The significant contribution that volunteers make to the social and economic development of our community is highly valued by Council. Volunteering for Council can be a highly rewarding experience with a number of benefits.
Volunteering plays a critical and meaningful role within each community and can be very rewarding. Did you know that you can reap many benefits from volunteering? Read below to find out the benefits which you can gain from volunteering in your community.
Get involved and volunteer to help:
The Ipswich Art Gallery presents a program of changing exhibitions, special events, family activities and art workshops. Volunteers at the gallery enhance the experience of gallery visitors and provide support at functions, workshops and events. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication skills and must be eligible to obtain a Working With Children Blue Card.
The Volunteer program is currently full and not taking on further volunteers at present, however you are welcome to submit an expression of interest for consideration when a vacancy is available.
For further information please contact the Visitor Services Officer on 3810 7240 or visit www.ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au
Friends of Ipswich Libraries Service
Assist the local community by joining the Friends of Ipswich Libraries Service. Friends work closely with Library staff to organise events and activities that facilitate community engagement, enrich the cultural life of the community, and promote and enhance the library service. As a member of this group you will have the opportunity to contribute ideas, assist at Book Sales,Trivia Nights, Lunch events featuring guest speakers and other events, and be involved in special initiatives such as the Books for Babies early literacy project.
Ipswich Poetry Feast
Help to enrich the cultural identity of Ipswich through involvement in the community-based committee behind the annual Ipswich Poetry Feast. The Poetry Feast provides the opportunity for poets of all ages to develop and showcase their skills through a diverse program of poetry related events. Contribute your ideas and support toward the organisation and delivery of these events and activities, which includes an international poetry writing competition, Poets' Breakfast and student workshops.
Home Library Service
Help those unable to access the library to enjoy the same privileges as the rest of the community by volunteering within the Home Library Service. This program provides valuable library services to individuals who are confined to their home for genuine reasons such as ill-health, frailty or disability. It also provides bulk loans to aged and special care facilities within the Ipswich region. Volunteers in this area assist library staff in the delivery and collection of library resources.
Requirements for volunteering in this area include:
For further information please contact Community Services Program Coordinator on 3810 6761.
Seniors' Concert Group
The Concert Group of volunteers are highly experienced senior performers who provide professional standard annual concerts in the Ipswich Civic Centre for Ipswich Seniors. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday mornings from mid-January to April each year.
Requirements for volunteering include:
For further information please contact the Cultural Development Officer on 3810 6652.
Animal Care Volunteering Role (Ipswich Nature Centre)
Love animals and want to get involved? Get up close and personal with nature, and volunteer your time to help care for our growing range of native wildlife and Australian barn yard animals. From helping to keep the animal enclosures in top condition to helping prepare and deliver their meals, you'll be involved in all areas of animal care. Spend your time in the greatest outdoor office in town, get some animal care experience and meet loads of great people while your there.
As an Animal Care Volunteer you will have the opportunity to:
Requirements for Volunteers wishing to participate in Animal Care:
Interested? Download the Volunteer Application Form (PDF, 40.6 KB)
Volunteering at the Environmental Education Centre (EEC)
Got a love of the environment and want to share it with the community? Get involved as a volunteer at the Environmental Education Centre and help to show others how they can care for the environment. Become an advocate for our city and help promote what's on offer in your backyard.
Volunteers at the EEC assist in the operation of the centre through welcoming visitors, providing visitors with promotional and educational items, helping restock and reorder brochures and materials, and helping keep the centre tidy. There is also the opportunity for volunteers to help with the delivery of children's educational programs and assist with other interactive displays if they choose.
Volunteers help educate the public on:
As a volunteer at the Environmental Education Centre, you will have the opportunity to:
Interested volunteers ideally will have:
Interested? Download the Volunteer Application Form (PDF, 40.6 KB)
Become a volunteer for the Ipswich Visitor Information Centre and help promote Ipswich as a leading destination. Ideal candidates will have a good local knowledge and a desire to help visitors make the most of their time in the city. Participating in bi-monthly familiarisation tours with your fellow volunteers will keep you up to date with what's on offer in your own backyard.
Minimum commitment required by volunteers include:
For further information please contact the Tourism Officer on 3810 7446.
Be part of the action and help out with our Council events. You'll have the opportunity to help with a wide range of activities from helping set up displays, communicating with the public, helping control crowds or simply helping with preparing and serving meals. There is a variety of ways you can help out to make our events a success!
Fill out a Volunteer Application Form.
All applications are to be forwarded through to Social Development Branch or emailed through to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens next?
Once the application is received the applicant will be contacted by a Volunteer Coordinator to further discuss the opportunity to volunteer. Applicants will be accepted or referred to other areas according to our requirements for the role and based on the volunteers availability.
Ipswich City Council recognises the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement thus ensuring that the recruitment, selection and ongoing support of volunteers is based on sound volunteer management practice.
Please note Ipswich City Council is currently experiencing a high level of interest for volunteering positions. A number of volunteering programs are currently at or near capacity. Ipswich City Council encourages submission of applications, however please note you may be placed on a waiting list.