ELSP Charity Shop Autism Support Volunteer
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.
ELSP shop volunteers
Flexible timings, Daily
We are currently looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to join us in our boutique charity shop in Chingford, E4.
Volunteers have a fantastic opportunity to help shape our members work experience placements within the shop. You will support our members will all aspects of working in a charity shop, including using the till and customer service and spend time with them to review the skills they have learnt at the end of each shift.
What you'll do
At the shop you will be paired with one of our members with a learning disability or autism. You'll support and encourage them to complete the job/role they have been given for that specific day and encourage them to practice their social skills by interacting with the public in a polite and friendly manner.
You will also encourage them to work as part of a team and engage socially with staff and volunteers present in the shop. You will build their confidence and encourage them to take on new challenges.
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 20.
How much time?
We encourage a minimum commitment of 4 hours at a time, however the more time you spend with our members the more you get to know them and are able to better support them.
What we can offer you
We can reimburse your travel expenses.
We'll also provide excellent training before you start and lots of helpful support.
By volunteering at our shop you will also:
- Use and develop your skills
- Learn something new!
- 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.
When do I need to come?
Volunteers must attend a training session and apply for a DBS check before taking part.
We'll contact you to arrange a training session at a time to suit you.