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2020 National Volunteer Week celebrations

A chance to say thanks to our volunteers

National Volunteer Week provides the department with an opportunity to say a very special thank you to our caring, creative, diverse and generous volunteers.

In times of crisis, volunteers step up to help and provide crucial support to our schools, preschools and children’s centre.  So we’re stepping up to make sure that National Volunteers Week 2020 goes ahead as usual, with online activities replacing some of our regular in-person events. 

From the January bushfires to the current COVID-19 challenges, this year has highlighted just how much we need volunteers and it is more important than ever to recognise them. There are many ways we can still do this.   We want schools and preschools to get creative and consider ways they can still acknowledge the volunteers who make a difference to their communities during this celebratory week.

Here are some of the ways the department is thanking and supporting volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Minister’s message

The Minister for Education, Hon John Gardner has delivered a video message to recognise the department’s volunteer workforce, and acknowledge the contribution they make in the education and wellbeing of children and young people.  

Mental health and wellbeing

During these uncertain times we know the importance of everyone’s wellbeing and want to share some useful resources with our volunteers

Minister’s Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service

Once again nominations for The Minister’s Volunteering Award for Outstanding Service are being called for to be presented to volunteers during National Volunteer Week. The award aims to recognise individuals or groups who make a significant contribution to others by volunteering in our schools and preschools.

Recipients get a certificate personally signed by the Minister for Education, thanking them for their service.

Find out more about the award.

Give a gift

Volunteers can be acknowledged with a small gift of appreciation from the department. We have coffee keep-cups, pens, calico bags and lanyards available free to schools, preschools and centres to pass on to their volunteers. Contact us at education.volunteers@sa.gov.au for more details.

Get creative

We might not be holding assemblies and in-person morning teas at the moment, but that won’t stop us from finding innovative ways to let our volunteers know they are appreciated.

From thank-you morning teas online to students writing thank you letters or social media posts, we hope volunteers will be made to feel special.

We would love to hear your creative ways of saying thank you. You can email your celebration ideas to Heidi Unferdorben at education.volunteers@sa.gov.au

About our volunteers

The department has a volunteer workforce of more than 25,000 people who give their time and share their skills to help children and young people learn and grow.

Our volunteers are diverse. They are parents, family, caregivers and people from the community. They bring their life skills, expertise, knowledge and diversity to our schools, preschools and children's centres.

Meet some of our volunteers.

Our volunteers help in so many ways. It’s good to volunteer with us – maybe you could help too.



To apply to volunteer, contact the children’s centre, preschool or school you want to volunteer with.

Phone: 8226 3795
Emaileducation.volunteers [at] sa.gov.au