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Volunteer Program

Volunteering to Help Your Community

Congratulations! You've just taken the first step towards doing something great for yourself and your community. This site will lead you to information about why we need volunteers, what volunteer roles we have in our community, how to get involved and lots more.

Why volunteer?

Our volunteers come from all walks of life - business people, community leaders, students, parents and retirees. Whether you want to help others gain valuable experience, share your skills or make new friends, we may have just the thing for you.

There are a wide variety of volunteering roles which can be flexible according to your availability, skills and interests.

Volunteers connect closely with the local community to help build vibrant places to live, work and play. In some cases, without volunteer involvement the services we deliver would be limited; in fact, some of the programs we offer would stop altogether without the support of volunteers. With our community continually growing, we are always in need of new volunteers.

What can you do to help?

You can help for a day at a special event... be part of a project for a few weeks... or contribute on an ongoing basis.

We have many different types of volunteer jobs at the District Council of Loxton Waikerie. Some people have specialised skills that they would like to share.

It’s easy to become a volunteer at District Council of Loxton Waikerie. Here’s all of the information to get you started, the Volunteer Application Form and Volunteer Volunteer Induction Handbook.

Current Volunteer Positions

Loxton Christmas Lights

Christmas Tree Festival

Required to attend regular meetings of the Christmas Tree Festival Committee and contribute to the planning and actioning of new displays and on-going improvements for the festival.

Assist with the preparation of the CWA Hall for the staging of trees exhibited by community groups and Schools.   Assist also with the preparation of the RSL Hall for the staging of the Annual Craft Fair.  Monitor the displays ensuring all other stall holders are aware of Work Health and Safety issues relating to the project.

Personal attributes would include the ability to work as a member of a team to achieve planned outcomes, have a bright and cheerful personality and have a ability to liaise with community groups and stall holders.

Fundraising

Fundraising volunteers will assist the Loxton Christmas Lights committee in earning funds to directly support the annual festival event.

Assist with the co-ordination and collection of prizes and ensure winners are notified and prizes delivered.  Ensure raffle tickets are ordered and collected and that bookings for street sales are made with the Loxton Waikerie Council.

The volunteer must possess creativity, organization skills, and commitment to see the fundraiser through to the end. Fundraising events are meant to be fun ways to raise awareness and financial support.

Garden Display

Assist with the preparation of garden scenes for Santa’s Walk including:

  • Drawing scenes from cards
  • Undercoating MDF craft board
  • Cutting out scenes
  • Sanding edges and scenes to be re-painted
  • Painting scenes on craft board using acrylic paint
  • Sealing scenes using water-based sealant

Assist with the allocation, delivery and collection of garden scenes to residents in Santa’s Walk and other areas of Loxton, including Loxton West, Klingberg Street, the Caravan Park and Luther Road.

Knowledge of drawing and painting from cards and other media would be an asset.

Maintenance

Assist maintenance staff with various routine day-to-day maintenance projects and special one-time projects which may include: replacement of tinsel on pole decorations, annual cleaning of street banners, testing of all light bulbs after use and periodic testing of light cables.

Assist with the annual check of garden scenes and other street decorations to determine the level and nature of maintenance required and return to storage of all the garden scenes, droppers, street decorations and equipment.

Street Decorating  Do you have an artistic flair or a knack for building?

The decorating team will assist with the design and construction of new Christmas street decorations.  Assist with the collection, loading, installation and dismantling of street decorations including:

ü  Lights, garland, bells and other decorations throughout East Terrace.

ü  Pole decorations throughout Bookpurnong Terrace.

ü  Christmas tree and candles on the main roundabout.

ü  Merry Christmas sign, Paddle Steamer, Pelicans and other items in Heritage Park.

ü  Items installed in other areas as required.

Assist with the preparation of a float for the Annual Mardi Gras.

Tour Guide

Volunteer Tour Guides will co-ordinate/assist with the many visiting coach companies who bring tourists to the Christmas Lights Festival and periodically throughout the year as required.

You will be required to provide excellence in customer service to visitors by delivering appropriate information by the way of a predetermined commentary to groups in a professional, accurate and friendly manner.

Requirements include knowledge of the festival program, good communication skills (including listening), customer service skills and the ability to cope with and speak clearly to groups, and answer questions.

The Village

Ambassador

Welcome and be available to talk with visiting groups, on working days, off-site at promotions, hosted functions and as required to assist in the promotion of The Village.  Knowledge of The Village’s history and products including working day activities would be an advantage.  Mentor other volunteers and pass on your knowledge.  No active or physical work is carried out within this position.

