Job details

Befriender Volunteer Brent Knoll Somerset
Brent Knoll

Job reference: 02979

Location: Brent Knoll

Closing date: 31/01/2020

Interview date (w/c): Not specified

Salary: volunteer

Employment type: Volunteer

Hours per week: 2 - 3 hours per week flexible

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 with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome

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


Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 26/04/2016 10:43:26