Volunteer

Why we need you

During afternoons of diagnostic assessments, parents/carers are given feedback and a possible diagnosis of child/young person. Whilst our clinicians spend time with the parents/carers the child/young person (CYP) is left alone to play " we need to make sure that the child/young person is happy and safe.

This is an important role, as well as spending time talking and/ or playing with a CYP, parents will be relaxed knowing that their CYP is being looked after during this time.

Why we need you

During afternoons of diagnostic assessments, parents/carers are given feedback and a possible diagnosis of child/young person. Whilst our clinicians spend time with the parents/carers the child/young person (CYP) is left alone to play " we need to make sure that the child/young person is happy and safe.

This is an important role, as well as spending time talking and/ or playing with a CYP, parents will be relaxed knowing that their CYP is being looked after during this time.

What you will be doing

  • Ensuring CYP is safe and content whilst parents are with Clinicians.
  • Working with CYP, this could be from watching DVDs, playing in the garden, interacting with games, technology or just being there to talk with them.
  • During these sessions you will be with the CYP on your own, but doors are kept open and other team members are available
  • You will be briefed on each diagnostic assessment of the person you will be with any specific details about them that you need to be aware off.
  • If clinic not scheduled, optional alternative tasks are also available assisting with general duties.

Skills qualities and experience needed

  • Experience of working or volunteering with CYP on the autism spectrum or with behavioural difficulties would be desirable
  • Be able to adapt to changing situations while working with CYP. Sometimes situations need calming if a person is upset or over excited or empathy is needed if they are upset or anxious
  • Happy to go along with CYP needs from playing games to wanting to talk to you about their special interests or general conversations
  • DBS check required

When and where

  • Times are flexible there are clinics 3x a week from Monday " Thursday from 1.30pm onwards to approx. 4pm, you can volunteer for one day or more days which ever suits your schedule
  • Based at the Lorna Wing Centre for Autism, Bromley Kent

Support

  • You will receive training and an induction before you begin volunteering, you will have access to our elearning modules
  • You will receive a briefing before each session letting you know the needs of those attending the clinic on that day.
  • Agreed local travel expenses will be reimbursed

What you could get out of it

  • Volunteering at the Lorna Wing Centre with a team of specialist professionals
  • Hands on experience of volunteering with autistic children and young people
  • Making a difference to those you are supporting and their families
  • A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV

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 volunteers@nas.org.uk

Volunteer