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Volunteers make our vital work possible

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. 

Every day, people from all walks of life donate their time, knowledge and energy to help Cancer Council SA support South Australians affected by cancer.  It is because of this support that we can continue to fund ground-breaking research and provide vital services to those who need it most.

We can’t do it without you.

As a volunteer, your support changes lives every day. Every role is vital and wherever you decide to volunteer, know that you will be making a life-changing difference to those in our community impacted by cancer. Your support ensures no one has to go through cancer alone.


Ways you can volunteer to help South Australians impacted by cancer

One off and event day volunteers

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Ongoing or long-term opportunities

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Ambassador programs

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Why volunteer?

Volunteering plays a valuable role in sustaining healthy, resilient communities and contributes significantly to the quality and vibrancy of our society.


Cancer Council SA offers a range of short and long-term positions, projects and activities that can match your skills, interests and availability.

Volunteering isn’t just about making a difference in someone’s life, it’s also about making a difference in your life.

Here are some of the many benefits to volunteering with Cancer Council SA:

Volunteering has the potential to touch so many lives. Whether you’re handing out sunscreen at a community event, sharing your personal experience on our blog or on the phone thanking our fundraisers for their support, your contribution is much bigger than the task at hand.

As well as helping with individual activities, you’re helping direct funds towards Cancer Council SA’s vital research, support and prevention initiatives, to raise the profile and recognition of Cancer Council SA within the community, and to let anyone impacted by cancer know that you support them. By showing your support, you also help inspire others to give back. Every contribution is getting us one step closer to a cancer free future.

Whether you’re out and about at one of our many events or at a Cancer Council SA facility, you’ll hear from a number of people with personal cancer experiences, or who may be going through a difficult time.

Giving someone a shoulder to lean on is a deeply empathetic experience, and it sometimes helps us put our own lives into perspective and appreciate what we have. Many people involved with Cancer Council SA—either as supporters, staff, clients or donors—are incredibly inspiring, resilient and wise. It’s a fantastic community atmosphere.

Cancer impacts all of our lives in some way or another.

One in two Australians are diagnosed within our lifetimes, and so whether we’re there for a close friend, or coming to terms with our own diagnosis, everyone has a reason to give back.

Volunteering is very rewarding for both the volunteer and the people we are supporting.

If a common interest is the foundation for friendship, then there is no better opportunity to meet equally passionate, driven, and like-minded individuals than by volunteering.

Whether you or someone you know has gone through their own diagnosis, or you have only experienced cancer from afar, everyone can recognise part of themselves in our diverse, friendly group of volunteers.

From fresh graduates to senior professionals, volunteering can offer the opportunity to learn new skills, refine existing ones, and even develop a new passion.

There are often no prerequisites for volunteering, and it gives you the chance to learn new skills, equipping you with job-ready expertise and abilities.

After many years in the workforce, some individuals choose to give back by sharing their skills and expertise with others.

Doing so through Cancer Council SA ensures that you’ll be able to help the community as well as your peers.

If you’re looking to give back to the community, help people, increase your skills and experience, or make new friends, volunteering at Cancer Council SA could be for you.

Our volunteers are a crucial to local communities, delivering vital services to people affected by cancer.

1069 volunteers

generously donated their time, knowledge and expertise this year.

112 loyal volunteers

helped us this year on an ongoing basis.


94 Ambassadors

attended over 200 events as the community face of Cancer Council SA.

“One of the great ironies of life is this: he or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”
– Gordon Hinckle

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Volunteering FAQs

Please contact us via to enquire about current opportunities or to leave your expression of interest.

People from all walks of life volunteer with us. Students and young people volunteer to gain work experience and skills. Others volunteer when they’ve had a break from the job market and are looking to build up fresh experience. Many of our volunteers are retired people, looking to put their experience and some of their new found free time to good use!

Volunteering is all about what works for you. You can give as little or as much time as you can and want. Cancer Council SA has a range of one-off, ongoing or event volunteering opportunities that can enable anyone to give back.  Contact us at for more information.

Many of our volunteer roles don’t require any experience or specialist skills. For example, if you’d like to volunteer  at one of our events, we’ll provide all the training and information you need.

Office based administrative support roles might require phone and customer service skills. We develop position descriptions for all of our volunteer roles and the skills and experience required are clearly outlined, so you can make an informed decision about where and how you’d like to help.

Where possible, we try to recruit volunteers with the relevant skills and experience to fit each role description. We provide induction and role-specific training for ongoing volunteers. All ongoing volunteers have access to our learning and development program and can discuss individual training and development needs with their Supervisor or the Volunteer Recruitment Officer.

Many of our volunteer opportunities are at our Greenhill Road office or at one of our many registered fundraising events.