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The National Autistic Society

We are the leading UK charity for people on the autism spectrum (including Asperger syndrome) and their families. We provide information, support and pioneering services, and campaign for a better world for people with autism.

Application deadline: 
Sunday, 1 December 2019

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.

Role Aim: 

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.

Duties: 

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 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

Training: 

You will receive training and an induction before you begin volunteering and you will have access to our e-learning modules

Location: 
391-393 City Road London EC1V 1NG
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
There are clinics 3 times per week from Monday – Thursday, from 13:30 to approximately 16:00. You can volunteer for one day or more days, whichever suits your schedule.

Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here