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Volunteering

Volunteering in Playford

Our volunteers play an essential role in contributing to making Playford a greater city. Our trees in the reserves, books on the library shelves, the meals and fitness classes at the Grenville Hub, meal packs at the Healthy Food Co. and the Youth Strategy are all just a snapshot of the services and programs in which Playford’s volunteers are involved.

Volunteers are people who:

  • Provide services of their own free will
  • Do not receive any monetary reward (out of pocket expenses are covered)
  • Benefit the community and themselves by participating in volunteer programs
  • Complement the work of, but do not replace, paid workers

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Volunteering provides a two-way experience that provides many benefits, including:

  • Gaining new skills and experience in an area of interest that can create pathways to employment
  • Meeting new people and being involved in meaningful activities
  • Providing opportunities for people to share their skills and knowledge with others

Volunteering Programs

Council has more than 450 volunteers who work in diverse programs and services. Many of these programs depend on the commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers.

Some examples include:

  • Social Support Programs
  • Graffiti
  • Greening Volunteers
  • Grenville Hub
  • Healthy Food Co
  • Friendly visiting
  • Home Assist (including Community Transport Drivers)
  • Libraries
  • Northern Sound System
  • Parks and reserves
  • Playford North
  • Youth activities
  • Men’s Shed and Men’s Programs

Current Vacancies at Playford

Want to get involved in your community? There are so many benefits to volunteering, including meeting new people, developing new skills, sharing your talents, improving your employability, as well as improving your own mental wellbeing.

Check out the vacancies below and read the ‘How to become a volunteer’ fact sheet and contact the program coordinator to organise an interview. We look forward to hearing from you!

Biodiversity Project Volunteers

Volunteers work in our nursery to propagate local native plants and/or assist with revegetation activities such as maintenance of the scenic Little Para Seed Orchard.

Your role: You will work in a variety of weather conditions to assist with seed sowing & transplanting, weeding, cleaning tubes, planting, watering and other general duties as required.

Activities are held on Sat mornings in accordance with Playford Greening Volunteers quarterly calendar.

For more information contact:

Program Coordinator
Jo Park Ph. 8256 0425
Email: jpark@playford.sa.gov.au

Home Assist Drivers

Volunteers who enjoy being ‘out on the road’ assist residents to ensure they maintain independence and social connections.

Your role: Following a detailed schedule put together by our friendly staff members Dennis (Home Assist- HA) or Anne (Community Passenger Network - CPN) you will pick up a Council vehicle and head out for most of the day. HA drivers are accompanied by an assistant and together you will pick up & drop off clients to various local programs and/or CPN you will work one-on one driving clients to various appointments both local and city bound.

For more information contact:
Program Coordinator
Dennis Matthews Ph. 8256 0544
Email: dmatthews@playford.sa.gov.a

Playgym Volunteers

The John McVeity Centre/Playford Wellbeing Hub staff and volunteers work together to provide programs and activities to benefit the community.

Your role: As a Playgym Volunteer, your role will include:

  • Setup of children’s play equipment incl. mats, climbing frames, toys etc.
  • Supporting the facilitator to deliver the session (talking to families, engaging with the children, hello & goodbye songs)
  • Pack up of Playgym including sanitising equipment.
  • Engage and welcome families.
  • Reasonable level of fitness required.

For more information contact:
Program Coordinator
Martina Button Ph. 8256 0448
Email: mbutton@playford.sa.gov.au

Friends Program Activity Support

The Friends Program provides recreation and skills programs for adults with a disability, encouraging independence and self-growth through group interaction.

Your role: As a positive, friendly, energetic volunteer you will actively encourage and support our Friends group members to participate in a range of centre-based activities, including fitness, craft, cooking, music and various workshops as well as regular community outings.

Various Shifts available:

  • Wednesdays and Fridays 10am – 3pm,
  • Fortnightly Thursday 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5.00pm

For more information contact:
Program Coordinator
Tara Tauba Ph.: 8256 0183
Email: ttauba@playford.sa.gov.au

Kitchen Assistant

Volunteers work in a fast-paced environment with our Hospitality Coordinators Sandy & Jody undertaking general kitchen duties to provide a wide range of healthy & delicious meals for our Grenville Hub customers.

Your role: You will be rostered on from 8am – 2pm joining a dedicated hard-working team assisting with food preparation, serving meals and maintaining a clean working area with the help of a very easy to use dishwasher.

For more information contact:
Program Coordinator
Dennis Matthews Ph. 8256 0544
Email: dmatthews@playford.sa.gov.au

Shop Assistant – Healthy Food Co. Smithfield

The Healthy Food Co provides a welcoming environment and great opportunity to learn retail skills get involved in supporting the local community to have access to low cost and nutritious food.

Your role: Providing customer service, packing and shelving of stock and putting together our famous meal packs (as seen on TV). Must be well presented and of reasonable fitness. Shifts available for FULL days only 9.30 - 3.30pm. Ideal opportunity for people with Centrelink -Mutual Obligation requirements.

For more information contact:
Program Coordinator
Kelly Clay Ph: 8254 3641
Email: kclay@playford.sa.gov.a

Additional volunteer vacancies

For additional volunteer vacancies located in the Northern Suburbs contact:

Northern Volunteering

39 John Street, Salisbury, South Australia 5108

Phone: 08 8250 1582

Email: nvsa@internode.on.net