Volunteering Queensland

Volunteering is a great way to get involved within your community, whether it's throughout the State, in your town, or at your local school. Before you get started, you might want to investigate the different types of volunteering that might interest you. To help you, Volunteering Queensland has identified five categories that define how volunteers get involved with their communities.

  1. Formal volunteering means that you have an ongoing and defined role
  2. Project volunteering means helping a non-profit organisation achieve a specific outcome for a project within a clear time-frame or until desired results are achieved
  3. Governance volunteering means having a role on a board or management committee, which usually require strategic thinking and business skills
  4. Non-formal volunteering means coming together around a shared interest such as self-help groups or craft groups
  5. Social action volunteering means coming together around a shared interest with a desire to bring about defined changes, such as environmental group, political lobby group, or community action group

People's reasons for volunteering vary, but most people volunteer because they want to contribute their skills and experience, or meet new people, or help out a friend who needs more people where he or she volunteers.

Volunteering Queensland runs a program called 'Step Up'. It is a combination of projects that focus on building community resilience to natural disasters by empowering a diverse range of community stakeholders with the necessary knowledge, tools, and resources to build community self-reliance. The program's ultimate goal is to develop an online portal where communities can enhance their resilience knowledge, plan resilience strategies, and assess their progress in building community resilience.

The Step Up program is divided into five key projects:

  1. Business Roundtable EXTEND - preparing local business communities across Queensland
  2. Youth Communication and Resilience - supports youth preparedness and resilience
  3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Resilience - captures traditional knowledge about disaster resilience
  4. Natural Disaster Leadership - 6-day workshop series about community resilience, adaptive leadership and disaster management
  5. Community Workshop - engaging, participatory and educational workshops