Vacancy: Charity Manager 

Are you a creative problem-solver with great attention to detail?

Do you want to make an impact in a grassroots community organisation?

The UpsideDowns Education Trust is looking for a dynamic, empathetic Charity Manager with the ability to grow the organisation and develop creative fundraising solutions.

The UpsideDowns Education Trust is a small, highly-effective charity based in Auckland. We help fund speech language therapy for kids with Down syndrome all over New Zealand.

This role will suit an effective, strategic thinker who can contribute to the day-to-day work streams of the organisation, can oversee operational and financial management, has a high level of empathy and is comfortable in a fundraising environment. It would be an advantage if the applicant has existing experience in these areas, but we are prepared to mentor a person with the right attitude and drive.

The ideal candidate must be reliable, confident, approachable and passionate about finding solutions to fundraising challenges while remaining sensitive to the needs of the community. They must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and a desire to build and maintain good working relationships in the fundraising sector and the Down syndrome community.

We are prepared to be flexible around hours and workplace; this role could be anywhere between 24-40 hours per week for the right person.

Position Description is available here:

Please submit your cover letter and CV via Seek.

Applications close Monday 12th June 2017. 



‘Challenge 21: Go Speechless’ is an UpsideDowns initiative that encourages people to stop speaking on World Down Syndrome Day, and experience the challenges that come with limited communication. Together we can give a voice to kids with Down syndrome.

1. Donate $21 to UpsideDowns
2. Go speechless on 21st March this year
3. Challenge 21 friends to do the same

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Mark's Big Ride!

One of our fantastic member parents, Mark Steveson, generously undertook the Taupo Cycle Challenge as a fundraiser for UpsideDowns. This huge 120km ride took place on 26 November, and Mark completed the challenge in 5 hours and 16 minutes. Congratulations and thank you, Mark!

"As many of you may know, I am riding the Lake Taupo Challenge on the 26th November. The challenge is a 160km ride around the lake (gulp). I am riding it to raise money for the UpsideDowns Education Trust. The trust provides part funding for Speech and language Therapy (SLT) to children with Down Syndrome. Without this valuable funding we would not have been able to afford the SLT Amber has needed and this would have affected her wonderful speech and educational development."


UpsideDowns on Breakfast TV!


UpsideDowns was featured on Breakfast television this month - World Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Hannah Reynolds spoke to Hilary Barry and Jack Tame about the current pathologising of Down syndrome by the medical profession and the need for inclusion in schools and communities. We know that with the right support, our kids can learn to communicate effectively.

Super Sally running the Queenstown Marathon for UpsideDowns!

One of our wonderful member parents, Sally Rayner, is running the Queenstown Marathon for the UpsideDowns Education Trust. Sally says,

"In the build up to my first Marathon in Queenstown in November I've decided to take the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the invaluable UpsideDowns Education Trust. Established in 2002, to support families of young children with Down Syndrome. The objective of the Trust is to help fund specialist educational programmes, vital in improving the learning development of these fantastic children, enable them to integrate fully into the community, and in the long term, enrich their lives.

"As many of you know my youngest son George has been lucky enough to receive support from the Trust. One on one Speech therapy translates to George being able communicate through signing and some words within our family, reads his school reader books, and grow in confidence in his mainstream school and forge new friendships."

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Archive News Library


From time to time the children, and the work of the Trust have been featured in media coverage on Television, in newspapers, magazines and community publications. These cover the activities and lives of those that interact with the UpsideDowns Education Trust and how we touch the lives of those we meet.
Page 1 - Trust helps Down families
Page 2 - Laura battled leukaemia
Paris Parker - Sharing the Dream
Josh is just a regular guy...
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