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Driver Volunteer - Radlett Lodge School Herts

Location: Radlett

Closing Date: 28 February 2022

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Various days and hours during school day - term time only

Driver Volunteer - Radlett Lodge School Herts

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

We are looking for drivers for our MPV vehicle and minibus to drive our students and support staff on visits to access the local community. 

Radlett Lodge School is a warm and welcoming school for autistic children. We work hard to make sure that our pupils have the best education, the best opportunities, and the best start in life. 

Volunteers make a difference to our pupils, and drivers allow pupils to be able to access activities in the local community.

What you will be doing

You will be driving small groups of pupils and support staff to locations in the local area and collecting and returning them to school.

Skills qualities and experience

Essential

  • A clean driving license and at least 12 months experience of driving
  • A DBS check will be requested as part of this role
  • You will be asked to complete an online driving assessment and practical test to familiarise yourself with the vehicles 

Useful for the role

  • A calm approach and a patient attitude
  • Good knowledge of the local area
  • A knowledge of autism would be useful, but we offer autism awareness training

When and where

  • Various days and times through the school term
  • Visits will take place during school hours

Support

  • You will be insured to drive the vehicle
  • Agreed personal travel expenses reimbursed
  • Access to the National Autistic Society online learning package
  • You will have a dedicated supervisor, who you can meet with or contact for support.

What you could get out of it

  • Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area
  • Access free training and learn new skills
  • Meet new people 

Other important information 

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.  

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.   

You will be asked to have knowledge of the local area so we ask that you live locally to be able to do this role 

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

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