National Autistic Society (Godalming)


Godalming children’s Social Club Volunteers

Why we need you

The club provides social support during school term for children and young people with autism (aged 5-11 years old).

We need volunteers to come along and help during club sessions.

We now have 2 club sessions

Wednesday 5.30 to 7.30pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time

Thursday 6-8pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time

Please let us know which session you would like to volunteer at

What you will be doing

  • Help set up the session
  • Support young people in play, life skills, life skills, social and communication activities
  • Participate with young people as their ‘buddies’ where young people can have someone to chat to and try activities
  • Develop and maintaining positive relationships with young people their parents / carers and other professionals involved

Skills qualities and experience needed

  • Sense of fun and humour
  • Empathy with the young people who attend the club
  • A calm approach and a patient attitude – young people on the autism spectrum may have difficulty communicating, socialising and thinking of others’ needs.
  • Ability to volunteer as part of a team
  • A knowledge of autism would be ideal, but we offer autism-specific training
  • We require a DBS check for this role

When and where

  • Wednesday 5.30 to 7.30pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time
  • Thursday 6-8pm during school terms, plus 15 minutes prep and closing time
  • NAS Old Mill, 14 High Street, Godalming, Surrey, GU7 1ED

Support

  • Full induction will be provided with autism-specific training.
  • A dedicated supervision from the Lead Project Worker
  • Agreed travel expenses reimbursed and refreshments provided throughout the session.
  • We provide a NAS t-shirt for you to wear during the session

What you could get out of it

  • Experience of volunteering with young people on the autism spectrum
  • Autism specific training
  • Experience of being part of the NAS team
  • Agreed travel expenses paid
  • Professional supervision

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome

Mission Statement

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.

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.