Cosmos Volunteer Lead (Adult social group) – West Berkshire Branch
National Autistic Society
West Berkshire, United Kingdom
6d ago

Why we need you

Autism is a lifelong disability that affects the way a person communicates with and relates to people around them. It can be difficult for people with autism to interact with others and form social relationships.

Social groups are a great way to give people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to improve their confidence, self-esteem and reduce isolation through spending time with others in a group setting and accessing social activities in the community.

Volunteers are invited to support the Social Group leader with this very valuable activity.

What you will be doing

  • Working with the group to put together a programme of activities.
  • Building up positive relationships with people on the autism spectrum and other volunteers in a group setting.
  • You will be spending time promoting social interaction, through the sharing of activities such as going for a walk, trips to the pub or for a meal, ten-pin bowling etc.
  • Sending a report to the branch to outline how the sessions are going etc.
  • Skills experience and qualities needed

  • understanding of autism
  • empathy and understanding
  • open-minded and willing to learn
  • good communication and interpersonal skill
  • volunteering in a spirit of non-discrimination
  • ability to volunteer as part of a team
  • reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy
  • When and where

    One evening per month in and around the Newbury area. This is the second Tuesday evening of the month, between 7.00pm and 9.

    00pm (times may vary on activity)

    Support

  • autism awareness / induction training
  • supervision from project manager
  • agreed out of pocket expenses reimbursed
  • What you could get out of it

  • an opportunity to develop new and existing skills, adding to your CV
  • an opportunity to make a difference and improve the quality of life for someone on the autism spectrum
  • a 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 questions about this role or the application process please contact volunteers nas.org.uk

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