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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 are a breath of fresh air. We wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do without their enthusiasm and commitment.

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 has fulfilled a huge part of my life... It’s a very special place to be. It’s good to be doing things for other people, especially those who have the toughest lives you could ever imagine. Volunteering is good for your brain, heart and soul.”

– Annie, Kitchen Volunteer 

Current volunteer opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers to make a difference for people experiencing homelessness by assisting in a range of areas around Hutt St Centre.

Whether you thrive best in a fast-paced commercial kitchen or speaking on the phone with our generous supporters, there's a role to suit nearly every skill set. 

Please note: Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit to regular, ongoing volunteer shifts.

Building a community of regular volunteers ensures we can maintain a safe, trusted and welcoming space for people seeking our help.

Material Aid volunteers

Based in our Wellbeing Centre, this role involves providing much-needed items including towels, clothing, underwear and toiletries to our clients. Other duties may include sorting mail, and keeping the Wellbeing Centre kitchenette tidy.

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30am-10:00am and 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturdays & Public Holidays: 7:30am-9:00am 

Donations and Material Aid volunteers

Based between our Wellbeing Centre and Storeroom, this role involves accepting donated goods. This will include unpacking, sorting, storing, and distributing items donated to the Centre. This role requires volunteers that are physically fit with the ability to bend and lift small to medium-sized items (lifting and moving aids such as trolleys and sack trucks to be used).

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30am-1:00pm

Laundry and Locker volunteers

Based in our Wellbeing Centre, this role involves assisting clients with washing and drying their laundry, as well as assisting them to store their belongings in our locker area.

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:30am-10:00am and 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Saturdays and Public Holidays: 7:30am-9:00am

Kitchen volunteers

Based in our kitchen and dining room, this role involves assisting in the preparation and service of meals, including cleaning up crockery, cutlery, tables, benchtops and preparation equipment.

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00am-8:30am and 11:00-1:00pm
  • Saturdays and Public Holidays: 6:45am-8:30am

Lifestyle volunteers

Working with our Lifestyle Coordinator, this role will include participating in group outings with our clients. This may involve going on bus trips, short walks, and coffee catch-ups.

  • These outings will occur a few times a week between Monday-Friday.

Pathways volunteers

Working with our Pathways team, this role involves assisting clients to complete daily tasks, job applications and may also include group activities such as gardening, nutrition and cooking classes, art classes, drama and music.

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: Varied hours between 9:00am – 4:00pm

Pastoral Care volunteers

Based in our Wellbeing Centre, this volunteer group will provide support and a listening ear to our clients, allowing them an opportunity to talk about their challenges. This role requires volunteers with a background in Pastoral Care.

Shift times are:

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30am-12:30pm

What to know about volunteering at Hutt St Centre

Key attributes

Paula   Wellbeing Centre volunteer 1The safety and wellbeing of our clients is our top priority. Ensuring volunteers are well suited to the roles outlined above is essential to providing our clients with the best possible experience.

With that in mind we are looking for volunteers that can demonstrate:

  • Honesty and integrity.
  • Reliability and ability to demonstrate initiative.
  • Good communication and listening skills.
  • Willingness to learn, participate and work with other staff and volunteers in a team and follow instructions.
  • Understanding of professional boundaries, working with vulnerable peoples.
  • Sensitivity, empathy and a non-judgmental attitude towards people facing homelessness and disadvantage.
  • Commitment to the principles of client and child safety and wellbeing.

Volunteer requirements

The requirements for volunteer roles at Hutt St Centre include:

  • A satisfactory National Police Check.
  • A satisfactory DHS Working with Children Check.
  • Provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster.
  • Completion of Hutt St Centre volunteer online induction.
  • Signed code of conduct.

Please note: Hutt St Centre is considered a Phase 2 healthcare setting which requires volunteers to provide evidence of full COVID-19 vaccination (booster). 

How to apply

If you wish to get involved please email to register your interest. Please include the areas you wish to volunteer and your contact number. We will then contact you to organise a trial shift in one of the above areas to see if this is a good fit.

Please note you will need to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to attending a trial shift.

If you wish to be involved in an ongoing capacity once you’ve completed your trial shift, we can commence our onboarding/induction process with you, which will involve completing the requirements outlined above.  

Frequently asked questions

Can I help during Extreme Weather - Code Red or Code Blue?

In order to best support people experiencing homelessness, only trained staff support our response to extreme weather conditions. If your regular volunteer shift is disrupted during this time, you will be notified directly. Thank you for caring about some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

How else can I get involved?

If you can't commit to regular volunteering, you might like to consider the following options to show your support:


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!