National Volunteers Week - 18 - 24 May 2020
Changing communities, changing lives
It’s National Volunteers Week from 18-24 May, and the MidCoast has much to celebrate – with a staggering 16,000 volunteers across our region, all changing communities and changing lives every day.
MidCoast Council is thanking its 2,000 volunteers this week, although unfortunately the need for social distancing means our usual celebrations can’t be held this year.
Mayor David West says:
"Volunteers enhance the services we deliver in many ways - they make things better, add a human touch, bring new skills and talents and in some cases, provide a service that simply wouldn’t exist without them. The generosity of spirit, the sense of community and the willingness of MidCoast locals to roll up their sleeves and donate their skills, time and effort to help others or 'make things better' sets us apart from other communities. It says a lot about the kind of community we are here."
While normally the Mayor and Council Managers would attend celebration events this week to thank volunteers in person, a video has been produced to convey the Mayor’s thanks to each volunteer across the region, and is available here:
Join our teams
Volunteers play a vital and valuable role in the provision of services across the MidCoast region.
There are many areas in which you can volunteer your services and skills with Council. You can choose to work outdoors, behind a desk, or help people with specialist needs. All Council volunteer jobs will allow you to give your local community a helping hand.
If you are interested in having fun, meeting new people, helping others and developing new skills, we have a program to suit any age or interest.
Want to help out in parks and recreation?
Want to work outside? Volunteers work on beaches, parks, showgrounds, natural areas and waterways. Our volunteers are important in helping to maintain our wonderful environment to a high standard. We rely on our volunteer workforce, as without them we couldn't maintain the standards we want to achieve. This type of work is varied, sociable and helps keep you fit. Most groups meet weekly for a couple of hours. Council supplies the equipment. Volunteers supply the muscle power.
In the Great Lakes, there is currently over 50 Active Volunteer Groups consisting of mowing and maintenance groups, land care and dune care groups, and waterways maintenance groups.
Southern districts groups are situated in Allworth, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pindimar/Bundabah, Karuah, Wards River, North Arm Cove and Nerong.
Northern district group are currently based in Forster, Tuncurry, Pacific Palms, Bungwahl, Coolongolook, Coomba, Darawank, Green Point, Nabiac, Smiths Lake and Tarbuck Bay.
If you are keen to start a new group, or even work solo, we want to hear from you too.
Interested? You will need to be registered and undertake a short safety induction. The first step is to fill in the form below. We can't wait to meet with you.
In the Manning region, If you would like to volunteer as a part of one of the local Landcare groups, please contact Manning Landcare on 0427 530 681. We also have a number of local community groups who volunteer their time to help maintain the road reserves and park areas of our community.
Want to help out with MidCoast Assist Ageing and Disability Services?
Volunteers are a vital part of our community support programs. The more volunteers - the more people can benefit.
We provide suitable training, along with ongoing support and payment of some expenses.
Volunteers in this area will need to go through a screening process in order to assess their suitability for different roles. A working with children check may be required.
What sort of assistance can you provide? There are so many varied opportunities to utilise your skills to assist older people or people with a disability. These include:
Social visiting & companionship
Offering support or "time out" for carers
Taking people for meals or outings
Helping with transport
Minor home maintenance or gardening
Whatever you choose to do, your volunteer time and energy will make a massive difference to our clients.
Take the first step to helping others by visiting the MidCoast Assist Volunteering page.
Want to help out in tourism?
Across the MidCoast, there's six Visitor Information Centres that need the services of dedicated volunteers - located in Taree, Gloucester, Forster, Bulahdelah, Tea Gardens and Pacific Palms.
Tourism requires volunteers with people skills, energy, generosity, local knowledge and a wealth of experience. Volunteers don't replace paid staff, but rather complement existing staff and aid in the service of visitors.
As a member of the MidCoast Tourism team you are entitled to a job description, supervision, training and insurance cover while volunteering with us.
