Interested in volunteering?

Are you a person that would like to make a positive difference in someone’s life or in your community?

Our volunteers are the most valued members of our organisation. Much of our work could not exist without their contribution. When you volunteer with us, you become part of a team of over 200 volunteers that work locally to support the vulnerable by connecting the elderly, the frail and people with disability to the community.

Our goal is to make volunteering a rewarding experience. Many of our volunteers have worked with us for many years, which is testament to the fact that they enjoy what they do.

Volunteering opportunities are available in a range of services including Gardening, Meals on Wheels, Social Support, Community Transport, Disability Support, the Linen Service and the Community Visitors Scheme. Most services operate weekday mornings. For people who work full time, Easy Care Gardening also operates Saturday mornings and the Community Visitors Scheme allows you to set your own schedule.

As a volunteer you may experience:

  • The feeling of wellbeing that comes from helping others
  • An opportunity to contribute your skills or learn new skills
  • A sense of community and friendship

Principles of volunteering:

  • Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
  • Volunteer work is unpaid
  • Volunteering is always a matter of choice
  • Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
  • Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
  • Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
  • Volunteering is an activity performed in the not-for-profit sector only
  • Volunteering is not a substitute for paid workers
  • Volunteering respects the volunteer’s rights, dignity and culture
  • Volunteers do not replace paid workers, nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
  • Volunteering promotes human rights and equality

Volunteer rights and responsibilities:

Our aim and commitment to volunteers is to ensure that all the participants involved in the volunteering experience enjoy and benefit from their contribution, and that their special role in the organisation is respected and valued.

Volunteer rights:

As a volunteer you have the right:

  • To be treated with respect and without discrimination
  • To be treated as an equal and a valued member of the team
  • To have a written job description with orientation to prepare you for your role
  • To be given sound guidance and support with access to your coordinator
  • To voice any questions or concerns that you may have
  • To work in a healthy and safe work environment
  • To derive job satisfaction
  • To use existing skills and learn new skills
  • To be reimbursed for certain expenses relevant to your role
  • To be covered by Lane Cove & North Side Community Services current insurance policy

Volunteer responsibilities:

As a volunteer you should agree:

  • To be reliable, committed and to understand the value of your work
  • To maintain strict confidentiality in all matters associated with your work
  • To participate in training sessions if appropriate
  • To be open to relevant feedback
  • To accept the limits of your responsibility and adhere to the job description
  • To respect clients and be aware of clients’ rights and responsibilities
  • To exercise Duty of Care at all times
  • To refer any client concerns to your coordinator
  • To give adequate notice before terminating your role

To find out more about volunteering with us, contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 02 9427 6425 or email reception@lanecovenorthside.com.au

Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain