ID: 179366

Social Mentor - 1:1

Disability Services Regular - more than 6 months South Australia SA

About this opportunity

People with a disability benefit from volunteer mentors as they receive support from someone who isn’t paid to spend time with them. This allows friendships and relationship to grow naturally and organically based on shared interests and a genuine desire to spend time with each other.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on mutual interests to allow for an organic friendship to grow. Activities may include; attending sporting or cultural events, going to the movies or out for a meal and attending or participating in recreation and leisure activities.

Key responsibilities include: • Spending regular time with your participant, getting involved in the community and participating in activities that you both enjoy. • Supporting your mentee to actively engage in the local community and try new activities. • Role modeling good social communication and behaviour to assist your mentee to develop social skills. • Fostering a genuine and lasting friendship with the mentee and their family • Advocating for the rights and choices of the participant • Ensuring the health and safety of you and your mentee • Transporting your mentee if needed • Other roles relevant to a specific activity or participant will be discussed prior to the program. • Always operate under the direction and supervision of disAbility Living staff and follow reasonable directions and instructions.

Mentors are matched with people with low care needs and no behaviours of concern. Mentors do not administer medicine, food or drink nor provide any personal care.

Essential training includes: • NDIS ‘Quality Safety and You’ (free online short course) • Supporting People to Stay Infection Free (COVID-19). • First Aid and CPR. • Child Safe Environments: For volunteers working with children, and an • Induction.

disAbility Living will discuss the required training with you and can assist with training requirements. Volunteers will be reimbursed for any approved out of pocket training expenses.

Essential screening checks include: • NDIS Workers Screening Check. • A Working with Children Check: for those working with children. • 2 Reference checks, and an. • Interview.

disAbility Living will assist with the screening process. NDIS Worker Screening and Working with Children Checks are free for volunteers.

Additional requirements

Covid-19 vaccination . Others . Working with Children Check *.

Please Note:
* During the Covid-19 pandemics, organisations should be providing all necessary Covid-19 safety protection measures for volunteers following the advice of both the State or Territory Governments and the Federal Government. Your safety and wellbeing is your priority. Familiarise yourself with the most up-to-date requirements and advice from the Australian and NT and SA State Governments.
* 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).
* Best practice volunteer involvement recommends that a volunteer role should not be more than 15-16 hours per week.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.
Time Required

12 month commitment with flexible times. There is no minimum amount of time, however we do recommend at least a couple of hours per month.

Suitable for
  • Centrelink Volunteers
  • Families with Children
  • People with disability
  • Skilled Volunteers
  • Younger volunteers, aged 14-18
Type of work
  • Companionship & Social Support

Essential training is required, such as CPR, First Aid, Child Safe Env, Infection Control, NDIS


All approved out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.