Volunteer with us
Volunteer outdoorsThere are a few volunteer groups in the local area that are helping restore urban bushland by planting locally indigenous vegetation to encourage birds, lizards and other animals in our villages. More volunteer groups
Opportunities at the City
The City of Sydney encourages people to do something good for their local community by volunteering. By becoming a volunteer with us you can make new friends, learn new skills or help someone in need with one of our many projects that include:
- twice yearly homeless street count
- helping with an event or festival
- delivering Meals on Wheels
- tutoring/assisting at an Over 55s Centre.
Opportunities to volunteer are updated on this page when they arise.
Be sure to also view our volunteer and donation directory of not-for-profit organisations.
Several websites list other volunteering opportunities in the City and surrounding areas. The Centre for Volunteering has some great stories about volunteering.
Homeless street count
Twice a year, in February and August, we count the number of people who are sleeping rough in the local area.
For each street count, we rely on the goodwill of more than 150 volunteers to help the City of Sydney's Homelessness Unit collect accurate and up-to-date information to develop responses to homelessness according to need.
Registrations are now closed
We would like to thank the people who have volunteered to help us with the 2013 street count.
We have reached capacity for the number of volunteers needed this year.
Our next street count is due to take place in February 2014.
Events and festivals
Volunteers are essential for many of our events to run smoothly. Throughout the year the City runs cultural events, competitions and festivals such as Sydney New Year's Eve, Chinese New Year and National Tree Day.
Meals on Wheels
Our volunteers work in pairs delivering prepared meals to our clients at home on weekdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Full support is provided by a paid staff member as you work together across numerous suburbs within the City's local area.
The positions currently available are:
- group/corporate volunteering days (Christmas and Easter).
To work in these roles you need to be:
- able to work with people with disabilities and their carers
- reliable and punctual
- have good oral and written communication
- able to work in a team environment.
Drivers need to have their own vehicle and a current driver's licence. Travel costs will be reimbursed by the City.
Successful applicants are trained in standards on:
- food safety
- Workplace Health and Safety (WHS)
- Home and Community Care (HACC).
Our volunteers play a vital role to ensure we are providing the best possible service to our residents. All our volunteers are covered by the City's insurance scheme.
You will need to provide 2 names of referees who will be contacted by phone. The City must undertake criminal history record checks on prospective Meals on Wheels volunteers. You can download the volunteer handbook and application form below.
Group volunteer days
At Easter and Christmas we pack and deliver food hampers to our clients. If your group or company is looking for a rewarding half day volunteer activity where you could lend some extra hands to help us over these busy periods, please get in touch.
For more information about volunteering, please contact:
Meals on Wheels Coordinator
02 8512 firstname.lastname@example.org
We sometimes have volunteer positions available at our centres for:
- reception assistants
- bilingual bus assistants.
Volunteer tutors must have prior training or teaching experience, particularly with older people.
Our bus assistants help community bus passengers on and off the bus and to communicate with the bus driver.
Reception assistants provide simple reception duties at our podiatry service.
You will need to provide 2 names of referees and agree to a criminal history record check.
An ability to speak a community language such as Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish is highly regarded.
For more information about volunteering at one of the City's centres, please contact:
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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 March 2014