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Here you will find a listing of the current opportunities available to volunteer with us. To register your interest, simply click on the "fill in an application" link.

Yarra City Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we value and respect the diversity of our workforce. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, however you must be 18 years or older to volunteer with us.

If you have further questions about volunteering with us, email volunteer@yarracity.vic.gov.au or phone (03) 9205 5437.

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Library Volunteer - Chatty Cafe

Do you enjoy having conversations with people from different backgrounds?

Would you like to help people feel more socially connected?

Join the Yarra Library volunteer team.


VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

ROLE TITLE:

Library Volunteer – Chatty Cafe

REPORTS TO:

Community Engagement and Outreach Team Leader

Outreach Services Team Leader

UNIT:

BRANCH:

DIVISION:

Community Engagement and Partnerships

Yarra Libraries

Community Wellbeing

POLICE CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL REQUIRED:

NO

           

 

Yarra City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and supports flexible and accessible working arrangements for all.

 

We draw pride and strength from our diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

 

Our values Accountability, Respect and Courage underpin how we work and our efforts to build a culture based on positive relationships with colleagues and the community.

 

 

yARRA LIBRARIES overview

 

Yarra Libraries does more than just provide books and a space. The libraries’ programs, sometimes in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, aim to lift social barriers and support vulnerable communities in the City of Yarra.

 

We provide accessible and inclusive services, information, technology, literacy and other resources to ensure people not only continue to read and learn, but also have enough food and other support, especially those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Volunteers play a crucial role in the successful delivery of this program. As a valued member of the Yarra Libraries team you will have the opportunity to be inspired, connect with community and make a real difference to people’s lives.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

 

The Chatty Café Scheme is a registered charity that encourages community-focused hospitality and social venues across Australia to provide shared 'Chatty' tables. The Scheme has been rolled out in cafés, pubs, restaurants, community centres, libraries, and hospitals – anywhere people can sit and chat over a coffee.

 

The Chatty Café Program aims to kickstart conversations, get people talking to increase safe and respectful social connections within a community and possibly reduce loneliness along the way.

 

The Chatty Café staff are not professional therapists and will be provided with cards listing crisis hotlines for patrons requiring additional support.

 

ROLE OBJECTIVE

 

Volunteers will work alongside Yarra Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based Chatty Cafe program.

 

City of Yarra.VVolunteers will work alongside Yarra Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based Chatty Cafe program.

 

City of Yarra.VVolunteers will work alongside Yarra Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based Chatty Cafe program.

 

 

 

KEY TASKS

 

  • Assist with the setting up Chatty Café trolley and organising the café space in the library by such tasks as: putting out tea, coffee, hot water urn, flyers –
  • Assist with pack down of the Chatty Café by bringing the session to a close, removing trolley, washing dishes, putting away supplies
  • Offer information on local social and library services, for example, letting them know that library can offer digital literacy assistance to the patrons who attend the Chatty café. 
  • Sit with café users ensuring safe, respectful, enjoyable conversation by stimulating and guiding the conversation as necessary (conversation cards may be used if required).
  • Inform library staff when coffee, tea, and other supplies need restocking.

 

 

TIME COMMITMENT & LOCATION

 

This volunteer role will commence in October/ November 2022.

 

You may choose to volunteer for one session a week or more at the location/s that best suits you.

 

Monday 10:30am – 1:30pm (3hrs) once a week at Fitzroy Library.

AND / OR

Tuesday 10:30am – 1:30pm (3hrs) once a week at Bargoonga Nganjin North Library.

AND / OR

Wednesday 10:30am – 1:30pm (3hrs) once a week at Carlton Library.

AND / OR

Thursday 10:30am – 1:30pm (3hrs) once a week at Richmond Library.

AND / OR

Friday 10:30am – 1:30pm (3hrs) once a week at Collingwood Library

AND / OR

Saturday 11:00am – 2:00pm (3hrs) once a week at Bargoonga Nganjin North Library.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS/ ATTRIBUTES

 KEY REQUIREMENTS/ ATTRIBUTES 

 

  • You will need to be compassionate, empathetic, comfortable speaking with people, and embrace the idea that everyone has a story to tell.
  • Enjoy engaging with a wide variety of people with a diverse social and cultural backgrounds – this may include people with mobility and communication barriers.
  • Able to work in a team or autonomously as required.
  • Comfortable with the physical requirements of the role including potentially moving some furniture such as chairs or coffee tables.
  • Have a current police check, Working with Children card and vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 months.

