Volunteers contribute to a vibrant community life at the City of Charles Sturt. Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and give back to the community.
Volunteers contribute to our City in areas like:
- friendly visiting, bus driving, shopping and transport assistance
- helping at special events, open days and displays
- assisting at libraries and community centre activities, programs and administration
- youth services programs
- graffiti removal
- environmental projects
- animal management
- genuinely interested in people
- able to set aside some time regularly or be available for special projects
- good listeners with a sense of humour
- able to maintain confidentiality and use discretion
- reliable, trustworthy and caring
Support for volunteers
As a volunteer, you are supported to be part of our team.
You will receive:
- induction and training
- reimbursement for approved out-of-pocket expenses in some programs
- insurance cover while volunteering
- support from Council
- recognition for your valuable support
Become a volunteer
First read our Volunteer Code of Conduct Policy to see if our program is right for you.
Register your interest in volunteering for a listed vacancy or submit a general expression of interest.
See our Volunteer Vacancies
Read our Volunteering FAQs
Read our Volunteers Newsletters
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the City of Charles Sturt, please review our current volunteer vacancies.
We have different volunteer vacancies available throughout the year. We are currently seeking applications for the positions listed below.
If you are not interested in the following vacancies, you can register your interest to submit a general expression of interest to be notified about future vacancies.
We are currently seeking applications for the following positions:
Do you enjoy meeting new people?
Community Visitors provide regular companionship and friendship to a socially isolated person in a residential facility, enhancing the resident’s social and community involvement.
Community Visitors will be required to visit a selected resident on a regular (eg fortnightly) basis at a time that suits both the volunteer and the resident.
Where appropriate, suitable volunteers will be matched by the coordinator of the program to a resident with similar interests and life experiences.
If you believe you have the following we would love to hear from you:
- Good communication skills.
- Demonstrated reliability.
- Good listening skills.
- Be compassionate, cheerful and positive.
- Be patient, understanding and tolerant of cultural and varied backgrounds.
This role requires a DHS Aged Care screening, or the willingness to undergo and obtain this (the Council will do this for the successful applicants).
If you are interested in this position and feel you have the skills to suit the role:
Please indicate that you are applying to be a Community Visitor Volunteer when answering the question, "why do you wish to become a volunteer".
Whilst the City of Charles Sturt is interested in harnessing your life/work experience and utilising your skills there are many opportunities to try something new. However, we make every effort to match you to a role that will suit you and be successful.
This depends on the role and your availability. Some positions require you to complete a 4 hour 'shift' per week or fortnight, while others are more flexible and may only require a couple hours per fortnight or month.
This depends on the program. If you are going to be volunteering with any vulnerable groups, handling money or going on private property you will require a police check. Occasionally other programs may require a police check when the funding agreement requests this. The Volunteer Services Development Officer will assist you to get a police check at a reduced cost and on producing a receipt Council will reimburse you the amount.
All out of pocket expenses approved by your program coordinator will be reimbursed.
Yes, if you receive an allowance eg Newstart, from Centrelink that asks you to do volunteer work (eg 15 hours per week) to qualify for your payments we can generally help you meet all or part of that commitment. This of course depends on the vacancies that exist.
It is NOT our policy to give written references to prospective employees. However, your program coordinator is free to give a verbal reference over the phone and of course can only comment on the volunteer role in which you have been involved.
Absolutely! In fact we encourage all volunteers to take a break at some stage throughout the year. However, we do ask that you give your program coordinator some notice so they can plan for your absence.
Where applicable and specific to your role training is provided. There are also other opportunities offered throughout the year to all volunteers of which to take advantage.