Council has many opportunities for people wishing to be involved in some form of community activity.  Volunteers provide a wide range of valuable services in Willoughby's social, environmental and cultural well-being.

Some of the areas in which Council enlists the assistance of volunteers include:

Apply to be a Council Volunteer


Benefits of volunteering

We spoke to our volunteers and asked them about their experience of volunteering for Council. Watch the video below to hear their stories.

Duke of Edinburgh - opportunities for students

Council welcomes Duke of Edinburgh volunteers, and has a limited number of opportunities for students completing the Award including:

Local Bushcare Groups  Volunteers under 15 years must be accompanied by an adult 
Library Limited after-school opportunities. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old to apply.


Thinking about applying to do your Duke of Edinburgh service? Read Ally and Sophia's inspiring story about their experience at the Market Garden Park to get you motivated.

Volunteer with other community organisations

There are many community groups and organisations that may offer a range of local volunteering opportunities.

Please note: the organisations advertising volunteering opportunities below are not affiliated with Council. Please contact each organisation directly for more information.

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney is a not for profit organisation that relies greatly on the generosity and support from our community.  Your generosity is vital to our survival and the survival of many community members in crisis.

There are many ways you could volunteer your time to make a difference in the lives of others:

  • Assist with our book fairs and other fundraising events
  • Become a Community Aid Volunteer
  • Volunteer at one of our Retail Shops.

For further information on how to help or be involved, phone 02 9498 8805 or email volunteer@lifelineh2h.org.au.

Become a Community Crew Volunteer. Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury Sydney is currently looking for a team of Community Crew volunteers who can help promote, support and participate at events to help generate awareness around the services Lifeline H2HS offers within the community. 

If you'd like more information about volunteering with us, please email ce@lifelineh2h.org.au.

Justice Advocacy Service

The Justice Advocacy Service are seeking Court Support Volunteers. 

What does a JAS volunteer do?

  • Supports a person who has cognitive impairment when they go to court
  • Helps the person understand their rights and court outcomes
  • Facilitates communication with stakeholders like Solicitors and Court staff
  • Provides emotional support to JAS clients on what can be a stressful day of court

The JAS is a program of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS). IDRS provides free services for people with cognitive impairment across NSW providing help with legal problems. They work alongside people with cognitive impairment to promote and protect their rights. More information and direct applications can be found on the IDRS website.

Volunteers must be flexible and have availability 9am - 5pm during weekdays. Volunteers will receive comprehensive training enabling them to effectively support clients with Cognitive Impairment. Potential volunteers will possess a tolerant and empathetic manner, developed and effective communication and listening skills, along with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and boundaries.

This is a long-term volunteering position requiring a minimum commitment of 6 months. IDRS is a Centrelink approved organisation. All volunteering takes place within COVID safe guidelines. Please contact 1300 665 908 for more information.

Other opportunities

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