Welcome to Volunteer Network

Volunteer Network is an organisation for people wishing to become actively involved in the local community. We can help you find a rewarding volunteer position within a community service organisation of your choice. Your gift of time will help older people and those with disabilities live independently and comfortably in their homes. You can choose when and where you work, within the Inner West area.


International Volunteer Day

5 December 2015

International Volunteer Day is celebrated on December 05, 2015. It is an international observance designated by the United Nations since 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The International Volunteer Day is marked by many non-governmental organizations, including Red Cross, scouts and others. It is also marked and supported by United Nations Volunteers.

International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, the day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.


Launch of the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Volunteering Australia's new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (the Standards) were launched yesterday to mark the beginning of National Volunteer Week 2015.

The new Standards incorporate significant changes to the original standards in order to reflect best practice in volunteer management in Australia's current work environment.

The benchmarks contained in the Standards are specifically designed to help organisations attract, manage, recognise and retain volunteers, and to manage risk and safety with respect to volunteers.

Guidance on applying the Standards will be provided via comprehensive implementation resources.

Additionally, Volunteering Australia will be developing a flexible, tiered voluntary certification, or 'Quality Mark' system to enable organisations to check how they are tracking in implementing the Standards.

Click here for further information about the new National Standards for Volunteer Involvement

Timebanking Volunteer Program

Timebanking volunteer program to expand across NSW.

Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello today announced a significant expansion of the NSW Government's volunteering initiative - Timebanking (pdf 169 KB).

"Timebanking has been very successful in the Hunter and Central Coast pilot sites, attracting more than 3,600 members, so I'm excited to invite 30 additional communities to come on board" he said.

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