Details of the Organisation:
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.
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.
Without the help and support of our volunteers, we could not support so many people each and every year. We have the projects and clubs to suit the availability of everyone. Whether you can spare some time in the school holidays, weekends or weekdays – we really can accommodate you!
Get in touch and help us make a real difference of the life of somebody with autism and learning disabilities.
Details of the Role:
To aid the social development of our members of the club, all of which have a learning disability and/or autism. Our members attend the club to build confidence, create new relationships, have lots of fun and be free to express themselves.
Volunteers will be supporting members to take part in fun, creative and sometimes challenging workshops such as sports & games, arts & crafts, music therapy, drama and more. You will also have the opportunity to go on outings each term – recently we have attended crazy golf, karaoke, bowling, swimming and museums.
Our volunteers play a hugely vital role in supporting our members to develop social skills that can be transferred to their day-to-day lives!
Please attend a minimum of two training sessions before taking part. On these sessions you will enjoy a number of training workshops including autism awareness, epilepsy awareness, communication and breaking down skills.
Dates for your diary:
Saturday 24th September, 10am to 12.30pm / Sunday 9th October, 10am to 12.30pm . Saturday 22nd October, 10am to 12.30pm.
All training sessions take place at Ermine Road Day Centre, N15 6DB – this is a short, 5 minute walk from Seven Sisters Underground station (Victoria Line).
We are looking for people of all ages to act as role models and mentors for our weekend club members. Everybody is welcome but we could do with a few extra male volunteers!
Skills required from Volunteer:
- Lots of enthusiasm and energy!
- Free training
- References for volunteering provided
- Develop key transferrable skills, such as communication, teamwork, patience and resilience, whilst also being great fun and very sociable
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the End of Year Volunteers Dinner
Interested? Apply below: