100 Volunteering Opportunities Townsville

This list was collated by Local Level Alliance Facilitator, Tiffany Stubbin (). Information was collected from Facebook and MeetUp.


100 Volunteering Opportunities


Animals Big and Small

BirdLife Australia – This organisation tracks bird migration across Australia and recovery after disasters. By keeping track of birds in your area on their dedicated app called BirdData, you are providing data for recovery programs, campaigns, and conservation and fundraising efforts. Visit https://birdlife.org.au/support-us/volunteer/ for more information.

Angel Paws Inc. – Is an organisation that works to save animals with limited options. More information on Facebook and at www.angelpawsinc.com.au. Opportunities include becoming a foster carer, baking for fundraiser sales, administration, fencers and handymen, fundraising, making toys for foster pets, transport of animals and advertising.

Townsville Foster and Rehoming Animals – Is an organisation that helps beloved pets find new homes when necessary. More information on Facebook and at www.townsvillerehominganimals.org. Opportunities to donate, become a foster carer, animal transporter, a day of help (giving foster carers a break by helping feed and clean puppies), advertising support, and administration.

NQ Wildlife Care – Is an organisation that offers specialised training, advice and cheap supplies for people to become wildlife carers. Wildlife carers look after sick, injured and orphaned native animals. More information on Facebook and at www.nqwildlife.org.au. Opportunities to donate, become a carer, build nest boxes, sew pouches, transport animals or help with garden maintenance.

Animal Care and Adoption Centre – Run by Townsville City Council, there are volunteer opportunities available. Call 0457 769 362 to find out what opportunities are available now.

Billabong Sanctuary – Is a space that reaches over 10 hectares and offers natural habitats for many Australian animals including crocodiles, wombats, kangaroos and koalas. For more information, visit the website https://www.billabongsanctuary.com.au/volunteer-opportunities-billabong-sanctuary/. Opportunities to prepare enclosures, preparing food, assisting in presenting wildlife talks, and assisting in performing animal health checks.

Townsville Bird Support Service – Is a registered bird rescue non-profit animal rescue charity especially for birds native and domestic. For information, email , check out the Facebook page or visit https://www.townsvillefamilylife.com/directory/business-listing/facilities/townsville-bird-support-service-inc/.

Furry Friends Animal Rescue QLD – Although this organisation runs in South-East Queensland, there are virtual volunteer opportunities such as administration, social media, vet bookings administrator within the organisation. Visit http://www.ffarq.com.au/volunteer.html to see what’s available now.

Townsville Snake Catchers – Are you a trained snake catcher or interested in becoming one? Link in through the Townsville Snake Catcher’s Facebook page.

Guide Dogs Queensland – Although in regional Queensland we are not able to raise guide dog puppies, there are opportunities to support fundraising efforts, photography and administration tasks. Email to find out what current volunteer opportunities are in Townsville. Visit http://www.asdogsnq.com.au/support-us.html to find out how to become a dog sitter for Assistance Dogs NQ.

 

Mentoring Young People

Shine for Kids – Supports children and young people, with a relative in the criminal justice system, helping them to overcome isolation and stigma. They support children, facilitate hope, inspire kids to reach their full potential, nurture their growth and empower them to succeed. Visit their website https://shineforkids.org.au/support-our-work/volunteer-with-shine-for-kids/ for more info.

Girl Guide Leaders – One of the largest not-for-profit organisations in Australia for girls and women. They provide a unique female only space where girls are encouraged to explore their personal boundaries in a safe and secure atmosphere. Girls learn that they can do anything. Visit the website https://www.guidesqld.org/GGQResponsive/Join_Us/Volunteer_18_/GGQResponsive/Join_Us/Volunteer_18_.aspx?hkey=5e493ec1-2663-4da9-b8a5-25c67c504d49

PCYC Aitkenvale or Upper Ross – Opportunities to offer classes, activities, administrative skills, gardening support or mentoring are just around the corner. To see what volunteering positions are open right now, reach out to https://www.pcyc.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/.

