Volunteer opportunities

Council volunteer opportunities

You can find opportunities to volunteer with Nillumbik Shire Council at the Volunteering in Nillumbik website.

The Volunteer Handbook and Code of Conduct(PDF, 1MB) provides information for newly inducted volunteers to feel supported in undertaking a volunteer role at Nillumbik Shire Council.

Community volunteer opportunities

Below are opportunities to volunteer with local groups and groups supporting the Nillumbik community.

Arts, culture, events and festivals

Montsalvat

You can get involved in supporting the Montsalvat arts community through volunteering in our galleries, our gardens, as a tour guide or by assisting us with one of our many events that we run throughout the year.

Volunteer coordinator
03 9439 7712
 volunteer@monsalvat.com.au
or visit the volunteering opportunities page on Montsalvat's website

Nillumbik U3A

An opportunity to share knowledge, talents and skills with fellow members of Nillumbik U3A.

Nillumbik U3A
0468 300 764
office@nillumbiku3a.org.au
nillumbiku3a.org.au

On The Hill Festival

On The Hill Festival is a free event in Panton Hill, held in October. We are seeking volunteers for various roles to help out on the day. If you'd like to be involved, get in touch.

David Moore
0407 506 532
onthehillfestival@gmail.com

State Library of Victoria

The State Library of Victoria often has a range of volunteer opportunities available.

Visit State Library of Victoria for more information and to apply.

Vision Australia-See Eye Dog Program

Could you care for a seeing eye dog? You can care for a pup from eight weeks up to 15 months of age, either full-time or a minimum of six months. 

For registration and questions, call Lauren on 0428 010 843 or email sedvolunteer@visionaustralia.org.

Disability support and services

Araluen

Araluen is an innovative service that supports adults who have intellectual disabilities fulfil their life goals. Araluen has several opportunities for Volunteer support in programs that include: Literacy, Creative Arts, Men's Shed, Lunch Preparation, Auslan, Music, Communication, Gym and Gardening.

Kim Hawley
0409 938 450
kimh@araluen.org
www.araluen.org

Extended Families

Volunteer as a support worker - support children with disabilities to access community activities and support their families by giving them a break. 

Michael Bayliss
03 9355 8848
michael@extendedfamilies.org.au
Volunteer (extendedfamilies.org.au)

Aruma

Formerly known as the House with No Steps and The Tipping Foundation - Aruma is the disability service provider who puts You. First. 

1300 538 746
info@aruma.com.au
aruma.com.au

Inclusion Foundation - Emotion21

The volunteer opportunity we have available is as an Emotion21 class “Mover”. This role assists in the facilitation of movement and fun for our participants in the dance and fitness classes. Our Movers must be energetic, friendly and engaging. 

Jeff Brown
0398547109
volunteer@emotion21.org.au

LINK Community Transport

Volunteer drivers and assistants required to support people to get out and about. Must be 25 years or older and have a current drivers license.

Teresa Mustica
03 9462 8703
tmustica@lct.org.au

North East Citizen Advocacy Volunteer Advocates

Change the world for at least for one person. A citizen advocate’s role is responsive and varied - monitoring the well-being and enhancing the life of an individual with intellectual disability who lacks a network of support.

Frank Damiano
03 8407 3684
neca@citizenadvocacy.com.au

Office of the Public Advocate

Volunteer as a Community Visitor - protect the rights of people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in supported accommodation.

OPA Volunteer Coordinator
1300 309 337
opavolunteers@justice.vic.gov.au

People Outdoors

People Outdoors are looking for volunteer carers and bus drivers. We organise day activities, weekend camps and school holiday camps for children, teenagers and adults with a disability.

Gosia Barcikowska
03 9863 6824
volunteers@auscamps.asn.au

Rotary Club of Diamond Creek

The Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Cafe provides the opportunity for a volunteer to assist in a hospitality environment. Currently we have a vacancy to work with the barista and a friendly Rotary volunteer 1 day per month, for a morning or afternoon shift (9am-12 or 12- 4pm). Tasks include serving customers, using a point of sale machine and very basic food preparation such as making milkshakes. Relaxing, welcoming and social environment. Opportunity to get to know the locals and the great projects the Rotary Club are involved in.

