We recognise and value the enormous contribution that volunteers make to our local community and the pivotal role that they play in empowering individuals and building inclusive and resilient communities in which we can all flourish. Volunteering not only brings significant economic, social, environmental, and cultural impacts to individuals and organisations, it also gives you the opportunity to give back to the community by providing your skills, knowledge and time where needed.
Becoming a volunteer at the Glenelg Shire Council opens up many opportunities including learning new skills, meeting new people and simply enjoying yourself whilst being involved in the community.
At Glenelg Shire Council, volunteering comes in many forms; some volunteer with us on a roster with regular days and hours, while other volunteers may help us a few times a year at special events or activities.
Please note, volunteer areas are subject to operational needs, meaning sometimes volunteering positions in preferred areas are not always available.
Volunteering in the Social Support program is a way to support members of the community that may be experiencing social isolation or disadvantages. Designed to support participants to maintain or enhance their capacity, volunteers spend time chatting, doing activities and helping with lunch or morning/afternoon tea. Volunteers in the Social Support program also help Glenelg Shire staff with outings, excursions, information sessions and public health promotion.
The Tourism and Events team at Council provide exciting opportunities for volunteers at a range of major festivals and events including a variety of roles for Cruise Ship arrivals such as; shuttle bus drivers, shuttle bus tour guides, welcome ambassadors and visitor information points. Supporting our Tourism or Events teams at Council allows volunteers to promote the amazing tourism products on offer in our shire, maintain social connections and share their love of our region with visitors.
The TAC L2P Program assists disadvantaged Victorian learner drivers aged 16 to 21 to gain 120 hours of driving experience which is required to apply for a probationary licence. Each learner is matched with a volunteer supervisor driver who helps them gain driving experience. The program focuses on helping young people become safe, confident drivers in an effort to reduce Victoria’s road toll. The program also provides an opportunity for young people to interact with positive adult role models, gain confidence and move towards social independence.
Volunteering at the Visitor Information Centres involves supporting tourism activity, events and welcoming visitors to our Shire with your time, knowledge and friendly disposition. Your services are highly valued and the key result of your dedicated volunteer support for the community within tourism will be return visitors, a positive word of mouth reputation, and people wanting to stay, live or invest here, which in turn, supports keeping our community healthy and sustainable into the future.
Glenelg Libraries provides volunteering opportunities through Home Library services, in-branch assistance with re-shelving and maintenance of library materials, and programming activities such as storytelling or assisting public with simple technical help queries.
Glenelg Shire Youth Services offers periodic volunteering opportunities in providing support to deliver youth events and programs such as FREEZA and Live4Life. Volunteering roles could include tasks such as event set up and pack down, supporting young people in event and program related tasks, running small activities, food preparation and supervision of event/program attendees. Volunteers must have a current Working with Children Check and a positive and engaging attitude.
They Interpreter Services Directory was compiled in response to an increasing need to provide the assistance of interpreters and/or translators to visitors and new residents with a limited command of English. Council welcomes volunteers who are able to provide assistance with interpreting and/or translating English to residents and visitors in the Glenelg Shire.
Join our Volunteer Team.