Volunteer with us
Opportunities at the City
We encourage people to do something good for their local community through volunteering. You can make new friends, learn new skills or help someone in need with one of our many projects when you become a volunteer with us, including:
- twice yearly homeless street count
- delivering Meals on Wheels
- tutoring/assisting at one of our spaces
- taking part in a We Heart Sydney Park bushcare session.
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.
We Heart Sydney Park
We're looking for keen green thumbs to join our volunteer bushcare group.
Any time you give will help Sydney Park thrive. By weeding and planting, you'll create new homes for native wildlife and keep the park beautiful.
You'll also have the chance to meet other locals, and join in our birdwatching tours, walks, talks and more.
9.30am–2.30pm every Wednesday and some Saturdays. Register with Conservation Volunteers to get involved – you can register for a single session or come along every week.
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.
The next street count takes place on 24 February 2015.
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.
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.
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:
Sydney New Year’s Eve
Sydney New Year’s Eve is renowned globally as one of the most spectacular events in the world.
It is a New Year celebration with a spectacular fireworks display set against a glittering Sydney Harbour.
This page is updated with volunteer opportunities towards the end of the year.
Last updated: Thursday, 15 January 2015