National Volunteer Week (NVW) is an annual event which acknowledges and celebrates the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. At this uncertain time it is more important than ever to recognise and acknowledge Australia's volunteers. Instead of in person events, online activities and campaigns will take their place to recognise and thank our volunteers. The theme changes each year, and this year, it is Changing Communities. Changing Lives.
However, due to COVID-19 government restrictions this year, we are going online with a social media campaign ‘Colour Your Community Red’.
Volunteering SA&NT invites you to #ColourYourCommunityRed giving everyone in the community a chance to thank volunteers and for volunteers to say they are proud volunteers. The campaign will highlight all the amazing work of volunteers and this year, we want to give a special shout out to all those working in emergency and emergency recovery (bushfires and COVID-19).
Tie a red ribbon (scarf, table cloth, or even a t-shirt) around your letterbox, door, fence or tree to show your support of volunteers. Take a picture or a video, post it to Volunteering SA&NT socials to show how great it is to be or know a volunteer.
Use the hashtags #SAVolunteer #ColourYourCommunityRed and one with your postcode #[insertpostcode] to connect our communities.
Other volunteering options
There are many other volunteering options available in our state. If you're interested in exploring other volunteer options, please contact one of the following organisations:
The Office for Volunteers provides advice to the Minister for Volunteers and delivers support programs that contribute to the government’s priorities of building the capacity of community organisations to be sustainable in years to come, and encouraging all citizens to participate in community life and care for each other.
It also has a key role in implementing the Advancing the Community Together (ACT) Partnership, a landmark agreement between the volunteer community and state government, to work together to support the development of volunteerism in South Australia. Their website provides a variety of information to support volunteering across the community
Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc. provides a vital leadership role in advancing volunteering through service delivery, promotion, advocacy and support for individuals and the community. They provide the following services:
- Information on volunteering opportunities and roles available in the southern suburbs of Adelaide
- Training, information and support for not-for-profit organisations in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia including the Fleurieu Peninsula
Its mission is to promote and celebrate volunteering and play a key leadership role in advancing volunteering by providing an extensive range of services, support and resources for volunteers and volunteer organisations. Key services include:
- Volunteer Referral Service: Experienced interviewers talk to potential volunteers about their interests and skills, options for volunteering and are linked with organisations that need volunteers.
- Training, Support & Professional Development: Providing training and support to Volunteers, Volunteer Managers and Volunteer Coordinators in areas such as volunteer management, how to recruit young volunteers, teamwork, enhancing customer service skills and many more.
- Policy & Research: Advancing and encouraging research into volunteering in South Australia and the Northern Territory, to aid the development of methodologies and understandings of volunteering processes and practices. Volunteering SA&NT also provides policy advice to the volunteer sector and other volunteering peak bodies, interstate and overseas.
- Working with Targeted Populations: Promoting inclusion in the volunteer sector, advancing volunteering in Aboriginal and wider Australian communities and offering supported volunteer placements for ex-offenders and volunteers with a disability.
Volunteers play a vital role in providing our community to thrive. The success of our programs relies on the contribution of all of our workers. Volunteers undertake varied roles and contribute in ways that support and build a healthy community in which we are all valued.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to contribute and learn new skills, gain confidence and be a significant part of a team. You can make new friends and gain satisfaction in the knowledge that volunteering really does make a difference.
A volunteer is a person who:
- benefits the community and themselves by participating in volunteer programs
- provides their services of their own free will
- does not receive any monetary reward (reimbursements of out of pocket expenses are not regarded as monetary reward)
- undertakes activities which complement, but do not replace the services provided by paid staff.
How do I apply?
Return your application and acknowledgement page to:
Volunteer Support Officer
PO Box 21
GOOLWA SA 5214; OR
email your Volunteer Application Form to: firstname.lastname@example.org; OR
deliver in person to the Customer Service Desk at the Goolwa Council Office or the Strathalbyn Library.
You will then be contacted to discuss your application.
Current vacancies are matched to your skills and experience.
General orientation and induction is provided prior to commencement.
Specific training is then undertaken within the volunteer program for which you have been recruited.
Application forms are also available from the Council Customer Service Desk, Goolwa and Strathalbyn Library
Thank you for taking the time to consider Alexandrina Council for volunteering.
Volunteering Strategy for South Australia
- articulates a vision for volunteering over the next 6 years that is distinctly South Australian, reflecting our unique social and economic way of life
- identifies where barriers prevent volunteers from participating as much as they would wish to
- promotes opportunities to engage those least likely to volunteer
- sets down a framework of priorities and an action plan to support Government decision making and policy development over the next decade
- encourages community dialogue about the future of volunteering in South Australia.
The partners endorsing the Strategy are:
- Minister for Volunteers (representing the State Government and supported by the Ministerial Advisory Group for Volunteering and Office for Volunteers)
- Volunteering SA&NT (representing volunteer involving organisations and supported by regional volunteer centres)
- Local Government Association of South Australia (representing local Councils and supported by the Local Government Volunteer Manager’s Network)
- Business SA (representing business and industry in South Australia).