Each year volunteers contribute thousands of hours to our schools, preschools and children’s centres. National Volunteer Week gives us an opportunity to thank them. Find out more about how we can celebrate our volunteers.
A chance to thank our volunteers
National Volunteer Week is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May 2022, we will celebrate the significant contribution of over 25,000 volunteers who dedicate their time to help our schools, preschools and children’s centres.
Volunteers contribute to the education sector in many ways, from reading in class to helping in the canteen. Our volunteers help us create a world-class education system.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation we won’t be hosting statewide morning teas, but each school or preschool can be creative in how to celebrate volunteers.
Some of the ways we can recognise volunteers during National Volunteer Week 2022
Participate in the National Volunteer Week parade in SA
The National Volunteer Week parade will be held in Adelaide on Monday 16 May. We encourage our volunteers to join this event to celebrate their role in education.
Host a morning tea for volunteers at your school.
Volunteer awards and certificates
Download and deliver valued volunteer certificates (staff login required) (PDF 936KB) to volunteers.
Nominate volunteers in the education community for going above and beyond. There are a few awards we consider:
- The Joy Noble Medal - South Australia’s highest distinction for an individual volunteer
- ‘The Andamooka’ Community Project Award - for a community or group of volunteers who have delivered a community project with significant community benefit
- The Excellence in Volunteer Management Award - recognising the dedication and commitment of volunteer managers who support volunteers
- A Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for outstanding volunteer service in your school, preschool or children’s centre.
Give a gift
Volunteers can be acknowledged with a small gift of appreciation from the department. Water bottles, keep-cups or stationery kits are available free to schools, preschools and centres to pass on to their volunteers. Contact education.volunteers [at] sa.gov.au (subject: Volunteer%20gifts) for more details.
Mental health and wellbeing
During these uncertain times we know the importance of everyone’s wellbeing and we’re committed to our volunteers wellbeing. We share some useful volunteer wellbeing strategies during COVID-19.
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.
Our volunteers help in so many ways – find out why it’s good to volunteer with us.