Animal Maintenance

Assist with the maintenance and well being of The Village pets and livestock

  • sheep - including shearing, crutching, drenching and feeding
  • kangaroo - including feeding

Catering

Provide catering to visiting groups, on working days, off-site at promotions, hosted functions and as required assisting in the promotion of The Village.  Assist in set up for function/catering area as required or requested.  To provide suitable menus to specific catering requirements.  Upon authorisation have the ability to order food within allocated budget.  Have a sound knowledge of Department of Health Food Safety Standards developed for charities and community groups.  To be self motivated, exercise initiative and judgment.

Education & Working Day

Assist in providing suitable activities to specific booking requirements and ages.  To host activities to visiting groups, on working days, off-site at promotions, hosted functions, as part of the education program and as required to assist in the promotion of The Village. An advantage of this position would be to be self motivated, exercise initiative and judgment.

General Maintenance

Provide assistance in maintaining The Village and its environs in a safe, clean and secure condition. Assist with preparation of The Village functions and undertake general maintenance and minor repair work to exhibits, buildings and grounds including painting, raking, sweeping, rubbish removal, irrigation and general tiding.

Horticultural

Provide general maintenance of The Village fruit block.  Assist in pruning, fruit picking, thinning, weed control, planting and removal of waste from the fruit block area.

Restoration

Provide support to maintain the work shop and restoration areas of The Village in a safe, clean and secure condition. Assist in undertaking restoration projects on site of Village owned property.

Loxton Library Services

Home Service Delivery

Assist Library staff in the selection and circulation of library materials based on individual or group client profiles.  Collect selected library materials and deliver to the client’s home or other nominated location using a Council vehicle.

Collect and return library materials to the Library and process as required.  Communicate specific reading and information needs (e.g., reference questions) to the Library Manager or relevant staff on behalf of the client

Assist the Library clients in the selection of suitable library materials by seeking to understand their individual tastes and requirements.  Provide client feedback to the Library Manager on all matters relating to the program.

Support the promotion of the Library services through voluntary participation in library promotional events and activities.

A current drivers license and Police check is a prerequisite for this position.

Library Technology Tutoring

Provide ipad and computer tuition to participants and to be able to adapt tuition to participants at different learning levels.  Provide encouraging feedback to participants and encourage them to become independent in the use of Ipad and computer technology.

Essential requirements that the volunteer will be required to answer questions about electronics devices such as (but not limited to) iPad or iPhone.

Local History

A local history volunteer will be required to assist the Library Services by scanning and documenting local history materials, held in the local collections to make more accessible to customers. The collections will be held by the Loxton Library.  Information will be gathered from all aspects of the Loxton district's history for example, people, communities, buildings and events. Resources include newspapers, photographs, books, leaflets, maps, parish and census records and on-line databases.

Local Library Administration

To provide assistance in supporting the Loxton Library Services including;

  • Sorts, file and shelve materials according to classification system
  • Assist with preparation of children’s holiday program - craft preparation eg sorting, cutting, pasting, applying bar codes
  • Assists with preparation of materials for handout – stamping, folding and sorting.
  • Assist with maintenance and cleaning of DVD’s, CD’s & CD-ROMS
  • Undertake general clerical and library duties eg book covering
  • Prepares materials for delivery and unpacks deliveries
Loxton Visitor Information Centre

Administration

To provide efficient, effective and comprehensive information services for visitors, local tourism businesses and the community. To represent the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and to promote local and regional tourism options in a fair and positive manner. Provide excellence in customer service to a diverse range of visitors.

‘The Pines’ Loxton House & Garden Volunteer

Event Coordinator

Provide efficient and courteous service to patrons and to promote ‘The Pines’ Loxton Historic House and Garden as a tourist attraction in the district.

The events coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of event planning and management. The events coordinator will directly contribute to increasing ‘The Pines’ capacity by increasing public awareness of the historic significance and its presence in local community.

  • Maintain contact with kitchen staff, management, serving staff and customers to ensure that dining details are handled properly and customers services are addressed
  • Monitor activities to ensure that patrons receive prompt and courteous service
  • Assist in planning parties or other special events and services
  • Speak with patrons to ensure satisfaction with food and services, and respond to complaints promptly
  • Maintain sanitation, health and safety standards in all work areas
  • Ensure that setup of chairs, tables, stages, decorations or other equipment is in accordance with customer requirements.
  • Functionally to supervise events with support staff/volunteers including setup crews, etc. as needed

Customer Service/Tour Guide

Provide efficient and courteous service as the first contact to patrons utilizing ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House and Garden.  Assist in the promotion of ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House and Garden.

