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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 young people will be a win for everyone.
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.
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.
Otherwise, contact us to chat about how we can create optimism together.
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:
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!
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.
We ran Hobart outreach programs in February 2016 and 2017 and are likely to, again, in 2018. If so, programs run twice a day for two weeks, Monday-Friday, and you will need to be available all day for one or both of those weeks. If you would like to volunteer in Hobart in February next year, pencil this in to your diary or email us and let us know--we will add you to the list of potential volunteers.
We rarely run programs on weekends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.