Get Involved – Become a Volunteer Broderick Smith
"Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain.”
Interested in volunteering?
Are you a person that would like to make a positive difference in someone’s life or in your community?
Our volunteers are the most valued members of our organisation. Much of our work could not exist without their contribution. When you volunteer with us, you become part of a team of over 400! Our volunteers work locally to support the vulnerable by connecting the elderly, the frail and people with disability to the community.
We make volunteering a rewarding experience. Many of our volunteers have worked with us for many years, which is testament to the fact that they enjoy what they do.
Our Volunteering Opportunities
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.
As a volunteer you may experience:
The feeling of wellbeing that comes from helping others
An opportunity to contribute your skills or learn new skills
A sense of community and friendship
Principles of volunteering:
Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer
Volunteer work is unpaid
Volunteering is always a matter of choice
Volunteering is not compulsorily undertaken to receive pensions or government allowances
Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community
Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs
Volunteering is an activity performed in the not-for-profit sector only
Volunteering is not a substitute for paid workers
Volunteering respects the volunteer’s rights, dignity and culture
Volunteers do not replace paid workers, nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers
Volunteering promotes human rights and equality
Volunteer rights and responsibilities:
Our aim and commitment to volunteers is to ensure that all the participants involved in the volunteering experience enjoy and benefit from their contribution. We ensure that their special role in the organisation is respected and valued.
As a volunteer you have the right:
To be treated with respect and without discrimination
To be treated as an equal and a valued member of the team
To have a written job description with orientation to prepare you for your role
To be given sound guidance and support with access to your coordinator
To voice any questions or concerns that you may have
To work in a healthy and safe work environment
To derive job satisfaction
To use existing skills and learn new skills
To be reimbursed for certain expenses relevant to your role
To be covered by Lane Cove & North Side Community Services current insurance policy
As a volunteer you should agree:
To be reliable, committed and to understand the value of your work
To maintain strict confidentiality in all matters associated with your work
To participate in training sessions if appropriate
To be open to relevant feedback
To accept the limits of your responsibility and adhere to the job description
To respect clients and be aware of clients’ rights and responsibilities
To exercise Duty of Care at all times
To refer any client concerns to your coordinator
To give adequate notice before terminating your role
To find out more about volunteering with us, contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 02 9427 6425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain