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Volunteering



Volunteering makes a positive difference in Greater Dandenong – all while having fun, making friends, learning new skills and gaining a sense of achievement.  

Volunteering with the City of Greater Dandenong provides you with an opportunity to share your time, talents and abilities in a supported and professional environment.

By joining our volunteer staff of more than 200 individuals, you can learn new skills and expand your circle of friends while making a valuable contribution to the community.

Council has a host of interesting volunteer roles available including museum tour guides, reading buddies, assisting at festivals and events and much more. 

You’re sure to find something of interest and you can volunteer a little or a lot.
 

How to become a volunteer

Browse the current volunteering opportunities listed below and read about the experiences of some of our volunteers. Download a position description to learn about what the role involves and the commitment it requires. 

If you find a role you like then complete the volunteer application form and return to Council via post, email, fax or in person. 

Volunteer Application Form - 262KB

To find out more about a position (including whether it is vacant) or if you have any questions about volunteering feel free to contact Council.

Please note: Not all positions are available on application.
 

Greater Dandenong Volunteer Resource Service (GDVRS)

The Greater Dandenong Volunteer Resource Service (GDVRS) established in 2015, is a joint initiative between the City of Greater Dandenong and South East Volunteers. South East Volunteers have been supporting communities since 1985 and each year more than 1800 volunteers are placed in over 450 community service organisations.

Operating five days per week, GDVRS offers numerous services including:

  • Connecting locals with volunteering opportunities
  • Helping community organisations to recruit volunteers
  • Providing regular training sessions for volunteers
  • Providing information, training, support and resources to Volunteer Managers and Coordinators.

In order to be COVID-safe, they have suspended all face to face services and are offering volunteers phone or online interviews and training in order to successfully place them with an organisation. Training for Volunteer Managers and Coordinators are currently offered online.

To schedule a time to discuss volunteer opportunities with the GDVRS, please telephone South East Volunteers on 9562 0414.  

Volunteering opportunities

Please note we are not currently recruiting volunteers due to COVID-19. 

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Food Services (Meals on Wheels)

Home Library service

Current volunteering positions:

Home Library Book Delivery Volunteer - 358KB

Supporting our children

Supporting the needs of children and families within the municipality is imperative.  Volunteering at a local play group can provide so much enjoyment.

Current volunteering positions:

Jan Wilson Community Centre Playgroup Assistant - 365KB 

Immunisation Support Volunteer - Infant and Child Sessions - 705KB

Be an ambassador

Be part of the fun and excitement of Council’s festivals and events by becoming a Council Ambassador. Ambassadors provide a warm welcome, information and conduct simple surveys at public events.

Council Ambassador Job Description - 363KB

Support our elderly residents

Volunteers help make the life of our elderly residents more comfortable in a number of ways including delivering meals (see the Food Services (Meals on Wheels) tab above for roles), having a chat or assisting with events at our Planned Activity Programs, delivering library books and more.

Current volunteering positions:

Planned Activity Group - Activities Assistant - 356KB

Planned Activity Group - Lunch Preparation Assistant - 356KB

English Tutor

Assist and encourage participants, who are newly arrived in Australia, to practice and learn basic English in order to enhance their skills and opportunities.

Current volunteering positions:

Conversation Circle - English Tutor - 361KB

Administration

Volunteering for administration and office support jobs may help in gaining a future career in secretarial or receptionist positions or you may already have this experience to support this position within our community.

Current volunteering positions:

Jan Wilson Community Centre Receptionist - 356KB

Youth Roles

Volunteers are needed in a number of roles to help guide and support our local young people.
Volunteer as a tutor for local students through the Reading Buddy program.

If you are a young person aged 12 to 25 years, you can join the Freeza Muso Network and Meltdown Committees and gain skills in event management and run awesome local events for young people.

You can gain skills that will assist you in your future including promotion, bookings acts, sound, lighting, DJing, hospitality and stage management.

More information on Freeza committees

Current volunteering positions:

FReeZA Youth Committee Volunteer - 360KB

Young Leaders Program

Interested in Dandenong’s history?

Cultural Heritage Volunteers

Be part of the history of Greater Dandenong.  Work with artworks and heritage items from the City of Greater Dandenong collection. The City of Greater Dandenong is seeking Digitisation Volunteers to work with the Heritage team to scan documents, prints, paintings, and objects, which are significant to the Greater Dandenong for display online.  Volunteers will work with a small team to learn new skills for digital archiving, scanning, and photography. 

Current volunteering positions:

Art and theatre buffs

Share your love of the arts as a volunteer at Drum Theatre or Walker Street Gallery and Arts Centre.

Current volunteering positions:

Drum Theatre Encore Host Volunteer - 357KB

Gallery Administration and Cultural Events Volunteer - 355KB