Elle Phillips
0425773271
tramvolunteers@diamondcreekrotary.org.au

Solve Disability Solutions

Volunteers with trade skills/qualifications, engineering or handyman skills required to design, make or modify equipment for people with disability when there is no commercial solution to their problem. Would suit people who like problem solving and are innovative.

Jenny Stephen
03 9853 8655
jenny@solve.org.au
Volunteer - Solve-TAD | Personalised Technology and Equipment

St John of God Accord

 A not-for-profit organisation, established in 1953 as a provider of intellectual disability support.  

1300 002 226 
accord.CEO@sjog.org.au

Driving and transport

Community Bus Driver

Council's Community Transport Services assist eligible Nillumbik residents to access shops, services, social activities, medical and health-related services. The Community Transport Service is for eligible residents of Nillumbik who have been assessed and referred by My Aged Care.

contact the Transport officer with enquiries by email community.transport@nillumbik.vic.gov.au
or call on 9433 3723

 Find out more or apply online

One-on-one transport driver

One-on-one transport provides transport to assist eligible Nillumbik residents to access their community. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to pick up the passengers at their residence and drive them to their location. Volunteers are reimbursed for the kilometres travelled whilst transporting passengers. If you enjoy giving back to your community, can spare a few hours every week or two and would like to be involved, please get in touch.

Apply now

For further information on any of the above community transport programs please contact community.transport@nillumbik.vic.gov.au or 03 9433 3723.

TAC L2P Driver Mentors

BNLLEN's L2P program is looking for new driver mentors to help young drivers get their license. The fully trained mentors are supported as part of a sociable team, create lasting relationships, and help make our roads safer.

To find out more about volunteering with L2P, please call the Program Coordinator on 0430 038 450 to express your interest.

Find out more at Banyule Nillumbik L2P Program

Community AccessAbility

CA are opening a new office that services the Northern Metropolitan area and are recruiting volunteer drivers for our service.

If you would like more information about volunteering with Community Accessibility, including opportunities currently available and the sign-up process, please call 1300 704 530 or email volunteer@communityaccessability.org.au

Environment, food security and gardening

Green Karma Inc

Green Karma is an Eltham-based not for profit organisation that builds awareness on food systems through environmental education. We are looking to build the team with a range of roles available for passionate people. Get in touch!

Vasundara Kandpal
greenkarma.org.au
0470 363 338 

Thrive Community Garden Inc

Help maintain our community garden in Diamond Creek and share in the produce it generates. A wonderful way to meet local gardeners.

Peter Daams
info@thrivecommunitygarden.org
0422 199 511

Environmental Volunteering

For a one-stop shop on all things environmental volunteering, visit Council's dedicated page.

Many friends groups meet around the Shire to care for local parks and reserves. See the full list of friends groups.

Landcare groups protect out natural environment and are a valuable resource of practical support and knowledge to landowners.

Waterwatch is a free river health education and monitoring program, which aims to increase community understanding, participation and ownership of local river health issues.

Other groups include Local Food Connect, Warrandyte Climate Action Now (CAN), Yarra Valley Climate Action Group and the Victorian Frog Group.

Family, children and youth

Big Group Hug

Big Group Hug works with local communities to respond to the immediate material needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. We have a number of volunteer positions available including assisting at our warehouse and delivering goods.

Sarah Erulkar
volunteer@biggrouphug.org
Join our volunteer family - Big Group Hug

Community Meals Kitchen Helpers

Seeking volunteers available the third Wednesday of each month to help out with our Community Meal with basic food preparation, sorting food parcels, chatting to guests, and clean up. Community Meal is a 'no strings attached' nourishing meal for the vulnerable, in need, and isolated in our community. We provide fresh fruit and vegies for guests to take home, a children's play area, and we encourage volunteers to provide a friendly ear if needed. All training included. Public Transport and wheelchair accessible.

