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Kith & Kids - Autism Xmas Project Volunteer



Details of the Charity:

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 40 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, Sun 27th – Thurs 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)!!

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 project runs for 5 days, 9.30am to 5.30pm, Sun 27th – Thurs 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.

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

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:

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

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 7th November with lots of date options.

In the meantime we'll be meeting volunteers online from 13th October. Training will take place in North London - venue to be confirmed.

 

Just sign up and you'll receive details of what to do next.

https://www.kithandkids.org.uk/volunteering-form.html

 

Skills Required:

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. 

Additional Benefits:

Free training, opportunities to develop skills – you could become a future activity coordinator or you could become a trainer.

A free cooked lunch is provided each day too. 
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