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Kith & 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 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:

Our Employment & Life Skills Project (ELSP) helps adults with learning disabilities or autism to access further education, work experience and visits to mainstream community opportunities. 

What you’ll do

You’ll act as a mentor to the members of the group.  You’ll be helping the group(s) develop a range of life skills, things that many of us take for granted.  These include Maths and English skills, independent living, the use of public transport, social skills and even the sourcing of employment.

For the people in these groups, these things can be very difficult to develop and achieve without regular support. Through regular support and meetings, members and volunteers develop greater trust, skills and confidence together.

How much time?

The project runs from 10am to 3pm, Mondays and/or Fridays during term-time. Everyone gets the most out of the project if you come every week for at least a term as you'll build a close relationship with the members you'll have been supporting and will create the most impact.

What about training?

Volunteers must attend two training sessions 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.

We'll be running face-to-face training in north London starting on 11th June with lots of other dates to choose from.

In the meantime, we'll be meeting volunteers online from 24th May.

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

Skills Required:

  • 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 20.

Additional Benefits:

  • We’ll reimburse your travel expenses and will provide excellent training and lots of helpful support
  • Meet like-minded people and make friends
  • Learn something new, get involved in fun activities with others
  • Use and develop your skills: time-management, working within a team, problem-solving and adaptability
  • Volunteering hours to go towards the Brunel Volunteer Award 

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