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Kith and Kids- Volunteer Mentor on 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. 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:

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:

Please attend 1 out of 5 sessions:

Saturday 3rd Nov, 9:30am –   1:30pm

Sunday 11th Nov, 9:30am –   1:30pm

Wednesday 14th Nov, 6:30pm –   10pm

Tuesday 20th Nov, 6:30pm –   10pm

Sunday 25th Nov, 9:30am –   1:30pm

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

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

Free DBS check provided by Brunel Volunteers

Skills Required:

  • No previous experience is necessary, just a lot of enthusiasm and a willingness to learn and experience new things.
  • Volunteers must complete two training sessions and a DBS check before taking part.

Additional Benefits:

  • Free training
  • Hours volunteered will be recorded on your H.E.A.R – which goes on your permanent university record
  • All hours will contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony
  • Interested? Apply below:
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  • Have you come to study at Brunel from outside the EU
  • If you are an international student which visa do you hold?