Volunteering in Yarra

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We provide various types of support and opportunities for volunteers and volunteer organisations throughout Yarra, such as skills development, awards and events, networking, grants, discounted venue hire and partnerships with community organisations.

L2P Learner Driver Mentor Program

Yarra Youth Services offer volunteer supervising driver opportunities through their L2P – Learner Driver Mentor Program.

Neighbourhood House Programs

Yarra’s Neighbourhood Houses provide a range of programs and activities specifically for their local communities. Volunteer opportunities regularly become available, contact the centres directly.

Yarra Volunteer Leaders Network

Founded in November 2018, the Yarra Volunteer Leaders Network (YVLN) is a support group for people with an interest in volunteerism in the Yarra municipality. The network aims to create an inviting and open forum based on sharing and mutual respect.

The key objectives of the network is to:

  • Connect and network with other people with an interest in supporting volunteering
  • Collaborate on joint initiatives
  • Provide professional development opportunities
  • Share learnings and resources
  • Promote volunteering and advocate for volunteers rights
  • Engage with the community, and
  • Plan more sustainable and systematic volunteering practices. 

Meetings are held quarterly at the Richmond Town Hall and membership is open to anyone with an interest in supporting and strengthening volunteering in the City of Yarra.

This may include Managers/Coordinators of volunteers or organisations wanting to start a new volunteer initiative.

For more information contact the Community Partnerships Project Officer on 9205 5555. 

Free skills training for volunteers and community groups

Sharpen your skills by joining our free community training program. Different sessions are run throughout the year to support volunteers, people who manage volunteers, members of committees, not-for profit and community organisations in Yarra to help them run as effectively as possible. 

This is a great opportunity for people involved in local community organisations to seek advice and information about how to apply for grants, managing relationships, project management and media strategies.

We are now taking bookings for the following sessions:

Building partnerships and networks
Child Safety Training
Leading Your Team
Evaluating your project/program
Writing a good report
Building a culturally competent organisation
Grant writing

 All training sessions are free, you can attend one session or come to them all. Find out more and register for a session.

Volunteer resources

Find resources available to volunteers and volunteer organisations.

Volunteering Australia is the national peak body for volunteering, working to advance volunteering in the community.

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focussing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering.

Our Community is a world-leading social enterprise that provides advice and tools for Australia's 600,000 not-for-profit community groups, state, private and independent schools, as well as practical links between the community sector and the general public, business and government.

Victorian volunteering portal is an online community and information resource for Victorian volunteers and volunteering organisations.

Go Volunteer allows you to search online for volunteering opportunities.

Vollie is an online marketplace that connects talented people to non-profits, charities and social enterprises for skills-based online volunteering.

Volunteer Match helps people from across Australia match their skills from industries such as IT, hospitality, design, accounting, law and sales to a relevant and rewarding volunteer role.

JusticeConnect provides legal advice, information and training for not-for-profit organisations through their law program. They work to reduce red tape and improve the legal framework for community organisations.

Not-for-profit information allows you to browse a range of helpful publications and resources, supporting the Victorian not-for-profit community sector to strengthen capacity, governance and sustainability.

Pro Bono Australia provides an online hub for people who want to know more about the national community sector.

HelpOUT is Volunteering Victoria's service targeted at spontaneous emergency volunteers. It operates operates year-round and registers interested volunteers, linking them to organisations working in disaster-affected communities.

Goodcompany fosters corporate and skilled volunteering.

Creative Partnerships Australia for arts organisations.

Seek Volunteering lists volunteering opportunities including in an emergency.

Leadership Victoria now includes the GreatConnections program. 

Volunteer grants

We provide a range of community grants as well as discounted hire of Council venues to not-for-profit community groups who operate in Yarra.

Volunteer Grants of funding between $1,000 and $5,000 to help not-for-profit organisations are also available through federal government.

Yarra Volunteer Strategy

We value volunteerism in our municipality and are therefore developing a volunteer strategy for the City of Yarra, which is a key initiative of the Council Plan 2017-2021. 

We are currently collating your feedback and developing a draft strategy which will be out for public exhibition in May this year, to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

Find out more about volunteering in Yarra

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