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Giving back

Meals in Dining RoomWe rely on the generous support of the South Australian community to help people rebuild their lives – and there are few supporters more passionate than our volunteers.

Our volunteers come from different walks of life, but together share the same heart for making a difference.

From helping regularly in our kitchen, laundry and locker facilities to supporting our employment and education programs, volunteers are integral to the amazing outcomes we see every day.

“Volunteering at Hutt St Centre is about treating people with dignity and respect – sharing a smile with everyone, and making sure they feel welcome.

“People experiencing homelessness often feel invisible, but they’re not invisible here. We see them, and we’re here to help them.”

– Annette, Kitchen Volunteer 


What to know about volunteering at Hutt St Centre

We are fortunate to have a team of long-standing regular volunteers who help make a difference for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

Paula   Wellbeing Centre volunteer 1

Volunteer requirements

The requirements for volunteer roles at Hutt St Centre include:

  • Must be aged 18 or over
  • A satisfactory National Police Check (less than 12 months old)
  • A satisfactory DHS Working with Children Check (less than 5 years old)
  • Completion of Hutt St Centre volunteer online induction
  • Signed code of conduct

Current volunteer opportunities

Our current regular volunteer opportunities are listed below with the shift times. We ask that volunteers commit to a regular shift to allow consistency for our clients. Our positions all run at various times between 6.45am and 1:00pm Monday to Saturday (and Public Holidays) and we are closed on Sundays.


Role Description Shift Days and Times
 Kitchen (Dining Room)
  • Assist in the preparation and service of meals.
  • Collect & clean crockery, cutlery, and preparation of equipment including bench tops.
  • Preparing takeaway lunches on Saturdays and public holidays, and distribution of lunches.


Monday - Friday

  • Breakfast 6:45am - 8:30am
  • Prep 9:00am - 11:00am
  • Lunch 11:0am - 1:00pm

Saturdays and public holidays

  • Breakfast 6:45am - 9:00am
 Wellbeing Centre
  • Assist clients with washing and drying laundry.
  • Assist clients with accessing their lockers.
  • Assist clients by distributing material aid.

Monday - Friday

  • First shift 7:00am - 10:00am
  • Second shift 10:00am - 1:00pm

Saturday and public holidays:

  • 7:15am - 9:00am


For short term or once-off volunteer opportunities we have the Angel For a Day program, as well as various events throughout the year including:

  • Walk a Mile in My BootsFriday 9 August 2024
  • Christmas Cave Gift Wrapping – Monday 2 to Friday 20 December 2024

To express your interest in any current volunteer opportunities, please email your clearances and availability to our People & Culture Team on

Corporate volunteer opportunities

To express your interest in corporate group volunteering, please contact our Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager Lauren Pike on 

Student Placements

At Hutt St Centre we are proud to collaborate directly with esteemed universities for student placements in Social Work.

These partnerships ensure structured and meaningful mentoring and learning experiences for social work students within our organisation. If you are a student seeking placement, please coordinate directly with your university's placement office for further information on opportunities with Hutt St Centre.

All student placements require the following:

  • Be aged 18 or older
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Check
  • Drivers licence
  • Be enrolled in Social Work Degree or Master at one of our affiliate universities

At this time, we are unable to support unsolicited applications from TAFE or University students seeking placements.

Work experience

We have many opportunities for people of school age to get involved in supporting their community through Hutt St Centre but are unable to host underage high-school work experience students. See the schools page for more information on how to get involved

If you have any questions, contact

Read first-hand stories from Hutt St Centre volunteers sharing why they volunteer.


We would like to thank all our Hutt St Centre volunteers, past and present, for always putting in 100%. We are so lucky to have such an incredible group of volunteers who are willing to help and support people experiencing homelessness. You are AMAZING!