What you need to know

Volunteering

Thought about volunteering, but unsure what it’s about or how to get involved? Or perhaps you lead a community group, need volunteers or want support and inspiration? Below are options for finding a range of support services designed to strengthen volunteering across our local area.

Volunteer West

Volunteer West is our regional Volunteer Support Service. Volunteer West and Council are working in partnership to offer a range of services to volunteers and community organisations in Moonee Valley. If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity, have questions about volunteering, or need assistance with recruiting volunteers or learning how to manage volunteers better - please contact Volunteer West at email: info@volunteerwest.org.au or phone: 1800 123 VOL (1800 123 865).

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Volunteering Victoria

Volunteering Victoria is the state peak body for volunteering, focusing on advocacy, sector development and the promotion of volunteering. Volunteering Victoria is leading the development of a collaborative, sustainable and well respected volunteering community in Victoria. By facilitating the weVolunteer initiative, Volunteering Victoria also brings together volunteers and local community organisations to respond in times of need to help with community recovery. To find out more or to register with weVolunteer, please visit the website or call 1800 950 495.

Local community groups and clubs

Moonee Valley's a vibrant, inclusive city with a community group for everyone. Use our community group directory to find the right group for you.

From kinders to senior citizen groups, from community gardens to Rotary clubs, find like-minded people whatever your age or interest.

Click here to go to the community directory.

GoVolunteer

With GoVolunteer online tool you can search for volunteer positions nationally. You can search by organisation type, position or post code.

Volunteering with Council

Community spirit shown by volunteers inspires our staff and enables Council to provide a greater range of services and activities for local residents.

To learn more about volunteering with our Council, please watch our Volunteering the Moonee Valley Way video

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Frequently asked Questions

Here is a list of common questions asked by people who are considering volunteering with Moonee Valley City Council.

We are unable to guarantee that volunteering with Council will result in paid employment.

Your volunteer supervisor can provide you with a statement of service which details your roles and responsibilities and hours as a volunteer, however it is not Council’s policy to give written references. Your volunteer supervisor is able to give a verbal reference over the phone.

No, volunteer work is unpaid.

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/available.

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.

All people who are 18 years of age or more, who work with children or at locations used by children, to carry a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). We will also accept Victorian Teacher's Registration (VIT) or Leading Senior Constable Registration (SCR) reference details.

Where a WWCC is required, it will be stated in the volunteer role description.

Working with Children Checks are available to volunteers without charge, to find out more about the check and how to apply, please visit the My Check website.

Many volunteer roles at Council require a Police Check. Where a Police Check is required, it will be stated in the volunteer role description.

There is no cost to the applicant and we provide guidance on how to complete the process.

Any findings are treated with respect and strict confidentiality.

Findings relevant to a role will mean that the applicant will be ineligible for that role and need to choose a different type of role to apply for.

All our volunteers are allocated a supervisor in the area they are working. Supervisors provide on the job training, guidance and direction to make it easy and enjoyable to carry out your volunteering.

Due to time commitment and insurance requirements, our volunteering program is not suitable for school community service or Duke of Edinburgh requirements. If you are seeking this type of placement, please complete a Work Experience Interest Form.

You can also refer to your school’s DoE Program Coordinator for advice, or contact an agency such as Volunteering Victoria or Volunteer West for information about specialised opportunities for young people.

No, Council does not run emergency response operations. For this type of opportunity, please contact Emergency Response agencies, e.g. State Emergency Services, Red Cross, CFA.

During an emergency, trained and experienced volunteers are required.

If you have a passion to assist during an emergency, apply to join when there is no emergency in progress. That way you will be trained and ready when an emergency happens.

Research shows that volunteers are vital for a successful recovery following an emergency, if you are interested in volunteering to help with emergency recovery, please go to WeVolunteer.

During an emergency, trained and experienced volunteers are required.

To be called, you need to be ready for service and that means that you need to join an organisation well before disaster strikes.

If you are not ready, please consider volunteering for recovery. The best possible recovery always depends on volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to help with emergency recovery, please go to WeVolunteer.

Our Council does not operate a traditional Meals on Wheels service with a voluntary workforce and so we are unable to offer you a volunteering opportunity of that kind.

For residents who are seniors, living with a disability, or primary carers, our Council provides the Community Meals program with officers providing Home Delivered Meals and regular Welfare Checks.

For more information contact Volunteer Services on 9243 8888 or email volunteer@mvcc.vic.gov.au