Volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain

Volunteers Acknowleged at Awards



Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre congratuales all recipients and nominees for this years awards WELL DONE!. We also thank ALL the fantastic volunteers for their efforts and generous giving to our community.

Read about it and view pictures here: https://www.busseltonmail.com.au/story/5418804/meet-your-volunteers-of-the-year-photos/

To celebrate the achievements and efforts of our local volunteers the Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre in conjunction with the City of Busselton hosted the Volunteer of the Year recognition awards for Busselton and Dunsborough. These awards allow an opportunity for the community to show its appreciation of the many hours of devoted community work that volunteers contribute to the City. Volunteers contribute enormously to the health and welfare of our community and these awards will recognise and highlight outstanding achievements and service to the community by nominated individuals. Nominations were assessed by the Volunteer of the Year Awards Selection Committee consisting of prominent members of our City and winners were announced on Monday 21st May at the City of Busselton Civic Function Room. With nominations across five categories the judges had some difficult decisions to make and the winners were:

Harvey Norman Open Award: John Martin
Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award: John Morris
Apex Youth Award: Bianca Gervasi
Rotary Tourism & Events Award: Charmian Terry
Lions Club Volunteer with Less than Three Years Service Award: Robert Withington
There were also 4 highly commended certificates awarded to: Brian Slee, Danae Plowman, Innes Barker and Heather Carrol

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by: City of Busselton; Volunteering WA, Lotteries West, Member for Vasse, Libby Mettam MLA; Member for Forrest, Nola Marino MP; Harvey Norman; Apex Australia Busselton Chapter; Rotary International Busselton Chapter; Lions Club Busselton, Geographe Camping and Tackle World.

Call for Muso's to Tune in to Volunteering

 Are you a musician? Do you play Solo, Duo or Trio? If so consider volunteering as a Music Companion Volunteer for an hour a week.

Your talents and support would be very much welcome and appreciated by ACTIV clients. Companion volunteers provide one on one social support and companionship to Activ customers – adults living with disability. We are looking for musicians who have at least an hour to spare fortnightly or weekly in the early evenings on weekends to enhance the lives of our Activ customers in their homes

Companion Volunteering
Activ’s companion volunteers give their time and friendship to adults living with disability so that they can do the things the rest of us take for granted.
Our expectation is that our companion volunteers are long term positions as we take consistency and continuity for our customers seriously.
We have a number of opportunities for companion volunteers across the metropolitan region, from gardening, baking, coffee outings and library visits. 
We provide orientation to the organisation and training as necessary. These positions would suit Centrelink volunteering obligations or people with a couple of hours to spare each week, and those with an interest and passion for adults living with disability.


More information call us on 97542047 or https://www.bdvolunteers.org.au/for-volunteers/search/results.html#/opportunity/106728

Sun Smart Busselton Festival of Triathlon - 2018


Be part of the 2018 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon in a volunteer capacity.

The 2018 SunSmart Busselton Festival of Triathlon, on from 4 May – 6 May, is the premier triathlon event in WA and the culmination of the WA triathlon season. It is hosted by Triathlon WA, the state sporting body representing Triathlon in WA. As a small, not for profit organisation, volunteer support is vital and it has been the support of our fantastic volunteers that has made the event the success that it is.

There are lots of ways you can be part of the action as part of our volunteer family. From Course Marshall to Registration Assistant, Aid Station to Finish Line Volunteers, we need your help. More than 400 volunteers are required to join our volunteer family.

  • People and groups required from Friday 4 May – Sunday 6 May 2018
  • Lots of roles to choose from
  • Half-day shifts or longer shifts available
  • Free volunteer uniform including a t-shirt and hat
  • Complimentary voucher for the scrumptious food vans
  • Opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and have a great experience
  • Be in the thick of all the action and soak in the atmosphere of this favourite triathlon festival

If you or anyone you know may be interested, registration is NOW OPEN and more information can be found by clicking here Sunsmart Triathlon





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Volunteer Winners are Grinners!

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Award-winners, sponsors and organisers demonstrating the theme for this year's National Volunteer Week: "Give Happy, Live Happy." Picture: Taelor Pelusey


Busselton and Dunsborough’s tireless volunteers were cast into the spotlight on Monday night at the annual Volunteer of the Year recognition Awards.

In his role as MC, Mayor Grant Henley announced Connor Oliver — a training officer, patrol captain and inflatable rescue boat crewman with the Busselton Surf Lifesaving Club — the youth award winner.

The club had another winner in the open category with Helen Rabjones, who has served as chief administrator for more than a decade, among other roles.

Cr Henley praised the club’s work, making specific mention of a public safety decision to cancel the swim leg of a triathlon at the weekend after a shark sighting.

“I think that was in the highest echelon of volunteers performing in their duties and I commend both the surf lifesavers and the volunteer marine rescue guys who were there,” he said.

Ms Rabjones was also mentioned in the tourism and events category.

However, the award went to Doreen Bailie, who has been Jetty Host co-ordinator since 2011 and volunteers for organisations, events and during cruise ship visits.

Cr Henley said the cruise ship volunteers helped the City take out first place in the best local initiative category at the 2016 Annual Cruising Industry Awards.

“This success can be attributed to the many volunteers who provide a vibrant and friendly welcome to cruise ship passengers,” he said.

Des Austin — a bushfire brigade volunteer of more than four decades, and Busselton SES deputy local manager since 2013 — was commended in the seniors category, and the overall award went to Margaret Tickle.

The mayor jokingly pulled out a seat for Ms Tickle before reading out a lengthy list of volunteer activities with clubs, events, churches and education groups.

