There are many opportunities to volunteer your time and skills in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.
If you are interested in one or more of the volunteer programs listed below, simply call our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or complete our online Volunteer Enquiry form.
Special Council Events
Each year the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters presents a calendar of high-profile events. These include Norwood Christmas Pageant and Santos Tour Down Under.
If you like working with people and being part of creating something special, then volunteering for Council events might be for you. It's challenging, satisfying and most of all, fun!
- attending and organising group meetings
- liaising between the Council, appropriate event suppliers and community groups
- representing community needs and interests in relation to Council events
- promoting events
- event set up, delivery and packdown.
Do you have an interest or hobby that you would like to pursue? Then Stepping Out might be the activity for you.
Stepping Out matches up volunteers, dedicated to sharing their own skills and interests, with frail aged or younger disabled members of our community living in their own home.
The benefits of Stepping Out include:
- companionship and friendship
- increasing an individual's involvement in social activities and the community
- Sharing a hobby or activity that is of mutual interest.
Administrative support volunteers assist staff at the Council's main offices at the Norwood Town Hall.
Days and times of work will be negotiated according to availability. Hours are generally between Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.
Activities may include:
- preparing and sending mail outs
- general filing
- providing support to customers and staff.
Community Visitors Scheme (CVS)
Build an ongoing friendship and make a difference in the life of an older person who is socially isolated by volunteering for the Community Visitors Scheme.
If you have one hour free per fortnight to befriend an older person in your local community then we need you!
The Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) is an Australian Federal Government initiative that aims to help establish and strengthen links between older people and their local community and enrich their quality of life.
The CVS matches volunteers to visit with socially or culturally isolated residents living in the community or in residential care facilities. Volunteers are matched based on common interests, culture or complimentary personalities. All volunteers receive a comprehensive induction and ongoing training and support.
Visits can include such things as having a chat over a cup of coffee, going for walks, playing cards, reading, going on an outing or other activities that both the resident and volunteer visitor have an interest in.
Visits take place fortnightly or weekly at a mutually convenient time. The aim of the CVS is to provide an ongoing friendship with a socially isolated older person therefore volunteers are asked to commit to the role for a minimum 12 months.
This is a great volunteering opportunity for people who want to give back to their community but may have limited availability; volunteers can visit on any day of the week at time suited to them and the person they visit.
Visits take place either at the resident’s home or the residential care facility they live in, The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters administers the scheme in partnership with the Cities of Burnside, Campbelltown and Unley. Volunteers can be from any council area and will be matched with an older person who resides in one of the participating councils.
All volunteer Community Visitors must undergo a National Criminal History Check.
Cultural Heritage Program
The Cultural Heritage Program is supported by volunteers at the St Peters Cultural Heritage Centre.
Volunteers help with a range of duties associated with preparing publications and specialist events, which include SA History Week, Cultural Heritage Festival and various History Tours.
Collection maintenance may include:
- accessioning and registering
- cleaning and conservation
- retrieval and storage
- research of the provenance of items
- cataloguing of archival materials.
Administrative tasks may include:
- filing, maintenance of files and updating files in the history subject and biography archival collection
- maintaining and updating street archival files
- assisting with the repacking and housing of objects used in displays and exhibitions
- assisting with historical guided tours
- assisting with major historical events.
Friends of the Billabong
Friends of the Billabong is a volunteer group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the St Peter’s Billabong.
Friends of the Billabong volunteers are mainly involved in natural re-vegetation work and offer practical, hands-on assistance including planting, weed eradication, watering and general site improvement according to the agreed management plan.
The Billabong is located in St Peters Park, adjacent to Linear Park. Enter from Goss Court (off Harrow Rd) or from River St, adjacent to Tenth Ave.
Friends of the Billabong working bees are held at the St Peters Billabong once a month on the third Sunday of the month.
Visit: Friends of the Billabong
Graffiti removal volunteers work as a team to remove illegal graffiti and posters from private and public property across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.
The Graffiti Removal Program began as an initiative of the local Neighbourhood Watch group and has run for more than 10 years as a Council volunteer program.
The team prides itself on a rapid graffiti removal service to discourage re-offending.
Volunteers assist with the removal of small tags from fences to painting over entire walls situated along the River Torrens Linear Park.
The team embraces best environmental practices and minimises the use of chemical solvents by using a sludge vacuum to clean up any run-off from their activities.
Easy to spot in their brightly coloured orange overalls and yellow vests, the team moves from job to job in a dedicated graffiti removal vehicle.
Roles include community bus driver and bus assistant. The community bus provides weekly transport to and from local shopping centres and various social programs. To become a community bus driver, a Light Rigid (LR) class license may be required.
For more information about this service, visit Getting Around page.
Justices of the Peace (JP)
Justices of the Peace (JP) provide a valuable service to our community.
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is pleased to be associated with the South Australian Attorney-General's Department Justice of the Peace Portfolio.
The Council's Justice of the Peace (JP) volunteer service operates from Norwood Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.
For more information, visit: Justice of the Peace webpage.
Payneham Community Centre
The Payneham Community Centre offers a range of activities for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds.
Volunteers assist in two main areas:
- Customer Service
- English Language.
Volunteer Customer Service duties include:
- responding to general counter and phone enquiries
- updating the Centre's brochure display area
- setting up rooms for hire
- general filing and mail outs.
Volunteer English Language Tutors provide opportunities for residents to:
- improve their English speaking and literacy skills
- learn and practice English
- receive guidance and support for updating other skills.
The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters Library Service has three branches, located in the suburbs of Norwood, Felixstow and St Peters.
Library volunteers assist library staff to deliver services to citizens across the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.
Volunteer roles include:
|Home Library service:||Volunteers select and deliver resources to residents who are housebound due to illness, disability or frailty.|
|Community information:||Volunteers update the community noticeboards in each of the Council libraries including, putting up and taking down posters, displaying pamphlets, flyers and brochures.|
|Library processing:||Volunteers assist with the processing of new materials and repairing damaged items.|
|Computer training:||Volunteers provide basic support and instruction to library members who are attending a computer training session. Computer training is non-assessed and is an opportunity for people to learn basic computing, Internet, email and other skills in a supportive learning environment.|
|Storytime & Baby Bounce Programs:||
These Programs aim to promote creativity, inspiration and participation through a range of activities for young children and their parents/caregivers.
Volunteers are responsible for the preparation of craft activities and song sheets, setting up and packing down of the programs and assisting parents and the program coordinator during the sessions.
|Knit & Stitch:
The Knit & Stitch volunteer mentors assist members of the community who have an interest in knitting, crocheting and hand stitching by sharing their knowledge and skills in these handicrafts.
For information about the Council's library services, visit: Libraries page.