Details of organisation:
Based next to White Hart Lane, 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 40 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. Commended for our pioneering spirit and innovative approach we have also been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service for groups in the community.
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.
We offer a Family Support Service helping parents and siblings by introducing them to other parents and siblings as well as providing individual support. Our Outreach Service provides information, support and training to families, carers and organisations throughout the UK.
Kith & Kids also offers quality training to hundreds of volunteers throughout the year who support our projects and provide a vital link between our participants and the wider community.
Details of volunteering role:The Employment and Life Skills Project (ELSP) provides a term-time service for mid/high functioning young adults (18 upwards) who are on the autistic spectrum and/or have a learning disability. The scheme aims to support these young adults to develop skills to allow access to meaningful activities and to engage in an active social life. The project runs on weekday’s daytime between 9:30am and 3:30pm at our headquarters in North London.
As an ELSP volunteer, you will support our members develop the skills required to gain employment, access mainstream further education or even to spend their time more fruitfully through accessing mainstream community facilities. Such support includes improving their literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as developing workplace skills and extending life skills into the work environment.
You will also participate in our person-centered workshops that creatively allow our members to explore issues around social interactions and expectations, developing social skills and the skills needed for independence. The scheme combines individual, one-on-one work, with group sessions, as well as going out for work experience placements or volunteering experience.
The project takes place in three terms for 41 weeks per year. We require a minimum commitment of 35 hours per term from volunteers, which can be built up flexibly from 3-hour half days (morning: 9:30 am-12:30 pm / afternoon: 1:30pm – 4:30 pm) or 7-hour full days (9:30am – 4:30pm).
You don’t need any previous experience in order to volunteer as a mentor; we provide complete training before you start with us. We run a course of three evening training sessions once a term, which we ask all volunteers to attend before being able to start on one of our projects. All volunteers must be 20 years old or older and need to complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check before they can take part in the Employment and Life Skills Project.
You don’t need any previous experience in order to volunteer as a mentor; we provide complete training before you start with us.
Kith and Kids will provide training and support throughout your time with us, with feedback sessions running at the end of each day. We are also happy to reimburse your travel expenses and to write references up to a year after your involvement at ELSP.
Interested? Apply below: