Volunteer for the Mornington Peninsula Shire

1. Overview

There are many opportunities to volunteer for us, including areas such as arts and culture, environment and parks, delivered meals and events. 

2. Shire Nursery

Our Nursery welcomes volunteers with an interest in growing plants and gardening. Volunteering at the nursery provides an opportunity to build on existing horticultural skills, meet new people and learn about our local flora. There are a variety of tasks available including propagation, seed cleaning and sorting, planting, potting, weeding and the preparation of materials for nursery staff.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Volunteering website. 

3. Environmental Volunteers

There are a variety of opportunities available to people with an interest in our environment and working outdoors. Assisting in these programs allows volunteers to meet new people and gain an understanding of their local environment. Visit our Environment - Get Involved page to find out more.

4. Recreation Community Partnerships

Our Recreation team manages our active sport reserves and community halls. Opportunities exist at many of these facilities to be part of the committee of management or local management support group looking after halls and reserves.

Contact:
Phone: 5950 1000

5. Home library service

Our Libraries provides free monthly deliveries of library materials to housebound residents through its Home Library Service.  Volunteers select and deliver items to a resident or residents living in their local community where possible. All volunteers are required to undergo a police check. 

Contact:
Home Library Service Coordinator, phone : 5982 0126 or email: homelibraryservice@mornpen.vic.gov.au

6. Meals on Wheels service

About Meals on Wheels 

Meals on Wheels is a name familiar to Australians and is at the heart of many communities. The Shire's Meals on Wheels program provides 1600 nourishing meals per week for 470 people, an incredible 74,000 meals per year. The first Meals on Wheels was delivered over 65 years ago and has since become more than 'just a meal'.  

How does Meals on Wheels help the community? 

Good nutrition plays a key part in overall health and wellbeing. Every meal is prepared according to the National Meal Guidelines, meeting the daily nutritional needs of older Australians. The Shire’s Meals on Wheels Kitchen in Rosebud, prepare all meals which are delivered by a volunteer workforce to clients each weekday.

Meals on Wheels volunteers perform a wellbeing check. Wellbeing checks play an important role in early intervention health prevention. For example, reducing the risk of falls and hospitalisation. Wellbeing checks also give families peace-of-mind. 

Every meal delivery is an opportunity for meaningful connection and staying connected. Meals on Wheels helps reduce the social isolation risk for many older Shire residents. 

Why should you volunteer for the Shire’s Meals on Wheels service? 

Volunteers are the backbone of the Meals on Wheels service. Volunteers help ensure the community's most vulnerable maintain nourishment through healthy meals and stay connected to their community.  

Volunteers help strengthen communities by making a real difference with every meal delivered. Through meaningful interactions, volunteers often form lifelong friendships with customers and fellow volunteers.  

How to volunteer for the Shire’s Meals on Wheels service? 

Volunteering for the Shire's Meals on Wheels service is a rewarding experience. We welcome all abilities and skills. Whether you're a student, retired, working part-time, casual or unemployed. Help warm the stomachs and hearts of our community and get in touch with our Volunteer Support Officer to get started. 

Contact the Volunteer Support Officer. Phone 5950 1600

7. The Briars, Mt Martha

A range of opportunities are available at the Briars for those passionate about local history, wildlife and agriculture. Volunteer tour guides take our visitors through the Heritage Homestead while our Outdoor Volunteers assist with maintenance of the site including track works, fence maintenance and weed management. Heritage Garden Volunteers grow heritage seeds in the Homestead garden, for sale to visitors. Volunteers can also assist with school holiday programs and at other community events.

Volunteering opportunities will be advertised on the Mornington Peninsula Shire Volunteering website. 

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

Experience the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery from the inside, become an ambassador and share your time and skills, meet new friends, and become part of a unique experience. MPRG has many volunteer opportunities available for both short and long term commitments, including assisting with front of house, exhibition attendants and gallery guides. People with good communication skills and an interest in art would be suited to these positions.

Contact:
Phone: 5975 4395 or email: mprg@mornpen.vic.gov.au

8. Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre

Located in Dromana, the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre provides an efficient, effective and comprehensive information service for visitors, local tourism operators, the community and the travel trade.

Volunteers are required for a minimum of four hours per week covering a seven-day roster. Volunteer responsibilities include customer service; responding to incoming phone enquiries; recording accommodation and ticketing enquiries; collecting and collating visitation statistics; mailing suitable information; maintaining brochure displays and storage and; souvenir sales and general administrative duties.

Contact:
Visitor Services Officers: Allison McCrindle or Lisa Caddy phone: 59501579 or email: info@tourism.mornpen.vic.gov.au