Students & Young People Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community and to gain experience.

Volunteering can help you try out your interests and make decisions about future study or career directions.

Why Volunteer?

  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Be part of the community
  • Learn new skills and gain experience
  • Build confidence
  • Help others and enhance community life
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Feel useful
  • Have fun
  • Gain work experience

Volunteering and You

A volunteer is a person who provides a service to the community, of their choice, without being paid.  Volunteers make an immense contribution to our society.

Volunteer involves:

  • Opportunity to use your skills, knowledge and experience to help others
  • Not getting paid
  • Supporting a not-for-profit organisation
  • Benefiting the local community

Before you volunteer, please consider:

  1. Decide on the issues that are important to you
  2. Skills and experience which you have to offer
  3. Your personal attributes, likes and dislikes
  4. Demands of any other responsibilities
  5. Days and times that you are available
  6. Types of work which you enjoy
  7. Location of volunteer role

Under 18s

Unfortunately some organisations insurance won’t be able to cover volunteers who are under 18 years of age.  However, there are organisations out there who do take on volunteers under 18.

Click on the Youth Volunteering pdf document below, this a list of volunteer organisation who take on young people:

Youth Volunteering.pdf

Working with Children Check

All volunteers working with children and young people are required to complete a Working with Children Check.  For more information on Working with Children Checks please contact the Office of the Children’s Guardian http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

How to get involved?

If you are still unsure on how to get involved, please contact Volunteer Network on 9911 9856 or vnrecruit-train@burwood.nsw.gov.au to make an appointment for an interview.  The purpose of the interview is to assist you in finding an appropriate volunteer position.

At the interview you will be asked to complete a volunteer registration form.  This includes details such as the area of volunteer work you would like, how often you would like to volunteer and what suburb you would like to work in.  The information from the registration form assists in the matching of volunteers to organisations.

After registering with Volunteer Network, you will then be provided with the contact details of relevant organisations offering volunteer work.  You will also receive information regarding training and volunteer events that are held throughout the year.

For a comprehensive list of organisations looking for volunteers, check out the https://govolunteer.com.au/ or http://www.volunteernetwork.org.au/voloplist websites.

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