Shed 3 – As part of The Youth Network NQ, there are volunteer opportunities in the arts, circus classes, Lids 4 Kids, Yoga and other mentoring opportunities. Link in to https://shed3.com.au/contact-2/ to find out what opportunities are available now.

Kookaburra Kids – Supports children and young people who have a lived experience of mental illness in the family. Volunteers support with activity days, camps and online support groups. Apply to become a volunteer at https://kookaburrakids.org.au/how-you-can-help/volunteer/.

Mini Vinnies – Vinnies Youth is the youth and young adults arm of the St Vincent De Paul Society. They offer a range of services to schools and young people requiring support. Mini Vinnies is an opportunity for your kids to get involved in volunteering too. Check out https://vinniesyouthqld.org.au/ for more information.

The Scout Association – Love the outdoors? Get involved with one of Australia’s largest Youth Organisations. To seek out volunteering opportunities, contact one of the five scout groups in Townsville https://scoutsqld.com.au/join-scouts/.  

Pyjama Angels – The Pyjama Foundation has trained more than 5000 volunteers since 2004 who provide literacy, numeracy, life-skills and mentoring support to children in out-of-home care. Help a foster child achieve their dreams by reaching out https://thepyjamafoundation.com/volunteer/.

Little Dreamers – A program for young carers to provide opportunity for them to just enjoy being kids. Volunteers help with school holiday programs, general support, carer group facilitation, mentoring, creating, or online tutoring. Check out https://www.littledreamers.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/ for more information.

Cowboys House – Exists to make a difference in the lives of North Queensland students and young people and particularly those who are disadvantaged or at risk. Creating opportunities, building resilience and inspiring futures is what they do. Volunteer positions can include kitchen helpers, grounds keepers or tutors. For information about current opportunities, visit  https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/15096/cowboys-community-foundation-nrl-cowboys-house


Driving Those Who Can’t (yet)

Young Driving Mentor – In the LEARNIT Youth Mentoring Program, volunteers support learner drivers to gain their 100 hours required for them to get their P License. Supervisor training and vehicles are supplied through Queensland Youth Services. Email to ask more information.

Braking the Cycle – PCYC’s volunteer driver mentor program designed to support learner drivers without access to a supervisor or registered vehicle to complete their logbook hours. More info at https://www.pcyc.org.au/youth-and-community/personal-and-leadership-development/braking-the-cycle/.

Be: Ltd – Formerly ComLink, Be: is looking for amazing volunteer drivers to help their clients stay active in the community. Meet new people and make a tangible difference in their lives. Visit https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering?organisationid=13644 for more information.

Bolton Clarke – Assist with bus transport for aged residents to and from shopping trips and social outings. Visit https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/117534/bus-driver-glendale for more information.

PCYC Aitkenvale or Upper Ross – Using your Open C Class driving license, support young people to get to and from activities as a community bus driver. To find out more about volunteering at your local PCYC, reach out to https://www.pcyc.org.au/get-involved/volunteer/.

Althea Projects – Transport families to and from Playgroup for an organisation that supports families in times of need. When families are not supported in times of need, children and young people cannot reach their full potential. https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/123158/playgroup-transport-driver

Transport to Treatment – Travelling to treatment can be challenging especially when travelling away from home or for treatments that last for many weeks or months. Cancer Council Queensland offers a range of transport services at no cost to support those who have limited options. To see how you can support in Townsville, call Cancer Council on 13 11 20.

TOTTS Community Flyer – Community Transport Drivers support vulnerable members of the community to access their appointments, social outings and shopping. Volunteer as part of the Community Transport fleet, as a bus driver for day trips, or as fleet assistants driving cars to maintenance appointments and to the car wash. Email for more information.

