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Reach Out volunteers - Resources for Autism

Closing date: 04 August 2020

Role description: 

We are recruiting volunteer befrienders to provide help and support to people on the autistic spectrum within their home or in the community.

Volunteer support takes place once a week, usually during after school hours or weekends.

The main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Befriending a child or young person
  • Helping overcome isolation and access available services
  • Encouraging interaction and shared enjoyment opportunities
  • Encouraging hobbies and activities
  • Using strategies that can help

Skills, Attributes, Experience and Qualifications

This is an excellent opportunity for those from all walks of life who would like to advance their knowledge of autism and special needs, but especially those who either study or work in education, 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-judgmental approach  
  • Willingness to make a regular commitment

What could this role offer you as a volunteer?

  • Volunteers gain great satisfaction from being able to make a positive difference in the life of an autistic person
  • They will learn more about autism and how it affects individuals and families
  • They will  learn more about better communication, develop different ways of playing and interacting
  • Volunteers will  increase their transferable skills, which can be really useful for future employment.

Resources for Autism provides induction and ongoing training: 

  • We run a volunteer training program every two months for 2 consecutive weeks, on two evenings per week (Monday & Thursday)
  • After training, the volunteer is accompanied by the Family support worker to be introduced to the family
  • We offer additional training for those who might want to learn more about autism and support strategies
  • If necessary, we also offer some coaching depending on how the placement is progressing
  • Support and supervision is 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 one evening per week or at any time over the weekend, for up to 6 months at client’s home in Redbridge or other areas of London.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

London Borough of RedbridgeNHS Redbridge Clinical Commissioing GroupCity of LondonLondon CouncilsMayor of LondonSkills Funding Agency  Big Lottery