The Down’s Syndrome Association is the only organisation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focusing solely on all aspects of living successfully with Down’s syndrome. The Down’s Syndrome Association aims to create the conditions that all people with Down’s syndrome need to live full and rewarding lives.
Working with people with Down’s syndrome
There are a number of different career paths which involve working with people with Down’s syndrome. Many people start as a support worker working with people with learning disabilities. Skills for Care has more information about how to start a career in social care. If you would like to volunteer with people with Down’s syndrome, we will advertise current opportunities below. We also recommend that you contact your local volunteering centre or visit www.do-it.org.uk to find out what opportunities are available near you.
Volunteers needed to work with our Down2Earth Having A Voice group
Our Down2Earth group based in Teddington (SW London) is looking for regular volunteers, who have the time to commit to supporting a fun and diverse group of adults with Down’s syndrome.
As a volunteer you will support each member to have a voice and express their opinions on a range of topics, which will, in turn, inform our work at the DSA.
The group runs one Sunday every month from 11am until 2pm and parking is available on site (Hampton Wick train station is a 10 minute walk away from the building). If you would like to become involved or find out more information, then please call our helpline on 0333 1212 300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Support Groups and Volunteers
You may also like to contact your local support group to see if they have any volunteering opportunities available. For local groups, we have created a Local Groups and Volunteering Guide to help groups support their volunteers. The guide covers every stage of volunteering, from health and safety guidance to volunteer support.
At the Down’s Syndrome Association, we are incredibly lucky to be supported by dedicated volunteers. People give their time and energy in all areas of the organisation and we couldn’t do without them. Thank you to all of our wonderful past, present and future volunteers. Here are just 4 examples of the ways you have helped us…
So often, when a new parent contacts us, they want to speak to someone who has “been there” before them and for that we couldn’t function without our amazing parent volunteers who are willing to share their experiences. Through our network of affiliated support groups across Wales, we can make contact between a new parent and another family local to them. Very often lasting friendships emerge and the whole process of empowerment begins. Thank you to all of the families who volunteer their time and experiences so willingly to other families. DSA in Wales
Thanos has been volunteering on our WorkFit project for 5 months as a website editor. As a website editor, Thanos plays an important part in improving the online content in order to provide up to date information to our members. Thanos is creative in his work and passionate about volunteering for an organisation that is committed to helping people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives. Thank you Thanos for your time and expertise! WorkFit Team
We are very grateful to all of the volunteers that work with us in the Information Team. We recently worked with fantastic young volunteers from a local school. As part of their extracurricular activity the students worked in our office for 2 hours every week. They worked on different projects, including Down2Earth, helping with research, proof-reading and writing copy. The volunteers are an integral part of our work and are always a great addition to our team. Thank you to everyone who volunteers with us! Information Team
Our wonderful volunteers are vital to the running of the museum. They assist visitors on open days; they also help with group visits. We have long term projects including research and developing displays and the dedicated volunteers have produced audio-visual material, the content of exhibition boards and factsheets. We couldn’t continue without them. Langdon Down Centre