Community volunteering

Volunteering with your community is a great way to build longlasting friendships, grow your skills and engage in a range of wonderful programs. Irregardless of your skills and experience, there's always an opportunity to connect with fellow community members and make a positive difference to your life, and the lives of others.

We welcome you to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others through various volunteering opportunities.

New Locals Inner West app

New Locals Inner West is a smartphone application (app) which has been designed to support and assist people who have recently arrived in Australia and the Inner West on a humanitarian visa and or seeking asylum. Join the team that works to ensure the information in this app is correct and up to date.

For more information:

Visit our New Locals Inner West app page
02 9392 5813

Volunteer at a local community centre

Inner West Council runs a number of programs out of community centres, with volunteers playing a pivotal role in their facilitation. From assisting an individual with their shopping, teaching computer and photography skills, or prepping and delivering meals for frail aged residents, there's a wide range of activities to get involved in. Community centres are a great hub of energy, and a fun place to share memories and meet new friends.

Tom Foster Community Centre

Tom Foster Community Care has a dynamic team of volunteers who work with clients to help maintain an independent lifestyle, improve social opportunities and participate in the community.

For more information about our current opportunities please visit the Seek Volunteer website.

Volunteering roles at Tom Foster include:

Food Services Volunteers

The Meals on Wheels program operates Mondays to Fridays. Deliveries leave the centre in Newtown between 8.00am and 10.45am. Volunteers work in pairs on a run. One volunteer is the driver and the other volunteer takes the meals into the client. Volunteers generally work once a week or once a fortnight.

Social Support Service

The Social Support Service operates Monday to Sunday. Volunteers assist by providing social interaction through a range of activities. This can include home visiting, going out for a coffee, accompanying clients to appointments or personal shopping. Volunteers visit the same client on a regular basis.

Senior’s group volunteers

A Seniors group comes into Tom Foster on Fridays. Volunteers assist by helping with morning tea, lunch and activities. Volunteers also help on monthly outings on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Advantages of volunteering at Tom Foster Community Care include:

  • meeting new people who share common interests and ideas;
  • learning new skills;
  • training and development opportunities;
  • community connection;
  • social events;
  • involvement in the local community; and
  • making a difference.

For more information about our current opportunities please visit the Seek Volunteer website.

For more information:
02 9335 2153

English tutor for the English Conversation Program

Join the supportive team that provide free English classes to community members who would like to improve their English. This volunteer led program greatly improves students skills and confidence in English by teaching the speaking and listening skills needed for everyday situations – making friends, asking for help and connecting with their community. The program also provides a wonderful opportunity for students and volunteers to make new friends and support each other.

  • Every Friday during School Term 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Every Wednesday during School Term 1.00 to 3.00pm

For more information:
02 9392 5813

Help run and support some of our Active and Connected programs like our Table Tennis program and other social activities.

Wednesdays - Ashfield Civic Centre 1:30-4pm
Thursdays- Haberfield library 9:30am-12:30pm

For more information about this program and other opportunities contact:
02 9335 2057

Useful links for volunteering

STARS (Skills Training and Resource Centre)

Inner West Council Partners can help you find the right volunteer role.

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

  • Information about Volunteering
  • Referrals to volunteer vacancies with registered not for profit service providers
  • Training for volunteers
  • Events which bring volunteers together
  • The types of volunteer positions available include
  • Delivering meals for a frail aged person or someone with a disability
  • Being a companion for someone with a mental illness
  • Assisting families with young children
  • Tutoring assistance in Home Work help programs
  • Home visiting and social support for an aged person
  • Working as part of a team to convert gardens to low maintenance and making them easier to manage for the frail aged and people with disabilities
  • Teaching english or providing settlement support for a migrant or refugee
  • Helping to rescue or care for animals
  • Driving a mini bus for seniors outings
  • Providing social support in small or large group settings for frail aged people
  • Working with the Emergency services
  • Office or reception work with a Community Organisation
  • Environmental or conservation work
  • Delivering meals or assisting in their preparation for Day Centre or Meals on Wheels Services for frail aged residents
  • Assisting a frail aged person with their shopping

For more information:

Contact the STARS Recruitment Officer make an appointment to discuss current volunteer vacancies. Appointments can be made at Marrickville Library and Leichhardt Library or at a time or venue that fits in with your schedule, for example in a coffee shop, community centre or other public space.

02 9750 9344
Visit the Stars Volunteering webpage.

Volunteer Network

Volunteer Network is an organisation for people wishing to become actively involved in the local community by assisting them to find voluntary positions which meet their skills, interests and availability. There is a range and variety of volunteer roles to get involved in, across a wide range of services including home and community care, welfare, education and learning, sporting and environmental to name a few.

No matter what you’re interested in and the amount of time you have available – a day, a week, a month and a year – there is a volunteer opportunity to suit you.

The service is based in Burwood, however it operates on a sub-regional basis covering the Local Government Areas of Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield Phone 9911 9855

For more information:

02 9911 9855
Volunteer Network website

Application process

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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