Volunteering

More than 400 people aged between 18 and 90 volunteer over 40,000 hours of their time in one of our many invaluable volunteer programs. We appreciate the significant contributions made by our volunteers and are extremely grateful for their support.

Volunteer Opportunities

The City of Unley is seeking enthusiastic, motivated volunteers for the positions listed below.
  • Dog Therapy Visitors

    The City of Unley is looking for eight new volunteers and their well-behaved dogs to visit people one-on-one and in groups in local aged care homes.

    We will provide you and your dog with paid-for dog therapy training and the opportunity for your dog to be recognised with a Canine Good Citizen Award. This training will be provided over four, one-hour sessions on Sunday mornings in July, by local expert dog trainer Sharon Crichton of Positive Dog Training.
     
    This is a flexible position and can be undertaken at a time convenient to the volunteer and the resident they visit.
     
    The volunteering role requires you to visit the aged care home at least 10 times before the end of the year.                 
     
    Once your dog is recognised as a Canine Good Citizen, they will really be a community resource, able to visit people in hospital, community facilities and others in need of some animal love.
     
    Applications to the program can be made online by filling out the dog questionnaire below by COB Friday 8 June. If you and your dog are selected to be part of the program, in addition to the dog training, a police screening, council induction and site induction are also required before you commence visiting independently.


    Please email your completed form to Alyssa Hill, Active Ageing Project Officer, at ahill@unley.sa.gov.au

    Enquiries phone Council on 8372 5111.

  • Intergeneration Project Volunteer
    We are seeking two volunteers to assist with an intergenerational visiting program with St Louis Nursing Home and St Spyridon College.

    This position will involve facilitating activities between participants, assisting the staff involved, and engaging with the residents of St Louis Nursing Home one on one.

    This program will involve a fortnightly commitment.    

    If this sounds like you, please call our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • One-on-one Friendly Visiting Volunteer
    Council is seeking volunteers to become ‘friendly visitors’ to an elderly resident – someone who makes a difference to their life, spending time and sharing what is important to a resident.  
     
    A visit to a resident’s home for a cup of tea and conversation, or maybe an hour or two by the seaside or their favourite park or garden – or an opportunity to buy that special something, maybe a coffee and chat in their favourite coffee shop. 
     
    This one-on-one support is available to elderly residents who may be lonely and looking for social interaction and connections.
     
    Availability – approx. 2 hours per fortnight.
     
    If you are interested in joining this program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Community Harvest Volunteer
    Volunteers provide support to elderly residents delivering fresh produce to their front door. Each second Thursday, volunteers meet at the Sturt Bowling Club to cut, pack and deliver fresh fruit and vegetables for elderly residents.   

    Availability – approx. 9am to 11am on a fortnightly basis.
     
    If you are interested in joining this program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • A Day at the Market Volunteer 
    Volunteers provide support to elderly residents attending the Adelaide Central Market. This outing occurs on the first Tuesday of the month.   
     
    Volunteers assist elderly residents who may need support with mobility or who may have some memory issues.   
     
    They accompany them while shopping and offer company at the same time. All share lunch together at a local café.  
     
    Availability – approx. 11am to 2pm.
     
    If you are interested in joining this program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Coffee Chat’n’Connect Volunteer
    Volunteers provide transport and social support to elderly residents to attend the Unley Shopping Centre for a little shopping, coffee and conversation. The outing occurs on the second Wednesday afternoon of the month.  
     
    Volunteers using their own vehicles transport residents to the shopping centre, and assist those who may need support with mobility or who may have some memory loss.  
     
    They accompany them while shopping and offer company at the same time. All share coffee, cake and conversation together at a local café.  
     
    Availability - approx. 12.30pm to 4pm.
     
    If you are interested in joining this program, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Tutors & Assistants for Mah Jong & Bridge
    We are seeking volunteers to assist two enthusiastic groups of aged care home residents who are interested in playing Mah Jong and Bridge. This role requires patience, empathy and a friendly demeanour.

    If this sounds like you, please call our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Community Visitors
    Would you like to brighten someone’s day? We have a number of residents in aged care homes who would love to make some new friends.

    This role is very flexible and could involve visiting a resident for a coffee or chat, going for a walk, listening to music together, reading the paper, or doing arts and crafts together.

    Some of our Community Visitors bring members of their family with them and some even their dogs.

    This role is broad however involves active listening skills, empathy, and a passion for positive ageing.  

    If this sounds like you, please call our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Justice of the Peace (JP)
    We are seeking an experienced Volunteer JP to join our close-knit team and provide services to the public in accordance with the Justice of the Peace Act 2005 and Justice of the Peace Regulations 2006.

    Qualifications and skills required:
    • Appointment as a Justice of the Peace for South Australia by the South Australian Attorney-General's Department.
    • Understanding of the requirements of a Justice of the Peace under the Justice of the Peace Act, Justice of the Peace Regulations and Code of Conduct.