St John’s Community Care – Support people to get to the doctors, go shopping or maintain their social connections. Drivers can alternatively provide a collection and delivery service of essential items such as medications, groceries and household items as well as parcels. Visit the website to express your interest https://www.stjohnqld.com.au/support-us/volunteer/.

Mater Private Hospital – Volunteers are committed to enhancing the hospital experience for patients and their families. Support visitors to find their way through the hospital or volunteer to transport discharged patients to and from the hospital. https://www.matertsv.org.au/page/services/hospital-services/volunteers

 

Just Giving What You Can

Trauma Toys Townsville group – This is a Facebook group designed to provide the helpers of TTT with patterns, sewing instructions and important updates. Link in via Facebook.

Red Cross Pillowcase Project Presenter – The Pillowcase Project is a school based disaster preparedness program designed to help students aged 8-10, years 3-4, build their knowledge and capacity in disaster preparedness. https://volunteering.redcross.org.au/en/search/?search-keyword=townsville

UnitingCare Community e-Volunteering – It’s not always possible to donate your time and skills in person, which is why they’ve introduced e-volunteering. It’s a way people can volunteer electronically whether by using a computer, tablet or smartphone. Reach out to the team at the website for more information. https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/get-involved/join-us/volunteer

Sewing for Charity – Link in with Echidna Sewing to and use your sewing and embroidery skills to donate to great causes. They feature a new charity project to get involved with each month. Visit https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/project/sewing-for-charity/ for up to date information.

Hair With Heart – Commit to chopping your hair, set the date and advertise. Your hair will be made into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to a long-term medical condition. https://hairwithheart.variety.org.au/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIzcTSnPmu7gIVEBsrCh3BFgaOEAAYASAAEgJEG_D_BwE Or link in by supporting a friend to raise money as money raised will help kids living with disability, chronic illness and disadvantage. 

Online Tutoring – Help young carers reach their educational goals by offering online tutoring. Young carers provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction, and so they often get behind in their schoolwork. If you can support a young carer through online tutoring, reach out at the website https://www.littledreamers.org.au/online-tutor/.

Townsville Blood Donor Centre – People of all walks of life need blood products. Get creative and instead of receiving presents for weddings or celebrations, encourage people to donate the gift of life instead. For more information visit https://www.donateblood.com.au/gift-of-life.

Photography and Media – Meld Community is based in Melbourne and dedicated to facilitating the development of a healthy international student community in Victoria, and helping students find a respectful place in the wider context of Australian life and society. There are online volunteer opportunities for videographer, photographer, graphic designer and social media associate. Visit https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/23824/meld-community.

Sporting Groups and Clubs – Refer back to Get Connected #3 and see if there are any sporting groups or clubs that you can link into for support. These groups often need administration, time keepers, coaches, and referees and will often have positions available for volunteers.

Teacher Aide/Canteen Volunteer – Link in with your local school and see if they need help in the classroom, canteen, library, or office. If you love children and you want to support your local school then reach out and see what is available.

 

Connecting with the Elderly

Aurous Ltd – Services are designed with one goal in mind: To use the power of connection to reduce isolation and loneliness experienced by Australians. Volunteers can engage in a digital social connection program, or drop-in video chat for seniors. To volunteer with this great service, visit https://www.aurous.org.au/index.php/volunteer.

Meals on Wheels – Aim to assist the elderly and those with disabilities to remain living independently for as long as possible. Their delivery of nutritious meals, social interaction and regular visits ensure a client’s wellbeing and helps people live the lives they choose.

Be: Ltd – Need a new best friend forever? Too many Facebook friends and not enough happening in real life? Let Be: play match maker and put you in touch with a fantastic older member of the community today! Make people feel valued by being genuine and compassionate. Volunteer at https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering?organisationid=13644

Good Shepherd Home – This home endeavors to excellently cares for their 240 plus residents. They welcome visitors from all walks of life and a variety of backgrounds to ensure that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. To see what opportunities are available, visit the website at http://www.tgsh.org.au/volunteers.