Colleen Treacy, Community Meal Coordinator (volunteer)
treacyc@optusnet.com.au
Or enquire via the church office All Saints Church Greensborough 03 9435 5266 

Extended Families

Volunteer as a support worker - support children with disabilities to access community activities and support their families by giving them a break. More information.

Michael Bayliss
03 9355 8848
michael@extendedfamilies.org.au

Diamond Valley Toy Library

Opportunities available to help our with our toy borrowing sessions. Counting toys, packing toys, repairing toys etc. Lots of other roles available. Commitment from 1.5 hour session to ongoing role. 

Matt Trawn
0439086445
hello@diamondvalleytoylibrary.org.au

Eltham Toy Library

Our volunteer Toy Library Borrowing Assistants help check and pack away returned toys, tidy toy shelves and help our members.

Jen Edwards
0478218227
enquiries@elthamtoylibrary.org.au

Hohnes Road Playhouse

We are seeking people with varying skills to take unfilled seats on our Committee of Management. Namely Secretary, Membership (Enrolment) Officer, Party Hire Officer, Marketing/Comms Officer and OH&S Officer. We have a high-level outline of the roles and associated responsibilities which can be emailed to you. Ideally, we'd love some people who have a passion for family services.

Kimberly Benwell
0400 200 990
hohnesroadsecretary@gmail.com 

Inclusion Foundation - Emotion21

The volunteer opportunity we have available is as an Emotion21 class “Mover”. This role assists in the facilitation of movement and fun for our participants in the dance and fitness classes. Our Movers must be energetic, friendly and engaging. 

Jeff Brown
0398547109
volunteer@emotion21.org.au

Kildonan Uniting Care mentors

Seeking flexible, patient and reliable volunteers to mentor a person aged between 11-17, through engaging in negotiated recreational activities for a couple of hours per fortnight. A minimum of a 12 month commitment is required with training and supervision provided.

Youth Mentoring Coordinator
03 8401 0100
info@kildonan.org.au

Park Run, Diamond Creek

Parkrun events take place every week and everyone is welcome to volunteer, we’d love you to join in!
There are plenty of opportunities to try new roles, apply your skills or learn new ones, be with friends and family, meet people and be a part of the parkrun community.
You don’t need any experience of parkrun, junior parkrun or of volunteering. There are a range of roles to choose from, and many of them can be combined with walking or running too. 
You can volunteer alone or team up with someone else, and there are always people on hand if you have any questions.
Every time you volunteer gets you one step closer to an official parkrun milestone, which rewards those who have volunteered 10 (for those under 18), 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500 times.

WWCC are required to volunteer at Junior Parkrun.

home | Diamond Creek parkrun | Diamond Creek parkrun
diamondcreek@parkrun.com


People Outdoors

People Outdoors are looking for volunteer carers and bus drivers. We organise day activities, weekend camps and school holiday camps for children, teenagers and adults with a disability.

Gosia Barcikowska
03 9863 6824
volunteers@auscamps.asn.au

Rotary Club of Diamond Creek

The Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Cafe provides the opportunity for a volunteer to assist in a hospitality environment. Currently we have a vacancy to work with the barista and a friendly Rotary volunteer 1 day per month, for a morning or afternoon shift (9am-12 or 12- 4pm). Tasks include serving customers, using a point of sale machine and very basic food preparation such as making milkshakes. Relaxing, welcoming and social environment. Opportunity to get to know the locals and the great projects the Rotary Club are involved in.

Elle Phillips
0425773271
tramvolunteers@diamondcreekrotary.org.au


Thrive Community Garden Inc

Help maintain our community garden in Diamond Creek and share in the produce it generates. A wonderful way to meet local gardeners.

Peter Daams
info@thrivecommunitygarden.org
0422 199 511

Health and wellness

Austin Health

Volunteers are critical to the delivery of exceptional care and service to Austin Health patients, carers, families, staff and community. 

Volunteers work in roles that enhance the patient experience at all of our sites including Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, the Olivia Newton-John Cancer, Wellness and Research Centre, and our Op Shops in Heidelberg and Diamond Creek.