    If you have the above qualifications, combined with a positive and courteous manner please call our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Support Driver - Eastern Region Supported Residential Facilities
    Our Eastern Region Supported Residential Facilities (SRF) team is seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to join their program. The program links residents of local SRF with leisure and social activities in the Community.

    This role includes driving our Council vehicle and collecting residents to attend various social programs. A Driver's Licence combined with a thorough knowledge of current road rules is required and the successful applicant will enjoy meeting new people and joining in with social activities. 

    If this sounds like you, please call our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Unley Community Centre - Various Circuit Café Roles
    The Circuit Café at the Unley Community Centre provides an opportunity for members of the community to have a chat, share a laugh and enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our in-house chef and they are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their vibrant and friendly team in the following positions.

    Food Preparation
    Friday, 9.30am-1.30pm
    Assist the Meal Service Coordinator with the preparation, service and clean-up of the daily meals.

    Waitperson
    Friday, 11.15am-1.15pm
    Wait tables and assist clients during the meal service.

    Dining Room Setup/Morning Tea Waitperson
    Friday, 10-11.30am
    Serve morning tea, receive payments and set up the dining room in preparation for the lunch meal service.

    Dining Room Setup/Afternoon Tea Waitperson
    Monday and/or Friday, 1.30-3pm
    Set up the dining room in preparation for the afternoon tea service, serve morning tea, receive payments, assist with the cleaning of the tea dishes.

    Dishwashers
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and/or Friday, 10.30am-2.30pm
    Wash dishes both by hand and with the commercial dishwasher, dry them and put them away.

    If you are interested in joining this growing team of volunteers please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
  • Pianists – Unley Libraries
    We are looking for experienced volunteer pianists to play beautiful music in a range of genres on one of our 100 year old pianos.

    If you have a passion for music and would like to create a relaxing ambience for our customers in our Unley and/or Goodwood Library, we would love to hear from you.

    Please call Bec Milner, Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111apply online or email bmilner@unley.sa.gov.au
  • Unley Community Centre - Tai Chi Program Volunteer
    Thursday, 9.45am

    This role involves setting up for the Tai Chi program, marking off the attendance list and receiving payments.

    If you are interested in this role please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 8372 5111 or apply online.
     

Volunteering in the Community of Unley

Unley’s community boasts huge numbers of volunteers – as per the 2016 Census, more than 8,000 people in our community provide their time and energy to supporting programs and services. Our community also has a wide range of groups, associations and not-for-profits that service the City of Unley. Many of these organisations are supported by volunteers who, with their diverse skills, provide services and programs to our residents.
 
Many community volunteer vacancies within the Unley area are advertised on the Go Volunteer Page and we encourage you to have a look.

Training Calendar for Community Volunteers

The City of Unley is committed to fostering community leadership and supporting organisations and groups to recruit and manage volunteers.

We are pleased to present free training opportunities for volunteers and volunteer managers of community organisations in the City of Unley. These sessions has been designed following consultation with community organisations and groups.

Training is for people who volunteer in organisations and groups who service the City of Unley, with a maximum of two attendees per organisation/group per training session.

Please direct enquiries, suggestions or feedback to Alyssa Hill, Active Ageing Project Officer on 8372 5191 or email ahill@unley.sa.gov.au

The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has contributed funds towards this project. ​
  • Skills for Boards & Committees | Tuesday 8 May

    Skills for Boards & Committees

    2.30 - 4.30pm, Tuesday 8 May
    Goodwood Community Centre, 32 Rosa Street, Goodwood
     
    • Understand the difference between a board and a committee
    • Understand the roles that make up a committee or a board
    • Understand the legal requirements for board members
    • Understand what an effective board looks like

    Training provided by Volunteering SA NT. Afternoon tea provided.

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  • Volunteer Management – the Basics | Thursday 10 &17 May

    Volunteer Management – the Basics

    5.30 - 8.30pm, Thursday 10 & 17 May
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley
     
    • Understand the volunteer manager’s role
    • Develop a plan for involving volunteers in your organisation including: role descriptions, recruitment, screening, induction and recognition
    • Learn proven supervision and retention strategies
    • Develop effective working relationships

    Training provided by Volunteering SA NT.

    Nibbles provided. Feel free to bring your own dinner to eat during the sessions.

    Please note this event has been rescheduled. Initially it was advertised to run as a full day session on 28 April. 

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  • Working with Diverse Communities | Wednesday 27 June

    Working with Diverse Communities

    1 - 3pm, Wednesday 27 June
    Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest
     
    • Understand cultural intelligence
    • Examine strategies for embracing cultural diversity
    • Demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity

    Training provided by Volunteering SA NT. Afternoon tea provided.

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  • Provide First Aid | Saturday 7 July

    Provide First Aid

    9am - 5pm, Saturday 7 July
    Goodwood Community Centre, 32 Rosa Street, Goodwood

    Formerly known as First Aid and Apply First Aid. It covers the units HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support and HLTAID003 Provide first aid.

