Sailors with disABILITIES

Volunteer with Sailors with disABILITIES

We are excited that you're interested in volunteering with Sailors with disABILITIES.

We look forward to welcoming your passion, enthusiasm and skills to help the wonderful young people we work with to reach their potential.

Life today is challenging for us all, but even more so for a young one who has a disability or is disadvantaged through circumstance. It can be even more so for their carer.

This is where your skills and help in creating optimism for these special young people will be a win for everyone.

Membership and Getting Started

If you have time available to volunteer, particularly on weekdays, the first step in joining us is to become a member.

All volunteers--both "off-water" and "on-water"--are required to be a member and complete online information. Click here to join.

 

Membership and Volunteering

There is a $25 annual fee to become a member and volunteer with SWD. This covers your insurance and you receive a good quality SWD shirt as part of your membership, too!

Once you are a member, you will be invited to volunteer. You will receive a confirmation email that explains next steps.

To volunteer, you will come to an orientation session that introduces SWD and the volunteer roles and projects available.

If you decide you would like to volunteer after coming to orientation, we will ask you to complete a Working with Children Check and basic forms.  

 

On-Water or Off-Water Volunteer?

Volunteer on-water with Sailors with disABILITIES

 

  • Volunteer--on-water--trained and continually upskilled to be part of the crew engaging with the children and carers. 

 

  • Volunteer--off-water--offers time and skills for other activities associated with SWD, whether operational, administrative or just being able to assist with our events. 

 

  • Member--general--just enjoy and watch what we are up to and join in to support events and other activities. 

 

Otherwise, contact us to chat about how we can create optimism together. 

 

Next Steps to Become a Volunteer

After completing your online form, which includes payment of a $25 annual membership, our membership coordinator will be in touch to discuss the next steps, which will include: 

  • Confirming payment of the annual membership fee of $25 which covers insurance, training and administrative costs. Membership will fall due on 1 January each year.
  • A Working with Children Check that can be completed on line, compulsory for all volunteers who are associated with children.
  • Approval as a member by the SWD Board.
  • An orientation session, in the state where you live, that introduces SWD and the volunteer roles and projects available.
  • At the orientation session, you will be asked to purchase a crew uniform which is provided to you at a subsidised price. The uniform includes a UV protective, quick-drying shirt and a pair of light, sea-friendly shorts.

Following the above, you will then become a member and volunteer of the SWD family and we look forward to meeting you either on or off the water!

 

Next Steps On Water Volunteers

If you're thinking of volunteering on-water, as a crew member, you need to commit to helping during the week.

In Sydney, on-water programs run during the school week, Mondays-Wednesdays, so you will need to be available to crew on one or some of those days.

In Melbourne, on-water programs run during the school week, Mondays-Tuesdays, so you will need to be available to crew on one or both of those days.

In our Hobart outreach program in February 2017, we will run programs twice a day for two weeks, Monday-Friday, so you will need to be available all day for one or both of those weeks

We rarely run programs on weekends. 

 

Next Steps Off Water Volunteers

There is no training program. You will be able to join one of our administrative programs, generally office-based.  

Below are some of the volunteering positions available.

 

Skipper, First Mate or Crew?

Volunteer Skippers

Volunteer Skippers

Do you have extensive boating and sailing experience and excellent interpersonal skills?

Our skippers have overall responsibility for the safety of the sailing yacht, crew and participants and assist with goal-setting in collaboration with SWD.

Motivated candidates will receive appropriate training on internal and external courses.

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Volunteer First Mate

Volunteer First Mate

Do you have a good knowledge of boating and sailing? Can you helm and sail a yacht?

Our First Mates assist the skipper to ensure goals are met, and assist participants and crew to develop sailing, yachtsmanship, and teamwork skills.

Apply for this role if you have the ability to communicate well with children and young people and work as part of a team.

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Volunteer Crew

Volunteer Crew

A key component of this role is modelling and encouraging appropriate behavioural standards and building positive relationships with participants.

As part of working with our crew and participants, you will be able to develop sailing, yachtsmanship, crewing and mentoring skills.

Apply if you you have the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

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Help us with Operations

Volunteer Coordinator

Volunteer Coordinator

Do you have experience of building and running teams? Do you like putting round pegs in square holes?

Volunteers are the core of SWD and this is a pivotal role in our organisation. You'll meet and assess new volunteers and take care of our volunteer appreciation programs.

Oh yes, and there will be opportunities to get out on the water to check on your volunteers' progress.

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Donor Coordinator

Donor Coordinator

Are you a relationship builder? Do you enjoy working as part of a fun and vibrant team?

Our Donor Coordinator develops and builds relationships with partners providing staff as volunteers.

Apply for this role if you love to chat, make friends, and see great results from your work.

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Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator

Do you want to be on the front end of creating change? Do you want to hear first hand about SWD's results?

Our Program Coordinators are responsible for the administration of one of our SWD programs. They liaise with schools and the SWD team to make sure everything runs like clockwork.

Apply if you you have the ability to work independently, and as part of a team.

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Writing Grants

Grants Writer

Do you have previous experience writing industry or NGO grant applications? Do you love to create change?

Our Grant Writers pro-actively identify and apply for suitable grants to secure funding for SWD.

Oh yes, and there will be opportunities to get out on the water to see the results of your work.

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Research Assistant

Research Assistant

Have you got an inquiring mind? Do you have a good head for figures?

Our Research Assistants look into industry trends and opportunities and international and industry standards and benchmarks.

Apply for this role if you love to investigate, analyse and share your work with a fun and vibrant team.

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Story Teller

Story Teller

Do you love to chat to people and find out what makes them tick? Do you want to help create amazing digital content?

Our Story Tellers chat to our participants and volunteers and draw out their stories.

Apply if you are fascinated by people and love to find out more about them.

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Digital Marketing Opportunities

Writing Digital Content

Digital Content Writer

Do you have excellent written communication skills?

Our digital content writer will assist the digital marketing team to deliver written content for digital media. Examples include personal stories, interview write-ups and marketing emails.

Motivated candidates will gain knowledge of HTML and website CMS systems.

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Digital Image Manager

Digital Image Manager

This role includes overall responsibility for SWD's digital image library (photos and video).

Key skills include taking images and video and/or working with photography volunteers and image and video manipulation.

A good knowledge and understanding of Flickr, YouTube and standard website CMS systems is desirable.

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