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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

Cancer Council SA volunteers

Casual 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.

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.

Volunteering FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

Please fill out the online form to enquire about current opportunities or to leave your expression of interest.

Who can volunteer for Cancer Council SA?

People from all walks of life can 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 newfound free time to good use!

How much time do I have to give?

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.

Please fill out the online form with the hours you have available.

What skills and experience do I need?

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.

What training and support will I be given?

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.

Where can I volunteer?

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

We also have volunteer positions at hospitals and treatment centres around Adelaide to restock information about Cancer Council services.

Why should I volunteer with Cancer Council SA?

  • Be the start of a positive chain reaction
    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.
  • Gain insight into other perspectives
    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.
  • Find a more purposeful work-life balance
    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.
  • Develop new relationships
    If common interests are a 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.
  • Kick-start a new career
    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.
  • Share your skills and expertise
    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.

More than 1,200 volunteers

generously donated their time, knowledge and expertise this year.

Cancer Connect provided 10,440 minutes

of one-to-one telephone-based peer support.


71 events

were attended by volunteers.

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