Kith & Kids - Volunteer Mentor on Autism Employability Project
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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 Employability Project
10am to 3pm, Monday and/or Friday during term-time
Our Employment & Life Skills Project (ELSP) helps adults with learning disabilities or autism to access further education, work experience and visits to mainstream community opportunities.
What you’ll do?
You’ll act as a mentor to the members of the group. You’ll be helping the group(s) develop a range of life skills, things that many of us take for granted. These include Maths and English skills, independent living, the use of public transport, social skills and even the sourcing of employment.
For the people in these groups, these things can be very difficult to develop and achieve without regular support. Through regular support and meetings, members and volunteers develop greater trust, skills and confidence together.
Come along and get involved!
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?
The project runs from 10am to 3pm, Mondays and/or Fridays during term-time.
Everyone gets the most out of the project if you come every week for at least a term as you'll build a close relationship with the members you'll have been supporting and will create the most impact.
By volunteering on our project you'll also:
- Use and develop your skills: time-management, working within a team, problem-solving and adaptability
- Learn something new, get involved in fun activities with others
- Increase your confidence
- Meet like-minded 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:
- Creativity & Participation
- Negotiation & Boundaries
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 from 5th October. 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
- Volunteering hours go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award