Volunteering within the Colac Otway Shire is a great way to get involved in your community. As a volunteer you get to support a local cause and be part of a group, while at the same time gaining many personal benefits. Volunteering has shown to increase a person’s self-confidence and connectedness to the community, while providing a sense of purpose.
If you think you have something to contribute to your community, Colac Otway Shire Council requires volunteers for the following programs:
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers deliver chilled meals on weekdays between 10.45am and 12.15pm within Colac. There’s an option to work in pairs using a Council vehicle, or individually using a private vehicle.
Community transport volunteers drive clients to specialist medical appointments outside of Colac, with trips covering Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool. Drivers have access to Council vehicles for these trips.
Visitor information centres
Volunteers provide general information and advice at visitor information centres in Colac and Apollo Bay. Some local knowledge and a willingness to chat to people is all that’s required.
For more information or to register your interest in volunteering, contact the Council on (03) 5232 9400.
Eleanor Rowland – Apollo Bay Visitor Information Centre
Eleanor Rowland loves hearing stories from the different characters she meets at Apollo Bay Information Centre.
Eleanor volunteers 4 hours a week at the Information Centre and enjoys her interactions with people from Australia and right across the world.
“There’s a real sense of vibrancy, I really feel excited about introducing the Great Ocean Road and the Otway region to our visitors, then hearing about their experiences," she said.
People like a Chinese lady who walked the Great Ocean Walk alone and wanted to share her experience with someone.
Or the journeyman from Europe who was a carpenter and wanted to know about wood from the Otways. Eleanor was able to put him in touch with her husband John who’s interested in wood turning.
To Eleanor, these interactions are what makes volunteering so special. She says she’s there to welcome, inform and support visitors but ends up getting much more from the exchange.
And Eleanor says anyone with a passion for their town or region could volunteer like she does.
“It’s just a matter of loving the area you live in, and encouraging people to explore and experience the environment for themselves,” she said.