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Our volunteers work in health promotion and community development with diverse participants. They gain skills in health promotion, program planning and logistics, administration, customer service, events management and more.


Our volunteers are at the heart of our organisation. Their skills, commitment and generosity help us deliver community programs and activities that address the underlying social, economic and environmental causes of health inequality and deliver meaningful health and wellbeing outcomes for our community.

We also support placements and internships for students studying a range of studies at the University of Wollongong as well as the UOWx program.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Expand on your professional skills and experiences across multiple programs.
  • Meet new people, build your professional network and have fun!
  • Be part of the team designing the infrastructure of a healthy community.

Why volunteer with Healthy Cities Illawarra (HCI)

  • Gain professional skills and experiences while building your professional network.
  • Meet new people and have fun!
  • Be part of the team designing the infrastructure for a healthy, resilient community.
  • Receive ongoing support, training and development opportunities.
  • Get ahead in the line for our casual and paid positions.
  • Join exclusive HCI volunteer excursions.

Volunteer with us

Whatever it is that motivates you, we offer volunteer opportunities that make a real impact.

From fair food, healthy eating and cooking skills to walking programs and after-school youth programs, our positions suit people from all skill levels, abilities and commitment levels.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people living with a disability, the LGBTQI community and people with neurological differences.

We strive to offer flexible volunteer opportunities for parents, youth and mature age workers. Please reach out if you need additional assistance to get involved.

All HCI volunteers are required to submit a Working with Children (WCC) Check. Applications can take between and one and four weeks to process so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

To apply or to get more information, visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website. The WWC check is free for volunteers.

Our current volunteer opportunities

– Wollongong Online Farmers Market Support Position
Help us to grow a more resilient, sustainable, and local food economy for our community, our producers, and our environment. Volunteers support the weekly delivery of the Wollongong Online Farmers Market by assisting in all aspects of the project delivery.
Position Description

– Active In-Betweens Program Assistants
The Active In-Betweens program supports children aged 8-12 years living in communities considered disadvantaged. Volunteers assist with a weekly after-school program in local community settings with a focus on healthy lifestyles and physical activity.
Position Description

– FFI Communications Support Position
Educate our community and encourage them to take actions towards a fairer food system. Volunteers support the development of the FFI newsletter, execute the social media strategy and maintain the website.
Position Description

– Active Connections Program Assistants
Active Connections is a free initiative by Healthy Cities Illawarra and SCARF Refugee Support that delivers physical activity programs for women from recent migrant and refugee backgrounds. Volunteers are a part a team providing a fun, inclusive, positive and educational experiences for participants and assist with the facilitation of a program.
Position Description

– HCI Event Assistants
Gain skills, make connections and be a part of an inclusive, fun and energetic team and represents Healthy Cities Illawarra at exciting events across the Illawarra.
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This is the perfect time to join us!


For more information email ingrid@healthycities.org.au

“Working with Healthy Cities Illawarra has given me so many skills and, at the same time, I’m doing what I love and helping my local community.”