DSSA has a wide range of volunteering positions available. The generous contribution of volunteers is appreciated, no matter how much time you have to participate.
See Leisure and Recreation programs for general information about Getaways.
Getaways are run by staff and volunteer leaders. 28 participants attend and each cabin is shared by one leader and four participants for sleeping purposes. Most of the time is spent together as one large group or as a few groups. It is a full weekend commitment from 5pm Friday to 4pm Sunday.
General responsibilities for leaders include:
- Meal preparation and tidy up (mostly as one large group)
- Driving to and from activities
- Keeping cabins clean and tidy
- Assisting with the running of activities
Are you interested in supporting children in a fun and meaningful way? DSSA hosts two camps a year for children with intellectual disabilities, with ages ranging from 10 to 18 years.
Our camps require dynamic and energetic volunteers to join the team delivering camps for our students. Camps run for three days and require two sleepover nights. Both camps run in the school holidays – one in April and one in October. The camps are run in both metropolitan and country areas within 1 hour from Adelaide.
The main aims for the participants are making new friends, developing skills (personal care, communication, recreational activities) and trying new activities in a safe and supportive environment. Your role would include supervising a small group of children with meals, personal care, games and excursions. Having fun is almost guaranteed!
Life Education and Work Skills
The Life Education Program runs Monday to Thursday during school terms between 9.30am – 3.30pm. We are situated at Down Syndrome SA in Ridleyton. Life Education is run by two or three staff members for approximately 12 students.
The Work Skills program runs every Friday during school terms at Down Syndrome SA and program times are 9.30am – 3.30pm. Work Skills is run by two staff for approximately 12 students and aims to increase each participant’s individual skill set through ‘work topic’ lessons and a variety of practical tasks. This is a weekly commitment for volunteers, while we also take student placements.
General responsibilities for a volunteer/student include:
- Assisting students with tasks either one on one or in small groups
- Supervising and helping with the preparation of lunch
- Working with students on computer based activities