DEDICATED: Mount Gambier Community Centre volunteers Annette Cassidy, Cheryl Tilley and Cathy Mangan help with various duties to support vulnerable people.

VOLUNTEERS are vital in delivering ac.care’s mission of ensuring all country people have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Formed in Mount Gambier 35 years ago, the “country specialist” agency combines the efforts of staff, community partnerships and dedicated volunteers to make a difference in people’s lives.

“We are a community-based agency working with the people around us as part of their community, which shines through in the way volunteers commit to our mission and support us in contributing to improving the lives of country people,” ac.care chief executive Shane Maddocks said.

“Thank you to our volunteers, who all make a wonderful contribution to expanding our capacity to make a difference.”

The agency’s volunteers include more than 200 remarkable individuals, couples and families who share their homes with over 370 children as foster carers across eastern regional South Australia, supported by ac.care staff.

“These dedicated volunteers, who open their hearts and homes to vulnerable children in need of positive relationships truly transform young lives,” Mr Maddocks said.

“Sadly, we always need more volunteers to accommodate the growing number of children and young people in state care, but are forever grateful for the efforts of our valued network of carers and the commitment they make.”

Volunteers also contribute to ac.care in many ways beyond foster care, supporting financial counselling and relief services across the regions.

The homelessness programs delivered out of the Mount Gambier Community Centre are backed by a dedicated support team.

SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY: Mount Gambier Community Centre volunteers Annette Ford and Cassie Gill.

Some volunteers gather weekly at the centre to help pack and distribute emergency food relief hampers to assist people doing it tough in Mount Gambier.

Meanwhile, other volunteers share their skills and knowledge, providing opportunities for social engagement and empowering community members to secure tenancies or invaluable employability skills.

Volunteers also help with reception duties through to general maintenance at the Millicent Community Centre, which delivers a diverse range of services to the community, not only providing ac.care’s emergency and family support programs, but also acting as a Service SA and Services Australia agent for the town.

A further team of volunteers at Kingston South East also distribute emergency relief packages, as well as coordinating a second-hand shop to raise funds to support ac.care’s valued programs.

“Our volunteers are an instrumental part of the agency and we simply couldn’t provide the range of services, programs and support we do without them,” Mr Maddocks said.

HERE TO HELP: Volunteer Trish McQuade.

ac.care Locations

ac.care is a dynamic organisation servicing the South Australian communities the Limestone Coast, Murraylands, Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.

Our mission is for all country people to have a safe home, enough money to live on and strong, positive relationships.

Please find our service locations here or use our contact form to request a service.

Mount Gambier
Head office and Foster Care

70-72 White Avenue Mount Gambier, SA 5290
PO Box 1842 Mount Gambier SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Community Centre

22-24 Ferrers Street Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Mount Gambier
Family Relationship Centre

1 Helen Street (cnr Bay Road) Mount Gambier, SA 5290
Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
10:30am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Later by appt
Friday
9am to 5pm

Berri Community Centre
Servicing the Riverland

5 Kealley Street Street Berri, SA 5343
PO Box 1345 Berri, SA 5343
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Murraylands Centre
Servicing the Murraylands, Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula

29 Bridge Street Murray Bridge, SA 5253
PO Box 2090 Murray Bridge, SA 5253
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm

Millicent
Community Centre

57-59 George Street Millicent, SA 5280
PO Box 378 Millicent, SA 5280
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
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