Community volunteers
  • Last updated:
  • 31 Aug 2021

The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 provides a long-term framework for how council and our community will work together to advance our shared goal of a strong community through to 2041. This Strategy represents the needs and aspirations of the whole community and council's commitment to strengthen the substantial contribution made by volunteers and volunteer organisations on the Sunshine Coast.  

Sunshine Coast Volunteer Sector Reference Group

The Sunshine Coast Volunteer Sector Reference Group is made up of members from many organisations across the region who manage volunteers.

These organisations vary in the services they deliver on the Sunshine Coast from providing volunteers to other organisations, animal welfare, children’s services, community transport, aged care services, to health and welfare and many more. Meetings provide an opportunity to network and share the challenges encountered in day to day operations. There are also opportunities to collaborate on events such as National Volunteer Week and International Volunteer Day.

The reference group will work with council to provide feedback and advice on matters relating to:

  • volunteers / volunteering on the Sunshine Coast
  • the Volunteer Sector Action Plan
  • council’s target rate of 25 per cent community participation in volunteering.

For more information, or if your organisation is interested in being a representative on the Volunteer Sector Reference Group, please email

To join one of council's volunteering programs or for links to local volunteering opportunities and information visit - Volunteering

National Volunteer Week 18-24 May 2020 

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is Changing Communities. Changing Lives.

Sunshine Coast Council would like to thank all volunteers for the valuable work they do in our community.

During these unprecedented times many people in our community are experiencing just how volunteers are changing lives. Usually at this time of the year there would be events across the region to celebrate and thank our volunteers for their time and dedication.  However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the subsequent restrictions put in place, these events will no longer be held during the week, with many organisations postponing events until later in the year. 

The following TED Talk links will provide some insight into the personal benefits of volunteering, why people volunteer and what it means to have compassion and empathy.

Eric Cooper - Volunteering, the beneficial side effects

Abigail Marsh - Why some people are more altruistic than others

Joan Halifax - Compassion and the true meaning of empathy

Matthieu Ricard - How to let altruism be your guide

Joyce Bertram - How volunteerism can change your world

Kevin White - Be Selfish. Volunteer!

Eric Cartha - The value of Volunteering