Kith & Kids - Autism Xmas Project Volunteer
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Kith & Kids’ aim is to empower families who have a son or daughter with a learning disability or autism (many also have a physical or sensory disability) to overcome their social exclusion. Founded over 50 years ago by just two sets of parents, we have grown and adapted over the years to the changing needs of families whilst maintaining the quality of our services.
Throughout the year we provide a variety of volunteer-supported projects and services, offering opportunities to learn new skills, make friends, go out and have fun. The person with a disability being the focus of our activities, we design individual needs based projects and services that provide him or her with much needed social interaction and a sense of “normal” life that most of us take for granted.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
Our Xmas Project
9.30am to 5.30pm, Mon 27th December – Fri 31st December in North London.
We are currently looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, to join us on our fantastic fun-filled Xmas Social Development Project.
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.
What you'll do?
On the project 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 core activities are sports & games, arts & crafts, drama and music. Previous additional workshops have also included photography, football and cooking and you’ll plan your own exciting outing around London with a fellow volunteer and the Kith & Kids member you're linked with.
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)!!
How much time?
The project runs for 5 days, 9.30am-5.30pm, Mon 27th Dec – Fri 31st Dec. Everyone gets the most out of the project if you come for the full 5 days as you'll build a close relationship with the member you'll have been supporting and will create the most impact.
By volunteering on our project 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:
- Supporting emotions
- Creativity & Participation
When do I need to come?
Volunteers must attend at least two training days and a DBS check before taking part. Please follow the training dates below:
We'll be running face-to-face training in north London starting on 6th November with lots of date options.
In the meantime we'll be meeting volunteers online for an informal chat from 5th October onwards. Training will take place in North London - venue to be confirmed.
No specific skills or experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and lots of enthusiasm and energy. You cannot take part until we have met you and you have taken part in some of our training sessions too.
- Free training, opportunities to develop skills – you could become a future activity coordinator or you could become a trainer
- Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award