Volunteering

More than 400 volunteers donate more than 40,000 hours of their time each year to support important programs across our City. 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.
  • Digital Literacy Trainer (Tech Help: Start)
    Do you thrive on troubleshooting, problem solving and helping others? Unley library is seeking a volunteer who can provide technical assistance to a range of individuals. To be successful in this role you need:
    • Solid knowledge of different types of mobile devices – including Android and Apple smart phones, tablets and laptops
    • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows Operating Systems (knowledge of Mac operating system would be an advantage)
    • The ability to think on your feet and undertake basic troubleshooting of computers and mobile devices
    • Excellent customer service skills and patience
    • The ability to breakdown and explain complex terms in simple English
    • The ability to work with a wide variety of demographics, including elderly customers and those with English as a second language
    • Confidence in teaching one-on-one and, on occasion, to small groups of people
    • The ability to work autonomously.
     
    If this role appeals to 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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. ​
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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.

    BOOK ONLINE
  • 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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