Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Council services are changing.

Information about Council's response to Coronavirus and the effect on services can be found here.

People in Hobsons Bay love to volunteer! And it’s inspiring to know that our community continues to seek ways to help one another during this challenging time.

During the coronavirus pandemic many volunteer involving organisations, including Council, have put a hold on their volunteer programs to help protect the health and safety of both the volunteers and residents they work with. Some programs are continuing their important service with their existing volunteer force, and not currently recruiting.

In keeping with the need to stay at home to help protect our community and slow the spread of the virus, think about ways you can support the community from home. A few options include: 

  • Phone a friend campaign – stay socially connected.  
  • Put out a teddy bear – give local kids a treat when they pass your home by making your front garden or front window a treasure trove of things to look at.

The Hobsons Bay Has Heart Facebook page is also a great place to find inspiration from the local community.

If you are interested in making a commitment to volunteering, consider taking up an online course through a learning centre or the Library. This may include increasing your skills in areas you have always wanted to explore but haven’t previously had the time. These skills may make you a valuable volunteer into the future, be it: computer skills, bookkeeping, marketing, an introduction to volunteering, governance or legal issues for not-for-profits.

Down the track when some of the social distancing requirements begin to lift, explore these websites for volunteering opportunities:

Volunteer West: https://www.volunteerwest.org.au/become-a-volunteer/#/

Seek Volunteer: https://www.volunteer.com.au/

Go Volunteer: https://govolunteer.com.au/volunteering

If you’re interested in volunteering during an emergency, consider exploring volunteering opportunities with health or emergency service organisations. You may need to monitor their websites and social media postings as they may use different recruitment strategies at this time. You may be able to register your interest with an organisation that aligns with your values, interest and skills. Getting involved early and undertaking the necessary training and requirements helps emergency service organisations respond quickly and efficiently during an emergency situation like this.

To find out more about emergency volunteering, visit:

Please note that self-care should be considered throughout this entire period, noting personal health, family/household wellbeing, sustainable energy levels and financial capacity.