Applications are currently open for a range of volunteer roles, including in the new activity program with dementia and delirium patients.

You can view and apply for current roles here.

Community Meals Kitchen Helpers

Seeking volunteers available the third Wednesday of each month to assist our 'Community Meal' with basic food preparation, sorting food parcels, chatting to guests, and clean up.

Community Meal is a 'no strings attached' nourishing meal provided to the vulnerable, in need, and isolated people in our community.

Council provides fresh fruit and vegies, a children's play area, and volunteers are encouraged to provide a friendly ear when needed. All training included. Public Transport and wheelchair accessible.

Colleen Treacy, Community Meal Coordinator (volunteer) treacyc@optusnet.com.au
Or enquire via the church office at All Saints Church Greensborough 03 9435 5266

Diamond Valley Prostate Cancer Support Group

Seeking a volunteer to fill the role of Secretary. Duties include minute taking and distribution to members plus maintaining the membership database. Monthly meetings from 7pm onwards.

Peter Gebert
0419 576 682
pgebert@hotmail.com.au

Inclusion Foundation - Emotion21

The volunteer opportunity we have available is as an Emotion21 class “Mover”. This role assists in the facilitation of movement and fun for our participants in the dance and fitness classes. Our Movers must be energetic, friendly and engaging. 

Jeff Brown
0398547109
volunteer@emotion21.org.au

Park Run, Diamond Creek

Parkrun events take place every week and everyone is welcome to volunteer, we’d love you to join in!
There are plenty of opportunities to try new roles, apply your skills or learn new ones, be with friends and family, meet people and be a part of the parkrun community.
You don’t need any experience of parkrun, junior parkrun or of volunteering. There are a range of roles to choose from, and many of them can be combined with walking or running too.
You can volunteer alone or team up with someone else, and there are always people on hand if you have any questions.
Every time you volunteer gets you one step closer to an official parkrun milestone, which rewards those who have volunteered 10 (for those under 18), 25, 50, 100, 250 or 500 times.


home | Diamond Creek parkrun | Diamond Creek parkrun
diamondcreek@parkrun.com

St Vincent’s Care 

St Vincent’s is always on the lookout for volunteers to help in their Eltham aged care home. Whether it’s through assisting with transportation, helping out with lifestyle activities or even just spending time with residents for a cuppa, we need you! 

If you're interested in applying, submit an enquiry

Mentoring, companionship, advocacy and human rights

Amnesty International North East Metro Group

Amnesty International North East Metro Group are looking for people who care about human rights to come to local meetings. We regularly have guest speakers, discuss human rights campaigns and organise local awareness and fundraising events.

Geoff Cox
0418 128 392
Geoff.Cox@nufarm.com

Australian Multicultural Community Services

Australian Multicultural Community Services is currently recruiting volunteers to provide confidential one-to-one companionship and friendship to seniors and people with disabilities who live in their own homes and either experience, or are at risk of experiencing, social isolation.

Michelle Lawrence
03 8271 2313
michelle.lawrence@amcservices.org.au

Banksia Palliative Care Service

Banksia Palliative Care Service is seeking client support volunteers who provide support to clients, carers and families. Volunteers provide practical and social support, respite and drive clients to appointments. Volunteers are provided with full training.

03 9455 0822
Home Based Palliative Care | Palliative Care | Banksia Palliative Care Service Inc

Big Group Hug

Big Group Hug works with local communities to respond to the immediate material needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families. We have a number of volunteer positions available including assisting at our warehouse and delivering goods.

Sarah Erulkar
volunteer@biggrouphug.org

Extended Families

Support children with disabilities to access community activities and support their families by giving them a break. 

Michael Bayliss
03 9355 8848
michael@extendedfamilies.org.au

Elder Rights Advocacy

Aged Care Volunteer Visitor Scheme (ACVVS) is looking for friendly, compassionate and caring people interested in enriching the lives of older people living in residential aged care or at home. Volunteering with Elder Rights Advocacy helps improve the health and wellbeing of older Victorians. It’s also a great opportunity for you to gain personal satisfaction, contribute your talents and experience and gain new skills. If you enjoy socialising with others and can commit to visiting someone regularly, get in touch.

