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Horsham children and Youth Club Volunteers

Location: Horsham

Closing Date: 28 February 2022

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Thursday 5.30-7.30pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time

Horsham children and Youth Club Volunteers

Who we are:

The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

Why we need you

The club provides social support during school term for autistic children and young people (aged 5-18 years old). 

We need volunteers to come along and help during club sessions. 

All the necessary PPE will be provided; we provide safety inductions for volunteers including clear social distancing guidelines; risk assessments are in place to protect people and activities; We constantly monitor the government guidelines and adhere to them all.

What you will be doing

  • Help set up the session
  • Support young people in play, life skills, life skills, social and communication activities
  • Participate with young people as their ‘buddies’ where young people can have someone to chat to and try activities
  • Develop and maintaining positive relationships with young people their parents / carers and other professionals involved

Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential)

  • Sense of fun and humour
  • Empathy with the young people who attend the club
  • A calm approach and a patient attitude – young people on the autism spectrum may have difficulty communicating, socialising and thinking of others’ needs.
  • Ability to volunteer as part of a team
  • A knowledge of autism would be ideal, but we offer autism-specific training
  • We require a DBS check for this role

When and where

  • Tuesday 5.30-7.30pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time
  • The Needles Children & Family Centre, Three Acres, Horsham, RH12 1RS


  • Full induction will be provided with autism-specific training.
  • A dedicated supervision from the Lead Project Worker
  • Agreed travel expenses reimbursed and refreshments provided throughout the session.
  • We provide a NAS t-shirt for you to wear during the session

What you could get out of it

  • Experience of volunteering with young people on the autism spectrum
  • Autism specific training
  • Experience of being part of the NAS team
  • Agreed travel expenses paid
  • Professional supervision 

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum. 

Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support. 

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date. 

If you have any questions about this role or the application process please contact volunteers@nas.org.uk

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