Churches of Christ – St James Retirement Village offers a wide range of lifestyle options, all with personality tailored care and support packages. Current volunteer positions include garden support and café assistant. https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/23768/churches-of-christ-st-james-retirement-village

Ozcare Villa Vincent Home for the Aged – Located in Mundingburra, volunteers enhance the lives of the Villa’s elderly residents. Whether helping to maintain the gardens and grounds, assisting with the laundry or working with the Diversional Therapy team to provide daily entertainments, volunteers play a vital role in the daily rhythm of the Villa. Email to learn about current volunteering opportunities.

Bolton Clarke – You are invited to make a difference in the lives of people in your local community by donating as much time as you can spare. Whether you help with garden maintenance, tech support or as an outings assistant, you can link in via https://www.boltonclarke.com.au/about-us/volunteers/.

UnitingCare Community – Social support volunteering is a great opportunity to help people become part of their community and reduce their feelings of isolation, loneliness and loss of dignity and independence. https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/get-involved/join-us/volunteer/social-support

Blue Care – Blue Care accepts volunteers 16+ including students, retirees, job seekers and professionals. Volunteers can assist by sharing their skills and interests in residential care facilities, visiting regularly to help in compiling a person’s Life Story as a gift to leave their family, visiting clients, social visits, shopping support, outings, bus hosts, gardening, or administration support. Reach out at https://www.bluecare.org.au/working-with-us/volunteer-with-blue-care.

St John’s Community Care – Volunteer opportunities include the Community Visitors Scheme, Telephone Services: Friendship Calls or Security Calls, Hospital Services and Administration. Visit the website to express your interest https://www.stjohnqld.com.au/support-us/volunteer/.


Supporting People

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service – Help families navigate the family law system, domestic and family violence system, child protection system, and victim assist application process. For more information around becoming an administrative volunteer, visit the website http://www.qifvls.com.au/index.php?id=47.

Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporter – Lifeline is committed to bringing hope to Australians doing it tough. Volunteering in Townsville can help people in crisis across Australia through the 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Lend an ear to people in need by becoming a telephone crisis supporter. https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-involved/crisis-supporter-volunteering/

Volunteering North Queensland – Share in the joy of helping others discover the right volunteer position for them and be part of the ripple effect of positive change across our community. Support members of the community by using your organisational and administrative skills https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering?organisationid=11680.

Rotary Club of Townsville Saints – A local not for profit club, part of Rotary International. A group of dynamic women who come together regularly, to discuss issues that affect our community and how we might find ways to assist. Volunteering opportunities include assisting with Rotary Markets, fundraiser events including Special Children’s Christmas Party, 2 Feet and a Heartbeat Charity Walk or packing Care Packs 4 Kids (distributed to children who find themselves at Townsville University Hospital Emergency Department), and a variety of other local activities, FUNdraising events and more. Find out more about us and when we next meet at our Facebook page.

Justice of the Peace – Complete a course to become a Justice of the Peace (a voluntary legal officer). A Justice of the Peace is typically someone of good stature in the community who is authorized to witness and sign statutory declarations and affidavits. To learn more visit https://qja.com.au/training/

All Abilities Watersports Inc – Looking to support people to enjoy family, fun and fitness? Link in with this organisation and help out with the event days. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Court Network Townsville – Is a frontline community organisation that supports people in accessing the court system. It empowers people by providing trained volunteers who give information, support and referrals to court users. https://courtnetwork.com.au/volunteer/become-a-volunteer/

LifeLine Crisis Counsellor – Provide 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. Volunteering in Townsville can help people in crisis across Australia. For more information, visit the website https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-involved/crisis-supporter-volunteering/.

MATES in Construction – Is a charity that helps prevent suicide by giving mental health support and awareness training to construction workers on their jobsites. The suicide rate for young men in construction is more than twice the national average. Email to find out how you can help.

