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Volunteering in the Coorong

The Coorong District Council, the largest rural Council in South Australia.

 

Created from the amalgamation of the Meningie, Coonalpyn Downs and Peake district councils, the Coorong District Council has a population of some 6000 residents and is spread over 8836 sq.km., with 9 councillors representing the interests of the residents within 3 wards; Lakes, Mallee and Parks.

Our vision, mission and values statements are what broadly guides the Coorong District Council to meeting the objectives, targets and outcomes of the 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan (SMP)

 

Vision, mission, values (volunteer website image) 

 

Being an employer of choice that attracts, develops and inspires highly talented and motivated volunteers

The activities of our volunteer programs contribute positively to the delivery of our 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan (SMP) outcomes via;

Participating in Section 41 committees, that help facilitates the care and use of halls and other assets such as the Coonalpyn pool. Other volunteer programs assist council with aspects of park and garden maintenance within townships and providing information and tourist support.

 

When you volunteer at the Coorong District Council, you’ll be given the opportunity to share passions, abilities and skills in meaningful ways that strengthen the community.

Activities of Coorong District Council’s volunteer program:

  • Create a sense of belonging,

  • Enable creative expression,

  • Promote social inclusion,

  • Challenge inequity,

  • Encourage sustainable practices,

  • Promote wellbeing in city communities.
 
Getting involved

We welcome applications from those who can volunteer for short term projects or long term by assisting with one or as many programs you feel a passion for then take a moment to read the volunteer handbook before you apply.

  

Volunteer now

Register now by following the first two steps in the process below. Once lodged, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview to discuss their application.

If your application is approved, you will go through a short induction process, then meet with your assigned volunteer supervisor for an on-site induction to the area that you will volunteer.

        

  Process
  Actions
   Volunteer Candidate
   Makes Enquiry

  Call Ben Jarvis, Organisational Development Coordinator on 1300 785 277

   Volunteer Candidate  Completes
   Application form

  Volunteer to complete the following Volunteer Registration Form(343 kb)

  Volunteer to provide to council completed form

  Organisational Development Coordinator to assess and books interview with volunteer candidate.

  Application is assessed. Organisational Development Coordinator to inform candidate if successful

  and what the next steps will be.

   Volunteer on boarding
 

  Relevant role statement provided to volunteer.

  Training needs are assessed per the relevant role statement.

  Police Checks and or Working with Children checks are undertaken if required.

   Induction

  Volunteer undertakes corporate induction

  Site induction is undertaken

 

Council would encourage those with an interest and passion to contribute in a fulfilling and positive way to their community to apply to become a volunteer. Council recognises and acknowledges the valuable contributions to the community that our volunteers make.

 

FAQs

Are there any age restrictions?

The majority of volunteer roles are designed for people who are 18 years and older however there are family volunteering opportunities for younger people to volunteer with their parent or guardian. The Volunteer Coordinator can provide more information about this.

 

How long does the process take?

It depends on the role you are successful in gaining. Every volunteer will go through an induction process which in some cases can be completed in under two hours. All roles will require a police check which may take a few weeks to complete. Some roles will require specific training to be undertaken before you can start.

 

What is the required time commitment?

The hours vary depending on what area of volunteering you choose. Many roles will require you to commit a minimum of three hours per week for six months. In most cases you will decide how many hours you are willing to commit. There is no maximum amount specified. The hours are determined by the nature of the volunteer role and the amount of work to be done.

 

What if I am unable to commit long term?

Due to the time spent placing and training volunteers and the nature of most voluntary roles, it is preferred that volunteers commit to at least six months. This can be negotiated with the Volunteer Supervisor.

 

Can I get a reference?

Yes, we are happy to provide a reference. However, you need to have regularly volunteered with the Council for a minimum period of three month

 

Is there a chance that I might gain paid work in the organisation if I volunteer first?

You are invited to submit job applications for external vacancies, and will be given the same consideration as the general public. All external vacancies appear on the Coorong District Council's website

 

Will I incur any out of pocket expenses?

Coorong District Council will reimburse any out of pocket expenses which are incurred whilst performing volunteer duties as pre-approved by the Volunteer Supervisor.

 

Do you accept student placements/ work experience?

Student/ work experience placements are not considered voluntary work. For more information please contact the Coorong District Council

 

Do I have to have a police check?

Yes, as part of Council's recruitment process we ask all volunteers to undertake a National Criminal History Clearance. There is no cost to volunteers for this, and the clearance will need to be renewed every three years.

 

Do I need a working with children check?

Yes some of our volunteers will require a working with children check. A Working with Children check can be obtained free for volunteers that require one.

For more information please see - https://screening.sa.gov.au/types-of-check/new-working-with-children-checks

 

Am I covered by insurance whilst volunteering?

Yes, Coorong District Council volunteers are protected whilst undertaking volunteer duties as detailed in the relevant role statement and directed by the Council or your volunteer program contact person. Council provides personal accident insurance, as well as public liability insurance for all appropriately registered volunteers.

 

For a copy of the registration form and full list of available programs please select the following link Volunteer Registration Form(343 kb)

For a copy of the volunteer handbook please secect the following link Volunteer handbook(1704 kb)

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Coorong District Council

95-101 Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend SA 5260

PO Box 399, Tailem Bend SA 5260

Call: 1300 785 277

council@coorong.sa.gov.au

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