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Baptist Care SA has a number of volunteer opportunities that enable members of your church to express God’s love to vulnerable and disadvantaged people, such as those experiencing homelessness and people with refugee backgrounds.

Volunteer opportunities range from helping out at events such as our annual “Carols in the Square”,  to weekly roles assisting at the WestCare Centre or the Community Food Hub.  All volunteers must be over 18 years of age, with the exception of people volunteering to serve meals on Sundays (minimum age is 14 years).  

WestCare Centre

The WestCare Centre provides a range of services to assist people who are homeless, unemployed or socially isolated.

 

A group of 4-8 people from your church may like to volunteer a couple of times per year* to prepare and serve meals to people attending the WestCare Centre at Sunday lunchtime.

 

Volunteers arrive at 10 am and finish around 1 pm, and work under the direction of a Baptist Care SA staff member. Volunteers must be 14 years or older.  For those aged 14-18 years old, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. This is a great opportunity to show God’s love in action and to learn more about issues surrounding homelessness.

 

Alternatively, you may like to apply to be a Volunteer Pastoral Care Assistant, where you volunteer on a weekly basis (from 10 am to 1 pm, Monday to Friday) at the WestCare Centre, to listen to and journey alongside people who attend the Centre.

 

Or perhaps you’d prefer to help as a Volunteer Kitchen Assistant, preparing and serving about 100 delicious and nutritious meals for lunch. 

 

*The roster for 2019 is finalised but you can express your interest for 2020 or enquire if there are any vacancies.

Community Food Hub

Volunteering at the new Community Food Hub is another great and practical way to help people to stretch their budget and eat healthier food.

 

Our Community Food Hub offers low-priced groceries to anyone with a student card, concession card or Immi card, including pensioners, students and people experiencing homelessness.

 

Location: 216 Wright St, Adelaide.

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10am-3pm.

For more information click here or phone 8118 5200.

 

Community Food Hub

Friendship Program

Jesus said “ I was a stranger and you invited me in…” (Matthew 25: 35b), and this is the concept behind the Friendship Program, where local volunteers are matched with people from a refugee background to assist them to:

 

  • Practice conversational English
  • Learn about Australian culture and customs
  • Be better connected to the community
  • Be less socially isolated and have fun.

 

Spending just 6 hours per month (for at least 6 months) can make a huge difference in the life of a new arrival – and enrich your own.
Training to equip  Friendship Program Volunteers for their role are held 3 times per year at Enfield Baptist Church.

 

For more information view our Friendship Program Information Pack or contact our Bryan Hughes, Coordinator: Volunteer Program, on (08) 8118 5228 or email volunteer@baptistcaresa.org.au

Other opportunities and ideas

If you have a particular skill or talent that you think would benefit the work of Baptist Care SA, and would like to explore this as a new volunteer role, please contact Bryan Hughes, Coordinator of Baptist Care SA’s Volunteer Program, to discuss.

 

Please visit our volunteer page for more information and to apply for a specific role.

 

For other enquiries regarding volunteering, please contact:

Bryan Hughes
Coordinator, Volunteer Program

T: 08 8118 5228
M: 0466 776 501
volunteer@baptistcaresa.org.au

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