Cr Henley described volunteers as the backbone of the community.

“Sometimes volunteer work is challenging but our community always seems to be up for this challenge and that’s thanks to the efforts of people such as your selves,” he said.

The awards were hosted by the City of Busselton and Busselton-Dunsborough Volunteer Centre, with support from Volunteering WA and Lotterieswest.

All the winners:

Apex Youth (under-25) Award

Winner: Connor Oliver

Rotary Tourism & Events Award

Winner: Doreen Bailee

Special Mention: Teresa Pool, Paul Davis, Yvonne Avery, Helen Rabjones

Harvey Norman Open Award

Winner: Helen Rabjones

Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award

Winner: Margaret Tickle

Highly Commended: Des Austin

Special Mention: Isobel Gale, Trevor Hemmett, Dawn Taylor, Marion Scott, Elsie Froome, Peter Jager, Malcom Jennings

Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018 Now Open


There are lots of fantastic volunteers working selflesly for and in our community - nominate one NOW for a VOLUNTEER AWARD! Click here to Download Volunteer Award Nomination Form in Word or PDF

NOMINATIONS OPEN this Monday 12th April for the Annual Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer of the Year Awards - Celebrating the contribution of our local volunteers.

The Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre in conjunction with the City of Busselton is proud to be hosting the third annual Volunteer of the Year recognition awards for Busselton and Dunsborough. The Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre and City of Busselton aim to acknowledge the enormous value volunteers add to our community by recognising the exceptional and outstanding contribution of time, work skills, life experience, continued support and commitment a particular individual have made.

Volunteer PosterThe awards will coincide with National Volunteer Week held between the 21st and 27th May 2018 “give a little – change a lot”. This year the awards have been extended to recognise volunteers who are relatively new to volunteering with the Lions Club of Busselton sponsoring the ‘Volunteer with less than 3 years’ service’ award and MLA Libby Mettam sponsoring a ‘Highly Recommended” award in each of the five award categories. The awards categories are, The Harvey Norman Open Award, the Geographe Camping and Tackle World Seniors Award, the Apex Youth Award the Rotary Tourism & Events Award and the Apex Volunteer with less than 3 years’ service, with prizes totalling $300 in each category on offer. The Awards will be presented at the Volunteer Awards Celebration to be held on Monday 21st May at the Civic Reception Room, City of Busselton. Nominations will be assessed by the Volunteer of the Year Awards Selection Committee consisting of prominent members of our City.

Any member of the public can nominate a volunteer as long as they have the consent of the volunteer and the volunteer is associated with a not-for-profit organisation. Let’s make this years awards the best ever nominate a volunteer now. Nominations are open between March 12th and April 9th and nomination forms can be accessed at: www.bdvolunteers.org.au Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hard copies available from Harvey Norman, Geographe Camping and Outdoors and the City of Busselton reception desk.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards are generously supported by: City of Busselton; Libby Mettam MLA, Member for Vasse; Adele Farina MLC, Member for the South West Region; Harvey Norman; Apex Australia Busselton Chapter; Rotary International Busselton Chapter; Lions Club Australia Busselton Chapter, Tackle World and the Busselton Dunsborough Times. More information contact Carl Holroyd – 97542047 Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Grace Richmond 9781 1757 Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Caring Support for Family & Parents

Red Cross operates the Family and Practical support programs throughout the Southwest. The purpose of the Service is to provide caring and practical assistance to families with babies and young children who are facing extra challenges in adjusting to their parenting role. It is an early intervention service that offers respite and support to multiple birth families, mothers experiencing or at risk of postnatal depression or perinatal mental health problems and social isolation.fp

Family support has been supporting families since 1993 and is a unique service that Red Cross offers only in Western Australia. Since its inception, over 3,000 families have been assisted by creating a supportive environment and helping to minimise many of the daily stresses experienced by families with babies. We support families in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta.

Since 2008 Practical Support program has been supporting families by having volunteers visit the family home weekly and work alongside the mother assisting in domestic duties such as light housework, shopping and basic childcare e.g. feeding, settling babies, and preparing meals for children. The volunteer can also help with linking in with community and local supports and enhancing social networks. This Program is available in the Busselton area.


Volunteers provide approximately 4 hours per week of in-home respite per family and may work with the same family for up to 6 months in the case of a multiple birth. Hands-on support - child related activities, feeding, preparing meals for children, settling babies. Role modelling - volunteers encourage positive interaction between parents and children (play, talking, and discipline) to develop a child's social and cognitive development.
Emotional support - ‘being there' for the mother, the willingness to listen without being judgemental or giving advice.
Social support - supporting families in developing social networks and linking to community resources.
For more information on this volunteer opportunity or other exciting roles contact us at the

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre

Suite 5B - Ground Floor
21 Cammilleri Street
Box 11, CRC, 21 Cammilleri
Busselton WA 6280
Ph/Fax: 08 - 97542047
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Web:  www.bdvolunteers.org.au
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BusseltonDunsboroughVolunteer Centre

 Open Monday and Tuesday 8.00am to 4pm
& Wednesday 10am to 2pm


Book a SKYPE Call!

Busselton Dunsborough Volunteer Centre is now on SKYPE.

To book a call you will need to send us an email with your SKYPE name.

Our SKYPE name is Volunteer.Coordinator2

We will then request you join us as a friend and arrange a time to call you to discuss your volunteering enquiries and requirements.

Please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

manWant to place an event on our calendar? - Contact us at: volunteers@westnet.com.au - Phone: 9754 2047

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