Volunteering gives you the opportunity to contribute to your community, develop new skills, expand your interests, meet new people, and participate in fulfilling activities.
For more information on any of our volunteer programs contact our Volunteer Program Coordinator on 9839 6244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blacktown City Council values the contribution volunteers make to the community and provides the following opportunities:
Your local community garden is a wonderful space to make new friends and learn about sustainable living by participating in a productive organic garden. We have gardens located in Seven Hills, Bungarribee, Blacktown Showground and Lethbridge Park. Information about volunteering in the community garden program is available on the community gardens page.
Blacktown has a range of bushland reserves, many of which contain endangered ecological vegetation communities and regionally significant plant species. Council and our community have been working together for several years to improve the condition of our local bushland through the implementation of current bush regeneration and re-vegetation techniques.
Extra volunteers are always welcome to join in on the regeneration activities with a bushcare group.
If you are interested in getting involved contact Council’s Bushcare team 9839 6074 to find details of your local group.
Information is available on the Bushcare page.
Animal Holding Facility
Volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of the animals at the Blacktown Animal Holding Facility. Volunteers contribute to a positive experience by ensuring animals are happy and well socialised which improves their chances for adoption.
Volunteer roles include:
- Basic training
- Assisting with events
- Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
- Able to commit regularly for a minimum of 6 months.
- Confident being hands on with animals
9.00am – 12.30pm Monday – Saturday (prior arrangement to volunteer at AHF outside these hours may be arranged with AHF volunteer coordinator
The Animal Holding Facility can also cater for corporate volunteering days providing an enjoyable day for your employees where they can spend quality time with the animals in a team environment . Volunteers are an important part of the animal holding facility activities and assist in the care of the animals such as walking and washing the dogs, socialising cats and dogs.
Information is available on the animal services page.
Do you have a passion for the Arts?
Become more involved in the arts and cultural life of Blacktown by becoming an arts centre volunteer.Assist visitors with information about the exhibits and latest program and share your passion!
Information is available on Blacktown Arts Centre page
Council’s libraries have a number of volunteer programs including:
- Life Stories volunteers - interview local residents and help us build a collection of their memories of Blacktown
- Coding Club facilitators - teach young people how to code
- Event crew members - we require a team of photographers, videographers, ushers and button badge makers at our youth events throughout the year.
- Beginner Computer Tutor - assist people at Lalor Park library to learn computer skills - NO Vacancies
- English Conversation - volunteers must hold appropriate qualifications in teaching English.
Information is available on Libraries page.
Justice of the Peace
If you are a certified Justice of the Peace appointed in New South Wales under the Justices of the Peace Act 2002 you may be interested in assisting the community by volunteering at Max Webber Library, Mount Druitt Hub, or Denis Johnson Library.
Adopt a park
This is a 2 year trial program encouraging community members to volunteer at their favourite park to achieve cleaner, greener parks and increase community pride. Individuals, families, groups, clubs or businesses can participate in litter reduction, park beautification and community education activities.
Information is available on the Adopt a Park page.
This is a pilot volunteer program for one half day (Wednesday) per week. Be involved in a range of nursery activities including propagating plants from seeds or cuttings, assist with the potting up of plants and general plant care activities. Gain valuable knowledge and experience about native and exotic plants and the methods for growing each species.
Information is available on Council’s nursery page.
Bicycle Recycling - NO CURRENT VACANCIES
Due to its popularity the bicycle recycling volunteer program has enough volunteers.
Unwanted bicycles are donated by community members. The volunteers repair the bicycles which are given away at community festivals and other local events. 700 bicycles have been given away since the program began in 2008.
The program aims to reduce useful objects going to landfill, and to provide opportunities for exercise and recreation for young people in the local area.
Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre
Due to its popularity Blacktown Visitor Information & Heritage Centre has enough volunteers.
The centre is an accredited Visitor Information Centre and offers a range of resources and information about Blacktown City’s attractions and events to both the visiting and local community. It has exhibitions on the area’s history and conducts educational programs for local schools. Volunteers assist visitors.
Information is available on Blacktown Visitor Information and Heritage Centre website.
Volunteer Graffiti Removal Program
We can provide residents and groups with free graffiti removal materials and a trailer to tackle graffiti in our neighbourhoods. Speak to Council’s Coordinator Graffiti Removal on 9839 6000 or check out the webpage.
Friends of St Bartholomew's
Council supports Friends of St Bartholomew’s. Historic St Bartholomew’s Church at Prospect is a must for history enthusiasts. The surrounding cemetery contains the grave of Australian colonial explorer William Lawson who, with William Wentworth and Gregory Blaxland, were the first Europeans to find a way across the Blue Mountains in 1813.
Assist with the preservation, restoration and use of St Bartholomew’s Church and Cemetery. People who have descendents at the cemetery are encouraged to become volunteers.
To find out how to get involved phone the Secretary on 9622 8309 or contact Blacktown City Council 9839 6000.
Information is available on St Bartholomew’s page.
If you would like to register your interest in volunteering fill in the volunteer registration of Interest form.
For more information about volunteering with Blacktown City Council contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 9839 6244 or email email@example.com
You may find these websites useful in finding other volunteering opportunities:
Pro Bono Australia
The Centre for Volunteering