Volunteering

Darebin supports, promotes and celebrates volunteers and volunteer leaders.

Volunteering is an important part of society, contributing to building connected, inclusive and resilient communities. We are committed to ensuring a safe, fair and enjoyable volunteer experience for our diverse community.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering comes in various forms, from formal to informal volunteer engagement, to community-giving, which is often fluid and responsive to community needs, through to virtual activities which are performed online.

The benefits of volunteering for individuals, communities and organisations are manifold. Some of those benefits include:

  • increasing community connection and social cohesion and reducing isolation
  • learning new skills and gaining confidence
  • providing individuals with a sense of purpose
  • creating pathways to employment by supporting job readiness and fostering professional networking opportunities

Volunteer with us!

Our volunteer vision is to establish a sustainable, fit-for-purpose infrastructure that supports an inclusive, creative and meaningful volunteer engagement lifecycle and enables our volunteers and volunteer leaders to thrive.

In July 2022 we launched Council's very first Volunteer Management Action Plan 2022-26. This is the framework which guides Council to support, manage and promote a safe, fair and consistent volunteering experience, in accordance with the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement, for volunteers who volunteer directly at Council. 

Across a four-year period, some of the key actions include:

  • streamlining volunteer engagement and management practices
  • increasing the visibility, recognition and overall support of volunteers
  • providing direction and support to staff facilitating volunteer engagement
  • exploring how we may strengthen existing partnerships and engage new stakeholders

Council volunteer opportunities

Bundoora Park Farm

Bundoora Park Farm offers a range of volunteering opportunities. Assist the farm hands in the daily operation of the urban farm with the preparation of food, enclosures and pens, or assist with weeding, planting and general maintenance.

For more information see our Bundoora Park Farm page.

Applications for our 2022 volunteer intake have closed.

Darebin FReeZA Program

Join the Darebin FReeZA committee and get involved in planning and running our major live music and cultural events. You'll get the opportunity to take the lead on all things management and delivery, this includes organising budgets, promotions and artists, and getting hands-on with sound, lights, front of house and media.

For more information see our Darebin FReeZA page.

Early Years Volunteer Program 

We have new volunteer opportunities available in the Toy Library and Supported Playgroups program.

Darebin Toy Library

The Darebin Toy Library is a small community service, based in Northcote and offers a sustainable, accessible toy library for families with young children aged from 3 months to six years of age. Volunteers will support the Toy Library Officer by checking toys for safety, completing small repairs, auditing and updating the catalogue collection and welcoming members.

Apply to volunteer

Supported Playgroups Program

The Supported Playgroups Program aims to build the parenting capacities in families with children aged 0-4 years. Darebin is funded to deliver ten supported playgroups across Preston, Reservoir, Bundoora and Thornbury. Volunteers will support Facilitators by welcoming families to the sessions, encouraging and assisting families to explore play experiences and assisting with set up and pack of activities and equipment.

Apply to volunteer

Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife is a partnership between Council, Darebin Nature Trust and community members to increase appreciation for biodiversity and creating habitat gardens for local wildlife. As a volunteer garden guide, you are trained to assess and provide feedback on creating habitat in different spaces. For more information see our Gardens for Wildlife page.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Search the list of FAQs below if you are thinking about volunteering with us.

Will there be someone supporting me during my volunteering with Council?

Yes. All of our volunteer programs are led by a volunteer supervisor or team leader who will provide your training, day-to-day support and overall guidance throughout your engagement with us.

Do I need a Working with Children Check (WWCC) to volunteer with Council?

Yes. We require all Council volunteers aged 18 years and over to hold a valid WWCC whilst volunteering with us.

The WWCC is free for volunteers. To find out how to apply for a WWCC see the Working with Children Check Victoria website.

Do I need a Police Check to volunteer?

Not all Council volunteer roles require a police check. Where a police check is required, it will be stated in the volunteer role description.

There is no cost to you, and we will provide guidance on how to apply for a police check. Any findings are treated with respect and strict confidentiality.

Will I be paid?

No. Voluntary work is unpaid.

Am I guaranteed a volunteer role if I apply?

Placing a volunteer is based on available opportunities, as well as matching your interests and skills against the requirements of the volunteer role.

Will I gain employment with Council if I volunteer first?

We support volunteering as a pathway to employment, however we cannot guarantee employment with us upon the completion of your volunteer engagement. All paid positions are advertised on the Darebin City Council website where you can apply for them.

Can I get a reference?

Your volunteer supervisor or team leader can provide you with a reference which details your role, activities and hours completed as a volunteer.

Community volunteer opportunities

Information on community volunteer opportunities is not currently available.

Work experience and tertiary student placement

For information on how to apply for high school work experience or a tertiary student placement please read our student placement information.

More information

Volunteer Programs Officer
Phone: 03 8470 8715
Email: volunteering@darebin.vic.gov.au