Volunteers

Volunteering is an incredibly rewarding activity.

On our site you will be able to:

  • search for volunteer opportunities – in northern Adelaide and South Australia as a whole;
  • understand  your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer;
  • understand the organisations rights and responsibilities;
  • look at pathways resulting from volunteering
  • see the variety of volunteer training available at no or low cost
  • look at how to access accredited qualifications as a result of volunteering
  • how to join our Training Credits Scheme designed to make volunteer training easier and cheaper.

Check it out!

Volunteering can change your life!

Positions Available

From time to time volunteer positions become available within our very own NVSA Team!

These can include:

  • Promotions and marketing team
  • Data base administration
  • Administration
  • Special Projects (suitable for people with post graduate or high level experience)

Please use our Search Box on the right of this page to search for current NVSA volunteer positions.

Before You Start

Before you start volunteer work there are some things it might be helpful to be aware of:

  1. There are LOTS of different volunteer opportunities. Don’t restrict yourself to think of one or two types of positions;
  2. As a volunteer you will have both rights and responsibilities. The organisation will also! Make sure you are clear about these;
  3. Undertake an induction as part of your role. This may vary from online to a hard copy or verbal. It may take 1/2 hour or several days depending upon the organisation. This should prepare you for volunteer work;
  4. Many (but not all) organisations require a police check and referee check before you start;
  5. Most organisations will have some red tape. Please be patient. This is in place to ensure the organisation completes their duty of care
  6. Last, but definitely not least, Enjoy yourself!

Bridge to Volunteering

If you have never volunteered before, or feel uncomfortable. NVSA has a program called ‘Bridge to Volunteering’. This program is ideally suited for someone who wants to ease into volunteering, if you are not feeling comfortable volunteering, or want a little extra assistance in some way.

You will be matched up with a mentor; join a small class of maximum 10 people taken by one of our quality facilitators; and start volunteering in an organisation and position of your choice.

Bridge to Volunteering starts at different times of the year.  Inquire for more details

Make An Interview

If you are interested in volunteering there are two ways we can assist.

1.  If you know what you want then complete a web based application

2. If you are unsure, would like to explore other organisations, or look at other roles. You can speak to one of our Referral Officers. A short 20-30 minute interview will assist you in exploring a range of options you may not have considered.

We have Referral Officers based in

  • Enfield on Monday mornings
  • Port Adelaide on Tuesday mornings
  • Modbury on Thursday mornings
  • Elizabeth on Thursday mornings
  • Salisbury Monday to Friday
  • Gawler on Tuesdays

Call our office on 8250 1582 to make a time

If you look on ‘Our Staff’ in this website, you will find photos  of the Referral Officers to know who you are looking for.

Volunteer Training

NVSA provides a wide range of training opportunities for volunteers.

Some courses can be used towards our accredited training

Feel free to look through our professional development program for volunteers.

Volunteer Pathways

Volunteering can lead onto a wide number of different paths, for example:

  • Increase your skills. Do something you have been interested in but have never had the chance.
  • Paid employment. While volunteering will not guarantee you a job, it is a great way to showcase yourself to  potential employers. It is not unusual for volunteers to be employed where they are volunteering.
  • Training. Volunteers will usually undergo training for their roles.
  • Develop job ready skills.
  • Put in your CV. Many employers want to know applicants have an interest in the community. This says the applicant is someone who wants to help others. Many employers regard this as an important attribute.
  • Accredited training. Actively volunteering allows you to participate in the accredited Active Volunteering Certificate courses. These are great courses providing a good foundation for a wide variety of other accredited training eg in children’s services, aged care, hospitality and so on.