Would you like to help young people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism develop their social skills and self-confidence?
The National Autistic Society runs a number of out of school clubs in south west England. We would like to hear from people who are interested in volunteering at these clubs.
(If you are interested in volunteering at out of school clubs in other areas of the UK, please check our main volunteering page for opportunities.)
No previous experience is necessary as we will provide training. Volunteers will support the club's project leader, working one-to-one with participants or helping with group activities. We welcome the skills, abilities and qualifications volunteers bring to their role and will seek to utilise these wherever possible.
Volunteering in an out of school club offers:
- valuable work experience
- access to a range of training opportunities
- training costs and expenses paid
- the chance to develop a career in the play setting (we will provide references for our volunteers)
- the enjoyment and satisfaction of working with a group of children and young people and supporting their progress
- opportunities for fun: volunteers have enjoyed archery, rafting and cinema visits.
In return, we ask that our volunteers make a committment to attend the clubs and training sessions, maintain confidentiality, and learn with and support the group.
About our out of school clubs
Out of school clubs support children and young people with Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism between the ages of eight and 18.
They offer participants the opportunity to join a structured youth group which will meet their individual needs and provide a safe enviroment. 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 joined mainstream social and leisure activities.
There are a number of out of school clubs in the south west of England:
- Bath and North East Somerset
- South Gloucestershire
Find out more
For further information or to talk about volunteering opportunities in our out of school clubs in south west England, please contact:
The National Autistic Society
Bristol BS34 7BD
Tel: 0117 974 8409
If you would like to volunteer at one of our clubs in south west England, please complete our volunteer application form. Applicants will be required to undertake a disclosure check through the Criminal Records Bureau.
If you are interested in volunteering at out of school clubs in other areas of the UK, please check our main volunteering page for opportunities.