Volunteer Inner West

Be the change you want to see in the world!

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, share your skills, gain work experience and help build a vibrant, connected, equitable community. Regardless of your skills and experience, there's always an opportunity to make a positive difference to your life, and the lives of others.

There are more community volunteering opportunities in the Inner West than you might think. Some might be one-off opportunities, others might be ongoing, but there is something for everyone.

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STARS

Need more help to find the right volunteer role for you? Contact STARS (Skills Training and Resource Centre).

STARS assists people to find voluntary positions which meet their skills, interests and availability.

For more information contact the STARS Recruitment Officer to make an appointment to discuss current volunteer vacancies:

Or visit the STARS volunteering webpage

New blood donation centre in Marrickville

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood are opening a brand-new blood donation centre in Marrickville on 28 October 2022. Located just across from Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre, it will be open 7 days a week.

Just one hour of your time could mean a lifetime to someone else.

Visit the Lifeblood Marrickville page to make a booking or find more information.

More information and links

Benefits of volunteering

Inner West community organisations highly value and rely on their volunteer workforce. Many of their important services wouldn’t be available if it wasn’t for the vital contribution of volunteers.

In addition to helping others, volunteers gain significant benefits from volunteering. Volunteers report more satisfaction with their lives than people who do not volunteer and benefit from the knowledge, community connections and skills they develop while volunteering (Volunteering Australia Key Statistics 2021).

  • 68% of volunteers agree that volunteering “has made me feel physically healthier”
  • 92% say that it “enriches my sense of purpose in life”
  • 89% say it “has improved my sense of well-being”
  • 73% say it “lowers my stress levels”
  • 96% say it “makes people happier”
  • 77% say it “improves emotional health”
  • 78% say it helps with recovery “from loss and disappointment”.

Volunteers have less trouble sleeping, less anxiety, less helplessness and hopelessness; better friendships and social networks, and sense of control over chronic conditions. (Stephen Post, Professor of Preventative Medicine at Stony Brook University, New York, research on the personal benefits of volunteering and giving, It's Good to be Good).

Inclusive Volunteering Pathways to Employment Program

The Inclusive Volunteering Pathways to Employment Program can support people living with disability or on a mental health recovery journey to volunteer.

The Inclusive Volunteering Pathways to Employment Program helps to reduce and remove barriers to volunteering and employment for people living with disability or on a mental health recovery journey.

Run by the NSW Centre for Volunteering the Program supports participants to engage in volunteering as a pathway to employment. The Program also works with organisations to help them become more inclusive as they involve people of all abilities and backgrounds in their workplaces.

For more information contact The Centre for Volunteering.
02 9261 3600 or Inclusive-Volunteering-Program@volunteering.com.au

Working with Children Checks

Volunteering roles that have direct contact with children will need a Working with Children Check clearance obtained for free.

Apply for a Working with Children check on the NSW Service website

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Page last updated: 26 Sep 2022