Community volunteers
  • Last updated:
  • 30 Dec 2022

The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 represents council's commitment to strengthen the substantial contribution made by volunteers and volunteer organisations.  

Sunshine Coast Volunteer Sector Reference Group

The Sunshine Coast Volunteer Sector Reference Group includes organisations who manage volunteers. This includes animal welfare, children, community transport, aged care, health and welfare services. 

The reference group meet to share ideas and challenges, and to collaborate on events. 

The reference group will work with council to provide feedback and advice on matters relating to:

  • volunteers and volunteering on the Sunshine Coast
  • the Volunteer Sector Action Plan
  • council’s target rate of 25 per cent community participation in volunteering.

For more information please email

Volunteer programs

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and its fun!

Council’s volunteering program offers many opportunities including: 

  • festivals and events
  • environment and conservation programs
  • libraries and galleries

There are also many other local volunteer programs for you to explore. 

National Volunteer Week 16-22 May 2022 

During these unprecedented times many people are experiencing just how volunteers are changing lives. 

National Volunteer Week  celebrates and thanks our volunteers for their time and dedication. 

Keep a look out for events on the Sunshine Coast leading up to National Volunteer Week. 

Benefits of volunteering

The following TED Talks provide insight into the personal benefits of volunteering, why people volunteer and what it means to have compassion and empathy.

Eric Cooper - Volunteering, the beneficial side effects

Abigail Marsh - Why some people are more altruistic than others

Joan Halifax - Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Matthieu Ricard - How to let altruism be your guide

Joyce Bertram - How volunteerism can change your world

Kevin White - Be Selfish. Volunteer!

Eric Cartha - The value of Volunteering