Hospitality/Food Preparation/Catering/Bar Tender

Provide efficient and courteous service to patrons and to promote ‘The Pines’ as a tourist attraction in the district.

Upon authorisation have the ability to order food or beverages within an allocated budget.  Have a sound knowledge of Department of Health Food Safety Standards developed for charities and community groups.  To be self motivated, exercise initiative and judgment

Fundraising and Quilting

Assist ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House and Garden Committee in various fundraising opportunities. Assist with the co-ordination of and collection of raffle tickets, bookings, street stalls, prizes, winner notification and prize delivery.  Assist making quilts as raffle prizes for fundraising.  Assist in the promotion of ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House and Garden.

Cleaner

Assist to clean ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House on a fortnightly/monthly basis and as required when other cleaning staff are on leave or as directed by the Management Committee to accommodate special functions.

Gardener/Nursery

Assist by ensuring the character, amenities, house and grounds are enhanced for the benefit and enjoyment of the visitors and the residents of the District Council of Loxton Waikerie.  Assist in the promotion of ‘The Pines’ Loxton’s Historic House and Garden.

Parks and Gardens

Loxton Tree Carer Group

Assist Council staff to plant trees and attend to any misses.  Undertake the watering and general caring of trees.  To protect the trees with tree guards and general maintenance to trees by basic trimming, staking and mulching.

Loxton Rose Carer Group

To assist Council by ensuring the character of the Colin Hentschke Memorial Rose Garden and Pioneer Rose Garden grounds are enhanced for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors and the residents of the District Council of Loxton Waikerie.

To assist with pruning, replanting, and deadheading roses at the Colin Hentschke Memorial Rose Garden and Pioneer Rose Garden. 

Waikerie Gardener/Nursery Worker/Cemetery

To assist the District Council of Loxton Waikerie by ensuring the character and amenity of cemetery and civic grounds are enhanced for the benefit of residents of the District Council of Loxton Waikerie.  Light duties only include raking and removing of leave debris and litter.

Waikerie Library Services

Home Service Delivery

Assist Library staff in the selection and circulation of library materials based on individual or group client profiles.  Collect selected library materials and deliver to the client’s home or other nominated location using a Council vehicle.

Collect and return library materials to the Library and process as required.  Communicate specific reading and information needs (e.g., reference questions) to the Library Manager or relevant staff on behalf of the client

Assist the Library clients in the selection of suitable library materials by seeking to understand their individual tastes and requirements.  Provide client feedback to the Library Manager on all matters relating to the program.

Support the promotion of the Library services through voluntary participation in library promotional events and activities.

A current drivers license and Police check is a prerequisite for this position.

Library Technology Tutoring

Provide ipad and computer tuition to participants and to be able to adapt tuition to participants at different learning levels.  Provide encouraging feedback to participants and encourage them to become independent in the use of Ipad and computer technology.

Essential requirements that the volunteer will be required to answer questions about electronics devices such as (but not limited to) iPad or iPhone.

Talking River News - Editor

Assist to edit River News stories and provide River News readers with an edited hard copy which can be produced using a telex duplicator for distribution to vision impaired individuals in Waikerie and the surrounding district.

Talking River News – Reader

Assist to read edited stories to produce a high quality master tape of the River News on a weekly basis for distribution to vision impaired individuals in Waikerie and the surrounding districts

How to get involved?

It's easy! Simply download an application form to answer a few questions to complete your application and distribute back to the Loxton or Waikerie Council office.  Alternatively, you can email us on council@loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au

What's in it for you?

Share your own knowledge and skills with others, meet new people and expand your networks. Be involved in activities and programs that make a real difference to your local communities, gain new skills and experience in an area of interest that can create a pathway to employment.

If you would like more information, please contact:

Sue Schultz

Position Community Development Officer
Address 29 East Terrace
LOXTON SA 5333
PO Box 409
LOXTON SA 5333
Contact Details Work: 08 8584 8003
Fax: 08 8584 6622
Email: sschultz@loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au

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Administration
Principal Office - Loxton
29 East Terrace
Branch Office - Waikerie
Strangman Road
Visitor Information Centres
Loxton
On the Roundabout - Bookpurnong Terrace
Waikerie District Visitor Information Centre
Strangman Road, Waikerie
Libraries
Loxton:
East Terrace
Waikerie
Strangman Road
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