Nadia Gudic
1800 022 887
cvs@era.asn.au

Diamond Valley Community Support

Seeking friendly and compassionate people who like helping others to act as Client Support Workers (CSWs). CSWs assist people in need by providing high quality support, information and referral to specialist organisations who can offer assistance.

03 9435 8282
volunteers@dvcsupport.org.au
www.dvcsupport.org.au

Kildonan Uniting Care

Seeking flexible, patient and reliable volunteers to mentor a person aged between 11-17, through engaging in negotiated recreational activities for a couple of hours per fortnight. A minimum of a 12 month commitment is required with training and supervision provided.

Youth Mentoring Coordinator
Christina.Borg@vt.uniting.org
03 8401 0100

Melbourne Polytechnic Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)

Currently recruiting volunteers to support newly arrived refugees and migrants to practice their English, learn about the Australian way of life and connect with the local community. On completion of the training you will be matched with a Melbourne AMEP student who you will tutor one on one for 1-2 hours a week. Contact with the student will be either face to face or via digital and mobile phone platforms such as Zoom, Google meet, FaceTime and WhatsApp video calls.

Maria Mayors
03 9269 1514
amepvts@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au   

North East Citizen Advocacy Volunteer Advocates

Change the world... for at least for one person. A citizen advocate’s role is responsive and varied - monitoring the well-being and enhancing the life of an individual with intellectual disability who lacks a network of support.

Chris Lee
03 8407 3684
neca@citizenadvocacy.com.au

Office of the Public Advocate

Community Visitors protect the rights of people with disabilities and/or mental illness living in supported accommodation.

OPA Volunteer Coordinator
1300 309 337
opavolunteers@justice.vic.gov.au

Social Health Australia

We will be vetting, preparing and supporting people to serve as ‘community-based companions’ in our latest kindness-informed/citizen-led health initiative. Placement opportunities to serve people impacted by loneliness (particularly existential loneliness) social isolation, complex health issues (including terminal illness), and bereavement will be provided by our referral partners from in healthcare, aged care and charitable funeral service. Companions will be asked to go through an application/interview process; provide two referees; pass a Police Check; attend an induction day; participate in regularly scheduled online reflective practice sessions; and, make time to visit one or more community members in one-on-one sessions, or as part of a 3 to 5 person team.

If you’d like to bring meaning to people’s live through agendaless acts of human kindness, and be part of our emerging, diverse community, please email us getintouch@socialhealthaustralia.org or ring us on (03) 9013 5008.

 

St Vincent's Care Services

St Vincent's Cares Services is a Catholic, not-for-profit provider of aged care and retirement services with a holistic approach to our care community. Our volunteers allow us to provide additional programs, projects, and increased social interaction and are valued members of our care community.

St Vincent's Care Services Eltham is looking to grow its volunteer base to compliment the already provided services. Our volunteers participate in varied roles from assisting within the Leisure and Lifestyle program, running weekly bingo, to driving the bus, administrative duties or being a companion to particular residents.

No experience is necessary to be a volunteer, just willingness to dedicate a small amount of your time weekly or twice weekly. Volunteer roles can be designed to best suit you and the needs of our residents.

All volunteers will have both referee and national criminal record checks before commencing their placement. 

Volunteer Coordinator Victoria
svcs.volunteers@svha.org.au
Volunteer | St Vincent's Care (svcs.org.au)

Vision Australia Seeing Eye Dogs

Look after an adorable seeing eye dog puppy for 12-15 months (at no cost to you) and you will assist someone who is blind to live the life they choose.

Lauren Cockerell
0428010843
lauren.cockerell@visionaustralia.org
Apply now to become a puppy carer | Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (visionaustralia.org)

Whitelion

Currently recruiting volunteers who are interested in becoming a positive and supportive role model to disadvantaged young people. Expressions of interest now open.