Foster the Future – Become an online tutor and support youth living in out-of-home care to graduate home school. Empower foster children through tutoring and educational support. For more information about this cause, visit https://www.fosterthefuture.com.au/volunteer.


Health Support

Ronald McDonald House – Works to support and strengthen families with seriously ill and injured children. Volunteer opportunities include collecting donations, engaging with community, administration, cleaning, or supporting with events. Visit https://www.rmhc.org.au/volunteer to view current volunteer opportunities.

MS Swimathon Event Day Crew – The MS Swimathon is a Queensland based fundraising event, where teams come together to take part in a fun filled 12-hour swimming relay. Event Day Crew are assistants to the Events team, and are involved in a range of activities throughout the day. To get involved, visit https://www.msswimathon.com.au/townsville.

Make-A-Wish Australia – Join the Townsville #WishForce and make a lasting difference. By sharing your time and skills, you can help Australian children experiencing life-threatening illness. Get active in the Townsville branch which meets monthly. Submit your interest via the website and they’ll be in contact www.makeawish.org.au/support/volunteer.

Mater Private Hospital – Volunteers are committed to enhancing the hospital experience for patients and their families. Support visitors to find their way through the hospital or volunteer to transport discharged patients to and from the hospital. https://www.matertsv.org.au/page/services/hospital-services/volunteers

Comfort Quilts Against Cancer Inc – Creating colourful quilts and distributing them to cancer patients to brighten the lives of unwell people. Visit the Facebook page or email for more information.

Arthritis Assist Peer-Mentor – Aims to improve the lives of people with arthritis, endeavouring to help people learn how to better manage the condition. There are three online support groups with empathetic peer-mentors. To volunteer, reach out to https://www.arthritis.org.au/how-you-can-help/volunteer/.

Camp Quality – Aims to create a better life for every child living with cancer in Australia. They provide families with a supportive environment so they can connect, meet other families who understand what they’re going through and have some much needed fun.

Harm Reduction Support – Volunteers will be responsible to provide harm reduction interventions, education, prevention information and assistance to clients and the community. Training is provided. For more information visit https://www.vnq.org.au/quick-search#/opportunity/89289.

Surf Life Saving – Volunteers provide beach patrols and aquatic supervision all over Australia’s coastal environment. Volunteering can also include administrative skills, event coordination and fundraising activities. Email to find out how you can contribute.

Relay for Life – Donate your time or resources to get involved in the Survivors and Carers element of Relay for Life. To find out how you can help, link in with the Cancer Council at the website https://secure.fundraising.cancer.org.au/site/SPageNavigator/contact_us/contact_qld.html.

 

Out in the Community

CommunityGro – A not-for-profit community organisation that provides services to support individuals and families to grow in confidence and independence. There are a range of volunteer opportunities available at the moment including kitchen hand, administrators, and tax help volunteer. Visit https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering-organisations/11951/communitygro or the Facebook page for more information.

Salvos Stores – Make a contribution to the social programs of The Salvation Army, obtain a sense of achievement and pride in ‘giving back’, make new friends and work in a fun environment. Visit https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/get-involved/volunteer-with-us/ for more information.

Red Cross – Volunteering in a Red Cross Shop provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved in their community and they are always ready to welcome new team members. https://volunteering.redcross.org.au/en/search/?search-keyword=townsville

Maritime Museum of Townsville – This excellent, vibrant and innovative museum benefits the Townsville community and extends knowledge and awareness of the need to conserve and interpret the region’s maritime heritage. Opportunities exist for receptionist, gardener or education coordinator currently available. https://www.tmml.org.au/volunteers/

Townsville Museum & Historical Society – The only museum who’s displays are solely dedicated to the history of Townsville. To find out more information about the volunteering opportunities, email or call 4775 7838.

St Vincent de Paul – Assists people experiencing poverty and inequality and works to shape a more just and compassionate society. This opportunity is available to anyone 16+. Visit the website to express your interest https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/Get_Involved/Become_a_volunteer/QLD/.

