We are committed to providing services and activities that are safe for all children, where child abuse and harm are not tolerated. Child safety is a priority for the TSAA and the prevention and reporting of abuse is supported and encouraged. All staff, volunteers and contractors are responsible for promoting the safety, wellbeing and empowerment of children. All children who seek support from the TSAA have a right to feel and be safe. The TSAA recognises that discrimination can harm children and we treat all children with dignity and respect.
Everyone who volunteers with us must complete the TSAA's Child Safety training program and sign our Child Safety & Wellbeing Code of Conduct. Any volunteer in a child-facing role (including accessing child data) must have a valid Working With Children Check (or equivalent in their jurisdiction).
Phone volunteers are a vital part of our service and is often the first contact someone has with TSAA, and the first time they talk to someone about TS. To have people who have personal experience and empathy with TS is key here to let them know they are understood and not alone and that TSAA has resources and information that can assist them. It is a great way to learn more about TS while helping others.
Phone volunteers are placed on a roster. Time required is variable, depending on the number of calls received, however 2hrs per rostered week is a good guide.
Contact our office if you are interested in volunteering for this role.
A support mentor is an individual who provides guidance, assistance, and emotional support to individuals with Tourette Syndrome (TS). They play a vital role in helping people with TS navigate the challenges and complexities associated with the condition. A support mentor for someone with Tourette Syndrome serves as a source of understanding and empathy. They may have personal experience with TS themselves or have received specific training to support individuals with the condition.
Contact the National Support Group Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering as a support mentor.
Support Group Leaders
Support Group Leaders organise regular catch-ups for TSAA members and their families. Catch-ups are a great way to provide support for people with TS, helping them to feel less alone and make connections. Support Group Leaders are expected to organise a minimum of four catch-ups per year. Support Group Leaders may also be contacted by people seeking to find out more about their local support group and if it is something they may benefit from. If this sounds like too much, consider becoming a support mentor instead.
Contact the National Support Group Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering as a support group leader.