Volunteering at the City of Victor Harbor
Volunteers connect closely with our local community to help build vibrant places to live, work and play. Many council programs and services would not be provided without the support of our amazing volunteers.
We are very fortunate to have around 500 volunteers who come from all walks of life - retirees, business people, community leaders and students. Whether you want to help others, gain valuable experience, share your own skills or make new friends we may have just the right thing for you.
There is a huge variety of volunteering roles which can be flexible according to your availability, skills and interests.
Southern Volunteering can also assist you in finding an organisation which best suits your skills and interests in the local area. Read more about volunteering through Southern Volunteering.
Current Volunteering Programs
Caring Neighbourhood Program
Volunteers offer companionship and friendship opportunities to older people in our community
Areas of volunteering include:
- Van/bus drivers for bus trips and lunch groups
- Van/bus assistant to assist people on and off the vehicles
- Support to facilitate our art group & movie afternoons,
- Support and transport to our exercise programs,
- Assist with our home delivery library service,
- Office administration support
- Individual support activities (one on one social activities - e.g. a drive to the beach or coffee together).
If you are interested in volunteering for the Caring Neighbourhood Program call 08 8551 0544.
Specific volunteering for events held throughout the year such as the Rock n Roll festival, New Years, Christmas Pageant, Whaletime festival and the Tour down under.
Contact Council's Festivals and Events Officer on 08 8551 0593 (Tuesday to Thursday only).
- Supporting parents, support for group programs and children’s events and helping with administration tasks
- Volunteers to share your own experiences of parenting and grand parenting
Contact the Fleurieu Families team to find out more about volunteering opportunities by calling 08 8551 0542.
Victor Harbor Public Library
Shelving books, shelf management, processing material and covering books, IT help, helping with child/youth and school holiday programs.
Interested in volunteering in the library, call 08 8551 0730.
Outdoor Parks and Gardens
Assisting with the maintenance of reserves, planting and caring for garden beds, weeding etc.
Call 08 8551 0703 if you are interested in volunteering with our parks and gardens team.
South Australian Whale Centre
Volunteers can assist with:
- Customer Service (reception, retail shop, tourist information & whale sightings)
- Education (assisting staff with education programs for children, school groups from pre-school to University and guided tours of the SA Whale Centre)
- Research (assisting citizen scientists collect, sort and analyse photographic data of Southern Right Whales in Encounter Bay and across SA and contributing to our Encounter Bay Right Whale Study)
- Whale Spotter (sighting, recording and photographing whales across SA)
Contact the South Australian Whale Centre to register your interest as a volunteer on 08 8551 0750.
Southern Communities Transport Scheme
Providing transport services for Transport Disadvantaged people of all ages
- Volunteer Drivers - Locally and metro
- Volunteer Drivers - Shopping bus
- Volunteer Drivers – Aquatic Bus
- Volunteer Shopping Bus Attendants
- Volunteer Office Administration Support
Contact the Southern Communities Transport Scheme on 08 8551 0760 to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Southern Fleurieu Youth Advisory Committee
- Mentoring students and young people
- Creating opportunities and organising events as part of a committee
- Provide input at meetings as a young person
- Attending Youth Forums
- Building friendships and providing the 'Voice of Youth' to local councils
Contact Council's Youth Development Officer on 08 8551 0586 to find out more.
Visitor Information Centre
- Meeting and greeting visitors to the centre
- Providing customer service and information about the region
- Assisting visitors with bookings for their stay in Victor Harbor and region
- Providing assistance in the Visitor Information Centre Retail Store
Contact the Visitor Information Centre on 08 8551 0777 to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
Current Volunteer Role Vacancies
Please complete the application form below and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an area for all volunteers whether you are new to volunteering or an existing member of one of our teams:
Please contact your coordinator should you wish to access or discuss a revelant council policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I Volunteer?
If you have a specific area that you would like to volunteer with then please call the relevant area for an informal chat. You may then organise a suitable time to meet with that volunteer coordinator and fill in the application above. Alternatively you can fill in the application form above and email to email@example.com and one of our volunteer coordinators will discuss any vancancies as they arise. Be sure to fill out which Council program interests you.
How long does the process take?
This depends on the the area that you are volunteering in. Every role will go through an induction process. If relevant, you may have to wait until you have undergone relevant training or police clearance. Your coordinator will induct you in the role and the area you are working in.
Are there any age restrictions?
The majority of our volunteer roles are designed for people who are over 18 years old. However, we do have opportunities for younger people to get involved in our Whale Centre program and our Youth programs. We are always happy to discuss opportunites for young people to get involved.
What is the required time committment?
This depends on where you are volunteering and the type of role. Some volunteers may have set days and times that they volunteer whilst others may be a more flexible commitment. Centrelink may also request a certain amount of volunteering hours per fortnight. In most cases you will decide how many hours you are willing to commit. The hours are determined by the nature of the volunteer role and the amount of work to be done.
What if I go away on holidays regularly ? Do I have to commit long term?
As a regular volunteer, we acknowledge holidays are important and we enourage you to take them. We ask that you advise your coordinator in advance of holiday plans to help planning for programs. With many programs, we do have volunteers that are away for periods while travelling in winter times and this is fine as long as we have advance warning.
We ask that you commit to the volunteer role for a number of months due to the time spent inducting and training volunteers and to ensure continuity of roles.
Can I get a reference after my volunteering work?
Yes we are happy to provide a reference. Please discuss this with your volunteer coordinator so they are prepared when they receive the request for the reference.
Will I incur any out of pocket expenses?
The City of Victor Harbor will reimburse any agreed out of pocket expenses which are incurred whilst performing volunteer duties. The process differs depending on the program. Your volunteer coordinator will discuss this in more detail during your induction.
Do you accept student placements/work experience?
Please contact our HR manager if you would like to discuss placement opportunities.
Do I have to have a police check?
It depends on the nature of the volunteering work you are performing. This will be discussed between you and your volunteer coordinator as you will need to provide consent and identity information for the check. Any expenses for this will be covered by the City of Victor Harbor.
Am I covered by insurance whilst volunteering?
You are covered by insurance whilst performing your approved duties as a volunteer of the City of Victor Harbor. Regular record keeping of approved involvement is required. With any insurance policy there are limitations and exclusions. Please see the Volunteer Induction Booklet for further information and /or discuss with your volunteer coordinator.
The Volunteers Protection Act ensures that a volunteer incurs no personal civil liability for an act done in good faith and without recklessness in the course of carrying out community work for a community organisation.
Southern Volunteering can also assist you in finding an organisation which best suits your skills and interests in our local area. Volunteering is about finding a challenging and interesting unpaid job that gets you involved in helping others in our community. It is about helping community agencies to provide a wide range of much needed services to people living in the Southern Fleurieu area. It is also about sharing and developing skills and making new friends as well as helping to make our community a better place to live. Anyone can volunteer - employed, unemployed, and students. Whether you have a special talent or skill, or just want to help others, there are many organisations that will value your contribution.
For more information contact : Southern Volunteering, Unit 144 Torrens St, Victor Harbor (opposite the Ambulance station). Phone (08) 8552 7858 or via mobile 0488 124 840.
The office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 1pm.
Volunteer Week Small Grants
To acknowledge the efforts of volunteers that support the Victor Harbor community, the City of Victor Harbor offers small grants to encourage, and assist community groups to celebrate and recognise the contribution of their volunteers. National Volunteer Week is generally help in May each year.