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.
Local Support Groups and Volunteers
You may 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
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