Volunteers add to our professionalism and purpose by improving the quality of programs and providing that extra support that many young people need. Volunteers are needed at a number of our sites, across Adelaide and in Mt Gambier.
Our volunteers are adults of all ages and come from many diverse backgrounds. We have many volunteering opportunities, ranging from a few hours every now and then to several hours each week, so talk to us if you would like to help young people achieve.
There is a variety of different roles available to Volunteers:
Volunteering in a Group Program
Volunteers assist staff members to facilitate group programs and support the young people with set tasks and encouraging their participation.
Programs cover areas such as:
- Numeracy and literacy
- Searching for accommodation
- Life skills (i.e. cooking, budgeting)
- Pre-employment skills (resume and interview preparation)
- Preparation for the Learner’s Permit test
- Art and craft
- Exploring countries and cultures
- Personal care
This service is provided to young people who will benefit from support delivered to them by one mentor, rather than in a group setting. The skills covered by one-on-one mentors are the similar to the focus areas covered in group programs.
One-on-one mentors are provided with further training and screening and receive support from staff, while working closely together as a team. They usually meet with a young person for at least 1 hour per week.
These volunteers help us and our programs by assisting behind the scenes with administrative tasks. This role is very suitable for volunteers who have many skills but don’t wish to work directly with young people.
These volunteers help young people to complete the 75 hours required to gain their provisional licence (their ‘Ps’) by being available for supervised driving sessions in our vehicles.
Before commencing the Geared2Drive program, volunteers are required to undergo driving lessons with a professional instructor who provides training on driving safety and road rules, and also offers insight and advice on how to guide the young drivers.
Learn more about the Geared2Drive program.
We are lucky to have a number of like-minded organisations who support their staff to donate their time to us. Corporate volunteering opportunities are coordinated to match the needs of each organisation with our current needs. In the past, this has included activities like:
- Working Bees to complete landscaping and gardening at our Housing properties
- Supporting young people through an Amazing Race style orienteering event
- Setting up for major fundraising events
- Organising and packing donations, ready to give to those in need
- Teaching specific skills like budgeting, cooking, car maintenance or sewing to a group
If your workplace or organisation is interested in supporting us in this way, please contact us using the form below to express your interest.
Work Experience or Student Placements
We are proud to support people to gain the skills and experience needed to finish their education or supplement their resume. Please contact us using the form below to express your interest.
SYC is a Child Safe organisation
All volunteers must hold a valid Working with Children Check and may also be required to supply referees and go through additional screening. Relevant training will be provided. More information can be found on our Policy page.