Getting started

If you're new to volunteering, consider the follow to help you match your interests and skills to an organisation and role that best suits you. 

Questions to ask yourself

  • Do you want to use your expertise or try something different?
  • Do you want to make volunteering part of a weekly routine or be called on in a crisis, or when needed?
  • Do you want to develop new skills or simply lend a hand?
  • Would you prefer to work in a team or on your own? Behind the scenes or with the public?
  • Do you want to volunteer in one role or a few? With one organisation or more?
  • What are your skills, how much time do you have to offer and how much responsibility would you like?
  • What area would you enjoy working in?

Consider you options

  • Research different organisations to get a feel for what they do and if they suit your interests.
  • Start with types of volunteering  and related links on this website.
  • Try your local volunteering organisations. Ask for the volunteer manager or co-ordinator.
  • Or try your local council. The Office of Local Government's find my council tool can direct you to your local council website.