 

TRAINING & SUPPORT

 

All volunteers are required to attend a short induction session about the Chatty Cafe volunteer program and any training specific to your volunteering role to enable you to feel confident in undertaking the tasks.

 

Compulsory online training modules required for this role includes:

  • Volunteering at Council induction (including code of conduct and health and safety)
  • Child safety

 

You will be provided with ongoing support from your Volunteer Supervisor with opportunities for feedback.

 

ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

 

Reports to:                  Community Engagement and Outreach Team Leader

Internal Liaisons:         All staff and volunteers

External Liaisons:       Members of the public

Partnering organisations

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

We will provide you with a Volunteer Handbook, Code of Conduct and Volunteer Agreement. As part of the on-boarding process you will be required to sign to acknowledge that you agree with terms in the Volunteer Agreement.

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Library Volunteer- Digital Help

Make a positive impact on people's lives by providing basic digital literacy skills.

Join the Yarra Library volunteer team.


VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

ROLE TITLE:

Library Volunteer – Digital Help

REPORTS TO:

Yarra Libraries Outreach Services Team Leader

Yarra Libraries Branch Staff

UNIT:

BRANCH:

DIVISION:

Yarra Libraries

Community Programs and Outreach

Community Wellbeing

POLICE CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL REQUIRED:

NO

           

 

Yarra City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and supports flexible and accessible working arrangements for all.

 

We draw pride and strength from our diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

 

Our values Accountability, Respect and Courage underpin how we work and our efforts to build a culture based on positive relationships with colleagues and the community.

 

 

Program overview

 

Yarra Libraries does more than just provide books and a space. The libraries’ programs, sometimes in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, aim to lift social barriers and support vulnerable communities in the City of Yarra.

 

We provide accessible and inclusive services, information, technology, literacy and other resources to ensure people not only continue to read and learn, but also have enough food and other support, especially those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Volunteers play a crucial role in the successful delivery of this program. As a valued member of the Yarra Libraries team you will have the opportunity to be inspired, connect with community and make a real difference to people’s lives.

 

ROLE OBJECTIVE

 

Volunteers will work in conjunction with Yarra Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based digital help program.

City of Yarra.VVolunteers will work in conjunction with Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based digital help program.

 

City of Yarra.VVolunteers will work in conjunction with Libraries staff to add capacity to the delivery of our library-based digital help program.

 

KEY TASKS

 

  • Assist Library staff to provide basic digital literacy skills. This may involve help with accessing websites, completing electronic forms, troubleshooting or showing people how to use digital devices so they can use it themselves;
  • Provide help through booked sessions to deliver one-one-one tutoring; and
  • Promote Yarra Libraries relevant services and events as appropriate.

 

TIME COMMITMENT

 

This volunteer role will commence in October 2022.

 

  • Thursdays, 2pm – 4pm (2hrs) every fortnight (flexible)
  • Saturdays, 10am – 12 noon (2hrs) every fortnight (flexible)

 

LOCATION

 

The program will commence at Bargoonga Nganjin North Fitzroy Library in its initial phase with the intention of extending it to other library locations as additional volunteers join the program.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Enjoy engaging with a wide variety of people with a diverse social and cultural backgrounds – this may include people with mobility and communication barriers.
  • Able to work in a team or autonomously as required.
  • Have basic technology skills - confident in using a variety of digital devices, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Libraries can provide digital devices for each session.
  • Have a current police check, Working with Children card and vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 months.

 

TRAINING & SUPPORT

 

All volunteers are required to attend a short induction session about the Digital Help volunteer program and any training specific to your volunteering role to enable you to feel confident in undertaking the tasks.

 

Compulsory online training modules required for this role includes:

  • Volunteering at Council induction (including code of conduct and health and safety)
  • Child safety

 

You will be provided with ongoing support from your Volunteer Supervisor with opportunities for feedback.

 

ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

 

Reports to:                  Community Engagement and Outreach Officer

Internal Liaisons:         All staff and volunteers

External Liaisons:       Members of the public

Partnering organisations

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

We will provide you with a Volunteer Handbook, Code of Conduct and Volunteer Agreement. As part of the on-boarding process you will be required to sign to acknowledge that you agree with terms in the Volunteer Agreement.

