Volunteers make a very important contribution to our community and these are a few of the ways you can get involved.

Hornsby Shire Bushcare

If you love the shire's bushland and enjoy spending time outdoors our volunteer Bushcare program is for you. Our Bushcare volunteers work with us to conserve and rehabilitate the shire's bushland. Bushcare volunteers usually meet once a month for a three-hour work session. We have plenty of sites throughout the shire.

Find out more about Bushcare

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer JP?

If you are a current Justice of the Peace and would like to volunteer at Hornsby or Pennant Hills Library we encourage you to complete an application. We ask our JPs to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per month, and we will work together to find a time that suits you.

Apply to Volunteer Online Now

If you do not wish to apply online, you may fill in The Library Volunteer application form available for download.

Hornsby Connect

The aim of Hornsby Connect is to provide support and hope to those that need it most within the community. With a growing population, the Hornsby Shire covers a large region and has fallen victim to the many social issues that are reflected within the wider society.

One major issue identified is the isolation and dislocation that some experience within our community. Whether it be the elderly or the young, due to cultural separation, or people experiencing financial hardships, Hornsby Connect is open for you.

Hornsby Connect are particularly seeking volunteers who are able to drive a van (only a regular car license is required) and also those able to participate in fairly physically demanding work.

Ku-ring-gai/Hornsby Volunteer Referral Service

This is a valuable service that helps frail older people stay in their own homes, performing tasks such as driving, delivering meals and gardening. You can also help out in the Waitara Wellness Centre, leading the older people in activities or simply keeping them company by chatting to them.

To get involved phone 9424 0970 or email or

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury

Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury is a not for profit organisation that relies greatly on the generosity and support from our community. Your generosity is vital to our survival and the survival of many community members in crisis.

There are many ways you could volunteer your time to make a difference in the lives of others.

  • Assist with our book fairs and other fundraising events
  • Become a Community Aid Volunteer
  • Volunteer at one of our Retail Shops

For further information on how to help or be involved, contact us on:

Ph: 02 9498 8805
W: Volunteering Opportunities - Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury.

Become a Digital Mentor with Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Community College

We are seeking volunteer mentors to assist learners over the age of 50 to become digitally literate. Supporting digital skills is not all about technical knowledge – you don’t need to be a ‘computer expert’. Being a Digital Mentor is more focused on being good with people. You need to have patience, enthusiasm, adaptability and be good at listening. You just need a basic understanding of the internet and how to use a range of devices. We run weekly sessions where community members come with questions and our volunteers assist them. This is in a group setting as well as one-on-one sessions. Please see our website for further details or contact us on 9482 1189.

Other volunteering opportunities

The Do Something Near You website lists many opportunities for volunteering in various types of local roles. Businesses looking for volunteers are also able to register.

Seek Volunteering – over seven thousand volunteering opportunities searchable by categories

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To find other ways you can help your local community by volunteering, take a look at the Northern Sydney Volunteer Network booklet - 4.8MB.

Search the Hornsby Community Information Directory for more volunteering opportunities.