Volunteering

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

Volunteering is an integral part of Warrnambool City Council. Volunteers make an invaluable contribution that helps grow pride and confidence in our city by the sea.

Are you thinking about joining a great team to make a difference, give back or enjoy  the social benefits? Why not volunteer at the Warrnambool City Council in one of their varied and exciting roles?
 
To join our volunteer team, explore our volunteer options below. A brief summary of each area is provided, with a link to each volunteer area's position description. Once you have explored and found the position that fits you, fill out an expression of interest form, and we will be in touch.

Benefits of Volunteering

  1. Meet new people & build Community
  2. Gain knowledge & understanding of other ways of life
  3. Gain a sense of Purpose
  4. Boost Self-Esteem
  5. Advance your Career by improving Job Prospects
  6. Reap the Health Benefits of volunteering by staying activity
  7. Increase your Brain Function

Download our current Volunteer Vacancies here

Volunteer Expression of Interest Form

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We have volunteering opportunities in some of these program areas. Please fill out an Expression of Interest form to register your interest.

Archie Graham Community Centre

The Archie Graham Community Centre is a friendly and relaxed environment where people of all ages and abilities can join in with community activities — keeping them fit, healthy, independent and socially connected.

It’s a space where you can continue learning new things, develop and share skills or re-engage with interests.
 

Flagstaff Hill

Flagstaff Hill welcomes volunteers with a wide range of interests, skills and experience.
You can help bring the 19th Century Maritime Village & heritage precinct to life, guide a heritage tour or assist at events. Suppose you prefer to work behind the scenes. In that case, you can help document & research the collection or assist with administrative tasks. If being outdoors is more your thing, then there’s gardening & maintenance. Or, if you are interested in retail or hospitality, you might be suited to helping in the Tea Rooms or Confectionery Shop.
If you are interested in history and love sharing stories with people, Flagstaff Hill is the place for you.

Meals on Wheels

People who give time to Meals on Wheels often say that volunteering adds a new dimension to their lives. The satisfaction of doing something practical, yet personal, is reward in itself. 

This roles involves delivery Meals to Clients in the Warrnambool. You must have a current Drivers Licence, Car & comprehensive Car insurance.

Lighthouse Theatre

Lighthouse Theatre offers spectacular architectural spaces for hire, including the Main Theatre, multi-functional Lighthouse Studio, glass facade foyer and intimate meeting space.

Located right in the Warrnambool CBD centre, it is home to many different performances, events and functions. Volunteer ushering has been a tradition since the opening of the PAC in the 1980s and today ensure we can continue to offer a varied array of events and performances.
 

Warrnambool Art Gallery

The Warrnambool Art Gallery began in 1886 when retired police officer Joseph Archibald opened its doors in a building behind the mechanics institute in Liebig Street.

The Gallery began with an eclectic mix of artworks and museum curios. Before long Archibald mobilised public support and paid for a new gallery annex. Loans and grants allowed the Gallery collection to grow with significant early acquisitions by French, German, and Belgian artists, which were less expensive than British works. These were followed by the Louis Buvelot’s pastoral landscape Sunset Waterpool at Coleraine (1874). Despite its enthusiastic start, the economic downturn of the 1890s brought the Collection to a halt. In 1910 the Council took control of the Mechanics Institute and ran the Gallery there until 1963 when the building was allocated for municipal offices. The Collection was dispersed on loan to galleries in Shepparton and Hamilton and reunited in 1971.

In 1986 the Gallery’s Centenary year, a permanent home was built next to the ‘Civic Green’ and named in memory of one its champions Sir Fletcher Jones O.B.E. Today it is home to a large permeant collection as well as a large array of touring exhibitions.

Warrnambool Library

The Library offers a number of public programs that are enhanced by the contributions of volunteers.  The Library has a “wait list” to volunteer.  If you are interested, please submit an Expression of Interest form and we will contact you to register your attendance at a group information session.

Gardens for Wildlife

A network of community members and council/shire officers from across Victoria supporting each other to involve local residents, schools and businesses to join us in caring for the native plants and animals of our communities. Goals - nurture our flora, fauna and environment, build knowledge, skills, confidence and ownership for caring for the land and its wildlife, strengthen connections between residents, nature, community and place, improve wellbeing through experiencing and caring for nature, build a network of environmental stewards and champions, collect/share stories and data about the impact of our work

Beginning in 2016, Gardens for Wildlife for Victoria share ideas and resources, educate, celebrate success, solve problems, and link individuals who can help each other. We provide workshops on how to develop and implement wildlife gardening programs that improve habitat on private land to supplement habitat protection and improvement on public land. We welcome you to join us.

Children's Services

Children’s Services have a range of Kindergarten and childcare groups that would love the support of volunteers in a supervised environment.

Youth Services

Youth Services have various volunteering opportunities for young people like joining the FReeZA Crew. FReeZA is a Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug, smoke and alcohol-free music, creative and cultural events for other young people.

West Warrnambool Neighbourhood House

West Warrnambool Neighbourhood House volunteers are involved in a range of activities, and projects in the community.

WWNH runs weekly activities including school holiday programs, playgroup for children, art and craft, music and information webinars, health and fitness, and more.
WWNH is also a registered distribution agency for Food Share.  Come and see the volunteering opportunities here!