About us

Southern Volunteering Adelaide Fleurieu Peninsula

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc is a not-for-profit organisation established in August 1984 and incorporated on 16 April 1985. Originally known as Noarlunga Volunteer Services Inc, the organisation changed its name in January 1997 to Fleurieu Volunteer Resource Centre Inc and then again in July 2005 to Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc.

Since its establishment in 1984 thousands of people have been interviewed and referred to volunteer positions. With a register of hundreds of volunteer involving organisations throughout the southern suburbs and the Fleurieu Peninsula, Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc has been supporting the community through volunteer referrals, volunteer management support and training.

Our Purpose:

To actively build vibrant communities by providing support, training and services related to volunteering in Southern Adelaide and the Fleurieu.

Our Team

The staff team is complemented by a team of interviewers, administrators and Community Visitors all of whom are volunteers.

Mel Kerton 
Executive Officer

Shaarn Moule
Office Administrator

Lynne Arbon
Project Administrator Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island

Blaze Pilgrim
Youth into Volunteering Coordinator

Sabina Fisher
Excellence in Volunteer Management Coordinator

Renai Casey
Community Visitors Scheme Coordinator

Our Board

John Smith – Chairperson

John is supposedly retired after a 38 year professional career in community services working in both State Government and non government agencies (1977-2015). Roles included Director of Youthline Telephone Service (1977-79), Manager of the Parks Youth Centre (1979-87), Contract Manager responsible for services funded to non government agencies for homeless single adults and families (1990-96) and Community Benefit SA (1996-2009); and finally Strategic Projects Manager for Junction Australia (2010-15).

John has also had a keen sporting background in playing 437 games of amateur league football and 327 games of cricket.

John is currently Chairperson of Southern Volunteer SA Inc (since 2014) and Brighton Bombers Football Club (since 2001), Board Member of Shelter SA and Warradale Cricket Club. John has a strong interest in volunteerism, community development, social justice and advocating for services for disadvantaged people.
John’s formal qualifications are Bachelor of Science Biology with Psychology 1972 and Bachelor of Social Administration Social Work 1976, both from Flinders University.

Jannine Richards – Treasurer

Jannine is currently the Treasurer for Southern Volunteering SA Inc and has over 40 years’ experience within the finance & accounting departments for a wide variety of businesses. Currently working part time as office manager for a small local family business Jannine has previously worked for the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc as finance assistance covering everything from daily accounts, reconciliations, & payroll through to Royal Show memberships, carparks & group bookings. Jannine is also working in a voluntary position as accounts assistance for Southern Volunteering SA Inc.

Cathie Vincent – Deputy Chairperson

Cathie is employed by the City of Onkaparinga as a Community Development Officer currently based at Reynella Neighbourhood Centre and previously at Hackham West Community Centre for 10 years.  Cathie has extensive practical and theoretical knowledge around Asset Based Community Development practices and delivery of community led programs. She has been involved in Community Centres for the past 18 years and has a passion for volunteer management and community engagement.

Cathies formal qualifications Bachelor of Applied Science Family and Community Studies, Associate Diploma Community Work, Advanced Diploma Community Services Management and Advanced Diploma Volunteer Management.

Julie Naylor – Board Member

Julie is currently the General Manager of Human Services for Orana Australia Ltd, responsible for Human Resources, WHS, Quality, Payroll and Rostering. Julie has worked in Human Resources (encompassing Volunteer Management and WHS) for 30 years in both national and international roles for large organisations such as EDS and Honeywell. Julie’s strengths are industrial relations, policy development, staff engagement and learning and development. Julie is a passionate advocate for the Volunteer Sector and enjoys promoting Volunteer Programs.

Julie’s formal qualifications are Bachelor of Human Resource Management, Diploma of Project Management, Certificate IV in Work, Health and Safety and Diploma of Human Resource Management.

Paul Kennedy – Board Member

Paul’s background is primarily Logistics based, having established and run his own Logistics business in Melbourne for just over ten years. This was followed by experience at Local, State and Federal Government levels focussing on the Defence and Health sectors.

Having moved down from the Mid-North a few years ago and into part time work, the opportunity to work with Southern Volunteering as both a Community Visitors Scheme volunteer and Board Member, was well-timed and very much welcomed.

Jonette Thorsteinsen – Board Member

Jonette retired after 39 years teaching in Southern Adelaide kindergartens, and began looking for opportunities for volunteering in the local community to make use of her free time. She became involved with the Onkaparinga Northern Community Forum and also volunteers at Minton Farm Native Animal Rescue Centre. She enjoys the camaraderie that goes with cleaning cages and feeding animals, of being part of a committee, and the friendships she has made. She initially became involved with Southern Volunteering by responding to a call out for volunteers to letterbox drop postcards during the pandemic.

Jonette is passionate about supporting people in becoming involved in volunteering and finding them places in the community where they feel welcome and useful.

Jonette’s formal qualifications are Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Graduate Diploma Community and School, Bachelor of Special Education and Bachelor of Arts.

Funding Partners & Sponsors

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc acknowledges the following funding partners and supporters:

Collection of 7 Organisations logos: The Department of Social Services, the Department of Health, The Department of Human Services, the City of Victor Harbor Council, the City of Alexandrina Council, the District Council of Yankalilla, and the City of Onkaparinga Council.
ACNC Registered Charity Tick

ACNC Tick of Charity Registration

Southern Volunteering (SA) Inc is a not-for-profit organisation and is registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission.

The ACNC Tick of Charity Registration (the Registered Charity Tick) aims to gives reassurance to the public that a charity is transparent and accountable and listed on the ACNC Charity Register.


49B Beach Road
Christies Beach SA 5165

Tel: (08) 8326 0020

Email: admin@svsa.org.au

Monday by appointment only
Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 4pm


Tel: (08) 8552 7858

Email: regional@svsa.org.au

Tuesday & Thursday 9am to 4pm

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