"You think about what would happen to a charity without Volunteers and you know what you're doing is important. It makes you feel good being part of something." - Eddie Van Meerendonk Guide Dogs SA/NT volunteer since 2005.
How you can help?
Volunteers are key to the work of Guide Dogs. As a volunteer you can make an important and valuable contribution to the work of our organisation.
Do you have some time to dedicate to assisting Guide Dogs SA/NT?
A variety of work is available for volunteers between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday as well as some evening and weekend work for special events, promotions and programs.
Every role is vital
Puppy Raising: Volunteers are needed to take puppies into their homes for a minimum of one year, before they begin their intensive training. Home Boarders are also needed to assist with short-term care for our dogs in training.
Collection Dogs: Our iconic Collection Dog Program is supported almost entirely by dedicated Volunteers who work in pairs, to pick up and drop off Collection Dogs, as well as the maintenance of the 'dogs' to keep them looking their best.
Home Boarding: Our dogs need people living in specific suburbs in Adelaide who are able to take our Training Dogs into their homes and hearts for about one year. Our Training Dogs are picked up each weekday morning from their Home Boarder so that they can attend Guide Dog School, and then returned each evening to their care.
Special Events and Promotions: A number of promotion and fundraising events are held throughout the year to support Guide Dogs. We require Volunteers to assist with displays and activities during school holidays, to help on International Guide Dog Day celebrations as well as our annual Quiz Night.
Administration: We need regular assistance with data entry, mail outs, filing and other general administration duties to support the running of the Guide Dogs office.
Volunteering with clients: Although this is a specialised area of volunteering, some opportunities do exist in the Service Delivery department, providing support to clients of Guide Dogs.
Fundraising for Guide Dogs: Our work is reliant on generous community and philanthropic support, which is why we appreciate the work our Volunteer fundraisers do by holding their own events and activities to raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs.
Puppy Development Centre: The Puppy Development Centre is responsible for the cleaning, care and feeding of pups (and their mother) in our centre for the first eight weeks of their lives. Volunteers are rostered over a seven day week.
Corporate Volunteering: Increasingly many corporations are developing Employee Volunteering Programs (EVPs) as one way to demonstrate their Corporate Social Responsibility. Guide Dogs invite corporates to join our scheduled program of Volunteer activities.
“The day was wonderful. The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive. The variety of experiences were well organised and the dogs were great company.” - David James – BankSA
Need more information?
Please click on ‘Current Vacancies’ to what roles are available.
Most of the volunteering activities require an ongoing commitment, but one-off opportunities also exist to help with the work of Guide Dogs. However, for all of our roles a Police Clearance is required.
You may also have particular skills or experience that you feel would be an asset to the organisation, please let us know from time to time project opportunities arise.
If you have any enquiries, please contact our HR team at:
Volunteering@guidedogs.org.au or phone 08 8115 6050.