Volunteering

We're always on the lookout for helping hands to volunteer in a range of engaging, interesting and important roles. 

Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem. When you are doing something good for someone else and your community, you get a real sense of accomplishment.  

Volunteering is a great way to become active in the local community and make a significant difference in someone's life.

Our volunteer service can match you with a role that suits your skills and interests.

Help out a neighbour in need

Do you have an elderly neighbour or live near someone with a disability who may need assistance?

There are lots you can do to reach out - small acts of kindness can make a huge difference in someone's life. Here are some ideas:

  • Introduce yourself to them and have a chat.
  • Offer to take out and bring in their rubbish bins.
  • Do they have pets? Maybe you could offer to walk their dog occasionally.
  • Water their plants or offer to mow their lawn.
  • Assist with odd jobs.

Ku-ring-gai Hornsby Volunteer Service

Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your community in a meaningful way and make a significant difference in the lives of others.  It's also a great way to keep you healthy and happy.

We offer a range of volunteer opportunities and can match you with a role that suits your skills, time and interests.

Enquiries

Phone 9424 0970 or email us.

Register your interest

If any of our volunteer opportunities are of interest, fill out the expression of interest form to register for volunteer work.

Register for volunteer work

Meals on Wheels

We need drivers to deliver meals to frail elderly people on weekdays for a few hours once a month.

Register your interest above or call Meals on Wheels at Turramurra on 9144 2044 or Hornsby on 9482 2088.

Easy Care gardening

Do you love the outdoors? We need volunteers to help in small friendly teams to create low-maintenance gardens for frail elderly people living in the community.

Register your interest above or call the Volunteer Coordinator on 9983 1644.

Neighbourhood aid

Help a frail older person stay independent. We need drivers to provide transport to appointments and shopping, and volunteers for social visits. You can do this in the evenings or at weekends in the Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby areas.

Register your interest above or call Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre on 9988 4966, or Lifeline Community Aid on 9498 5882.

Day Centre Assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist with activities and to socialise with participants in aged care centres in Wahroonga, North Turramurra and Waitara. Some of these activities are run specifically for dementia patients.

Register your interest above or call Waitara on 0423 755 001, Wahroonga on 0447 914 983 and North Turramurra on 9488 1070.

 

Volunteer opportunities for young people

Ku-ring-gai youth leadership development

We are reviewing our approach to delivering leadership development programs for young people. It is important young people can have their say and develop in their capability to inspire and influence positive change.

Previously we have achieved these aims through Youth Council structures that engaged particular groups of young people. In the future, we hope to work with a wider cohort of young people through the use of social media and other technologies.

So if you're 12 to 24 years of age and live, work or study in Ku-ring-gai, we would love to hear from you.

  • Tell us your thoughts on local issues.
  • What’s important to you.

Enquiries

Call Youth Services Team on 9424 0837 or email us.

 

Timebanking

Timebanking is a community program that allows the voluntary exchange of services between members of a local Timebanking group. You earn credits for sharing your time, then trade these credits for services offered by another member.

Everyone can be part of Timebanking as everyone has something to give.

Timebanking can help build a network of support within your community by creating connections through sharing skills.  

Local communities have their own members’ webpage where they register offers and requests, and can access the offers, or provide the services on this list.

How can I join?

There is a Ku-ring-gai membership page on the Timebanking website. Go to the "Join" page to fill in the online membership form, selecting your nearest group from the "Community" drop-down list.  

Enquiries

Call Robin Hall on 9424 0970 or email us.

 

Volunteer for nature

We have over 700 volunteers working to regenerate and preserve our beautiful bushland and care for community land in Ku-ring-gai. Volunteers include individuals, families, community and corporate groups of all skill levels and experience. 

Get involved

Contact Environmental Volunteering Programs Officer on 9424 0811 or email.

Here is how to register for any of our volunteer programs:

Apply to volunteer for nature

Our programs

Bushcare

Bushcare volunteers meet regularly, usually once a month for 2 to 3 hours. Council provides equipment and on-site support, including hands-on training, Work Health & Safety information, weeding techniques, plant ID and site management. The Ku-ring-gai Bushcare Association committee meets once a month to discuss key issues.

Parkcare

Parkcare volunteers work on local parkland and foster community stewardship of these areas. Volunteers assist with planting, weeding, minor landscaping works and the placement of wildlife nesting boxes.

Streetcare

Streetcare builds on what is already happening informally as many residents maintain street verges. This is a great way to improve your streetscape and enhance community spirit. Join an existing group or start your own.

Trailcare

Trailcare volunteers work on tracks and trails to assist with maintenance and community stewardship of these areas. They assist with trail maintenance, rock-armoring, trail auditing, rubbish removal, weeding, minor landscaping works and some sediment and erosion control. 

Corporate volunteering

Environmental volunteering provides an opportunity to develop staff skills, build teams and support important conservation work. The day can be arranged to suit your company’s time and budget requirements. No experience required.

Community gardens

Find out more about growing your own food and socialising with like-minded people at our two community gardens in Turramurra and West Pymble. Both are looking for new members of all ages and backgrounds.

Eastern pygmy possum

The Eastern Pygmy-possum Program is part of Council’s biodiversity monitoring program. Our Natural Areas Team conduct surveys in collaboration with volunteers to monitor the distribution, abundance and habitat preferences of pygmy-possums in the LGA. 

Native beehive

Find out more

Enquiries 

For more information contact us on 9424 0970 or email us.