Kith & Kids - Weekend Club Autism Support 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 Weekend Clubs
12:30pm to 5.00pm, Fortnightly, alternative Sat/Sun’s during term time in Haringey, North London
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 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 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 allow our members to develop key skills and relationships in a fun, friendly and safe setting that is individually centred 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, but 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 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.
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:
- 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 for a casual chat 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