Volunteering in Yarra


We provide various types of support and opportunities for volunteers and volunteer organisations throughout Yarra.

This includes: skills development, awards and events, networking, grants, discounted venue hire and partnerships with community organisations.

The benefits of volunteering

Volunteering positively contributes to organisations and groups that rely on the help of others, and brings advantages the recipients of a service.

There are also many social, cultural and health and wellbeing benefits for the individual who willing volunteers their time to a good cause. See here for a few of those benefits.

We put together a podcast for Mental Health Week on 'why volunteering is good for you'. Have a listen here. 

Volunteering during the pandemic (COVID-19)

Council appreciates the generosity from residents wanting to help out during the pandemic period. 

We continue to follow government advice to protect the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and residents and are working closely with Yarra's community organisations as they re-start their volunteer involving programs.

If you are currently looking to volunteer or seeking volunteers you can register with We Volunteer which was specifically set up to match people with roles for COVID-19 recovery. You can also check out our and Community Kindness Directory for other ideas and resources on how to help out during this period. There are lots of helpful resources relevant to volunteering during COVID-19 for volunteers and people who manage volunteers on the Volunteering Victoria website

Yarra Volunteer Leaders Network

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 and membership is open to people who manage volunteers or organisations wanting to start a new volunteer initiative in the City of Yarra.

For more information contact the Community Development Officer at volunteer@yarracity.vic.gov.au 

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.

All training sessions are free, you can attend one session or come to them all. 

See here for the 2021 training schedule.

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. 

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

Work experience and student placements

Council offers work experience as well as placements for tertiary students currently engaged in Australian educational institutions to gain practical work experience, jump over to the Careers webpage for more information. For secondary school students looking for work experience opportunities, visit the Youth Service webpage. 

Yarra Volunteer Strategy

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

We spoke to the community and local organisations about volunteering in Yarra to find out how council can better support the local sector. We received more than 350 responses, thank you to all those who contributed.

The Yarra Volunteer Strategy 2019-2023 (PDF, 2.5MB) and Action Plan was adopted by Council in September 2019.

Volunteer resources

Find resources available to volunteers and volunteer organisations.

Go Volunteer allows you to search online for volunteering opportunities.

Seek Volunteering lists volunteering opportunities including in an emergency.

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

Sixty and me a resource guide with links and helpful suggestions for seniors looking for volunteering opportunities.

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.

We Volunteer was set up as a volunteer registration platform to respond to provide emergency recovery such as COVID-19.

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.

Australian Volunteers  provides opportunities for all kinds of volunteer work in 26 countries across the Indo-Pacific region. 

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

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

Victorian State Government Volunteering is an online community and information resource for Victorian volunteers and volunteering organisations.

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.

Goodcompany fosters corporate and skilled volunteering.

Corporate Volunteering tools to develop a corporate volunteering program.   

Community Directory

Visit here for the community directory.

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