We are very grateful to people who give their time and skills to help us. Here are some ways you can get involved:

Volunteer at a local organisation

We work with national member and contact organisations in 136 countries. Many of these groups have local members, some do not. But in most cases, these groups have very limited resources and will welcome any help you can give.

You can visit them if you are locally based, or if you are travelling to a country. But you can also offer your support in other ways - whether it is by raising awareness about their work, providing fundraising support or lending your professional or technical skills, they will welcome your offer of help.

You can get in touch with them directly through our global contacts list or we can put you in touch if you prefer.

See our global contacts  

Lend DSi your professional or technical skills

Our staff team does a fantastic job, but we are limited in terms of resources. If you have specific professional or technical skills you feel can add value to our operational activities, on a voluntary or pro bono basis, we would be delighted to talk to you.

DSi project support  

We have a growing list of country based projects, working with our national members in various areas supporting people with Down syndrome and their families and advocates. We would be very happy to speak to you if you are based locally or have links to any of these countries and can offer your help.

See where we work 

Our volunteers

We are very grateful to all of the volunteers who lend their time and skills to support our work.

Here are a few of our recent volunteers:

Maya Sproule

Maya is volunteering with DSi as a Membership Engagement Officer. She is currently working towards the completion of her Law degree and will start a masters in Conflict, Security and Development in September. Maya hopes to qualify as a human rights lawyer in the future, in order to ensure that rights are accessible to all.

Russell Watkins

Russell is a Project Manager and proud father of Edith who has Down syndrome. Russell has volunteered with DSi on multiple occasions originally supporting us with a transition to a new CRM and now he is back to help support us with our fundraising strategy.

Liberty Hale

Liberty, who has a brother with Down syndrome, volunteered with DSi as a Membership Engagement Officer before commencing a Masters degree in Speech and Language Sciences.

Ed Low

Ed has been a DSi volunteer since 2017 and has helped us in a number of ways including the creation of a video for Down Syndrome Day, the development of this very website, and more recently working with the DSi team to plan our forward strategy. In 2018 he also raised over £2000 for us by running the London Marathon dressed as a padlock, in his pursuit of winning a Guinness World Record!

Glow in the park volunteers

We are enormously grateful to the local volunteers who helped us to marshal the track at our Glow In The Park 5km family fun-run in Exeter.

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