Volunteering in Kingston is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to benefit their local community, gain skills and experience, and meet like-minded people.
We have many volunteer opportunities to suit different types of experience, skills and commitment.
As a volunteer, you can assist with a range of services and programs. You’ll enrich the lives of the many people throughout our community (and enhance your own life too).
Submit an expression of interest
AccessCare (community support)
Assisted gardening and walking
We could all use some good company. Many of our residents need an extra pair of hands in the garden. Our volunteers help with light tasks and provide a welcome social connection. We encourage interaction during visits - a nice chat and a cuppa, or a walk around the block.
Our Meal Delivery Programme is based at Bonbeach and essential for many residents. If you can help us deliver meals weekday mornings, we always need drivers and passengers.
If you have a car and a valid licence, you can help by taking an elderly person (aged 65 and over) or a person with a disability to attend a medical appointment or just go shopping.
Community activities and day trips
The more the merrier. Come along with our bus drivers and lend a helping hand with social events such as lunches and day outings for our elderly residents.
Activity hubs and community centres
We’re always looking for volunteers to assist us at Chelsea Activity Hub, Westall Community Hub, Clarinda Community Centre and Sundowner Community Centre.
You might find yourself running a conversation circle, arranging indoor bowls, bingo, exercise classes, card games or supporting our staff with activities.
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)
Get back to nature. We have quite a few Friends Groups that help our rangers with planting and weeding in certain locations. Join others and learn about native plants and animals. Find your local Friends Group.
Annual Environmental Events
We run annual environmental events such as Clean up Australia Day in March and National Tree Day in July. Keep an eye on our events page for more on Annual Environmental Events.
Gardens for Wildlife
Gardens for Wildlife is a free program that helps residents develop wildlife-friendly gardens through:
- Garden assessments
- Educational resources
- Workshops and events
Gardens for Wildlife volunteers assist in the delivery of biodiversity events including planning and planting habitat gardens, arranging working bees and organising open gardens.
Festival and events
We put on major festivals and events each year, including Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival (March) and Carols by Kingston (December).
We always need volunteers at these events. So reach out if you can help with:
- stage management
- surveying festival attendees.
Our Home Library Service relies on support of community-minded people like you to deliver reading material and videos to people who are unable to visit their local library.
Photographer Volunteer Program
Do you have a good eye? We need volunteer photographers to take photos at community events organised by our Social Development Team.
Marketing Support Volunteer Program
Are you the bright spark we’re looking for? We’re after some marketing support to assist our community groups with promotion strategies.
Volunteer information session
Are you interested in volunteering? Come along to an information session to learn more about volunteering in Kingston.
Our information session covers:
- 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, register your interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if you submit an expression of interest?
One of our staff will contact you and discuss which volunteer program best suits you. Then you’ll be contacted by someone from the volunteer program who will set up an interview with you and talk about next steps.
Will I get paid for volunteering?
No. Volunteers do not get paid. However, you are not expected to be out of pocket for any expenses incurred during your volunteer activities.
Why should I volunteer?
Volunteering has many benefits. Aside from making connections and helping those in need, many of our volunteers find the experience a good way to get the job they want.
Can you volunteer if you’re under 18?
Yes. You can get involved with short term projects. These opportunities can be found within our Council as well as other organisations in the area. Call us to find out more.
Is student placement a form of volunteering?
No. Student placement is compulsory. Volunteering means you contribute your time and energy for the good of the public, without expecting a financial reward.
Do you need a Police Check and Working with Children Check to be a volunteer? Who pays for these checks?
All City of Kingston volunteers require a current Working with Children Check, which is free. You may also require a police check if your volunteer role is: unsupervised, in direct contact with customers, delivering services to vulnerable people, or if you have a regular roster of volunteer work. These police checks are paid for and organised by Kingston.
What are Child Safe Standards?
We’re proud to be a child-safe organisation and are committed to ensuring no children are harmed by staff, volunteers or students – as required by Victorian Government's Child Safe Standards. For more information, view our Child Safe Standards.
Do you get any training?
Yes. All volunteers get some training and induction before starting their volunteer role. What’s more, ongoing training opportunities are available to all volunteers.
Am I required be Covid-19 vaccinated to volunteer for Council?
Yes, vaccination evidence is required for volunteers, as required by State Government.
Still have questions?
Please contact our Volunteer Development Officer on 1300 653 356 or send an email to email@example.com.
Many community groups and organisations seek reliable volunteers.
My Community Life is an online hub for community groups, organisations and local residents. As a community group, you can list volunteering opportunities when they become available.
If you belong to a community group or organisation, please register your account to advertise volunteer opportunities and events.
Contribute to a safer community
- Join or establish a community group such as a residents association
- Volunteer with an Emergency Service organisation or a support service
- Work with neighbours to improve safety in your street
- Participate in a graffiti clean-up activity. We can facilitate a Graffiti Community Clean-up Day for interested groups of residents, faith groups, community groups or students through local schools.