Volunteering Stories

Volunteering is a fun and exciting experience, which can help you give back to your community, build confidence, develop new skills, gain new experiences, meet new people and make friends. Uniting Country SA have volunteers in several locations throughout the north and western regions of South Australia. By joining our team, you have an opportunity to help support your community.

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Tracy's Story

Bruce's Story

Dianna's Story

I started volunteering to get out of the house, keep active and meet new people.  When I first started volunteering nine years ago I helped sort clothing at Goods@Gertrude. Now I am a volunteer supervisor at Goods@Gertrude. I also help out as an admin volunteer for the People and Culture Team.

I love volunteering, I gain such satisfaction from knowing I'm giving back to the Community. I think this is something everyone should do once. I would recommend that everyone should volunteer.                                                                    

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I started volunteering because I wanted a change of pace to get me out of the house. When I first started in 2015, I was a Truck Driver helping with pick ups and deliveries for Goods@Gertrude. I am now a gardener at the Port Pirie Community Centre, I also help out on Friday's in the kitchen for the Tasty Tucker Program. 

I love volunteering, I enjoy the activities it allows me to do. It is a nice break from my duties at home and I love the change of people and scenery. I would recommend to anyone that asked that they should volunteer.

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I started volunteering to get out an about, have something unique to do during the week and give back to my community. I first started in 2011 as a volunteer at the front counter of Goods@Gertrude. I'm now a supervisor at Goods@Gertrude, I can do just about any role at the store, apart from truck driving and electrical test and tag

I love volunteering, it helps me with my confidence, I love meeting new people and I love the sense of purpose it gives me. I think this is something everyone should do once.                                                          

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 volunteer (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.  If this sounds like you click the button below to begin your volunteering journey

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Can I get a reference from Uniting Country SA?

After volunteering for a period of three months or more, you can request that your Volunteer Coordinator acts as a referee.

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.

Do I get trained for my volunteer role?

Training opportunities will be available depending on funding and training needs. Please speak with your coordinator.

Do I require any screening checks?

Yes, all volunteers must have a DHS Working with Children Check before commencement. This is free of charge and will be organised by the Volunteer Coordinator at Uniting Country SA.


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