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Where to Volunteer

Want to give back to your local community? A number of local organisations are actively seeking people who are keen to donate their time and skills to fulfil a range of different roles from gardening and shopping to tutoring and home visits.

Scroll down to browse through our directory of local organisations or skip to key categories using the short links. Please note that the organisations are categorised by the key service they offer and some may span across a number of categories.

To find out more, please visit their website or get in touch with their representative. Council also offers volunteering opportunities from bushcare through to event assistance.

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Arts and Culture

2RRR Radio

2RRR (Ryde Regional Radio) is a community radio station dedicated to giving a voice to those who through mainstream media have no voice. They seek to inform, entertain and unite communities across Sydney through their programming and community activities.

2RRR offer a range of volunteering opportunities from radio presenters through to admin helpers.


Ryde Eisteddfod is a great Community Initiative - a team of volunteers taking over the organisation of this major cultural event launched by Ryde Council at the time of NSW Bicentenary celebrations. It operates from July to September each year in halls in the Ryde region and competitors and audience travel from far and wide to take part. Each year more than 50 volunteers are drawn from all walks of life - working with the competitors, the audience and the adjudicators to ensure that the hard work of the competitors leading up to their performance is rewarded. And the volunteers are rewarded by amazing performances - across the specialized vocal, instrumental, dance, speech/drama disciplines and also in a special session embracing all these disciplines amongst the Seniors (50+).

New volunteers are able to offer their own expertise so that it is truly a shared and evolving experience. If you are interested have a look at the website -, in particular the Volunteering Menu which includes a guide to the tasks involved - together with a Quiz to test your knowledge on the material - and possibly to become accredited as a Ryde Eisteddfod Volunteer. If you would prefer to contact the volunteers coordinator directly please email

Community Services


Phone: 1300 327 434

This program matches a person who has experienced a brain injury with a trained buddy to volunteer together in meaningful roles. Volunteer Buddy: A buddy is carefully matched with a person living with a brain injury, to enable them to participate in a meaningful volunteer role. Together, they volunteer in a host organisation who can offer a role which meets the volunteers' requirements. The buddy supports the volunteer to engage in meaningful volunteer work. This program matches a person who has experienced a brain injury with a trained buddy to volunteer together in meaningful roles.

Achieve Australia

Achieve Australia supports people with a disability to live independently, develop work skills and to learn and participate in the community. They offer a range of volunteering opportunities to match the skills of their volunteers.

Catholic Healthcare

Catholic Healthcare provides aged care services to people living in the community or in residential homes.

Volunteers are invited to provide a wide range of social support to our clients. Roles include volunteering to assist elderly clients at day centres, visiting an elderly person in their home, IT tutors and answering phone calls.

Christian Community Aid

Christian Community Aid provides local services that address the needs of people in the community. Their vision is for every Australian community, families, children, young people and elderly to thrive. For over 50 years we have been working to provide personalised, timely and innovative support that addresses the existing and emerging needs of people. CCA aims to develop resources and capacity that will contribute to strong, inclusive and resilient communities.

They are seeking volunteers to fulfil a range of roles from drivers and shopping assistants through to calligraphy tutors.

Location: Eastwood

Country Women's Association


The Country Women’s Association is an organisation which aims to advance the rights and equity of women. In Eastwood they operate a team room and sell handmade items to contribute to the various programs run by the organisation. Volunteers are invited to assist.

Location: Eastwood

Easy Care Gardening Inc.

Easy Care Gardening helps maintain the gardens of older people who need assistance in the Ryde area. They require volunteers who would like to be a member of a team and can accommodate both individuals and corporate groups.

Location: Ryde

Explore and Develop North Ryde Public School 

Email: | Phone: 9888 9200

Explore and Develop Nth Ryde Public School are a long day care service located on the grounds of North Ryde Public School and are currently looking for volunteers on Wednesday mornings for 1.5 hours to walk to and from the North Ryde Public library with their pre-schoolers and room leader each week. They also have an opportunity available for a volunteer to do reading or craft at their centre any day morning or afternoon. Volunteers must complete a volunteers working with children check.

Location: North Ryde

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 

Email: | Phone: 9646 0640

MS Australia is the national voice for people with multiple sclerosis. They work in advocacy and communications, and collaborate with their stakeholders to benefit thousands of people affected by MS across the country. If you enjoy the company of people and have time to commit to at least one visit per fortnight, why not volunteer as a community visitor and visit people with MS in the Ryde and Hunters Hill areas. 

Location: City of Ryde

Parkinson's NSW

Email: | 1800 664 189 

Parkinson's NSW is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to make life better for people living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. They offer volunteer opportunities a couple of times during the year including Christmas present wrappers at Macquarie Park Shopping Centre.

Presbyterian Aged Care North Ryde Community Aid

Email: | Phone: 9888 3380

North Ryde Community Aid & Information Centre delivers Commonwealth Home Support Programs (CHSP) and Community Hub Services to the aged and socially and financially disadvantaged members of the Ryde community. All the programs and services provided by NRCA would not be able to take place without the commitment and hard work of our dedicated volunteers. NRCA welcomes new volunteers interested in driving, shopping, gardening or delivering a linen service.

Location: City of Ryde 

Riding For The Disabled Association (NSW)

Riding for the Disabled Association NSW is a volunteer-run organisation which enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy and achieve physical, social, psychological and educational progress through participation in therapeutic horse riding programs and horse-related activities.

