2022 Citizen of the Year Mohammed Ali

Mohammed Ali is one of the many Canberrans who volunteer their time to make Canberra a more supportive and inclusive place.

28 April 2022

Canberrans are encouraged to explore ways to give back to the community when we celebrate National Volunteer Week later this month (16-22 May).

There are many opportunities to help make our city a more supportive and inclusive place, whether it’s volunteering through sports, arts, wildlife rescue or wellbeing initiatives.

We’ve put together the below snapshot of just a few of the opportunities available.

Support the local environment

Urban Parks and Places volunteers

Pictured: Urban Parks and Places volunteers.

Whether you can spare a couple of hours a year, or want to volunteer monthly, consider getting involved with nature conservation in the ACT.

You can support our local environment through activities like tree planting, seed collecting, weed spraying, community awareness raising, events management and more.

It’s a great way to make a difference, get outdoors, stay fit, meet new people and learn more about the region in the process.

Visit the ACT Government’s City Services website for more on how to get involved with the Urban Parks and Places Volunteering program.

Volunteer with Canberra Health Services

Auxiliary Shop volunteers

Pictured: Volunteers at Canberra Hospital’s Auxiliary Shop.

Whether it’s guiding patients around our health facilities, or driving patients and carers to important medical appointments, you can volunteer with Canberra Health Services and make a difference.

Consider joining the team of volunteers who work across many programs to provide services and support for patients, visitors and staff.

Other activities include working in Canberra Hospital’s Auxiliary Shop and supporting clinical programs through interactions with consumers.

Visit the Canberra Health Services website for more on how to get involved.

Help with our city’s emergency response

You can become a key part of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) and provide a frontline response to emergencies like bushfires, storms and floods.

In addition to frontline response, ESA volunteers also deliver community education to the ACT community on a range of hazards and how to prepare for them.

Volunteer positions include rural firefighters, state emergency service members, community education practitioners and community fire unit member.

Visit the ACT Emergency Services Agency website for more on how to get involved.

Support our local police force

The Australian Federal Police’s Volunteers in Policing Program invites the local community to support ACT Policing activities.

You can provide front office support at police stations, assist at community events, role play for police recruit training and help with catering at training exercises and workshops.

Visit the ACT Policing website for more on how to sign up.

Enrich the lives of lost or homeless dogs

DAS volunteers

Pictured: Domestic Animal Service Volunteers in Symonston.

From dog walking to behavioural training, the Domestic Animal Services (DAS) volunteer program has a range of opportunities for dog lovers.

DAS volunteers play an important role in enriching the lives of dogs in the agency’s care by providing additional exercise, socialisation and training.

If you want to find out how you can improve the dogs’ quality of life and increase their chances of getting adopted quickly, visit the ACT Government’s City Services website.


National Volunteers Week is also a time to thank the Canberrans who volunteer for our community, such as 2022 Citizen of the Year Mohammed Ali (pictured at top).

Read our feature story on Mohammed and his dedication to supporting vulnerable community members through his not-for-profit volunteer organisation HelpingACT.

For more volunteer opportunities, visit the ACT Government’s Community Services website or head to www.volunteeringact.org.au

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