Townsville City Libraries – Offer what you can to support these great community institutions. Lead activities, sort books, run promotions or help with administrative tasks. Link in with the Kirwan, Aitkenvale or City Libraries in person to see how you can help.

Lifeline Shop – Always looking for dedicated volunteers as many of the shops are open 7 days a week. Volunteers also help in warehouses in jobs like sorting, categorizing, pricing and preparing donations for the shop floor. To Meet new people, give back to the community and learn new skills, reach out to https://www.unitingcareqld.com.au/get-involved/join-us/volunteer/lifeline-shop.

Neighbourhood Watch – Volunteer by creating a traditional ‘formal’ group in your area, by linking in with an existent group, or by contributing to blogs, news and events. For information about how to volunteer, visit the webpage at https://www.nhwq.org/membership-information/.

 

Supporting Isolated People

Mentoring Men – A registered Australian charity providing free life mentoring programs for adult men in the community. All men regardless of their background or beliefs are welcome to engage in their program. Visit https://mentoringmen.org.au/ for more information about how to get involved.

Orange Sky – Is a not-for-profit organisation providing free mobile laundry and shower services to people experiencing homelessness. Support the community by providing clean clothes, warm showers and genuine conversations for our friends doing it tough. Visit the website for more information https://orangesky.org.au/where-we-are/townsville/.

Heart Foundation Walking – Is Australia’s largest FREE walking network. It is social, fun and an easy way for people to walk and be active. Volunteers are being sought across Queensland to coordinate local walking and connection opportunities in the community. Training is provided for this role. https://www.heartfoundation.org.au/contribute/volunteering

Family History Association of North Queensland Inc. – A Townsville-based genealogy library with comprehensive Queensland, Australian and worldwide resources. The organisation promotes genealogy and family history research. To link in and offer your services, reach out to the Facebook page or email

North Townsville Community Hub – Support this community hub through volunteering in the boutique, offering classes, information, or supporting the admin team. Check out the website for more information https://notchdeeragun.weebly.com/about.html or visit the Facebook page.

State Emergency Service (SES) – A volunteer-based organisation empowering people to help themselves and others in times of emergency and disaster. The Queensland SES responds at local and national levels in disaster and is the primary response agency to storms and floods. For more information visit https://www.qld.gov.au/emergency/volunteering-jobs/volunteer/volunteering-ses.

Townsville Legacy House – Is dedicated to caring for the families of deceased and incapacitated veterans. Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. https://www.legacy.com.au/clubs/qld/northern-qld/

Country Women’s Association – All about empowering and inspiring women through friendship, education, connection and advocacy. Members enjoy a variety of activities and pursuits and volunteers offer skills in administration, cooking, baking and event management. For more  information, email .

St John’s Community Care – Connect with those in need by becoming a community visitor, transport, hospital services, telephone services, first aid in schools, administration. Apply to become a volunteer at https://stjohnscommunitycare.org/volunteers/.

Community Information Centre – This primarily volunteer organisation offers information to residents, a wide range of community groups, and to government and non-government departments. Volunteering can include creating newsletters, updating directories and supporting locals to get connected. Visit https://www.cictownsville.com.au/ for more information.

 

Opportunities with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Peoples

Pimlico TAFE – Volunteer tutors provide an invaluable source of learning for students helping them learn practical English skills for day-to-day activities such as banking, shopping, filling out forms, and making and attending medical appointments. Bilingual support is helpful. https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/152538/bilingual-volunteer-tutors-townsville-and-pimlico

City Libraries – Become a homework mentor/tutor at the Aitkenvale Library and help refugee and migrant secondary students with their schooling. All you need is to be good with English communication and have an empathy/interest in working with youth from different cultures. Apply at https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/86423/homework-mentor-tutor.

