The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.
We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.
Why we need you:
Out of School Clubs support autistic children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years.
At the Out of School clubs we create a safe environment where children and young people can learn social skills and learn how to manage unstructured times. We provide enough structure and support for children and young people to learn the necessary skills and reduce this over time.
Children and young people accessing the groups have been shown to develop better social skills and increased confidence. Some of the young people have since found employment; others have moved on to mainstream social and leisure activities.
Our volunteers provide the opportunity for children and young people to be supported by a variety of people from different backgrounds and ages. Children and young people will learn how to get along with different people.
Volunteers bring new ideas and perspective on situations.
What you will be doing:
The main tasks/activities of an Out of School Club Volunteer include:
Working as part of a team of staff and volunteers
Following instructions from the Project Leader, helping them to run activities and games for the children and young people
Initiating activities (for example getting a board game out)
Model appropriate conversation and social interaction skills.
Support children and young people:
in understanding social interactions.
with negotiating/clarifying rules for games and activities while supporting them to understand compromising as and when necessary.
the other person’s point of view.
in managing unstructured time.
Positively encouraging children and young people to risk assess situations and encourage them to be independent.
Children and young people attending the clubs are diagnosed with autism and typically (although not exclusively) attend mainstream school. Their behaviour can be socially odd and occasionally challenging.