There are a number of policies and procedures you need to know in order to work effectively as a volunteer and as part of the tourism team.
If you are interested in this type of volunteer work, a volunteer handbook is available, which outlines all you need to know about becoming a tourism volunteer. Fill in the form below to register your interest.
Want to help out in our libraries?
We have hundreds of volunteers at our branch libraries in Taree, Forster, Gloucester, Wingham, Harrington, Hallidays Point, Old Bar, Nabiac, Stroud, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens.
Library volunteers have a number of varied roles and get involved in many of the aspects of library operations.
Duties include: maintaining items in the library collection, assisting with book sale items, helping the public, shelving items, ensuring bookshelves are organised and tidy, home library service delivery, literacy tutoring, assisting with a wide range of children’s programs, internet and genealogy assistance. You won't believe how much fun there is in our libraries!
It's a great place to get involved if you enjoy meeting and helping people. Not only do you get to help your community, but you will learn new skills yourself.
If you are interested in volunteering at MidCoast Council Libraries, pick up an introductory information pack from any library branch or fill in the form below.
Want to help out at the Manning Entertainment Centre?
Volunteers are a vital part of the Manning Entertainment Centre. If you would like to volunteer as an usher, a bar attendant or for occasional office assistance please complete the form below. Please note that ushers will need to be comfortable walking up and down stairs and bar attendants will need to have completed Responsible Service of Alcohol training.
Want to help out at the Manning Regional Art Gallery?
The Manning Regional Gallery welcomes volunteers. We currently have about 110 volunteers at our Gallery, assisting with reception, retail sales and Gallery supervision. Our volunteers also assist with installation of exhibits, fundraising activities, opening nights, maintenance of the Gallery grounds.
For more information about volunteering in the Gallery please contact us on (02) 6592 5455 or via email.
Want to help run a community hall?
We have numerous community halls across the MidCoast region. Volunteer community committees manage many of these.
Volunteer Hall Management Committee members generally oversee the upkeep, maintenance and cleanliness of the building and grounds; take both regular and one-off event bookings and payments; organise hall-based community events; liaise with Council; and generally run the day to day affairs associated with 'their' hall.
To get involved, simply start by filling in the form below.
Want to join the Great Lakes Band?
The Great Lakes Band is a volunteer, non-auditioning, community band which gives people of all ages and musicians of all levels of experience the opportunity to develop their musical skills, whilst sharing in a creative musical endeavour.
Comprised of people of varying ages and musical backgrounds, the band performs about once a month at a wide variety of community events.
A Developmental Band has now been formed to give confidence and experience to musicians who wish to start playing with a group. Instruments are available for hire and even if you are a raw beginner, tuition is available and you will be warmly welcomed.
Operating under the auspices of MidCoast Council, the band has become an integral part of the cultural fabric of our region. Have fun with other people who share a similar love of playing and performing music - the band is always looking for new members. If you're interested, contact the band secretary on (02) 6555 8666.
Want to be involved in rejuvenating bicycles?
Green Bikes is an informal group which specialises in repairing unwanted bicycles for resale to the public as cheap transport.
We repair, supply spare parts, train budding mechanics and help the public fix their own bikes.
All are welcome to call in and/or join. Prior skills in bicycle repair are not required.
Visit us at the transfer station site in Tuncurry on Mon 9-12 or Wed 12-3.
Interested in local heritage volunteering?
Heritage volunteers are crucial to maintaining our local heritage. Directly, we have a number of volunteers who twice a week transcribe the details from the former Greater Taree rates books into tables that are made available on the MidCoast Stories website. To-date volunteers have provided over 3,000 hours recording these documents which is an amazing effort.
If you have an interest in heritage and would like to get involved please fill out the form in the tab below.
Across the MidCoast numerous volunteers provide their time to the ten historical societies/family research groups that provide museums and research facilities for residents and tourists to our region. To find out more visit the relevant websites:
Submit an expression of interest form
Click here to view form.