//]]> The National Autistic Society

Out of School Club Volunteer – South Gloucestershire

Location: South Gloucestershire

Closing Date: 31 August 2021

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Thursdays 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Out of School Club Volunteer – South Gloucestershire

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

Our out of school club supports children and young people between the ages of eight and 18 who are on the autism spectrum. 

The club offer children and young people the opportunity to join a structured youth group which meets their needs and provides a safe environment.

What you will be doing

  • Help set up the session
  • Support young people in play, social and communication activities
  • Participate with children and young people as their ‘buddies’ where they can have someone to chat to and try activities with.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the children and young people their parents / carers
  • Being part of a team with other staff and volunteers

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

  • Sense of fun and humour
  • Empathy with the children and young people who attend the club
  • A calm approach and a patient attitude – young people with autism 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

Support

  • You will receive an induction including safeguarding and autism awareness training and will also have access to our e-learning modules
  • You will have a support from a Project Leader at the group, however you need to be able to volunteer independently as we cannot provide one to one support
  • Agreed local travel expenses will be reimbursed and refreshments are available at the group

What you could get out of it

  • Experience of volunteering with children and young people on the autism spectrum
  • A worthwhile opportunity to add to your CV
  • Making a difference to the people at the club 

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome. 

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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