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 over 30 years ago, the “country specialist” agency combines the efforts of staff, community partnerships and dedicated volunteers to make a difference in people’s lives.

“ac.care is a community-based agency working with the people around them as part of the community, which shines through in the way volunteers commit to their mission and support ac.care 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 150 remarkable families who share their homes with over 220 children across regional eastern South Australia as foster carers, supported by ac.care staff.

However, Volunteers also contribute to ac.care in many other ways beyond foster care, with the homelessness programs delivered out of the Mount Gambier Community Centre at 20-24 Ferrers Street backed by a dedicated support team.

Many of these 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 through Adult Community Education (ACE) courses, providing opportunities for social engagement and empowering community members to secure tenancy 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 agent for the town.

A further team of eight volunteers at Kingston South East are also active distributing 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,” ac.care adult learning and community services program manager Sue Watt said.

Meanwhile, volunteers are also active as part of the agency’s services in the Riverland and Murraylands regions.

Email care@accare.org.au if you would like to contribute to ac.care.

EMERGENCY RELIEF: Cassie Gill helps with packing emergency food relief parcels at the Mount Gambier Community Centre.
VALUED CONTRIBUTION: Annette Cassidy assists in the office at the Mount Gambier Community Centre.

 

HELPING OUT: ac.care Mount Gambier volunteer Craig Shelton prepares food items for the agency’s emergency relief program, which helps people in need across the Limestone Coast.

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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