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Volunteering opportunities

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Want to contribute towards local projects in the community and meet new people? Auburn City Council has an established volunteers program open to anyone interested in contributing to council’s initiatives and activities.

Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience, a chance to contribute to community life, the chance to meet new people and allow you to learn new skills.

How to become a volunteer

Step 1 - Think about what's involved...
 
Before you apply for a volunteer position we ask that you consider the following questions
  • What is your motivation for volunteering how will it benefit you/others?
  • Do have some time available to give to the activity?
  • Are you willing to make a commitment to see the project through?
  • Are you prepared to undertake training necessary for the role?
  • Are you prepared to undergo a Working with Children check as a requirement in some of the roles?
Step 2 - Finding the right volunteer position...

Step 3 – Send in your application form..

  • Download the application form and fill in. Please include any details on volunteers roles you’re interested in, skills you can bring and skills you would like to learn. This helps up to find you a suitable position.
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email that your application has been received
Please return your completed volunteer application form to:
Post: Auburn City Council
PO Box 118, Auburn 1835
In person: Civic Centre, 1 Susan Street, Auburn 2144
Fax: (02) 9643 1120
Email: auburncouncil@auburn.nsw.gov.au

Information Sessions

Come along to one of our volunteer information sessions to find out more about volunteering and upcoming volunteer opportunities. We reccomend you attend one of these sessions before submitting your application.
  
Thursday 4 September 2014, 10am
Venue: Regents Park Library (1 Amy St, Regents Park)

Wednesday 8 October 2014, 2pm
Venue: Lidcombe Library (Bridge St, Lidcombe)

Tuesday 4 November 2014, 10am
Venue: Auburn Centre for Community (44A Macquarie Road, Auburn)

Wednesday 3 December 2014, 2pm
Venue: Auburn Council Exhibition Gallery (Auburn Library, 1 Susan St)

FAQS

Volunteers are inducted on a monthly basis. Due to the time spent placing and training volunteers, Council requests that volunteers commit to at least two months, with the exception of one-off event volunteers.
 
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How long does the process take?

If you are successful in gaining a volunteering position with Auburn City Council we will try and place you within one month from your initial enquiry, depending on what area you choose to work in.
 
Am I guaranteed a volunteer job if I apply?
No, in order for the experience to be a positive one for both yourself and the organisation it is important that we match your skills, knowledge and motivation against the requirements of the volunteer position which may not always be possible.
 
I want to get office experience to help improve my employment prospects
Due to high demand administration assistant volunteer roles are offered on a bi-monthly basis to qualified volunteers. The role will vary depending on staff requirements and you will be contacted when roles are available.
 
2014 administrative volunteer intakes:
 
September 1 – October 31. Applications close 18 August.
November 3 – December 19. Applications close 20 October
 
Can I be guaranteed the number of hours I need to meet Centrelink / Work for the Dole requirements?
No, unfortunately due to the types of volunteer roles available we are not able to guarantee the amount of hours that may be required by Centrelink.
 
Can I get a reference?
The volunteer supervisor can provide you with a statement of service which details your roles and responsibilities and hours volunteer, however it is not Council’s policy to give written references. Your volunteer coordinator is free to give a verbal reference over the phone.
 
Is there a chance that I might gain paid work in the organisation if I volunteer first?
We are unable to guarantee that volunteering with Council will result in paid employment.
 
Do you pay out of pocket expenses?
Yes, the Council pays out of pocket expenses which are incurred whilst performing volunteer duties.
 
Do I have to have a Working with Children Check?
Yes for certain positions it’s require by legislation that volunteers have to undertake a Working with Children Check. There is no cost to volunteers for the Working with Children Check.
 
Am I covered by Insurance?
Yes, Auburn City Council volunteers are covered by insurance whilst undertaking volunteer duties.
 
Do I need to attend an Information session?
We recommend you attend an information session, to find out more about the volunteer roles available with Council and meet the volunteer coordinator.
 
Is there someone supporting me as I volunteer?
All Auburn Council volunteers are allocated a supervisor who will provide training, sound guidance and direction to make it easy and enjoyable to carry out their volunteering work.
 
For more information contact the Community Participation and Engagement Officer on 9735 1288.