DSSA has a wide range of volunteering positions available, no matter how much time you may have to participate, the generous contribution of volunteers is appreciated.

Getaways

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 1 leader and 4 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 committment 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
  • Assiting with the running of activities

If you are interested in volunteering on Weekend Getaways please contact Laura Millbank lmillbank@downssa.asn.au

Camps

Are you interested in supporting children in a fun and meaningful way? DSSA hosts 2 camps a year for children with intellectual disability, ages ranging from 10 to 18 years. Our camps require dynamic and energetic volunteers to join our team in delivering camps for our students. Camps run for 3 days and require 2 sleepovers. 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! For more details please phone Teressa Reschke on 0400543676 or email treschke@downssa.asn.au 

Life Ed and Work Skills

The Life Ed Program runs Monday to Thursday during school terms between 9.30am – 3.30pm.  We are situated at Down Syndrome SA in Ridleyton.  Life Ed is run by 2 or 3 staff for approximately 12 students.

The Work Skills Program runs every Friday during school term time at Down Syndrome SA, Ridleyton. Program times are 9:30am-3:30pm. Work Skills is run by 2 staff for approximately 12 students and aims to increase each student’s individual skill set through ‘work topic’ lessons and a variety of practical tasks. This is a weekly commitment for a volunteer, 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

If you are interested in volunteering or a student placement in Life Ed or Work Skills please contact Laura Millbank lmillbank@downssa.asn.au