The Armidale Volunteer Referral Service assists people wishing to become actively involved in their local community. Volunteering can provide you with valuable work experience, a chance to contribute to community life, the opportunity to meet new people and allow you to learn new skills.

The AVRS was established in 1998 and is auspiced by Armidale Regional Council. Funding is provided through the Department of Family and Community Services.

Find the right volunteer position for you

The Armidale Volunteer Referral Service can help you find a volunteer position that will suit your skills and interests.  If you’re undertaking training in a community field it’s also possible to help you find a volunteer role that will give you experience in the area you would like to work. To find out about the latest volunteer positions and for more information about volunteering call Jane on 6770 3838, or email avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au

Register on the Volunteer Application Form 2020 (PDF 100.1KB)

New England Volunteer Awards 2021

National Volunteer Week will be celebrated across Australia from 17 – 23 May.  It provides a great opportunity for us all to say thanks to the many volunteers who help make our community stronger, and let them know their efforts and commitment are appreciated.

In Armidale, the Armidale Volunteer Referral Service has combined with the Alwyn Jones Community Service Award to promote volunteering through the New England Volunteer Awards 2021.

Armidale Volunteer Referral Service Awards

Following the success of previous years, the New England Volunteer Awards continue to mirror the NSW Volunteer of the Year Award so that nominees may choose to have their nomination go forward to the 2021 State Award. Nominees have been chosen for their contribution to our community and their vision in implementing their skills and dedication to the tasks they have performed as volunteers.

Nominations for the awards fall into 5 categories:  Youth – 24 years and younger; Adult – 25 – 64 years; Senior – 65 years plus, Team, and Management.

A panel of judges will select the winning entrant from each category and the overall winner from nominations received.

Alwyn Jones Community Service Award

The Alwyn Jones Community Service Award is presented to an individual or organisation demonstrating an ongoing commitment to voluntary community service within the Armidale Regional Council area. Alwyn made voluntary contributions in a number of areas, but is best remembered for his contribution to the development of street trees in Armidale and the summer shade and autumn colour which they bring to the landscape. His enthusiastic contribution to changes in the landscape of Armidale continued from the 1940s through to the late 1990s.  It is appropriate that the award is presented in autumn, when the results of his efforts are most evident.

The award has been presented annually since 2005, and is sponsored jointly by Armidale Uniting Church and Armidale Regional Council.

All nominees to the awards are given a certificate of nomination.

For more information, or if you would like a hard copy form, contact Armidale Regional Council’s AVRS coordinator Jane Davies at avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au or call 6770 3838.


Click here to view the latest Armidale Volunteer Referral Service newsletter (PDF 1.7MB)


Jane Davies - AVRS Coordinator

P: 02 6770 3838

E: avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au

For more information on volunteering visit http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/