03 8354 0800
mentoring@whitelion.asn.au

Retail

Austin Health Opportunity Shop

Do you want to join our amazing retail volunteers at Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop and sell donated goods to help support the Austin Health community?

For over 50 years, dedicated volunteers at Austin Health's Diamond Creek Auxiliary have been raising funds to support patients. We are looking for people who:

-Value teamwork
-Have great interpersonal skills
-Seek a fulfilling and rewarding volunteer experience
-Can commit to one day a week
-Live Austin Values

If this sounds like you, please join us as a volunteer at the Diamond Creek Opportunity Shop, open Monday through Saturday, and contribute to raising funds for vital medical equipment! 

To find out more email volunteers@austin.org.au or apply here https://bttr.im/p8do8

 

Diamond Valley Community Support

DVCS are looking for volunteers to work in our Op Shop in Diamond Creek. Morning and afternoon shifts available. Come meet new people and help support the local community.

Kerri Wellington
03 9435 8282
volunteers@dvsupport.org.au 

Only Just Fair Trade Inc.

Only Just, a not for profit fair trade shop in Montmorency and Eltham, is looking for volunteers with strong customer service skills or retail experience to serve our customers, and in doing so, support our fair trade partners. Flexible shifts available weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Must be over 18.

Cecile Menard
0415 693 497
cecile.menard@iinet.net.au

Rotary Club of Diamond Creek

The Diamond Creek Rotary Tram Cafe provides the opportunity for a volunteer to assist in a hospitality environment. Currently they have a vacancy to work with the barista and a friendly Rotary volunteer one day per month, for a morning or afternoon shift (9am-12 or 12- 4pm). Tasks include serving customers, using a point of sale machine and very basic food preparation such as making milkshakes. Relaxing, welcoming and social environment. Opportunity to get to know the locals and the great projects the Rotary Club are involved in.

Elle Phillips
0425773271
tramvolunteers@diamondcreekrotary.org.au

RSPCA Victoria Greensborough Op Shop

RSPCA Victoria is looking for committed, customer focused volunteers to assist at our new Greensborough Op Shop. This role is perfect for you if you enjoy giving back to the community. All funds raised go towards supporting animal welfare.

Anne Tosswill
03 9224 2283
volunteer@rspcavic.org.au

St John of God Apollo Parkways Op Shop

Friendly and enthusiastic volunteers required for AM and PM shifts. As a retail outlet in the community, we are inclusive of people with a disability.

Linley
0448 491 437
sue.taylor@sjog.org.au

Scouts and guides

Eltham Girl Guides

Have you ever thought about being a Girl Guide leader or Helper? Girl Guides is a worldwide organisation that has been operating for over 100 years for girls and women from six years of age.

Lyn Glassford
0401276680
lyn.glassford@guidesvic.org.au

1st Eltham North Scout Group

Today's Scouts can take part in an extraordinary variety of outdoor activities, from traditional scouting skills such as camping and bushcraft, through to more extreme challenges such as abseiling, overnight hiking, rafting, canoeing, canyoning, snow activities, rock climbing, sailing… even flying! Get in touch to get involved.

Andrew Goddard
Group Leader
0427 227 317
gl.1stelthamnorth@gmail.com
scoutsvictoria.com.au/

2nd Eltham Sea Scouts

Looking for a new challenge while having a great time, developing the youth of tomorrow? Become a joey scout leader for the 6-8 age group. All training, fun and enjoyable times provided free.

Wayne Green
0400 986 491
cubs@elthamseascouts.org.au

Skilled volunteering

Hohnes Road Playhouse

We are seeking people with varying skills to take unfilled seats on our Committee of Management. Namely Secretary, Membership (Enrolment) Officer, Party Hire Officer, Marketing Communications Officer and OH&S Officer. We have a high-level outline of the roles and associated responsibilities which can be emailed to you. Ideally, we'd love some people who have a passion for family services.

Kimberly Benwell
0400 200 990
hohnesroadsecretary@gmail.com 

Volunteering in an emergency

Find out more about volunteering in an emergency.