- Location: College Park SA
- Commitment: Regular - more than 6 months
- Category: Disability Services
4-6 Hours per fortnight
- Families with Children
- Skilled Volunteers
- Work Experience
Type of work
- Disability Support
Training is provided
- Driver's Licence (C)
- National Police Certificate *
- Working with Children Check *
No previous experience is required for this role and our current mentor team come from a wide range of professional backgrounds.
Students and those aiming to gain experience in Psychology, Social Work, Speech Pathology, Teaching, Occupational Therapy and Special Education Studies are encouraged to apply as the program allows individuals to gain first hand experience whilst remaining flexible around their studies.
Introductory training is provided, including an online training element. Volunteers are provided with two training session per year to further their personal development.
Completion of an Applied First Aid course is a prerequisite to volunteering. Once you are matched with a participant Interchange will refund you the course fee.
Fluent English is essential as you will be spending time with an individual who may have limited communication skills.
Please Note: As each organisation provides different levels/types of insurance, volunteers are reminded to check with the organisation as to the type of insurance provided for volunteers (e.g. Volunteer Personal Accident Insurance)
* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
The Mentor Program matches a child/ young person with an intellectual disability with a volunteer on a one-on-one basis to assist in accessing the community, building friendships and social skills and increasing community participation.
Mentors are matched based on mutual interests and locality, allowing you to participate in activities that you both enjoy. Sessions may include going for coffee together, going to a local park, attending a concert or heading to a festival.
Mentors are positive role models who work collaboratively with the Volunteer Coordinator and carers of the participant to increase community participation whilst having fun!