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Kith and Kids – Autism Employability Project

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. 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:

We are looking for some new volunteers to join in our Employment & Life Skills Project (ELSP) and help adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to access further education, work experience and visits to mainstream community opportunities.  ELSP takes place on a Monday and a Friday from 10am to 3pm, term-time.

Volunteers will act as a mentor to the group members on a 1 – 1 basis.  With the supervision of the group coordinator you will be helping members develop a range of life skills in areas that many of us take for granted.  These include English and maths skills, independent living, the use of public transport, social skills and even the sourcing of employment. These skills can be very difficult for the people in these groups to develop and achieve without regular support. 

Through regular support and meetings, members and volunteers develop greater trust, skills and confidence together.  Please note that the minimum age to volunteer with the ELSP group(s) is 20 years old.

Volunteers must attend at least two training sessions before they begin volunteering with is.

We cover training topics such as, autism, safety & protection, creativity & participation and boundaries.

Volunteers must attend at least two training days and a DBS check before taking part. Please follow the training dates below:

Session 1: Please attend 1 out of 3 sessions:

Wednesday 6th March from 6:30pm – 10pm


Sunday 10th March from 9:30am – 1:30pm


Tuesday 19th March from 6:30pm – 10pm

Session 2: Our co-ordinators will arrange a second session with you.

Training takes place at Ermine Road Day Centre N15 6DB.

Skills Required:

  • 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).

Additional Benefits:

  • 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
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?