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Volunteers are essential to our work and the individuals and families we support.

Want to lend a helping hand in one of our vibrant aged care homes? Get involved in our community programs or outreach centres?

Whatever time you have, we can match your passion, skills and experience to a volunteer role that’s just right for you.

If you’re interested in sharing your skills and giving back to your community, we’d love to hear from you. To express your interest, fill out the enquiry form below or call our People and Culture team on (08) 8440 2200.

Please note: If you’re working with children, young people or people with disabilities you need to provide a current Department of Human Services (DHS) Child-related Police Screening. Visit the DHS website to find out more about screening checks.

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Interested in pastoral education or volunteering?

UnitingSA offers professional education for people engaged in spiritual and pastoral care or ministery.

We also give people the chance to become trained Pastoral Care Volunteers within our aged care communities.

Find out about our Clinical Pastoral Education Centre and Pastoral Care Volunteer roles

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

1.     Can I do volunteer work to qualify for my Centrelink payment?
Yes, if you receive an allowance (i.e. Newstart) from Centrelink that asks you to do volunteer work (i.e. 15 hours per week) to qualify for your payments we can generally help you meet all, or part of, that commitment. This depends on the vacancies that exist.

2.     Can I get a reference from UnitingSA?
After volunteering for a period of three months or more, you can request that your Volunteer Coordinator acts as a referee.

3.     Can I go on holidays?
Everyone needs a break and we encourage you to plan some time away from your volunteer tasks. Let your Volunteer Coordinator know in advance when you intend to be away so that suitable arrangements can be made in your absence.

4.     Do I get trained for my volunteer role?
Training opportunities will be available to volunteers depending on funding and training needs. Please speak with your Volunteer Coordinator.

5.     Do I need experience to be a volunteer?
UnitingSA makes every effort to match you to the role that will suit you the best. We are interested in utilising the skills that you have attained through your life and work experience.

6.     Do I require a police check?
Yes, all volunteers must have a police clearance before commencement. This is free of charge and will be organised by your Volunteer Coordinator at UnitingSA.

7.     How many hours/days a week do I have to commit to my volunteering role?
There is no pressure regarding the time you wish to provide. Complete flexibility will be provided to organise times that best suit you and UnitingSA. Once a time is agreed upon, commitment would be appreciated.

8.    Who can volunteer?
Anyone is welcome to volunteer, including people seeking work experience; parents with spare time during the day; older people who want to stay active; professionals who want to be involved in community initiatives; companies that want to donate their staff’s time and expertise; community groups and event enthusiasts.

9.    Why should I volunteer?
People volunteer for many reasons, including to develop new skills; gain experience for pathways into employment; increase confidence and self esteem; have fun and feel self-satisfied; make new friends; be actively involved in the community; take on new challenges; lend a helping hand.

10.   Will I be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses?
All out of pocket expenses approved by a Program Coordinator at UnitingSA will be reimbursed.

Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something.

UnitingSA relies on the generosity of donors to help deliver innovative programs and support for people in need across metropolitan and regional South Australia.

“For 12 months, my support worker in UnitingSA’s Building Family Opportunities program helped me apply for jobs and when I was close to giving up, they encouraged me. I now have a job in aged care and am just so grateful.”

Building Family Opportunities participant

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