If you’ve found some time on your hands and were wondering how you could best use it, helping out across our state may be a rewarding option. With so many people needing assistance though, deciding where to begin may be overwhelming.
Volunteering SA&NT are a centralised organisation who can point you in the right direction. Best of all, they have been given funding to formally manage registrations for volunteers during the pandemic.
As the only official site for volunteering in South Australia, registrations are welcome from people who have the time and skills to either volunteer now or in the future. As with any emergency, it is often during the recovery stage that more volunteers are needed.
Volunteering SA&NT Chief Executive Officer Evelyn O’Loughlin said her team are working with community organisations to determine their needs for additional volunteers, especially those for essential services.
In the short term, volunteers may be required to help with transportation, data entry, administration, delivering supplies, conducting wellbeing checks, or providing call centre support.
Over the coming weeks and months, more positions will become available as organisations return to pre-pandemic conditions and experience an increase in demand for services.
Mrs. O’Loughlin said that with the welcome news of the easing of pandemic restrictions this week, and as long as the necessary guidelines are strictly adhered too, volunteers can start to resume their volunteering positions.
“Volunteer involving organisations will need to ensure that their volunteering programs comply with the current directions outlined by the Government of South Australia to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their volunteers and staff.
“This includes social distancing, gathering restrictions, as well as good hand and cough hygiene.
“It hasn’t been an easy time for the vulnerable group of volunteers that have had to temporarily step down, and we would like to commend you on your patience and understanding.
“And we sincerely thank all volunteers for their contribution during the pandemic,” said Mrs. O’Loughlin.
To register to volunteer during COVID-19, visit www.volunteeringsa-nt.org.au or download the free WeDo App.