2022 South West Volunteer Expo
Want to give back to your community? Have time to spare? Keen to meet new people? Then volunteering could be for you!
The South West Volunteer Expo showcases the work of our region’s leading volunteer groups.
The Expo will be held on Saturday August 20 from 10am - 2pm at the Emmanuel Centre on Botanic Road.
Find out which groups might be a good fit for you, many are on the lookout for new members.
So if you’ve been thinking of giving some time to a worthy cause, or are keen to join a community group, head along to the Volunteer Expo.
Admission is FREE and there’ll be face painting, giveaways, coffee van and BBQ available and live performances.
“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. It is an invaluable contribution that helps grow pride and confidence in our city by the sea every year.
Are you thinking about joining a great team in making a difference, giving back or just for 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
- Meet new people & build Community
- Gain knowledge & understanding of other ways of life
- Gain a sense of Purpose
- Boost Self-Esteem
- Advance your Career by improving Job Prospects
- Reap the Health Benefits of volunteering by staying activity
- Increase your Brain Function
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 connected social.
It’s a space where you can continue learning new things, developing and sharing skills, or re-engaging with interests.
Volunteer Roles Available within Archie Graham Community Centre will be available soon
AquaZone leisure centre includes aquatics, gym, and group fitness facilities. People of all ages visit AquaZone for a number of reasons including, rehabilitation, health, fitness and socialisation.
Catering to a wide range of individuals needs programs include wet and dry group fitness of high and low intensity, learn to swim, and tailored gym programs.
AquaZone aims to assist in increasing activity for all community members.
Volunteer Roles Available within Aqua Zone will be available soon
As a Visitor Information Centre Volunteer, you will welcome visitors & share information about attractions, accommodation, and the many hospitality, entertainment, leisure & retail experiences available in Warrnambool & surrounds.
Use your local knowledge to promote Warrnambool, answer visitors’ questions & provide them with directions.
If you want to share the best of Warrnambool with people from all over the world, this volunteer role is for you.
I am Warrnambool – Volunteer positions available now. To apply or learn more please fill out the expression of interest form located at the top of this page
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.
Flagstaff Hill – Volunteer positions available now. To apply or learn more please fill out the expression of interest form located at the top of this page
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.
Meals on Wheels – Volunteer positions available now. To apply or learn more please fill out the expression of interestform located at the top of this page
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.
Volunteer Roles Available within Lighthouse Theatre will be available soon
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.
Volunteer Roles Available within Warrnambool Art Gallery will be available soon
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.
Volunteer Roles Available within Gardens for Wildlife Victoria will be available soon
Out & About Bus Program
Helping people participate and stay connected to the community. A friendly social group, offering an opportunity to meet new people and develop friendships in a relaxed, supported environment. Each weekday 10 am – 3 pm. Clients transported via the Out & About Bus.
Café Style Support Program
Support Program providing social support to individuals in a friendly and comfortable space. Once a month with morning tea/lunch. Activities include reminiscing sessions, themed events and guest speakers. The café runs in Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland & Camperdown.
Meeting weekly, they visit a variety of places and community events together. This group provides an opportunity for men to enjoy each other's company and make friends. Thursday 10 am - 3 pm. Clients can catch the Out & About bus.
Vision Group – Centre Based
Based at Archie Graham Community Centre, it offers physical activity, good nutrition, cognitive and intellectual stimulation in a safe environment for visually impaired. They are regularly involved in new and exciting experiences. Monday's 10 am – 2.30 pm morning tea/lunch included in the fee.
Volunteer Roles Available within Social Support will be available soon
For other volunteer opportunities visit Connect Warrnambool