Refugee English Teacher – Through St Vincent de Paul, a volunteer opportunity is available to visit the refugee families in their Townsville homes. Volunteers assist people with learning English at a conversational level or higher. Some tutors help with children’s homework, others simply visit each week as friends. https://www.volunteer.com.au/volunteering/118659/refugee-english-tutor

English Class Tutor – Community Information Centre in partnership with City Libraries facilitate a range of classes including English, Spanish, Guitar and Ukulele under the program Learning Links to provide opportunity for participation in community life. https://www.cictownsville.com.au/.

Amnesty International – Online volunteer opportunities exist including fundraising, campaigns and communications. For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit the website at https://www.amnesty.org.au/work-with-us/positions/.

Quota International of Townsville – A non-profit international service organisation with people of diversified occupations dedicated to a common cause: to serve those in need of help. Email for more information.

Townsville Multicultural Support Group – A range of volunteer opportunities for you, your organisation or business to be involved in including donating your time, energy and skills. Monitor the website https://www.tmsg.org.au/programs and Facebook page for opportunities.

Townsville Intercultural Centre – With a range of events and classes throughout the week, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. For more information, email the team at .

Visitor Information Centre – Join Townsville Enterprise and assist welcoming visitors at their Visitor Information Centres, local events, Townsville Enterprise Member events and Cruise Ship Visits. Link in at https://www.townsvilleenterprise.com.au/tourism/visitor-services/become-a-volunteer/.

The Mission to Seafarers – Seek to help seafarers in all kinds of practical ways. They are away from their families for long periods and may face loneliness and ill-health or injury. The welcome from the MTS Chaplains and volunteers may be the only onshore hospitality they receive. For contact details, visit https://www.mts.org.au/townsville.


Environmental Opportunities

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service – Help ensure that parks across Townsville are cared for. More information available at https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/parks/park-volunteers/start-volunteering. Opportunities include controlling weeds, planting native trees, maintaining tracks, collecting data, caring for and rehabilitating sick, injured or orphaned animals, and recording wildlife migration.

Sea Shepherd Chapter Townsville – Volunteers can be involved in education initiatives, fundraising, social media, community engagement and events. Email to learn about up to date volunteering opportunities.

North Queensland Conservation Council – For those who are committed to the environment, there are multiple volunteering opportunities including events assistance, campaigns, funding, and administration. Visit https://www.nqcc.org.au/volunteer for more information.

Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Inc. – It’s a great way to have fun, benefit from some exercise, meet like-minded people, help the environment and give back to your community. To stay on top of volunteering opportunities, visit https://www.cdtli.org.au/get-involved/ or the Facebook page.

Tangaro Blue Foundation – Is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris: one of the major environmental issues worldwide. To stay up to date with local volunteer opportunities, follow the Townsville Facebook page.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia – Online opportunities available around marketing, advocacy, and education in this organisation focused on accelerating climate change solutions through democracy. For current opportunities, visit https://govolunteer.com.au/organisation/details/22593/citizens-climate-lobby-australia.

Conservation Volunteers Townsville – Australia’s leading practical conservation organisation. Visit https://conservationvolunteers.com.au/get-involved-volunteers/ for more information about local opportunities.

Rural Fire Service – Make new friends, receive training and development, and support your community. Volunteering includes fighting fires, fire prevention, community education, permits to light fire, and deployments and assistance during disasters. To find out more, visit the webpage https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Volunteering/Pages/default.aspx.

Reef HQ – After the refurbishment, Reef HQ will be looking to link volunteers back into opportunities. These can range from cleaners to supporting animals to conservation to education. To stay up to date with the refurbishment project, visit https://www.reefhq.com.au/refurbishment/refurbishment-overview.

Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland – The Townsville branch has a long history of caring for our local environment and encouraging the community to understand and appreciate the wildlife and natural places that exist around our city and region. To learn how to link in with this group, email .


This list was compiled by Local Level Alliance Facilitator, Tiffany Stubbin () using public websites and Facebook.