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Volunteering

From contributing to policy development to supporting the delivery of programs and projects, volunteers help us to reach and support older people, and achieve of our goal of advancing the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.

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Our volunteers are an integral part of everything that COTA SA does. From contributing to policy development processes to supporting the delivery of programs and projects, volunteers help us to reach and support older people, and achieve of our purpose of advancing the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as we age.

COTA SA volunteers are dedicated individuals and their collective contributions make an extraordinary difference to the lives of older South Australians and communities across the State. Are you ready to make a difference?

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is an experience that provides a host of benefits for not only the recipient, but the volunteer, the organisation and the broader community.

As a COTA SA volunteer you will:

  • meet new people and make new friends
  • learn new skills
  • remain active and engaged
  • share skills and knowledge with others
  • contribute to your community.

One of the great pleasures as a volunteer is not only the interaction with other people but a greater empathy gained by listening to their personal life stories and experiences — most rewarding and at times very humbling!!”

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What volunteering at COTA SA looks like

COTA SA offers a diverse range of programs, services and activities, and their success is often due to the support and dedication of volunteers who help us to deliver them.

Volunteers contribute to COTA SA in a wide variety of ways, such as:

  • Helping individuals and groups to understand aged care systems and processes
  • Visiting an older person for companionship
  • Supporting people to make social connections
  • Working with LGBTI older people through the Rainbow Hub
  • Visiting our Strength for Life providers for routine site checks
  • Providing administrative assistance in the COTA SA office
  • Helping to promote COTA SA at events
  • Becoming a member of our Board, Policy Council or an Advisory Group
  • And more!

Make a difference — current volunteer vacancies

We are always seeking the support of passionate and dedicated volunteers. Our current volunteer vacancies are listed below — if these don't pique your interest, please contact us to discuss an opportunity that appeals to you.

COTA Visitors — Make a difference in someone's life

COTA Visitors are volunteers who visit someone with limited companionship on a regular basis, to establish and maintain an ongoing friendship. Loneliness affects 20% of South Australians aged 75 and over and they can feel especially marginalised and out-of-touch in our modern online and busy world.

COTA Visitors is part of the Community Visitors Scheme — an Australian Government initiative that provides friendly volunteers for older people who are at risk of loneliness or social isolation.


Location

We recruit and support volunteer visitors in the Adelaide metropolitan area, the Mid North and the Hills, Mallee and Southern (Fleurieu Peninsula) areas.

We are currently seeking volunteers to visit people waiting for a new friend across the metropolitan area and in Strathalbyn, Murray Bridge and Spalding. We also call on volunteers in the Eastern suburbs to visit residents at Regis Burnside on Booth Avenue, Linden Park.


Language

As well as English-speaking people, we are also seeking volunteers who speak Italian, Greek or French.

An Italian-speaking woman is also sought to share coffee and Italian foods and activities with a group of Italian residents.


Common interests

You might have a common interest with one of the residents such as fashion, pets, gardening or sports. We are specifically seeking a chess player to visit on a Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteer visitors are matched to older people with similar backgrounds and shared interests, and are supported by COTA SA — even if you don't fit the criteria above we'd love to hear from you as we receive new requests for visitors regularly.


Apply now

If you would like to become a Community Visitor and make a difference in someone's life by extending your hand of friendship, we would love to hear from you. Click the link below or phone us on 8232 0422.

Apply online here

I like the things that are done to show how much COTA SA appreciates volunteers — from a simple ‘thank you’, to the staff and volunteer morning teas and recognition events. Even the word ‘valued’ on our name badges. It all makes a difference.

COTA SA volunteer

155

volunteers supporting COTA SA programs, services and activities

4.5k

volunteer hours of service each year

22-86

ages of our volunteers

More information

If you are ready to connect with your community, enrich the lives of older South Australians and enjoy the personal rewards of volunteering with COTA SA, contact us today.

Paloma Wraith
Volunteer Coordinator
8232 0422 (1800 182 324 for country callers)

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