Weekend Club Autism Support Volunteer

Recruiter
Kith & Kids
Location
London (North), London (Greater)
Salary
Volunteer Role - Unpaid
Posted
23 Apr 2019
Closes
14 Jul 2019
Interests
Disability
Hours per month
30 to 40 hours
Expenses
Unpaid
Commitment
One-off

About Kith & Kids
We provide activities, opportunities, information and support for people with a learning disability or autism, their parents and siblings.
For all our projects and activities we are dependent on volunteers.

Our Weekend Clubs
12:30pm to 5.00pm, Fortnightly, alternative Sat/Sun’s during term time, Ermine Road, N15 6DB

We are currently looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, to join us on our fantastic fun-filled Weekend club activities.

Volunteers and our members who have disabilities get to know each other as they take part in fun and challenging workshops including sports & games, arts & crafts, cooking and enjoying a day out in London once a term.

What you'll do
On the club you and a fellow volunteer will be paired with one of our members with a learning disability or autism. You'll support and encourage them to take part in a wide range of activities led by professional therapists and workshop leaders.

Our ultimate aim at a Kith & Kids’ club is that everybody has lots of fun in an environment in which our members feel safe and relaxed and are able to fully express themselves.  We aim that our members receive 2:1 volunteer support.  This helps ensure that the sessions have lots of energy and enthusiasm.  It also gives new volunteers a chance to learn further support tips from experienced volunteers. 

Our weekend clubs also allows our members to develop key skills and relationships in a fun, friendly and safe setting that is individually centered to their needs.

Workshops include music, drama, arts & crafts, sports & games and much more.  We even enjoy trips out!  Recently groups have attended swimming, museums, crazy golf and bowling.

Not only is it a week full of fun and games for you and our members, you are a vital part in supporting them to develop their social skills in a day to day environment.

Come along and get involved!

Male volunteers especially welcome (we need more)!!

Requirements

What you need
You do not need experience. Full disability awareness training will be provided before you begin volunteering with us.
The only requirements we ask of you are enthusiasm, energy and to be open-minded.
Minimum age for volunteers is 16.

How much time?
The clubs run fortnightly, alternative Sat/Sun’s, 12.30pm to 5.00pm in term time only.

The more clubs you do, the more you'll build close relationships with the members you'll be supporting and will create the most impact.

What we can offer you
We can reimburse your travel expenses.
We'll also provide excellent training before the project, and lots of helpful support.

By volunteering on our clubs you'll also:

  • Use and develop your skills
  • Learn something new, get involved in fun activities with others
  • Increase your confidence
  • Meet new people and make friends
  • Gain experience for (other) work
  • Give something back to the community
  • Do something fun and satisfying in your spare time
  • Challenge yourself
     

What about training?
Volunteers must attend at least two training days and complete a free DBS check before you begin volunteering.

This is a great opportunity to get to know everyone at Kith & Kids: your fellow volunteers, some of our members you will be working with, and also gives the opportunity to develop some new skills and expand your knowledge in our workshops.

Topics we cover include:

  • Communication
  • Autism
  • Supporting emotions
  • Safeguarding
  • Creativity & Participation
  • Epilepsy
     

When do I need to come?
Please follow the training options below:

Session A: (Please choose one of two dates)
Tuesday 9th July, 6:30pm – 10pm

or

Sunday 14th July, 9:30am - 1:30pm (with an option to stay to meet our members).

All training takes place at Ermine Community Hub, 2 Ermine Road, N15 6DB

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