Around 2000 community organisations on the Gold Coast undertake great work at the grassroots level, covering areas from acute support services, to craft groups, community transport services and football clubs.
The City has implemented a range of initiatives to support the voluntary sector. It provides resources to support new groups and build the capacity of existing groups. Initiatives include:
- an information kit for clubs and associations that explains how to form a new group or organisation
- training kits covering the key areas of governance, leadership, accessing funding and strategic planning
- an online community directory and printed guide so residents, visitors and organisations can find out about services and facilities in their local area.
Visit our Volunteering page for more information about how you can help out in our community.
The City has developed a wallet-sized Safety Information card containing contact details of support services who may be of assistance in times of need.
There are many local opportunities for donating money, goods and time.
Find the links to many local initiatives below.
On 21 August 2012, led by Mayor Tom Tate, the Councillors signed a declaration of support for World Kindness Australia. Councillor Glenn Tozer was appointed Council's Goodwill Ambassador for World Kindness. By signing the declaration, each Councillor has committed to supporting World Kindness Australia's endeavours to create a kinder society for our children to ultimately inherit.
At the ninth General Assembly of The World Kindness Movement on 3 September 2017, City of Gold Coast became the first city in the world to receive an official listing as a World Kindness City.
On 21 September 2017, Mayor Tom Tate, signed a Charter for Compassion, the foundational document of a global compassion movement.
The Gold Coast now joins a growing network of more than 100 international Charter Affirming Cities and 400 community initiatives in 53 participating countries. By signing the Charter the City has taken another step towards creating stronger and more cohesive communities.