Volunteering is a great way to build your work and life skills. It can broaden your horizons and provide opportunities to meet new people.
Just some of the benefits 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.
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)
- History House Museum
- State Emergency Services.
Volunteering opportunities include administration, animal welfare, arts, disability support, education, emergency services, environment, health, human rights, aged care, children's services and sport and recreation.
Armadale Volunteer Services has more than 150 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, please contact Armadale Volunteer Service (see below).
Armadale Volunteer Services is an initiative of the City of Armadale supported with funding from the State Government.
Our service provides:
- A free referral service for people wanting to volunteer
- A free support service for community groups wishing to engage volunteers
- A range of activities that promote the many benefits of volunteering.
- Training Opportunities for Volunteers and Volunteer Managers.
A free online Workshop - Taming Stress and Anxiety is available to volunteers who live or volunteer in the City of Armadale both currently and/or in the past 12 months, and volunteer managers from organisations who service the City.
This fun and interactive online workshop will provide:
- an understanding of how our minds respond to stress
- a range of simple and accessible tools to build your personal resilience and maintain wellbeing.
Date: Wednesday 20 May
Time: 10am – noon
RSVP: Registrations close 14 May 2020
Register via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/taming-stress-and-anxiety-registration-103105864416 or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Armadale Volunteer Service on 9394 5629.
You could also try Volunteering WA.
Many community groups will advertise in the local paper. This may be through Public Notices at the back of the paper or in the editorial section.
Step into volunteering sessions
Armadale Volunteer Services frequently holds information sessions for people wanting to volunteer but not sure how to get started. These sessions are advertised on this website (visit the What's On section).
If you are interested in a specific cause or organisation, you might like to search the web for groups that meet your values in your desired area of volunteering.
Many organisations have online portals on their web pages where you can request further information about volunteering for them.
Refer to the Step into volunteering booklet below to find out about your volunteering rights and responsibilities.
Also, when volunteering for an organisation, it's important to always ask about insurance – Public Liability, Volunteer Personal Accident and Professional Indemnity insurance.
Armadale Volunteer Services (AVS) provides a free service for community organisations looking for volunteers.
- Registration of your organisation's volunteer positions on our database
- Subsequent promotion of position on Seek and Go Volunteer
- Referral of prospective volunteers
- Assistance with recruitment of volunteers
- Access to information on training and grant opportunities.
Half yearly, our members are invited to attend networking sessions to discuss:
- Volunteer management
- Promoting volunteering
- Recognising volunteering
- Encouraging best practice.
Membership is free.
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 Armadale Volunteer Service today to find out more (see below).