Kith & Kids - Weekend Club Autism Support Volunteer
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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. Founded over 50 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 currently looking for energetic and enthusiastic volunteers, to join us on our fantastic fun-filled Weekend club activities
Volunteers and our members who have disabilities get to know each other as they take part in fun and challenging workshops including sports & games, arts & crafts, cooking and enjoying a day out in London once a term.
What you'll do:
On the club you and a fellow volunteer will be paired with one of our members with a learning disability or autism. You'll support and encourage them to take part in a wide range of activities led by professional therapists and workshop leaders.
Our aim at a Kith & Kids’ club is that everybody has lots of fun in an environment in which our members feel safe and relaxed and can fully express themselves. We aim that our members receive 2:1 volunteer support. This helps ensure that the sessions have lots of energy and enthusiasm. It also gives new volunteers a chance to learn further support tips from experienced volunteers.
Our Weekend Clubs also allow our members to develop key skills and relationships in a fun, friendly and safe setting that is individually centred on their needs.
Workshops include music, drama, arts & crafts, sports & games and much more. We even enjoy trips out! Recently groups have attended swimming, museums, crazy golf, and bowling.
Not only is it a session full of fun and games for you and our members, but you are also a vital part in supporting them to develop their social skills in a day-to-day environment.
The clubs run Sat fortnightly, 10.00 AM to 1.30 PM and/or 1:30 PM to 6.00 PM, in term time only.
When do I need to come?
Volunteers must attend at least two training days and complete a free DBS check before taking part.
We'll be running face-to-face training in north London starting on 11th February with lots of other dates to choose from.
In the meantime, we'll be meeting volunteers online from 30th January.
Training will take place in North London – once we have met you online for a chat, we will send you confirmation of our training venue details.
- 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
- We can reimburse your travel expenses
- We'll also provide excellent training before the project, and lots of helpful support
- Learn something new, get involved in fun activities with others
- Meet new people and make friends
- Volunteering Hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteers Award