Befriender Volunteer Brent Knoll Somerset
National Autistic Society
Brent Knoll, United Kingdom
4d ago

Why we need you

We are looking for people 18+ who have some spare time and would like to give back time to the local community , to befriend autistic adults, to expand their social network and reduce social isolation.

This role would suit anyone over the age of 18. Interested in participating in a wide range of social activities working with autistic adults who need help to develop their social skills, helping them learn how to build a social relationship and make friends, help them to develop their interests and hobbies.

What you will be doing

You will support your befriendee by

  • meeting on a regular basis with an on-going commitment to befriendee to provide stability and routine to your befriendee
  • to discuss and share their interests e.g. cooking gardening
  • go on outings in the community for example - the cinema,
  • be pro-active in engaging with your befriendee e.g. suggesting outings
  • Skills qualities and experience needed

    We are looking for someone with :

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Empathy, understanding and sensitive to the needs of others.
  • Interests in everyday living skills and activities
  • Open-minded, non-discriminative and non-judgemental
  • Good level of self-awareness and own needs
  • Ability to work alone and have a common sense approach
  • Ability to work within the boundariesof NAS policies, eg Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Lone Working etc
  • Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy
  • Subject to completion of induction training, satisfactory references and Disclosure and Barring Service check
  • Previous knowledge of autism would be useful but is not essential as we will provide a full induction training and ongoing support.
  • Our ideal volunteer would have a desire to help and willingness to learn.
  • When and where

  • 2-3 hours each week flexible by arrangement of activities
  • Brent knoll area
  • Support

  • Induction into the organisation and understanding autism training
  • Access to online training
  • Support from a line manager
  • Agreed expenses paid
  • What you could get out of it

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills, adding to your CV
  • The opportunity to make a difference and improve the quality of life of an adult with autism
  • References for job seeking
  • A truly rewarding experience
  • We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum

    If you have any difficulties with the application process or questions about this role please contact volunteers

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