Volunteering in Kingston is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to not only benefit their local community, but to also gain skills and experience and meet like-minded people.
Across Kingston there is a range of volunteer opportunities with positions to suit different skill types, experience and commitment levels.
Volunteering for Council
The City of Kingston values the wonderful and extensive contribution that volunteers make to our community. Volunteers assist in a number of areas to deliver a range of services and programs, and provide valuable knowledge to enrich the lives of the people and groups they are helping.
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Eligible residents are encouraged to continue maintaining their own garden with the assistance of a volunteer. With residents and volunteers working side by side, the program endeavours to keep avid gardeners active and mobile, completing light gardening tasks such as weeding, watering, planting and picking fruit within the comfort of their own garden. This program recognises the importance of remaining socially connected, with volunteers and residents encouraged to have a chat and cuppa during the visit. A local walk may also be incorporated into the visits.
The Delivered Meals program is based at Bonbeach. Volunteers assist on weekday mornings to deliver meals to residents in the local area, with roles available as either a driver or passenger.
The Volunteer Transport Service supports people aged over 65 and people with a disability to attend medical appointments, by providing a volunteer driver to accompany them to and from the appointment.
Community activities and day trips
Head out alongside bus drivers and clients to lend a helping hand with social events such as lunches and day outings.
Activity Hubs and Community Centres
Volunteers assist with programs and events across Council run hubs and community centres, including Chelsea Activity Hub, Westall Community Hub, Clarinda Community Centre and Sundowner Community Centre.
There are a variety of tasks volunteers assist with, examples include running weekly conversation circles, assisting with activities such as indoor bowls, gentle exercise or cards by collecting participant fees, recording attendance and assisting the facilitator with any setup, or supporting Council staff in determining the activity program.
Arts and Culture
Volunteer roles may include support at gallery exhibition, ushering, administration support, and occasionally intern positions specific to publicity, visual arts or performing arts.
Opportunities are available across several areas of Kingston Arts, primarily based at three venues:
- Kingston Arts Centre (Moorabbin)
- Kingston City Hall (Moorabbin)
- Shirley Burke Theatre (Parkdale)
Kingston has a number of Friends Groups that assist rangers with propagation, planting and weeding in certain locations.
Join other enthusiastic volunteers who meet regularly to undertake works and learn about local native plants and animals.
Find your local Friends Group
Annual Environmental Events
The City of Kingston runs annual environmental events such as Clean up Australia Day in March and National Tree Day in July.
More on Annual Environmental Events
Festivals and Events
The City of Kingston runs major festivals and events each year. These include:
A wide range of volunteering roles are available at these events including:
- Stage managing
- Assisting the photographer
- Surveying festival attendees
Council’s Home Library Service operates with the support of many community spirited people who volunteer to deliver library materials to members of the community who are unable to visit their local library independently.
Photographer Volunteer Program
Volunteer Photographers are needed to take photos for various minor community events organised by the Social Development Team at the City of Kingston.
Find out more
Marketing Support Volunteer Program
Kingston Council is looking for a number of Marketing Support Volunteers to assist community groups with their promotion strategies.
Find out more
Youth Services and Family Support Services offer a number of programs and services for children, young people and their families in the City of Kingston. Our Volunteers provide an important service by assisting in informing and delivering these programs in group settings within the community.
Some activities include:
- Information talks and engagement activities with students;
- Assisting us with delivering social and recreational programs for young people;
- Assisting in supporting parents, carers and children in our parent support groups; and
- Assisting at Youth & Family events and festivals.
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This session is designed for community members who might be interested in volunteering and would like to find out more. It will cover:
- Definition of volunteering
- Volunteer rights and responsibilities
- Volunteering in Kingston
- What volunteer opportunities are available and where to find them
- Network opportunities with community groups
Information sessions are run quarterly.
Frequently asked questions
What happens once I submit an Expression of Interest?
One of our staff will be in contact to chat with you about what volunteer program you are most suited to. You will then be contacted by the person responsible for that particular program who will set up an interview and chat with you about next steps.
Will I get paid for volunteering?
No, volunteering does not involve any financial payment. However, volunteers are not expected to bear any out of pocket expenses during their volunteer activities.
Why should I volunteer?
There are many benefits in volunteering. Some of the most common reasons people volunteer include: making connections with their community, assisting the vulnerable members within our community and increasing self-satisfaction. More and more people are also using volunteering as a pathway to paid employment.
I am under 18, can I volunteer?
Yes, there are short term projects that young people can get involved in. These opportunities can be found within our Council as well as other welfare organisations in the Kingston municipality.
Is student placement a form of volunteering?
No, unfortunately student placements are compulsory and do not fit within the requirements of a volunteering position. Volunteering means you contribute your time voluntarily for the public good and without financial gain.
Do I need to undertake a Police Check and Working with Children Check to become a volunteer? Who is responsible for the cost of these checks?
Not all volunteer programs require volunteers to go through these screening checks as each program has different requirements. If you are required to go through any of these checks, you will not incur any costs – the Police Check and Working with Children Check are free for volunteer staff. If there are any other costs involved, the host organisation should pay for these.
What are Child Safe Standards?
Kingston is proud to be a child-safe organisation and is committed to ensuring no children are harmed by staff, volunteers or work experience students – as required by the Victorian Government's Child Safe Standards.
Visit our Child Safe Standards policy for more information.
Will I receive any training prior to the commencement of my volunteer role?
All volunteers should receive formal training and induction prior to the commencement of their volunteer role. At Kingston Council, ongoing training opportunities are available to all volunteers.
Still have questions?
Please contact Volunteer Development Officer, Jane Yang, at Kingston City Council by calling (03) 9581 4905 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteering for the community
As well as the volunteering opportunities that Council offers, there are many community groups and organisations seeking volunteers.
My Community Life is an online directory for local community groups to advertise volunteer opportunities and activities. It functions as an online volunteer matching program for the Kingston community, providing a centralised place to find reliable up-to-date information that is specific to Kingston.
If you're part of a community group or organisation log in or register for a My Community Life account to advertise volunteer opportunities and events.