Get involved without a long term commitment - spontaneous volunteers get involved to help their community prepare and recover from emergencies. There are a range of roles available which don't require previous NSW SES experience.
As a spontaneous volunteer, you could assist with a range of roles including (but not limited to):
- Protecting properties from flooding
- Assisting residents prepare for severe weather events
- Answering phones and providing administrative support
- Assisting with a logistical role to support our teams in the field
- Clearing debris and cleaning up after storms
- Providing information and updates to local residents
There are also a range of roles outside of severe weather events where your existing skills and experience could be utilised. There may be opportunities at your local unit to assist for a particular community event, or with a maintenance activity or short term project.
It’s a great way to gain experience, learn new skills and be part of your community without an ongoing commitment.
During major flooding in Western NSW during 2016, spontaneous volunteers from the local community helped fill more than 60,000 sandbags to protect properties from flooding.
Hear from Lachlan Costello, a spontaneous volunteer with NSW SES:
How do I get involved?
At this time we are not currently accepting applications for spontaneous volunteers to pre-register with NSW SES. When spontaneous volunteers are required, further information will be distributed through the NSW SES website and social media channels. You may wish to register as a NSW SES unit volunteer instead. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with NSW SES.
Spontaneous Volunteer Induction
Ready to get involved? At the start of your involvement with the NSW SES, you will be shown this induction video so you can stay safe and have a great experience.