Volunteer

Volunteer

Did you know?

  • Volunteering Australia’s "State of Volunteering in Australia" report found that 93% of volunteers saw positive outcomes as a direct result of their voluntary participation.
  • Volunteering plays a vital role in the development of social cohesion and social connection – both of which help alleviate loneliness.
  • Volunteering provides a pathway to employment through the development of skills, networks and values which are increasingly sought after in professional environments.
  • Volunteering provides an outlet for the exploration and development of personal interests outside of the workplace.

Penrith Volunteer Expo

Council is hosting a FREE expo on Wednesday 25 September from 10am-1pm at the Mondo Community Space near the Penrith Civic Centre, where a range of local community organisations will be showing what they do and how you can get involved in volunteering.

Organisations wishing to exhibit at the Penrith Volunteer Expo can fill in the online registration form.

For more information, contact Claire Galvin by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 8081.

Why volunteer with Council?

Many Council projects and programs that benefit the community would not be possible without the involvement of our exceptional community volunteers. Their support makes many services possible, and helps us maintain very strong community networks. You can join this exceptional group and help others by volunteering occasionally, weekly or monthly.

What do Council volunteers do?

Areas where volunteers work with Council include:

Bushcare

Help protect fragile bushland; preserving natural flora and fauna and removing weeds that can harm our environment. No prior knowledge is needed and all training and equipment is provided. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 8088.

Children's services

Council operates a number of childcare centres including long day care, preschool, occasional care, before and after school care and vacation care. There are opportunities for people to volunteer in the childcare centres in a number of ways, for example, reading, doing art and craft, assisting the children in gardening. For more information, contact Vicki Robertson on4732 8174 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Library

Choose between the Toy Library (Working with Children Check required), Home Library Service (driver's licence required) and Research Services. We also use volunteer Justices of the Peace. For more information, contact Anna Coleman on4732 7863 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community access bus drivers

Council operates 2 community access buses for use by non-profit community organisations, transporting people living in Penrith City. These are a 21 seater automatic Toyota Coaster (seats 20 passengers plus driver) and a wheelchair accessible manual Toyota Coaster (seats 14 plus 2 wheelchair passengers and the driver).
Details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 4732 7837.

Committee members

Council has several committees that manage or assist with community centres and halls, and recreation facilities and services. Neighbourhood Facilities committees manage 5 of Council's Neighbourhood Facilities. The volunteer committees provide friendly customer service and organise the daily running of these centres. Council staff provide ongoing training and support to volunteers.

For details contact:

  • Neighbourhood Facilities: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 7893
  • Recreation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 4732 8092

I want to volunteer! What next?

If you know your availability and want to volunteer in one of the areas mentioned, contact the relevant staff contact listed above or submit the form below.

Your full name (required)

Your date of birth (required)

Gender (required)

Your address (required)

Your suburb (required)

Your postcode (required)

Your phone number (required)

Your email

Which areas are you interested in volunteering in? (please type '1' in the box for your top preference then numbers from 2 through to 5 if there is more than one area you wish to volunteer in):

Bushcare
Children's services
Community access bus driver (license required)
Library
Committee member - please type area/s of interest (community centres and halls; recreational facilities):

I am able to volunteer across any area

If your preferred volunteering options are unavailable can Council contact you about any other opportunities? (required)

Why do you want to volunteer at Penrith City Council? (required)

Please tell us about your relevant skills, interests and work experience (required)

Please list the days and times you are available (required)

Do you speak a language other than English? (required)


If yes, please specify the other languages

Are you aware of any circumstances regarding your health (past or present) that may affect your capacity to volunteer with Council? (required)


If yes, please specify the health circumstances

Please tick the I'm not a robot checkbox below.

By completing this form, you will be providing Council with personal information within the meaning of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. The purpose of Council collecting the personal information is to help Council to identify and assess your application.

We respect your privacy, and any personal information submitted to Penrith City Council will be dealt with according to the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act (1998), Government Information Public Access Act (2009) and the Local Government Act (1993). Council will not use personal information for a purpose other than that for which it is collected.
See Access to Information.

Useful links

For other local volunteering opportunities visit Nepean Volunteer Services Inc or Rowing Down Under.