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Volunteer Programs

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, complete our online Volunteer Enquiry/Application form.

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Volunteer programs

Borthwick Park

Borthwick Park VolunteersThe Borthwick Park Biodiversity Program welcomes new Volunteers who would like to assist with restoring and maintaining native habitat and increasing the biodiversity of the Park. 

This is achieved through natural re-vegetation work including planting, weed eradication and mulching.

Borthwick Park is situated on Thornton Street in Kensington. It is home to a wide variety of native birdlife and plant species.

The Borthwick Park Biodiversity Program is perfect for people looking for a volunteer role with an out of hour’s and short time commitment. 

Volunteers meet on the second Sunday of each month from 9:00am – 11:00am at the Park.

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Works Coordinator, Parks & Gardens, Wayne Bambrick on 08 83609008 or wbambrick@npsp.sa.gov.au

Community Visitors Scheme

Community VisitorBuild 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

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.  

Location

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.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Community Visitor Scheme Coordinator, Huan Wang on 08 8366 4604 or hwang@npsp.sa.gov.au

Community Bus

Bus Volunteer StandingRoles 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.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Program Coordinator, Kerry-Anne McVeigh, on 08 8366 4595 or kmcveigh@npsp.sa.gov.au

Cultural Heritage Program

Cultural Heritage - old booksThe 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.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Friends of the Billabong

Friends of the Billabong TalkingBecome a Friends of the Billabong (FOB) volunteer and help restore and preserve the unique native habitat of St Peters Billabong.

The aim of the Friends of the Billabong (FOB) is to restore native habitat, increase biodiversity and improve the quality of water flowing into the River Torrens.

FOB volunteers participate in regular working bees and 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.

More information about FOB, visit: Friends of the Billabong

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Graffiti Removal

Graffiti Removal 2018Graffiti removal volunteers work as a team to remove illegal graffiti and posters from Council owned property and infrastructure 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.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Justices of the Peace (JP)

Norwood Streetscape Norwood Town HallJustices 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:

  • Norwood Town Hall: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • St Peters Library: 10am-12pm, Saturdays

For more information, visit: Justice of the Peace webpage.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Library Programs

Library Volunteer 2021The 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.

For information about the Council's library services, visit: Libraries page.

 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.

Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Volunteer Services Coordinator on 08 8366 4555 or volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au

Special Council Events

Christmas Pageant CostumesIf 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!

Work with our Events Unit on the Norwood Christmas Pageant, Raising the Bar, St Peters Fair and many more Council activations.

Activities include:

  • attending and organising group meetings
  • liaising between the Council, appropriate event suppliers and community groups
  • event set up, delivery and packdown.


Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Events Coordinator, Anna Wilson on 08 8366 4527 or events@npsp.sa.gov.au

Stepping Out Program

Men wheel chair talkingDo 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.


Register your interest

If you are interested in this volunteer role, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form

For more information, contact our Community Care Services Project Officer, Maria De Conno on 08 8366 4519 or mdeconno@npsp.sa.gov.au  

Contact

Volunteer Services Coordinator
T: 08 8366 4555
E: volunteering@npsp.sa.gov.au