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 (PDF 100.1KB)

Morning Tea

Volunteer Morning Tea

Our next morning tea is on Thursday, 26 October at 10.30 am until noon in the Garden Room at 141 Faulkner Street, Kent  House, Armidale. Everyone interested in volunteering is invited to come along and enjoy some coffee, tea, cake and the company of volunteers and representatives from our volunteer-involving organizations.  Please just turn up or contact Jane on 6770 3838 or jdavies@armidale.nsw.gov.au, for more information

Morning Tea Flyer (PDF 190.8KB)

Volunteer Newsletter (PDF 1.3MB)

New England Volunteer Awards 2023

The New England Volunteer Awards were held during National Volunteer Week and we had a bumper crop of 29 nominations. The event was held in the ARC Council Chambers and it was attended by 50 guests. ARC Deputy Mayor Todd Redwood presented a certificate of nomination to all nominees and announced the winners of each category as follows:

The New England Regional Volunteer Team - Armidale Transport 2 Treatment - Volunteers nominated by Paul Hobson for their work with NSW Cancer Council.

The New England Regional Senior Volunteer of the tear (+65 Years) - Michael Porter - Nominated by Leah Macdonald for his work with Armidale District Cricket Association.

The New England Regional Adult Volunteer of the Year - Satmak Dapar - Nominated in the Adult Volunteer category by Mark Ostini for his work with Global Care Foodbank.

The New England Regional Club Volunteer of the Year - UNE Outdoor Adventure Club Committee - Nominated in the Club Volunteer category by Laura Murray for their work with UNE Outdoor Adventure Club.

The New England Regional Volunteer Leader of the Year - Armidale Sanctuary Volunteer Coordinators Kerry Dunne and Astrid Knirsch - Nominated in the Volunteer Leader category by Lucinda Wright for their work with Armidale Sanctuary Humanitarian Settlement.

The New England Regional Not-for-Profit Voluntary Governance winner - Juliet Kaberry - Nominated in the NFP Voluntary Governance category by Jayde Grant-Britton for her work with Women's Shelter Armidale.

The New England Regional Honourable Mention - Janis McCarthy - Nominated in the Senior Volunteer category by Joanna McCulloch and Samantha Guilbert for her work with Animal Welfare League Armidale Branch.

The New England Regional Volunteer of the Year - Margaret Waters - Nominated in the Senior Volunteer category by Rob Richardson for her work with Uniting Church - Alwyn Jones Community Award Committee

A photograph of Margaret Waters, our Volunteer of the Year appears on this page and Margaret is flanked by Cr Todd Redwood, Rob Richardson and Cr Susan McMichael.  

If you were present at the awards event and had a photo taken please contact Jane on 6770 3838 if you would like a digital copy sent to you.  Many thanks to Jo Harrison for photographing the event.


Jane Davies - AVRS Coordinator

P: 02 6770 3838

E: avrs@armidale.nsw.gov.au

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