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Volunteering in Maroondah

Why volunteer?

Volunteer delivering meals on wheelsVolunteering offers lots of benefits to both you and the community.

You can

  •  learn new skills
  • meet new people and form new relationships
  • gain experience and expand your career choices
  • give back to the community
  • gain personal satisfaction
  • build self confidence
  • have fun!

Maroondah City Council volunteers

Volunteers are a vital part of our community and their generosity helps us provide many services. We currently have over 400 volunteers involved in different areas throughout Council.

There are lots of opportunities to help with Council programs, and your contribution will strengthen and extend the social, environmental and cultural dimensions of our community.

It doesn’t matter if you can spare only a few hours a month, or if you are able to volunteer each week, all offers of assistance are very welcome.

Maroondah City Council provides volunteering opportunities across all service areas. Some of the most popular areas are:

Meals on Wheels volunteers

Volunteers are crucial to the operation of every Meals on Wheels program. Over 100 volunteers drive the cars and deliver the meals and other food services to clients.

Sometimes the service is received for a short time however in most cases the meals are provided on an on going basis for people who for various reasons are unable to prepare food for themselves.

If you are interested in volunteering with our Meals on Wheels team please contact the coordinator on 9298 4540.

Planned Activity Groups and Social Support volunteers

The HACC program includes Planned Activity Groups (PAG) and Social Support volunteers at Council’s Kerrabee Club located at 3-5 Louisa Street, Croydon.

These programs provide activities for isolated people including the aged and those with disabilities in order to enhance health and well-being, the activities provide respite for families or carers.

PAG is a weekly social and recreational program to support people to maintain their independence and connection with their community.

Social Support Programs provide a variety of activities for isolated, frail older people to enhance their health and wellbeing. Activities include day trips, visits to local libraries and shopping centres.

If you are interested in volunteering with the HACC program please contact the Social Inclusion and Wellbeing Coordinator on 9294 5531

Bushland volunteers

Maroondah City Council is home to 64 reserves and 1 million trees!

We have over 200 volunteers who assist us to maintain a number of parks and reserves throughout the municipality. Activities that volunteers assist with include mulching, planting, weeding, collection of rubbish and logging of plants.

Council has a number of  environmental community groups who assist across the municipality in maintaining our parks and reserves.

If you are interested in volunteering with one of our friends groups please contact the Team Leader of Bushland Management on 9294 5677.  

Youth Services volunteers

Maroondah Youth Services volunteers assist with the development and promotion of a range of youth activities. If you are aged between 12 and 25 and looking for some volunteer experience in youth work or event management our volunteers are provided with the opportunity to:

  • develop event/program management skills
  • become a leader and role model among peers
  • develop work experience and connections within the local community.

If you have a passion for music, event management or are just looking for an opportunity to meet like-minded young people the Maroondah FReeZA Crew are keen to hear from you.

The Maroondah FReeZA Group is a personal development program for local young people aged 15-21 years of age. This program is part of the State Government’s FReeZA Program and focuses on interactive personal development and group skills through the organisation of drug, alcohol and smoke free live music events for all ages.

Over 25 but still want to volunteer with Youth Services?

The L2P program is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the community and help young people get their 120hrs of driving practice.

If you are interested in volunteering with Youth Services please see the Maroondah Youth Services Volunteer Program or contact our Youth Workers on 9294-5705.

Glen Park Oaks Community Garden volunteers

Glen Park Oaks Community Garden at 30 Glen Park Road, Bayswater North, was officially opened in November 2013 within Council’s Glen Park Reserve as part of the former Bayswater North Community Renewal Project.

It now operates under the management of Maroondah City Council, with volunteers generously giving their time to assist with the operation and use of the garden.

The garden’s concept is quite unique, as it differs to allotment style gardening. Volunteers can use what is produced from the garden, as can any member of the community.

If you have an interest, knowledge or skill in gardening, and would like to make new friendships whilst gardening, please get involved.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Glen Park Oaks Community Garden please contact our Community Development team on 9294 5747.

How to volunteer at Council

How do I apply for a volunteer position at Maroondah City Council?

Visit Careers@Maroondah to register your interest, or volunteer positions are regularly advertised when there are new opportunities or projects available.

You can also call our supervisors directly - contact details are supplied on this page for each program.

How many hours would I have to commit?

The hours vary depending on what area of volunteering you choose. In most cases you will decide how many hours you are willing to commit in consultation with your supervisor.

What is the maximum time I can volunteer per week?

There is no maximum amount specified. The hours are determined by the nature of the volunteer role and the amount of work to be done in consultation with your supervisor.

Is there an induction process?

Yes, all volunteers will receive a Volunteer Information Pack; this includes a Volunteers Handbook, Volunteers Policy and Volunteers Code of Conduct. You will also receive an onsite induction with your supervisor who will take you for a tour around your designated area. You will also have the opportunity to access Council’s intranet where you can view all policies and procedures.

Some areas will require new volunteers to undertake specialist training to prepare for the role.

What if I don't want to commit long term?

Council welcome all volunteers regardless of their ability to commit to long term involvement. Some volunteers stay with us to complete study requirements where as others have been with Council for more than 45 years!

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes volunteers must be 18 years and over.

Can I get a reference?

Yes, we are happy to provide a reference. However, you need to have regularly volunteered with the Council for a minimum period of three months.

Is there a chance that I might gain paid work in the organisation if I volunteer first?

Volunteer roles do not result in employment at Maroondah City Council. You are invited to submit job applications, and have the same opportunity as the general public.

Do you pay out of pocket expenses?

Yes, the Council pays out of pocket expenses that are incurred while you are performing volunteer duties as agreed by the Volunteer Supervisor.

Do you accept student placements/work experience?

Yes, Council does accept student/work experience placements however these placements must be applied for via Council’s careers@maroondah website where a job is open all year around for students to apply.

Do I need a police check?

Yes, as part of Council's recruitment process we ask most volunteers to undertake a police check. There is no cost to volunteers for the police check.

Am I covered by insurance?

Yes, Maroondah City Council volunteers are protected whilst undertaking volunteer duties as detailed in the relevant position description and directed by the Volunteer Supervisor. Council provides personal accident insurance, as well as public liability insurance.

Further information

Not sure how you can help or have further questions? Call 1300 88 22 33 and we'll help you make a rewarding and valuable contribution to the Maroondah community.

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