___________________________________________________________________

Home Library Service Volunteer

A rewarding opportunity to provide valuable reading resources and social connection for Yarra's residents who are unable to visit our libraries due to illness, injury or frailty.

Join the Yarra Library volunteer team.


VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

ROLE TITLE:

Library Volunteer – Home Library Services

REPORTS TO:

Yarra Libraries Outreach Services Team Leader

UNIT:

BRANCH:

DIVISION:

Yarra Libraries

Community Programs and Outreach

Community Wellbeing

POLICE CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL REQUIRED:

YES

           

 

Yarra City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and supports flexible and accessible working arrangements for all.

 

We draw pride and strength from our diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people.

 

Our values Accountability, Respect and Courage underpin how we work and our efforts to build a culture based on positive relationships with colleagues and the community.

 

 

Program overview

 

Yarra Libraries does more than just provide books and a space. The Libraries Outreach programs, in partnership with not-for-profit organisations, aims to lift social barriers and support vulnerable communities in the City of Yarra.

 

We provide accessible and inclusive services, information, technology, literacy and other resources to ensure people not only continue to read and learn, but also have enough food and other support, especially those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Volunteers play a crucial role in the successful delivery of this program. As a valued member of the Yarra Libraries team you will have the opportunity to be inspired, connect with community and make a real difference to people’s lives.

 

ROLE OBJECTIVE

 

Volunteers will work alongside Libraries staff by adding value to the delivery of our Home Library Service community outreach program.

 

Please note, this role is particularly affected by COVID safe requirements due working with older and vulnerable people.

 

City of Yarra.VVolunteers will work alongside Libraries staff by adding value to the delivery of our community programs across the City of Yarra.

 

Working with older members of the community; this area includes our Home Library Service and various programs based in aged care facilities. Please note for obvious reasons this area is particularly affected by COVID safe requirements.

 

KEY TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Assist with the delivery of the Home Library Service for eligible socially isolated residents living in the City of Yarra,
  • Collect the already prepared bag/s of library books and other items for your patron from the Fitzroy Library branch;
  • Deliver them to the patron’s place of residence (using your own transport);
  • Offer the patron a friendly face and a bit of a chat;
  • Collect patron’s items from the previous visit and return them to the Fitzroy Library branch;
  • Ensure all items are secure in the vehicle and that customer information is not visible; and
  • Communicate any feedback from the patron regarding selected items and specific requests for library items or subject areas to library staff.

 

Time Commitment:      Wednesday or Thursday (flexible), 1-2 hours every four weeks.

 

Key requirement:        If you plan to drive you will need to use your own car, possess a valid Victorian Drivers Licence and ensure your vehicle is in a roadworthy condition. Comprehensive insurance is desirable. There are other transport options including use of our e-bikes.

KEY ATTRIBUTES

KEY ATTRIBUTES

KEY ATTRIBUTES

  • Enjoy engaging with a wide variety of people with a diverse social and cultural backgrounds – this may include people with mobility and communication barriers.
  • Able to work in a team or autonomously as required.
  • Comfortable with the physical requirements of the role – carrying loads of books.
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 6 months.

 

TRAINING & SUPPORT

 

All volunteers are required to attend a short induction session about the Home Library Service volunteer program and any training specific to your volunteering role to enable you to feel confident in undertaking the tasks.

 

Compulsory online training modules required for this role includes:

  • Volunteering at Council induction (including code of conduct and health and safety)
  • Child safety

 

You will be provided with ongoing support from your Volunteer Supervisor with opportunities for feedback.

 

ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

 

Reports to:                  Library Outreach Services Team Leader

Internal Liaisons:         All staff and volunteers

External Liaisons:        Patrons of the Home Library Services

 

 

___________________________________________________________________

 

We will provide you with a Volunteer Handbook, Code of Conduct and Volunteer Agreement. As part of the on-boarding process you will be required to sign to acknowledge that you agree with terms in the Volunteer Agreement.

___________________________________________________________________

L2P Learner Driver Mentor

Description: C:\Users\ellym\Desktop\L2P Driving Program tile.pngDo you have a spare 1-2 hours each week to help a learner driver?

