Local Volunteering Opportunities

Lane Cove likes to volunteer.  Results of the 2016 Census reveal that 25% of Lane Cove residents volunteer in some capacity.  It could be at your local sporting group, scout group, school, meals on wheels or Rotary.  This is pretty impressive as the NSW average volunteering rate is 18%.

In the Cove knows you like to volunteer.  We regularly are asked about local volunteering opportunities.

This week is National Volunteer Week (21 -27 May 2018). Volunteering is not only good for the community but it is good for the person volunteering their time.

Many studies have demonstrated that helping others leads to a happier life. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy.

Benefits of Volunteering

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

On Thursday 31st May 2018 the Lower North Shore Volunteer Expo is being held at the Dougherty Community Centre in Chatswood.

There will be a range of organisations exhibiting at this event.  The focus of the expo is on aged care services looking for volunteers – this encompasses things like delivering Meals on Wheels, volunteers for a linen service to assist elderly clients with changing bedsheets, volunteers to help out on social outings or with community lunches etc.  However, there will also be organisations exhibiting who offer volunteer opportunities such as volunteering with those with a disability, disaster recovery, volunteering with young people.

Red Cross

Each year, with the help of local people just like you. The Salvos raise much-needed funds to support families in need.  To volunteer, you can register using this link or contact Lt Brad McIver on 0477 89 8873. If you have a spare hour or two on 26th and 27th May 2018 it will make a difference to people in our community looking to find hope where it’s needed most.

Sydney Community Services

Volunteering opportunities are available in a range of services including Gardening, Meals on Wheels, Social Support, Community Transport, Disability Support, the Linen Service and the Community Visitors Scheme. Most services operate weekday mornings. For people who work full time, Easy Care Gardening also operates Saturday mornings and the Community Visitors Scheme allows you to set your own schedule.  Click on this link to register to volunteer.


The NAPA Centre is located in Lane Cove West and is a world-renowned therapy centre for children with a need for neurological rehabilitation. They are looking for volunteers. If you have at least 4 hours (8 would be ideal) per week for an 8-week commitment they would love you to contact them. General tasks would include helping to motivate the children, spotting during balancing/more difficult exercises, wiping mats, tidying toys etc. If you can help please contact bec@napacentre.com.au

Vivid Chatswood

Would you like to be part of an exciting world class event? Willoughby City Council is recruiting volunteers to be part of their Vivid Sydney at Chatswood team! You will be welcoming visitors to the event, assisting at installations, answering questions, and helping the Event Team with running the event. Find out more here: http://www.visitchatswood.com.au/vivid-2018/volunteer/ or contact Kate kate.valente@willoughby.nsw.gov.au or 0297777815.

If you are involved with a local organisation and would like to recruit volunteers please drop us an email at info@inthecove.com.au

Do you have a local issue you would like help with? ITC is here to help just email us at info@inthecove.com.au

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