They rely on the generosity of individuals, grants, community groups, local businesses and fundraising by their fantastic volunteers to raise the funds required for day to day running expenses for the centre such as activities and programs for disabled riders and paying for horse-related expenses. They require volunteers to help with the horses, maintain their grounds and assist with administration and promotion of the centre.

Location: Macquarie Park

Sailability Dobroyd at Rodd Point, Five Dock

Email: | Phone: 0423 221 025

Sailability is a volunteer-run organisation that encourages and facilitates participation in sailing and boat usage for people of all ages and abilities. They are looking for volunteers to assist people with a disability to board and disembark specially designed dinghies and to sail with them.

Location: Five Dock

Save the Children

Save the Children operates an Op Shop in West Ryde. Without the support of volunteers this and other programs run by the charity would not operate. For further information on the current volunteering opportunities, please visit their website.

Location: West Ryde


Email: | Phone: 9816 5000

Stryder is a for-purpose organisation with more than 30 years of service as a Community Transport Provider and aims to inspire our community by connecting people in Ryde, Hunters Hill and beyond with their quality fleet of vehicles. Join their dedicated team of volunteers in delivering a range of connective services to those most in need. They are on the look out for drivers, social outing assistants and office assistants.

Location: City of Ryde, Hunters Hill


Email: | Phone: 9427 6425

Sydney Community Services is a not-for-profit organisation that assists the elderly and persons with a disability to live a quality and independent life in their own home and in the community. With over 50 years of experience, Sydney community Services provides sustainable, responsive and quality support services to the residents of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ryde.

They offer opportunities to volunteer in disability services, medical transport, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, shopping services, day trips, linen service, social activities, community visitors scheme and a seniors' hub.

Location: City of Ryde, Hunters Hill and Lane Cove



The Generous and the Grateful (GG) turns empty houses into homes for some of our most vulnerable people who are at high risk of homelessness and returning to harm. GG works with caseworkers to connect their clients with great quality second-hand furniture and whitegoods donated by kind Australians, as well as items from hotels refurbishments and manufacturer returns. GG fast-tracks the delivery of household packages to people that need them, helping them to thrive, not just survive.

GG is looking for volunteers to help in their warehouse at Melrose Park. Their roles involve moving bulky household items, as well as roles focused on organisation, stocktake and planning. Some roles can be conducted remotely.

Location: Melrose Park

The New South Wales Justices Association Inc. (NSWJA)


NSWJA Ryde City branch runs Justices of the Peace (JP) desks at Macquarie Centre, Cox’s Road Mall Shopping Centre, and Rhodes Waterside. The branch is expanding the JP desks to West Ryde and Gladesville. The NSWJA are looking for registered NSW JP's who would be interested in joining the NSWJA and providing voluntary JP services to the community. The NSWJA also provides face-to-face and online JP training for its members. If you are interested and would like to attend a branch bi-monthly meeting, please contact the NSWJA at or 0412089219.

Location: City of Ryde

Education and Training

Eastwood Uniting Church

Contact: Marion Gledhill
Phone: 9874 2088 | Mobile: 0423 355 759 | Email:

Eastwood Uniting Church (EUC) conducts English classes as a form of support and assistance to people from non-English speaking backgrounds and have come to live in our community. The church welcomes people from the community to volunteer as teachers or coordinators, and share their aim.

Training opportunities are available to volunteers. Coordinators, who are church members, will be the point of contact for the Church Council, and will coordinate classes, teachers and general arrangements.

Location: Eastwood

Health and Wellbeing Collaboration (HAWC), Macquarie University

Ema:il | Phone: 9850 9077

The HAWC program is a clinical placement undertaken by students from Macquarie University. The program works with volunteers from the community to complement the students' classroom learning.

Volunteers are required to assist physiotherapy students with their training for the duration of a semester. As a volunteer you would be periodically visited by students who will practice their initial assessment and measurement skills.

Location: Home

Primary Ethics

Phone: 8068 7752 | Email:

Primary Ethics is an independent not-for-profit organisation and the approved provider of ethics classes to NSW public schools. Ethics classes are currently offered in 500 primary schools in NSW and welcomes expressions of interest to establish new programs.

Primary Ethics has established itself as a highly effective education provider which offers unique, skilled volunteering opportunities. They need volunteer ethics teachers, who will receive free training, professional development and quality curriculum materials.

Location: City of Ryde


Email: | Phone: 9942 0224

Help adult migrants and refugees learn English by volunteering with TAFE NSW's Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) where tutors complete an online course at their own pace and receive ongoing support once they start tutoring. Tutoring is conducted in the student’s home or at a mutually convenient location such as a library. 

Location: City of Ryde

Environment and Conservation

Buddhist Compassionate Relief Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi is a faith-based organisation that has a range of environmental projects from tree planting to Boomerang Bags. For further information on current projects and volunteering opportunities, visit their website.

Location: City of Ryde

The Habitat Network


The Habitat Network is a community of nursery attendants and people who work together to cultivate The Habitat, a community-run food garden and native plant nursery that specialises in growing plants native to the Ryde area. The community is in need of nursery attendants and people to sell local native plants and food plants. Full training will be provided. Students undertaking community service awards are also welcome.

Location: Ryde

Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy and education organisation, focused on advancing climate change solutions through democracy.

The Citizen's Climate Lobby are volunteer-driven. They write to, meet and talk with politicians, citizens, community leaders, business leaders and media from across the political spectrum. In order to generate the political will necessary for effective action on climate change they train, support and provide the tools for our volunteers to engage with leaders, the media and the public.


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Last updated on 10 May 2021