Why we need you
- 79% of autistic people report that they feel socially isolated.
- That’s almost 42,000 autistic people in Scotland who feel this way
- 70% of autistic adults tell the NAS that they aren’t getting the help they need from social services.
The availability of support for autistic people lessens as they grow older with many projects being aimed towards people aged 25 and under. Thousands of adults are currently without any professional support.
What you will be doing:
The ‘Person to Person’ project supports adults aged 26 and over in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde regions. They people we support will often want to;
- Leave the house more often
- Create a daily structure that works for them
- Get the weekly shopping done
- Attend activities or groups they are interested in
- Develop their social skills
As a volunteer you will be paired with one individual who you would support either face-to-face, via email, on the phone, or a combination of all three. You would be paired with this person for between 6 months and 1 year.
During your time supporting this person you would support them to achieve a goal(s) that they set out for themselves.
Skills, Experience and Qualities needed
- Prior knowledge of autism or support work is not essential
- Empathy and understanding
- Open-minded and willing to learn
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- An ability to volunteer alone with initiative and common sense
- Reliable, consistent, dependable, and trustworthy
When and Where:
You will be required to volunteer once a week or once a fortnight for up to 4 hours per week
If meeting face-to-face then you will typically be meeting in a community environment such as a café, library, or other facility local to the person we are supporting
The National Autistic Society will provide;
- Introduction to autism training
- Volunteer skills training
- Access to all internal online training packages
- Reimbursement for agreed expenses
- Review & development opportunity
- 24/7 contact to members of staff via a helpline
What you could get out of it:
- Develop new skills related to support work and communication
- Learn about autism and how it affects individuals
- Improve upon your existing skills
- See noticeable improvements to the lives of the people we support
Mandatory training for the role will be on Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th April 2019 from 10am to 4pm in central Glasgow. You wil need to attend training on both days
Please ensure you are available for these training dates before applying for the role.
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 questions about this role or the application process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org