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Youth Group Assistant - Sycamore Trust

Closing date: 25 May 2020


Sycamore Trust logoWe are a charity located in East London which supports individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and their families.

Role description: 

About the role

Sycamore Trust U.K. offers a range of services designed for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, including various youth groups. 

Youth group members are able to benefit from a range of activities which have, in the past, included: a variety of arts and craft, various cooking activities, physical activities including sports evenings and competition nights as well as members being able to have access to information technology including computers with internet access.  Life skills are taught alongside various activities, with trips out into the community.

All the activities are carefully designed and structured to enable all members, whatever their ability, to engage and interact with the all the activities to the best of their individual ability.

Main Tasks
  • Setting up and clearing away
  • Support and assist the young people in doing the activities
  • Briefing before and after each session
Skills, experience and attributes needed
  • Commitment 
  • Patience
  • Enthusiasm 
  • Understanding of autism or willingness to learn how autism can affect young people
  • Activity or sports skills, creative hobbies that you are prepared to share
  • The minimum age for this role is 16

What this role offers for volunteers

Volunteers will receive training including:
  • First Aid, 
  • Managing Behaviour, 
  • Autism Awareness 
  • Safeguarding
On-going support from the Project Manager is provided. 

Occasional volunteer appreciation evenings.

A basic reference will be provided, stating how long they have volunteered with us and in what capacity.  Volunteers will need to have completed a minimum of three months regular attendance before a reference can be provided. 

If you are interested in health and social care related services or youth related work or activities and want to make a significant difference to the lives of children and families living with autistic spectrum disorders why not get in touch?

Other information: 

Application process: 

  • Complete an application form,
  • Provide 2 references - Referees should have known the volunteer applicant for at least two years and not be a relative, as in family or partners) 
  • Have an interview
  • Have a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Support for volunteers: There are two inductions for all volunteers, although both may be carried out at the same time.  This will include, among others, details with regards to how to contact group leaders, claim travel expenses, organisation policy and etiquette.  This is followed by an onsite induction which includes venue health and safety.  Volunteers will be provided with a volunteer handbook and a named supervisor. Supervisions are carried out once per term for those doing one 3 hour session per week, with those volunteering at more than one session, having more frequent supervisions.  Any volunteer can request supervisions out side of their regular scheduled supervision should they so wish.  Volunteers are also invited to attend regular team meetings with other volunteers, alongside youth group staff.  

All volunteers are supported during sessions by the lead member of staff within their allocated group.  Volunteers have the support of the volunteer coordinator, should they have any issues due to additional needs or otherwise.  Although we can make reasonable adjustments for those with additional needs, anything beyond that is not a viable option due to funding restrictions and organisation capacity.  

Youth group sessions run Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday (term-time only) from 6pm to 8pm for those aged 8 to 13 and 6.30pm to 8.30pm for those aged 13 and above. We ask for a minimum commitment of three hours a week for one year. There are several youth groups that run on weekday evenings, in Dagenham & Rainham, in term time only. Each session lasts for 2 hours for members, with volunteers and staff helping with set up and clear away, making the commitment 3 hours per session. The venues are accessible with accessible toilets.
Expenses: Travel only

Type of activity: 

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