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Kith and Kids – Employment and Life Skills Mentor

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:

The Employment and Life Skills Project (ELSP) provides a term-time service for mid/high functioning young adults (18 upwards) who are on the autistic spectrum and/or have a learning disability. The scheme aims to support these young adults to develop skills to allow access to meaningful activities and to engage in an active social life. The project runs on weekday’s daytime between 9:30am and 3:30pm at our headquarters in North London.

As an ELSP volunteer, you will support our members develop the skills required to gain employment, access mainstream further education or even to spend their time more fruitfully through accessing mainstream community facilities. Such support includes improving their literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as developing workplace skills and extending life skills into the work environment.

You will also participate in our person-centered workshops that creatively allow our members to explore issues around social interactions and expectations, developing social skills and the skills needed for independence. The scheme combines individual, one-on-one work, with group sessions, as well as going out for work experience placements or volunteering experience.

The project takes place in three terms for 41 weeks per year. We require a minimum commitment of 35 hours per term from volunteers, which can be built up flexibly from 3-hour half days (morning: 9:30 am-12:30 pm / afternoon: 1:30pm – 4:30 pm) or 7-hour full days (9:30am – 4:30pm).

Skills Required:

  • You don’t need any previous experience in order to volunteer as a mentor
  • Complete training is provided before you start. (three evening training sessions once a term)
  • All volunteers must be 20 years old or older 
  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check required

Additional Benefits:

  • Training and support throughout your time
  • Feedback sessions running at the end of each day
  • Reimbursed travel expenses
  • Writtem references up to a year after your involvement at ELSP
  • 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
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