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 online or download the Volunteer Application Form 2020 (PDF 100.1KB)

Morning Tea

Our next morning tea (PDF 384.9KB) will be on Thursday, 18 November starting at 10.30am in the Jacaranda Room at 141 Faulkner Street, Armidale.  Everyone is welcome to attend, but you need to be double vaccinated to comply with NSW Government COVID directives. If you have any enquiries about this or about volunteering in general please call Jane on 6770 3838.

International Volunteer Day 2021

A celebration of IVD will be held on Thursday, 2 December at the Armidale Bowling Club.  The event is by invitation only for volunteers who are currently engaged in volunteering with local not for profit organizations.  If you would like to have your volunteers invited to the event please fill out this form (DOCX 743.1KB) and return by 18 November, to allow time for your volunteers to receive and respond to their invitations. Again this is a COVIDSsafe event and only people with a double vaccination certificate can attend.

New England Volunteer Awards 2021

National Volunteer Week was celebrated across Australia from 17 – 23 May 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 combined with the Alwyn Jones Community Service Award to promote volunteering through the New England Volunteer Awards 2021.

See below a list of this year's recipients: 

AVRS Adult Volunteer of the Year – 25 – 64 years – Michael Kean
Michael Kean was recognised for his contribution to the 2ARM community radio station. Michael has helped the station adapt to changes in technology and is working on ensuring the station stays relevant through introducing podcasting and smart speakers. He has also facilitated the replacement of the ageing studio equipment. Michael is also being recognised for his outstanding work coming up with solutions during the COVID-10 lockdown when announcers had to work from home.

AVRS Senior Volunteer of the Year – 65 years and over – Brian Flint
Brian Flint was recognised for his dedication to the Armidale PCYC. Mr Flint took over the running of the weights section in 1965, and to this day he still continues to train people and maintain the gym. Volunteering most weekends and afternoons, his volunteer work ranges from repair work to the club, driving the after school bus, assisting in the running of the monthly markets and any other fundraiser that is run on a weekend.

AVRS Volunteer Team of the Year – Armidale & Uralla Meals on Wheels
The team of volunteers at Meals on Wheels have worked tirelessly over the past year to continue to deliver throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 volunteers help deliver meals each day, and provide a valuable service to vulnerable and isolated people within our community.

AVRS Excellence in Volunteer Management – Bruce Stuart
Bruce Stuart was recognised for his work with Food Blessings which is a team-based ministry providing food and hampers to those in need.
Bruce has devoted several years to growing Food Blessings into a vibrant community service for Armidale, and as  the Volunteer Manager he co-ordinates his volunteers to stock shelves, pack hampers and fruit and vegetable bags with goods he has ordered from FOODBANK NSW.
 Bruce values his volunteers, using their strengths to achieve an efficient, well-run organisation.

Alwyn Jones Community Service Award – Brian Flint
In addition to being named the AVRS Senior Volunteer of the Year award, Brian Flint has also been awarded the Alwyn Jones Community Service Award for his 60 years of service to the PCYC.

Click here to view the latest Armidale Volunteer Referral Service newsletter (PDF 699.6KB)


Jane Davies - AVRS Coordinator

P: 02 6770 3838

E: avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au

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