Therapy Volunteer - velmaspetsastherapy.com.au

 Location

Throughout The Hills

 Frequency

Fortnightly - Weekdays - Mornings

 Details

We are seeking volunteers to train with their own pet, or our pets, 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 - 02 4322 4121 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 - 0451 115 000  email: info@sikhhelpline.com.au

 

Computer & Technology Training - Computer Pals for Seniors - The Hills Inc

 Location

Old Caretaker's Cottage - Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill 2154

 Frequency

Ongoing - Tuesday Mornings

 Details

Over 55 retired or semi-retired person with sound basic computer knowledge to train our members, on a one-to-one basis, in basic computer skills. Two hours per week, preferably Tuesday mornings. All resources and support will be provided. Computer Pals for Seniors is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers providing a service to Seniors & the Disabled in the Hills Area. Our aim is to provide low cost computer/technology tuition in a friendly atmosphere.

 Contact

Terri Weston on 02 9899 2487 or email terri.weston@gmail.com

 

Community Visitor/Day Care Assistants - Aged Services - Australian Nursing Home Foundation - www.anhf.org.au

 Location

Seven Hills, Chester Hill, Greenfield Park

 Frequency

Ongoing - Flexible Times

 Details

Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF) require people who can speak Cantonese/Vietnamese to assist in our Day Care Centres on an ongoing basis facilitating activities and or to accompany elderly people living in the seven hills area by home visiting.

 Contact

Jasper Fung (Volunteer Coordinator) on 02 9784 0848 or email volunteers@anhf.org.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

 

Youth Volunteers - The Hills Leos Club  e-leoclubhouse.org

Location

Baulkham Hills

Frequency

Flexible

Details

The Hills Leo Club is open for teens and young adults (aged 12 - 30 years). Membership is free. The Leos coordinate youth related events such as The Beat music event, Hills Community Aid Family Fun Day, Youth Mental Health Awareness events, Youth entertainment at Castle Hill Show and fundraising events.We are looking for anyone able to give a little bit of time to assist their community, make great friends and make a difference. We also have a Duke of Edinburgh Award assessor and coordinator.  

Contact

Berenice Walker on 0416 115 791 or thehillsleos@gmail.com

 

Volunteer Youth Leaders (Female Only) - Girl Guides NSW & ACT (www.girlguides-nswact.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 commuinty members.

Contact

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

 

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.

 

Community Bus Driver - Hills Community Aid - www.hca.org.au

Location

North West Sydney Area

Frequency

Fortnightly (Day Varies) - During Business Hours

Details

Hills Community Aid is looking for volunteers to assist with their community bus transport. Your role will be to drive clients to and from their designated location and to assist clients getting on and off the bus safely when required. You will need an HR Driver's Licence and experience driving a manual bus. All Applicants will be screened and interviewed. Police checks will be conducted prior to commencing volunteering.

Contact

Hills Community Aid - Bronwyn Millington 02 9629 6038 or email bronwynm@hca.org.au

 

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

 

Companion/assistant - Baptist Community Services  www.bcs.org.au

Location

Kellyville

Frequency

Fortnightly

Details

To provide transport, companionship and support to isolated and/or housebound aged, frail aged and younger people with disabilities.

Contact 

Agnes on 02 8804 4700 or agalea@bcs.org.au

 

Community Visitor - YMCA of Sydney www.ymcasydney.org

Location

Northwest Sydney region

Frequency 

Fortnightly during business hours for at least six months.

Details 

Community visitors spend an hour or two each fortnight with a socially isolated resident of an aged care home and spend quality time with them as a companion and friend. 

Contact

Caterina Raccosta on 02 9633 8209 or caterina.raccosta@ymca.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

 

Social Support - Compeer www.compeer.org.au

Location

The Hills LGA

Frequency

Once a week

Details

Compeer is a mental health friendship program which matches volunteers in one-to-one friendship with someone who is isolated and living with a mental illness in their community.  You will spend an hour a week with your friend, enjoying outings together, such as having coffee, grabbing a bite to eat, or attending a sporting match.

