Volunteering at the Bendigo District RSL – Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Bendigo RSL. We welcome new people to join our dedicated volunteer team at Bendigo.

Poppy Appeal 2023

The Bendigo District RSL is conducting its annual Poppy Appeal from 3rd – 11th November 2023
inclusive and is seeking your assistance to sell poppies, badges and tokens to help raise valuable
funds to support our veterans and current serving servicemen and women.
If you or a family member can assist, please return this completed  Volunteer Registration Form

to the attention of the
Appeals Team via email to:  appeals@bendigorsl.com.au

Working Bee – Monday 30 October at 10:30am

Please email for more information: appeals@bendigorsl.com.au

Veteran Support – Veteran Support volunteers provide well-being support to veterans and their families and may undertake a number of roles including:

  • Hospital & Home Visitation
  • Veteran Transport
  • Welfare Officers
  • Pensions Officers
  • Other Veterans Support Activities

Most veteran support roles require volunteers to undergo a National Police Check for Aged Care. Some Veterans Support roles such as Pensions Officers and Welfare Officers also require volunteers to undergo specialized accredited training to enable them to undertake their duties. At Bendigo RSL, we fully support interested volunteers to become accredited.

National Volunteer Week 2022

Congratulations to our Volunteer week participants and award recipients

Ann Merry

Welfare & Charitable Sub-Committee member

Ann has been an active and engaged member of the Welfare & Charitable Sub-Committee for 7 years. She has been especially involved in the Home and Hospital Visiting Program. During a period of considerable disruption owing to the pandemic, she has conducted many visits in her own private capacity bringing support and encouragement to many veterans and their families. She is a strong and informed member of the Sub-Committee providing many suggestions and recommendations for improvements to the work of the Sub-Committee and the Sub-Branch as a whole. Ann also helps out with veteran hospital visits and has help delivered Xmas presents to veterans. Ann is a highly motivated member who sets an excellent example to other members of the Sub-Committee, and she is to be commended for her efforts over many years.

Thank you Ann Merry we appreciate all your contributions and volunteer dedication.

Ian Ray

Funeral Officer

Over many years Ian has been instrumental in the ongoing support for veterans’ funerals. Over the last three years, he has been the single person who has conducted the funerals where possible due to COVID and the loss of other volunteers.

Ian has always been very professional in conducting veterans’ funeral and on many occasions has been asked to conduct funerals at very short notice. He is a credit to the BDRSL Sub-Branch and embodies the principles of “volunteering”. We strongly believe this needs to be acknowledged.

Thank you Ian, we appreciate all your contributions and volunteer dedication

Warm regards The Bendigo District RSL Sub- Branch committee.



updated 19.05.22



Apply to be a Volunteer

Fundraising and Appeals

Volunteer roles at Bendigo RSL mainly centre on fundraising through selling badges just before ANZAC DAY and selling poppies prior to REMEMBRANCE DAY.
Sellers generally follow a roster and “set up shop” at larger shopping centres and other outlets around Bendigo. Our Appeals Officer may also require assistance to assemble, pack and deliver merchandise trays to local schools and businesses before and after collect the proceeds and stock balances directly after our Appeals.

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Commemorative and Memorabilia

For ANZAC DAY and REMEMBRANCE DAY our volunteers may be called on to assist at our annual commemorative services and Bendigo RSL has an extremely popular ANZAC ceremony designed just for local primary, secondary and special schools as we see educating younger generations as a vital task in supporting our community. Additionally, our Memorabilia Officer is always looking to add to his volunteer guide list.

Support Roles

We are always seeking people who can freely offer their time, trade or professional qualifications to assist us to make Bendigo RSL a better veterans support and community place to enjoy.

Current Volunteers
Existing volunteers can manage and update their volunteer hours by logging into our app.