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Reach Out volunteers - Resources for Autism

Closing date: 18 October 2019

Role description: 

We are recruiting volunteers to provide help and support to people on the autistic spectrum within their home environment.

Volunteers work with a child with autism in their home environment, visiting once a week after 4pm on weekdays or at any time over the weekend by arrangement with the family. 

The main tasks and responsibilities of this role are:

  • Helping a child with their social interaction.
  • Encouraging social communication.
  • Helping with understanding of the world around them, by using symbols and social stories
  • Encouraging hobbies and activities outside the home.

Skills, Attributes, Experience and Qualifications

This is a particularly good role for students of health and social care, community studies, child development and psychology. You don't need to have any prior experience of autism.

  • Need to be 18+  
  • Have a warm and friendly nature, enquiring mind and non-judgemental approach  
  • Willingness to make a regular commitment. 

What could this role offer you as a volunteer?

  • Volunteers gain great satisfaction from being able to effect even a small change in the life of someone who may be stuck in the world around them.
  • They will learn more about autism and how it affects individuals and families; they will also develop different ways of communication and will develop in their own communication methods.
  • Volunteers increase their transferable skills, which can be really useful for future employment.

Resources for Autism provides induction and ongoing training: 

  • After training, volunteer is accompanied by the Family support worker to be introduced to the family. Induction also happens over the training period.
  • Every two months we run training for 2 consecutive weeks on two evenings per week, Monday & Thursday.
  • If necessary, we also offer some coaching depending on how the placement is progressing.
  • Support and supervision will be provided. Every six weeks we do face to face supervision and keep in touch via phone and email. The volunteer also has to complete a weekly log sheet.

Other information: 

Recruitment arrangements:

  • Applicants must fill in an application form, an assessment interview will be arranged, after which training will be organised for successful applicants.
  • Training takes place in Finchley and travel expenses are reimbursed. 
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service check is required for this role.
  • One professional and one personal reference are required. 
Volunteers offer 2-3 hours on one evening per week or at any time over the weekend, for a commitment of 6 months at the child's home in Redbridge.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonEuropean Social FundSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery