Council Volunteering Opportunities

The Hills Shire is very fortunate to have a large and dedicated group of volunteers who play a critical role in helping Council provide important services to the community. Volunteers are also the lifeblood of most community services and they create and maintain very strong community networks.

Volunteering not only benefits our Shire and residents it can also benefit the volunteers themselves who 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 provides training opportunities for volunteers in all areas where volunteers contribute to the provision of services to the community. It's an opportunity to develop your skills and learn more about your community so, if you are not sure but think you might like to be involved, it's a great way to start. If you are 16 and over there may be volunteering opportunities for you with Council.  If you are younger a parent or guardian may be asked to volunteer with you. 

Bushcare Volunteers

Location

 Various locations throughout The Hills Shire - Bushcare locations.

Frequency

 Flexible

Details

Bushcare is a community-based program run by Council to improved Bushland Reserves. It is driven by volunteers who are involved in looking after the native bush, plant identification, fauna monitoring, weed control and seed collection for propagation at the Community Nursery. Bushcare is an activity that people of all ages and abilities can become involved in. You don’t need any experience in working with plants. Council supplies all tools, supervision and training – both on site and weekend bushcare training.  

Contact

Fresa Poot on +61 2 9843 0108 or fpoot@thehills.nsw.gov.au  

 

Event Volunteers

Location

Various major and community events coordinated by Council's Events team

Frequency

Flexible 

Details

There is a need for volunteers to assist with varying duties ensure Council events run safely and smoothly.  Volunteers who assist at these events are supervised by the events team and specific training or briefing is given prior to the event if required. Volunteer tasks may include but are not limited to:

- Assisting with event logistics such as the setting up of equipment, coordinating stall holders, directing traffic and reporting work health and safety hazards

- Assisting with marketing and promotion of the event including event photography, distribution of marketing material, engaging with social media

- Managing the event information stall and conducting community engagement surveys with visitors to the event.

- Working as a stage hand/back stage assistant for events that include main stage performances and performance schedules.

Contact

 The Events Team on +61 2 9843 0190 or events@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Environment Centre Volunteers

Location

The Community Environment Centre (CEC), Annangrove Park, Cnr Annangrove Road and Currie Avenue, Annangrove

Frequency

Flexible

Details

The CEC is a community resource dedicated to promoting the concept of sustainability. It is open to the public Thursdays from 9am - 4pm. The CEC features a Waterwise Garden Site and Sustainable Home Demonstration Site. Both these sites contain installations, displays and interpretative signage designed to encourage sustainable practices. The CEC building contains a meeting room, environmental library and display areas featuring an extensive array of environmental information. The information facilitates easy access for the community to the latest government rebates and grants on energy and water saving opportunities. Volunteers at the CEC assist with the following tasks:

- Environmental workshop program

- Promotion of the CEC and its programs

- Activities and events conducted at the Centre

- Design and writing of environmental newsletters

Contact

Gerard Nolan on +61 2 9654 3571 or +61 2 9843 0579 or gnolan@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Friends of The Hills Library Service

Location

Volunteers can join the Friends of the Hills Library at any of the four Hills Library branches. 

Frequency

Flexible

Details
 

The Friends support the library by raising money for resources and by raising the profile of the library services within the community. The Friends Committee meet monthly to discuss fundraising activities and upcoming events. Their main fundraising is the Annual Book Sale held at Castle Grand Community Centre. The Friends also assist the library staff with working bees, bulk mail outs and preparing children’s activities.

Contact

Lyndal Duncan on +61 2 9761 4510 or LibraryAdministration@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Hills Youth Army

Location  

Various

Frequency 

Flexible 

Details 

The Hills Youth Army is Council's youth volunteer program. Local young people aged 12 - 25 years are invited to get involved in a range community events and activities in a volunteer capacity.

Contact

Lauren Fearnley on +61 2 9843 0516 or volunteers@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Bus Assistants for Hills Community Care

 Location

Volunteers to meet the Hills Community Care bus at The Castle Hill Showground, entrance off Showground Road at 8.00am.

 Frequency

Flexible shifts: Daily, weekly or fortnightly.

 Details

Volunteers assists consumers on and off the bus from their home to the day centre and back home.  Hours of operation: 8.00am – 10.00am and from 3.00pm – 5.00pm.

Volunteer bus assistants can also assist on mystery tours, social outings, shopping & library visits. Morning and or afternoon shifts available.  Hours of operation range from 8.00am – 5.00pm.

 Contact

Angela MacDonald 9761 7606 or hcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Community Transport Drivers

Location

 Various collection points within The Hills Shire LGA.

Frequency

 Flexible, shifts available Monday - Friday 8am - 4pm.

Details

Volunteers are required to assist with transporting Hills Community Care consumers/carers to and from medical appointments. Community transport volunteer drivers are required to undergo medical, licence and police clearance checks and Hills Community Care will reimburse a per kilometre rate to cover the cost of fuel for private vehicles when carrying our passengers.

Contact

Angela MacDonald on 9761 7606 or hcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Easy Care Gardening

Location

 Various private gardens within The Hills Shire LGA

Frequency

 Flexible, to suit consumers and volunteers

Details

The Hills Community Care Easy Care Gardening program assists consumers within The Hills Shire who are frail aged or disabled by providing general garden assistance.
Volunteers assist with pruning, light weeding  and mulching – no lawn mowing or heavy gardening duties. This service enables our consumers to remain in their own homes without the frustration of overgrown and untidy gardens, by providing a safe and pleasant garden setting that is relatively easy to maintain. Volunteers are reimbursed for out of pocket expenses and travel costs to consumers homes. 

Contact

Angela MacDonald on 9761 7606 or hcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Program Activity Assistants (Chinese, Maltese and Korean speaking) for Hills Community Care

Location

Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills and/or Walters Road, Blacktown

Frequency

Flexible, shifts available Monday - Friday 9.30am – 3.00pm.

Details

Hills Community Care operates aged and dementia respite groups in both the Blacktown and Hills Area. These are specifically for people from a Chinese, Maltese and Korean background. We need volunteers who are proficient in one of these languages who are willing to help out in our kitchen to serve morning & afternoon tea, serve lunch and dessert plus assist the staff to help facilitate fun social activities.

Contact

Angela MacDonald on 9761 7606 or hcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au

 

Program Activity Assistants for Hills Community Care

Location

Balcombe Heights Estate, Baulkham Hills

Frequency

Flexible, shifts available Monday - Friday 9.30am – 3.00pm.

Details

Hills Community Care operates aged and dementia respite groups from a purpose built centre located in the beautiful Balcombe Heights Estate. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to help out in our kitchen to serve morning & afternoon tea, lunch and dessert plus assist the staff to help facilitate fun social activities.

Contact

Angela MacDonald on 9761 7606 or hcc@thehills.nsw.gov.au