Featured artist: Shannon Crees


Featured artist: Shannon Crees
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Volunteering is a great way to become involved in your local area, learn new skills and make new friends. Council has a range of volunteering opportunities available. For more information, follow the links below.

Environmental volunteering

  • Volunteer Program at the Green Living Centre – The Green Living Centre is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers who run environmental education activities with the community and work with local businesses to improve their environmental performance.
  • Marrickville Landcare – The Marrickville Landcare Group works to restore natural areas around Marrickville, including native tree planting projects along the Cooks River.
  • Marrickville Community Nursery – Volunteers are essential to the continued success of the Marrickville Community Nursery.
  • The Friends of Camperdown Cemetery – Volunteers are invited to assist in preserving and regenerating a remnant of a severely endangered Turpentine Ironbark forest located in Camperdown.
  • The Friends of the Cooks River Valley Garden – The Friends of the Cooks River Valley Garden meet on the 2nd Sunday of each month to undertake planting, weeding and mulching of the native valley garden at Tempe Reserve.

Meals on Wheels and Social Support

  • Volunteering at Tom Foster Community Care – There are many frail older people, people with a disability and carers living in the Marrickville and Leichhardt area who need help to continue living in their own homes. Volunteers can make a positive difference in people's lives, and will receive ongoing training and support.

Sport, fitness and recreation volunteering

Volunteers enrich communities and support sport, fitness, outdoor recreation and community recreation organisations on a daily basis. Volunteers help build strong, healthy and inclusive communities across Marrickville. Volunteers, as individuals, groups or companies really can make a difference.

Training for new and potential volunteers

STARS is a volunteer resource service that provides volunteer training and assists residents in the local government areas of Canterbury, Marrickville and Leichhardt.

For more information visit the STARS website.

Marrickville State Emergency Service

The State Emergency Service of NSW (SES) is a volunteer-driven service dedicated to assisting the community during emergencies such as flooding and storms. The Marrickville SES unit currently has around 35 active local members. Volunteers receive nationally recognised training, learn new skills, meet new people, and make their community safer.

For more information please visit the SES website or phone 1800 201 000.

Musicians wanted! Volunteers to play in local nursing homes

Have you ever considered volunteering your talent to bring a smile to residents at your local nursing home?

Marrickville Council is running a program to link entertainers and musicians with local nursing homes. This is a volunteer program and we are seeking local musicians who may be willing to donate their talent to perform in a nursing home.  It could be one performance a month, a week, or a one-off performance. Guitarists, singers, pianists, all musicians are welcome.

Research shows the profound benefits music can have on those living in care facilities - including elevated mood, increased socialisation, appetite and reduction in agitation. For the musician, volunteering can lead to a greater sense of fulfilment and purpose, while at the same time providing an audience for practice.

A list of residential care facilities is attached. Each facility is highly enthusiastic about the program, and would love to hear from any musicians willing to donate their time.

  • Acacia Centre - 442-448 Marrickville Road, Marrickville. Phone: Diversional Therapist Coordinator on 9089 8000
  • Carinya Lodge - 117 Livingstone Road, Marrickville. Phone: 9560 3604
  • Lewisham Nursing Homes (9569 8822) and Retirement Hostel (9569 2987) - 1B & 1C Thomas Street, Lewisham. Ask for the Recreation Activity Officer.
  • Locke Haven - 90 New Canterbury Road, Petersham. Phone: 9560 4470
  • Quong Tart - 48 Arthur Street, Ashfield. Phone: 8753 2900
  • St. Basil's Homes - 300 Haldon Street, Lakemba. Phone: 9784 3226.
  • Thomas Roseby Lodge - 388-390 Illawarra Road, Marrickville. Phone: 9559 1543
  • Willandra Residential Aged Care Facility - 19-21 George Street, Marrickville. Phone: 9560 7741

Your time and talent is most appreciated.