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Kith and Kids - Autism Summer Camp Volunteer 2019



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. Founded 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 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 Summer Camp
Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th August near Guildford, Surrey.

We are currently looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers to join us on our action packed residential Summer Camp. On the camp you will be supporting one of our members with a disability to have a holiday they won’t forget.

What you'll do

On the camp you and two fellow volunteers will support one of our members with a learning disability or autism for the 8 days. You’ll support and encourage them to take part in lots of exciting activities such as; camp fires, treasure trails, swimming, night time activities, day trips to the seaside and much more. You’ll also help our members with their day-to-day routines and preparing our meals.

Not only is it a week full of fun and games for you and our members, you are a vital part in supporting them to develop their social skills in a day to day environment and of course, a fantastic holiday for our members!

Come along and get involved!

Male volunteers especially welcome (we need more)!!

Requirements

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 18.

How much time?
The Camp runs for 8 days, Sunday 18th – Sunday 25th August, staring and finishing in Tottenham, London.

What we can offer you
We can reimburse your travel expenses for your training days. All meals, transportation and accommodation are provided during the camp.
We'll also provide excellent training before the camp, and lots of helpful support throughout.

By volunteering on our camp 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 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:

  • Communication
  • Autism
  • Supporting emotions
  • Safeguarding
  • Creativity & Participation
  • Epilepsy
     

When do I need to come?
Please follow the training options below:

Session A: (Please choose one of two dates)

Wednesday 10th July, 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Or

Saturday 13th July, 9:30am – 1:30pm

 

Session B: Please attend our Meet & Greet. A great chance to meet the volunteers and the members you’ll be working with.

Sunday 11th August, 10am – 4:30pm

All training takes place at Ermine Community Hub, 2 Ermine Road, N15 6DB

 

Skills Required:

Volunteers must have lots of energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in and learn.

Additional Benefits:

  • Reimbursed travel expenses
  • Free training in a wide range of topics from autism awareness to communication to breaking down skills. 
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony in May
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