In the Hills Shire, volunteers play an important role in assisting Council. They provide beneficial services to the community, while learning new skills along the way.
It’s an extremely valuable and rewarding experience for all involved.
Here’s what a few of our volunteers had to say about their role and why they choose to spend their time helping the community they love:
“What I love about volunteering is the teamwork – that we can work together to a common goal,” said volunteer, Lesley.
“I’ve lived in the Hills Shire for 30 odd years now and I don’t work. It’s nice to give something back,” said volunteer, Lynn.
“It’s a very healthy thing to talk to other people and to learn from other people as well,” said volunteer, Kali.
In the Hills there are many opportunities for people to get out and become involved in the community. Some of these include joining the Hills Bushcare, the Hills Youth Army or becoming a youth mentor with MTC Australia.
The Hills Bushcare has volunteer opportunities available for everyone who wants to get out and about, and preserve
their local environment. Tasks include seed collection, cleaning and propagation at the local nursey, track maintenance and monitoring fauna and flora.
The Hills Youth Army is another exciting opportunity open to anyone who is between the ages of 13-25 years. The youth dedicated program aims to empower young people so that they can actively contribute to their local community and can connect with other likeminded people.
Since the group’s inception in 2014, the Hills Youth Army has supported many local events including the Orange Blossom Festival, Hills Relay for Life and The Mayoral Sleep Out – raising funds and awareness for homelessness.
Apart from Council’s volunteer program, you can also volunteer with community organisations like MTC Australia. MTC Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a range of services to both individuals and employers to help them live the life that they want to lead. They provide individuals with many opportunities to volunteer through the Youth Frontiers Mentoring Program.
This program provides individuals with the chance to mentor students between 12-16 years-of-age so that they can create a community project to develop their confidence, teamwork and leadership skills.
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? More information about these great opportunities is available on the Hills Shire Council website, www.thehills.nsw.gov.au.