Volunteering: A Gateway to Communities Initiative

Volunteering opens a gateway for new migrants, refugees and international students

The Volunteering – A Gateway to Communities project has been exploring a major challenge that many community organisations in South Australia face. That is, how do we go about encouraging people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds (eg migrants, refugees and international students) to participate in our volunteer programs, and also to help welcome them into the broader South Australian community.

Building on Surf Life Saving Australia's successful model of engagement with CALD communities, the national 'On the Same Wave' program, the Volunteering - A Gateway to Communities initiative worked with a special advisory group to look into these very complexities.

Members of this advisory group included Surf Life Saving; Red Cross; South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission; Children, Youth and Women's Health Service; and the City of Charles Sturt.

Together, the group has worked in partnership with the South Australian Government's Office for Volunteers to develop tools and resources, aimed at helping community organisations increase their cultural awareness and to also get ready to start engaging CALD communities in their volunteer programs.

The result of this effort is this web page, and list of free tools and resources, created specially for community organisations that are interested in engaging CALD volunteers.

Free tools for community groups

A range of free tools and resources, to help organisations attract people from diverse backgrounds to volunteer in their programs, are available below.

Further information and useful links