Celebrate our volunteers

Dive into inspiring stories and learn about the invaluable contributions and achievements of volunteers in NSW.

group of flying doctors volunteers standing in front of a small plane

Recognising volunteers

Volunteer of the Year Awards

The Volunteer of the Year awards are an annual initiative implemented by The Centre for Volunteering that is proudly supported by the Department of Communities and Justice. The Awards encourage, celebrate and recognise the contributions and positive impact that volunteers have in our communities.

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fire instructor demonstrating something to a volunteer

Volunteer recognition program

Schools and volunteer involving organisations can nominate volunteers to receive a recognition certificate, thanking them for their contributions. Elevate and celebrate the impact your volunteers make.

Uplifting young people who volunteer

From the Duke of Ed Award to the volunteer recognition program, learn about the ways we recognise the contribution of young people and students who volunteer.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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Be inspired by the volunteers of NSW

There are many ways that people can volunteer. From helping out in a community garden or local charities, to volunteering at major sporting events and museums. Volunteering offers you a way to experience new things, gain new skills, and meet amazing people.


From left to right: The Royal Flying Doctors Visitor Centre Dubbo, Wrap with Love, Dubbo RiverCare Group, The Bathurst 6 Hour race, NSW Volunteer Rescue Association, The Royal Easter Show, The Mudgee Classic race, The Australian Museum. 

Ben's volunteering story

Hear how Ben volunteers his time to make a difference in his community. 


Ben volunteering hero

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Want to get involved?

If you're ready to start volunteering, you can learn how to look for an opportunity to get involved.

Volunteer now

Photos by Salty Dingo, 2023, created for Department of Communities & Justice.

Additional images supplied by D-caf, Story Dogs, Bill Crews Foundations, Blowfly Cricket, BlazeAid, and the Delta Society for use by the Department of Communities and Justice.

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