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
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 nas.org.uk