Do you want to make a real difference to young people’s lives?

 

Become a volunteer mentor with L2P!

What is the L2P program?

The TAC L2P Program assists disadvantaged Victorian learner drivers aged 16 to 21 with no access to a supervising driver or vehicle to gain the 120 hours driving experience required to apply for a probationary licence.

Hear from Howard, one of our wonderful mentors, on what he gets out of volunteering for L2P (read the short story and watch the short video).  

 


VOLUNTEER ROLE DESCRIPTION

 

ROLE TITLE:

L2P Volunteer Mentor

REPORTS TO:

Yarra Youth Service

UNIT:

BRANCH:

DIVISION:

Youth & Middle Years

Family, Youth & Children Services

Community Wellbeing

POLICE CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK REQUIRED:

YES

PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL REQUIRED:

NO

           

 

Yarra City Council is committed to being a child safe organisation and supports flexible and accessible working arrangements for all.  We draw pride and strength from our diversity, remain open to new approaches and actively foster an inclusive workplace that celebrates the contribution made by all our people. Our values Accountability, Respect and Courage underpin how we work and our efforts to build a culture based on positive relationships with colleagues and the community.

 

 

Program overview

 

The L2P learner driver program sees volunteer driver mentors (acting in the role of supervising drivers) matched with young learner drivers to assist them in gaining on the road driving experience in a manual vehicle that is provided through the program.

 

The TAC L2P Program is funded by the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), managed by the Department of Transport (DoT), supported by the Victorian Government and coordinated by Yarra City Council’s Youth Services.

 

ROLE OBJECTIVE

  • To assist learner drivers in gaining supervised, on the road, practical driving experience.
  • To develop and maintain a purposeful, empowering, supportive and ongoing relationship with a young person.

 

KEY TASKS

 

  • Act in the role of a supervising driver and help the young person gain the necessary 120 hours of driving experience prior to going for their probationary license.
  • Build a positive relationship with the learner driver, be a positive role model and provide non-judgemental support to the learner driver.
  • Meet with the matched learner driver regularly for driving sessions (minimum 1-2 hours per week).
  • Provide regular feedback to the L2P Coordinator on the progress of the learner driver.

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • The mentor will be required to adhere strictly to the program Code of Conduct and attend prescribed training.
  • The mentor will be required to implement the prescribed approach to learning to drive as outlined in the training i.e. a staged approach to learning to drive.
  • To liaise with the learner driver and book in driving sessions regularly using the outlined booking procedure and to inform the L2P Coordinator of all driving activity including booking cancellations.
  • To ensure that the car is inspected prior to every driving session, left tidy at the end of each lesson and to fuel up the car if tank is less than half full.
  • To inform the L2P Coordinator of any car maintenance issues.
  • To assist with the completion of learner log book or MyLearner app entries.

KEY ATTRIBUTES

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES

  • Age 21 years and over and hold a current full Victorian license
  • A minimum 6 months commitment to the program
  • Good communication skills including a willingness to listen and learn
  • Ability to motivate and inspire young people
  • Motivated, reliable and confidential
  • Self awareness, compassion and empathy
  • Have (or willing to obtain) a current Working With Children Check, National Police Check (we provide) and Driver History Report (we provide)
  • At least two references must be provided

 

TRAINING & SUPPORT

 All volunteer mentors are required to attend a one off full day training provided by VicRoads.  Other compulsory training specific to your volunteering role, eg child safety will be required to enable you to feel confident in undertaking the tasks.

 

You will be provided with ongoing support from the program coordinator with opportunities for feedback.

 

ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Reports to:                   L2P Program Coordinator

Internal Liaisons:         Youth Services and L2P volunteers

External Liaisons:        Learner Driver

                                    TAC and/or DoT

 

 

_________________________________________________________________________

 

We will provide you with a Volunteer Handbook, Code of Conduct and Volunteer Agreement. As part of the on-boarding process you will be required to sign to acknowledge that you agree with terms in the Volunteer Agreement.

_________________________________________________________________________

Other volunteer vacancies (not with us)

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer in your local community.

Go to the 'Volunteer Opportunities' option on the Yarra Jobs Portal.

 

Our Mission

To encourage a vibrant, livable and sustainable inner city that the community can be proud of.
 
We are a proud member of Volunteering Victoria.