Volunteering

The City recognises the crucial role volunteers play and has a designated service to assist volunteers and community organisations.

Armadale Volunteer Services (AVS) is an initiative of the City of Armadale supported with funding from the Department of Local Government and Communities. The service was established in 2003 and has more than 200 positions available at over 100 different agencies. AVS is part of a statewide network, promoting the benefits of volunteering and awareness of the opportunities to volunteer throughout the community.

What is Volunteering?

Volunteering is an activity whereby people choose to donate their time and effort without financial gain, by sharing their knowledge, expertise, skills and interests for the benefit and wellbeing of others, themselves or the community.

Why become a Volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to build your work and life skills. It can broaden your horizons and provide opportunities to meet new people. The benefits of volunteering cannot be under estimated. Some of the benefits and opportunities volunteering can offer you include:

  • Learning about your community
  • Having fun and enjoying yourself
  • Being more positive
  • Having a sense of self-worth
  • Trying something different
  • Sharing your knowledge
  • Maintaining your skills
  • Learning new skills
  • Accessing training.

Where can I Volunteer?

Individuals can volunteer their time in areas such as administration, animal welfare, arts, children, disability support, education, emergency services, environment, health, human rights, Indigenous, seniors, sport and recreation. AVS has more than 200 positions available at over 100 different agencies.

If you are available one hour a month or one day a week, short or long term, or would like to know how you can be involved in one-off community events and projects then contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator on 9394 5642 or email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Alternatively you can peruse the many positions available at www.govolunteer.com.au.

Volunteering at the City of Armadale

Volunteers at the City of Armadale are engaged in a variety of roles.

Some of these programs include:

  • Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group
  • Armadale Visitors Centre
  • Birtwistle Local Studies Library
  • Bushcare and Environment Advisory Committee Friends Groups
  • Bushfire Brigades
  • Civic Pride Action Group
  • Drop n Shop (located at the Armadale Landfill and Recycling facility)
  • Events
  • History House Museum
  • RoadWise
  • State Emergency Services.

If you are interested in volunteering in any of these programs, contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator on 9394 5642 or email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Events

Step into Volunteering

Are you interested in volunteering but aren't sure how to get started? There are plenty of opportunities available, something for everyone. Volunteering covers a spectrum of positions including youth work, aged care emergency service and environmental services just to name a few. This free session is a great way to find out about lhe hundreds of positions available for volunteers and to get your foot in lhe door. Find a position which is perfect for you.

Date: Thursday 14 September 
Time: 5.30 - 6.30pm
Venue: Armadale Library
Armadale Central Shopping Centre, Shop 64/10 Orchard Avenue, Armadale
Bookings are essential and can be done online here or by email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Date: Wednesday 18 October
Time: 10 - 11am
Venue: Piara Waters Pavilion
Nicholson Road & Broadway Boulevard, Piara Waters
Bookings are essential and can be done online here or by email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Flyer

Let's Start the Conversation About Cultural Competence

Time: Thursday 2 November, 10am – noon

Venue: Harrisdale Pavilion

In honour of International Volunteer Manager’s day the Cities of Armadale and Gosnells invite volunteer managers to attend 'Let’s Start the Conversation About Cultural Competence'.

During this session the Metropolitan Migrant Resource Centre will assist volunteer managers to gain an understanding of 'Culture and Cultural Competency' and work more effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) clients.

Cultural competence is the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Cultural competence encompasses:

  • Being aware of one’s own world view.
  • Developing positive attitudes towards cultural difference.
  • Gaining knowledge of different cultural practices and world views.
  • Developing skills for communication and interaction across cultures.

The facilitator of this training sesssion has over twenty years experience working with CaLD clients and will facilitate open discussions and an opportunity to share skills, knowledge and issues that you may encounter. Please book for the training here.

Following the training session volunteer managers are welcome to stay for a light lunch in honour of International Volunteer Manager’s day. Please remember to book the lunch when you register.

 

Volunteer Rights and Checklist

Unlike paid staff, volunteers are not covered by awards or workplace agreements. Volunteers however do have rights, some of which are enshrined in legislation and some of which could be considered the moral obligations of an organisation involving volunteers. Volunteering Australia promotes the following as the basic rights of a volunteer.

Volunteer rights and checklist

Community Organisations

Do you need Volunteers?

Armadale Volunteer Services will recruit and refer volunteers free of charge. We would like to invite your organisation to take advantage of the benefits that Armadale Volunteer Services can offer:

  • Registration of your organisations volunteer positions on our database and subsequently promoted on www.seek.com.au and www.govolunteer.com.au.
  • Referral of prospective volunteers.
  • Assistance with recruitment of volunteers.
  • Access to information on training and grant opportunities.

Quarterly our members are invited to attend networking sessions to discuss a myriad of volunteering issues including:

  • Volunteer Management
  • Promoting Volunteering
  • Recognising Volunteering
  • Encouraging Best Practice

Membership is free. There are no fees attached to Armadale Volunteer Services, however to register you must be a not for profit organisation and provide a current copy of Certificate of Currency stating Public Liability Cover and Volunteer Personal Accident Cover.

We do not conduct reference checks or police checks, and we strongly urge organisations to undertake these where necessary. As always, the decision to accept a volunteer rests with you.

Contact the City’s Volunteer Service Coordinator today to receive a membership package. Call 9394 5642 or email volunteering@armadale.wa.gov.au.

Active Clubs

The Active Clubs Program is the City of Armadale's Club Development program which supports sporting clubs within the City of Armadale. The program exists to support clubs with administrative processes and offers a wealth of information including how to conduct committee meetings, serving your sponsor and managing your club volunteers.

For more information contact the City's Club Development Officer on 9394 5642.

Useful Links

GoVolunteer

Department of Local Government and Communities

Volunteering WA

Volunteering Australia

Our Community

Contact Form

Use this form to make further enquiries about volunteering opportunities in your community. Alternatively, you can peruse the many opportunities available at www.govolunteer.com.au.
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