Cara is lucky to have the support of nearly 100 volunteers. There are plenty of ways you can give your time - and receive a rewarding experience in return.
All Cara volunteers aged 18 and older who work directly with the children and adults we support need to have a Department Child-Related Assessment before they start volunteering. These clearances can take from several weeks to several months to come through.
Volunteers aged 15 to 17 need a National Police Certificate.
Volunteers must also complete Child Safe Environments and Manual Handling training, both of which are provided free by Cara.
There is a range of activities where you can volunteer for Cara.
Kids Club runs month in Thebarton and Murray Bridge and on school holiday weekdays in Mt Barker. In fact, we're looking for volunteers for Mt Barker for the upcoming school holidays!
Kids in Action Program (KAP)
Offered to children who use our Children's Respite, KAP volunteers work directly with children on craft, games and fun!
Camps for Kids
Cara is fortunate to partner with many secondary schools including Trinity College Gawler, St John's Grammar School Belair, Westminster School, St Joseph's College Port Lincoln and Loreto College with our Camps for Kids program. Senior students are buddied with campers to support them with activities on camp.
Cara also partners with Scouts SA for our historic Jack Roberts Camp, held annually in January at Oakbank Racecourse.
Of course, volunteers from all walks of life are welcome at Camps for Kids.
Many of our volunteers have gone on to work for Cara so volunteering could be the first step on a rewarding career in the disability sector!
And one of our campers, Liam, has now joined us as a volunteer once he turned 18. We made a five-minute documentary about his volunteer journey, which was a top-5 finalist in the 2016 Focus on Ability short film festival.
Many corporate groups choose to combine their team building with the rewarding experience of volunteering for Cara.
In the past, corporate groups have worked together to upgrade gardens, build patios, plant trees and create vegetable patches!
Find out more
Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Tammy McGowan for more information on 08 8347 4588 or email firstname.lastname@example.org