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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 


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.

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). 

Current volunteer opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Hutt St Centre. While there are no ongoing volunteer opportunities available at present, this may change at various times throughout the year so please check back soon.

To enquire about short-term volunteering over the Christmas period, such as helping to sort donated goods, please email our People & Culture team:

Frequently asked questions

Can I volunteer over Christmas?

The holiday season is often a particularly tough time of year for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness and a familiar face can make all the difference. For this reason, our long-standing regular volunteers are best placed to support in our kitchen and dining room over the Christmas period.

However, there are various other short-term volunteering opportunities available around the Centre in the lead-up to Christmas, like helping to sort items and gifts generously donated by our supporters.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, please email to find out more.

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?

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!