    The aim of this course is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to sustain life, reduce pain and minimise the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional help arrives.

    Training provided by St John Ambulance SA.

    Morning and afternoon tea provided. Bring your own lunch or there are many lovely places to buy food nearby.

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  • Coordinating a Community Event in the City of Unley | Thursday 26 July

    Coordinating a Community Event in the City of Unley

    6-7pm, Thursday 26 July
    Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley

    Learn from the City of Unley’s Event Coordinator what steps you need to take to ensure a successful and safe community event.

    Training provided by the City of Unley. Nibbles provided.

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  • Mental Health First Aid | 16, 20, 27, 30 August

    Mental Health First Aid

    Course participants learn about the signs and symptoms of the common and disabling mental health problems:
     
    • How to provide initial help
    • Where and how to get professional help
    • What sort of help has been shown by research to be effective, and
    • How to provide first aid in a crisis situation.
     
    Participants must attend all four sessions to receive the accreditation.

    6.30 - 9.30pm, Thursday 16 August
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley

    6.30 - 9.30pm, Monday 20 August
    Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

    6.30 - 9.30pm, Monday 27 August
    Fullarton Park Community Centre, 411 Fullarton Road, Fullarton

    6.30 - 9.30pm, Thursday 30 August
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley

    Training provided by Northern Volunteering.

    Nibbles provided. Feel free to bring your own dinner to eat during the sessions.

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  • Writing a Great Grants Program Application | Thursday 13 September

    Writing a Great Application for the City of Unley’s Grant Programs

    6-7pm, Thursday 13 September
    Unley Town Hall, Oxford Terrace, Unley

    Learn about the City of Unley’s different community grants and what we are looking for in a great application.

    Training provided by the City of Unley. Nibbles provided.

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  • Resilience & Wellbeing | Wednesday 3 October

    Resilience & Wellbeing

    1 - 4pm, Wednesday 3 October
    Clarence Park Community Centre, 72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest

    You will be introduced to practical techniques and strategies to improved personal resilience and wellbeing along with an understanding about how to introduce these strategies to colleagues and team members.

    Our SAHMRI trained facilitator will also introduce the concept of PERMA + and demonstrate specific methods to improve your resilience.

    Training provided by Northern Volunteering. Afternoon tea provided.

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  • Child Safe Environments | Thursday 18 October

    Child Safe Environments - Orientation & Refresher

    5.30 - 8.30pm, Thursday 18 October
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley

    Essential for people working with children, this course will introduce you to child safe concepts and requirements of mandated notifiers.

    Training provided by Margret Heylen.

    Nibbles provided.

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  • Manual Handling | Monday 29 October

    Manual Handling

    1 - 4pm, Monday 29 October
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley

    An understanding that manual handling impacts everyday life. This workshop introduces a practical overview of manual handling and ways to stay safe both at home and in the workplace. Includes an overview of the WHS Act and how it applies to volunteers and volunteer organisations.

    Training provided by Northern Volunteering.

    Afternoon tea provided.

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  • Engaging Generation Y | Monday 12 November

    Engaging Generation Y

    12.30 - 3.30pm, Monday 12 November
    Unley Community Centre, 18 Arthur Street, Unley

    People decide to volunteer for various reasons and these motivations can also differ across generations. What motivates Gen Y and how can we better utilise this information for our recruiting and retaining of this group? This session will identify some of these motivators, when and how they can become de-motivators, how you can use this information across your program from the design of your roles/projects to more effective team dynamics.

    Training provided by Northern Volunteering.

    Afternoon tea provided.

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Justice of the Peace

An Unley volunteer Justice of the Peace is available at the Unley Civic Centre, 181 Unley Road, Unley at the following times. No appointment is necessary.

  • Monday and Wednesday, 9am-3pm 
  • Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am-midday

This service is made available through volunteer JPs who are rostered on anywhere from once a month to once a week depending on their availability.

  • How are JPs appointed?

    The Governor, on the recommendation of the Attorney-General, may appoint suitable persons to be a Justice of the Peace under the Justices of the Peace Act, 1991. Citizens of Australia over the age of 18 years can apply to the Attorney-General's Department to become a JP. Persons appointed must reside within South Australia and be of good character.

  • What does a JP do?
    JPs are authorised to witness and attest many documents such as:
    • Statutory Declarations
    • Affidavits
    • Waiver of Rights
    • Search Warrants
    • Drug Warrants
    • Divorce Documents
    • Certify copies of original documents
    • Witness the signing of Power of Attorney and Guardianship documents, providing the JP is satisfied with the capability of the signatory
  • JP Training
    Our volunteer JPs are committed to their development and receive ongoing training through the Royal Association of Justices (RAJ). Over the years RAJ have run training for our Justices on site in General Refresher and Advanced Directives. This training is also made available to other local Justices to enable them to keep their skills up to date for the benefit of the community.

    For more information, please contact the Council's Customer Service Centre on 8372 5111.