Kith and Kids – 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. Found 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 new 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:
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.
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.
- You don’t need any previous experience in order to volunteer as a mentor
- Volunteers must complete two training sessions and a DBS check before taking part.
- Volunteers must be at least 20 years of age to volunteer for this opportunity.
- DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check required (provided free of charge via Brunel Volunteers).
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?
Please follow the training options below:
Session A: (Please choose one of two dates)
Tuesday 9th July, 6:30pm – 10pm
Sunday 14th July, 9.30am – 1.30pm
All training takes place at Ermine Community Hub, 2 Ermine Road, N15 6DB
Our co-ordinators will arrange to meet you for a second briefing session
- Training and support throughout your time
- Feedback sessions running at the end of each day
- Reimbursed travel expenses
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R - which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours will contribute towards the Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invite to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
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