We provide training and ongoing support and the opportunity to catch up with other members of the Compeer community for social events. We accept volunteers aged 18 and over; however as we match people based on gender and age, we are currently seeking male and female volunteers aged 25 and over. Volunteers undergo a criminal history check to join the program and because of this volunteers must be permanent Australian residents.

Contact

Loretta Nichols on 02 9568 0246 compeer.westernsydney@vinnies.org.au

 

Greek Companion - House With No Steps www.hwns.com.au

Location

North Rocks

Frequency

Flexible

Details 

Spending one on one quality time with a supported person.  If you are male, Greek speaking, are creative, have a willingness to offer and develop ideas, are punctual, reliable and committed, have an understanding of personal boundaries, are able to connect with others, support people to make choices, are respectful, active, energetic, friendly, personable and a team player demonstrating a positive attitude towards the promotion of supporting people with disabilities, then we want to hear from you.  On site training will be provided and all volunteers are required to undergo a National Police Check.

Contact

Aline Lage, Volunteer Coordinator on  02 9451 1511 or alage@hwns.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 02 9627 2767 or dchanimaladoptions@iprimus.com.au

 

Operations Support - The Hills State Emergency Service

Location

Baulkham Hills

Frequency

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

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.

Contact

Evelyn Lester on 0434 181 944 or evelyn@thehills.ses.nsw.gov.au

 

Field Operations - The Hills State Emergency Service

Location

125 Old Pitt Town Road, Box Hill

Frequency  

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

Details

Volunteer Program Assistants help RDANSW coaches conduct programs for people with disabilities.  Our programs include a riding program, carriage driving program and a Life Skills (non-riding) program. Volunteers assist with set up of arena equipment, grooming and saddling horses, leading horses in class, assisting riders in conducting games and activities, assisting Life Skills Program clients with activities including gardening, assisting with general maintenance of the Centre, assisting with fundraising events. It is not essential that volunteers have horse experience and volunteers are only expected to assist with activities they feel comfortable participating in.  All volunteers participate in RDANSW training and induction sessions.

Contact

Kerry Souter on 02 9679 1246 or talltimbers@rdansw.org.au

 

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@lionsclubssydney.org.au

 

Post Release Mentoring Volunteer - Australian Red Cross

Location

Greater Western Sydney

Frequency 

One - two hours a week for 12 months.

Details

Assistance could be helping complete forms, attending appointments, undertaking an activity or just being there as someone to talk to.  You will have demonstrated communication and social skills with a supportive and non-judgemental attitude.  Having life experience to offer support to mentees would be advantageous to secure this position.  Ideally volunteers will be able to provide one on one mentoring support for 1-2 hours a week for 12 months.

This program encourages those with a prior history of involvement with the criminal justice system to apply.  As part of the recruitment process, candidates will be screened and assessed for suitability to vulnerable people. Candidates with previous convictions may still apply.  All volunteers will receive significant training and ongoing support.

Contact

Darrin Lincoln on 02 9290 8920 or dlincoln@redcross.org.au

 

Online Facilitators - The Hills Community Aid & Information Services Inc. www.hca.org.au

Location 

OFs may reside anywhere in Sydney

Frequency

Flexible or fixed - as suits the volunteer

Details 

HillsCarPal helps Hills seniors who no longer drive to stay connected to their community. It uses Facebook to request Rides and calls on the services of volunteer drivers to provide the transport. As telephone contact is preferred communication of many seniors, OFs provide an important link for those clients who are not online. Potential volunteer Online Facilitators can subscribe to receive more information at www.hillscarpal.org.au/online-facilitator. 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.

 

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 18-30 year-olds, that participates in fundraising initiatives across the 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

Edwina Chappel on 0450 905 875 or hillsrotaract@gmail.com