Volunteering

Camden Council’s priority is the health and safety of our volunteers, some of our volunteer programs have been postponed until further notice as a precautionary measure.

At this time Council's Bushcare Program is operational. 

We will continue to review and monitor the situation and will provide further advice as it becomes available.


 

Volunteering in your local community

Volunteers are the backbone of our community, often contributing countless hours. Their dedication, service and commitment are priceless. By volunteering your time, you’ll get to know your local community better and have the chance to make great connections along the way. Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills and find new projects you can get passionate about.

Why volunteer with Camden Council?

Our Camden community is rapidly growing. As our community grows, so too do the opportunities to give back and help your neighbour. When you volunteer with us here at Camden Council, you work with us to improve the lives of Camden Council residents. We value and appreciate all our volunteer staff.  At Council, we aim to support our volunteers, we recognise their hard work and the contributions they make.

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Local Volunteering Opportunities

 Volunteering strengthens community connections and provides meaning, satisfaction and purpose, it promotes many benefits for both individuals and communities. Camden Council is committed to strengthening volunteering within the community and understands the impact  it plays in building resilient communities. 

Please see below for local volunteering opportunities that may interest you. 

 

National Volunteer Week 2022

National Volunteer Week is Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteers and their important contribution to our communities. This year's theme is Better Together.

There are so many wonderful examples of volunteers within our community. To find out more, please see below. 

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BUSHCARE PROGRAM

“Camden Council’s Bushcare Volunteers are passionate, committed and hard working. The Bushcare Program is a wonderful example of community volunteers working with Council to protect and enhance the local bushland. Camden Council is fortunate to have such an active and committed group of volunteers who donate their time on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. As a result of our Bushcare volunteers’ hard work, Camden’s bushland reserves are stronger and healthier. In addition, the Bushcare Program helps to provide opportunities for community participation while also building community knowledge and understanding. Camden’s Bushcare Program is a true example of this year’s National Volunteer Week theme “Better Together”.


 

Hear From Youth Volunteer and the 2022 Camden Council Young Citizen of the Year

My name is Alana Bailey. In my spare time I play hockey, read, and spend time with my friends and family. I've been volunteering with Camden council for 5 years. My role within the community is as a member of the Camden Youth Council, and I am the 2022 Camden Council Young Citizen of the Year.

What does volunteering mean to you?

Volunteering to me is an opportunity to give back to the community and to help young people in the community with anything they may be struggling with. I want to be able to provide them with the services and support that they might need to help them face the things in their lives that may be worrying them. The social aspect of volunteering is also great for counteracting stress, worry, and anxiety. Volunteering improves self-esteem because you know that you are doing good for others in the community who may be struggling as well as providing a natural sense of accomplishment.

What are some Volunteering highlights?

I think that the Camden Youth Council has achieved a lot of great things around the involvement of young people. Camden Council hosts a range of activities yearly (with the exception of covid) for different events. These include Youth Week, which is a week-long celebration held in early April each year that is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across the state. The Youth Multicultural Festival that was held in 2019, was a fantastic initiative. It aimed to bring young people together to witness and take part in the different cultures of Camden. The Festival also hosted other great activities that were aimed at young people, to involve them in the community and give them a sense of belonging. Community engagement is really important for young people because it can boost self esteem and self confidence, while also giving them the tools that they need to overcome challenges, communicate effectively, and build their support networks. Without these support networks and important cognitive tools, young people may find it difficult to voice problems or opinions that they may have. This could lead them to feel like they are not able to engage in community activities or things that interest them and make them feel happy and safe.


 

Camden Access Reference Group 

Our Camden Access Reference Group volunteers work proactively and in partnership with Council and other community organisations/services to raise awareness and address access and inclusion issues of concern across the Camden area through a consultative, collaborative and action-orientated approach.

Volunteers work towards making our Camden community a more accessible and inclusive place to live, work, study and visit by supporting Council in building accessible and inclusive communities. Reducing intolerance, recognising and supporting all abilities. Finding opportunities for our communities to work together and providing access and inclusion feedback on Council activities. 

How to get started?

  1. Read through the Volunteer with Us section to see what opportunities we offer at Council.  
  2. Once you have found the role that’s right for you, go to our Volunteer Vacancies page. Be sure to fill out an Expression of Interest form and our Volunteer Program Coordinator will get in contact with you.
  3. If you are not sure and would like more information, please contact the Volunteer Program Coordinator on 02 4654 777, or 0418 958 752. Alternatively you may email your enquiry to volunteers@camden.nsw.gov.au
  4. If you are unable to find an opportunity with Council that suits your lifestyle, please read through the More Information section to explore other volunteering opportunities.

What to expect?

  • Have a chat with our Volunteer Program Coordinator

Once you have found a volunteer role that interests you at Council, the Volunteer Program Coordinator will get in contact to arrange an initial phone interview. This meeting is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions and find out more about the volunteering position and the requirements of the role.

  • Getting to know your Volunteer Supervisor

This step gives you the opportunity to attend a meeting/interview with your volunteer supervisor. It’s a great way to be introduced to your volunteer workplace, get a feel for what your role will look like and ask your supervisor any questions.

  • Your Registration Pack

Most volunteer positions require you to complete paperwork prior to commencing your role. Your registration pack ensures you are aware of your rights and responsibilities in your volunteer role with Council. It provides Council with information about you so that we can keep you informed and safe in your volunteer role with us.

  • Induction and Training 

Prior to commencing volunteering with Council, you will receive inductions and training suitable to your role. This will usually include work health and safety training; code of conduct training; volunteer handbook training; an onsite induction; and any other training relevant to your position.

  • Other pre-volunteering requirements 

Many organisations require you to complete pre-volunteer checks such as criminal record checks; Working with Children checks or health checks prior to commencing your volunteering role. While this may seem unusual, these checks are required for legal and insurance purposes. They protect volunteers, organisations and members of the community. They are a great way to ensure that everyone volunteering is honest and suitable for their volunteering role.

  • Ongoing Support and Recognition  

As a Council volunteer, you will be given clear direction about who to contact if you come across any issues with your volunteering role. We will support you and provide ongoing training as part of your position. At Council, we value and appreciate all the hard work our volunteers do. We actively promote and encourage volunteer recognition and look for ways to say "Thank You!"

Volunteering with us

Bushcare Program