Derbyshire Autism Services is a small and very hardworking charity, working mainly, but not exclusively across Derbyshire. They offer information, advice, guidance and support to children, young people and adults affected by autism - with or without a diagnosis - and their families.
They also work with professionals in other services to make sure that individuals and families affected by autism have their needs met and fully taken into account when involved with them.
About your role
1:1 Support Volunteer: You could be working with either a child or adult with autism on a one on one basis; acting as a positive role model and ambassador for the charity. Roles include supporting service users to enable them to access mainstream leisure and social opportunities as well as helping them to plan goals to meet their individual needs and wishes.
Group Activities Volunteer: As well as providing one on one support, Derbyshire Autism Services also offer group activities for their clients. They are looking for people who can offer regular group support, mainly on Saturdays and/or during school holidays to take children and young people out on day trips - for example to the seaside or an activity centre.
If you would prefer to work with adults, DAS runs two monthly social skills groups that enable service users to meet up with like-minded people and enjoy sharing new experiences together. They need volunteers to support the running of these groups.
The average commitment for a 1:1 support volunteer is 3 hours a fortnight.
The average commitment for a group activities volunteer is 2 sessions a month.
How to find us
Derbyshire Autism Services is based in Ripley, but you could be meeting with service users across Derbyshire. For this reason, the charity require that all volunteers hold a valid driving license, and have access to a car.
- Click on the 'Register Your Interest' button at the bottom of the page and fill out the form
- Emma from the Students' Union Volunteer Centre will be in touch with contact details of Gail from Derbyshire Autism Services.
- When you're ready, drop her an e-mail or phone call to let her know that you'd like to volunteer.
- Gail will send you an application form, and invite you in for an informal interview.
- You will need to provide references, and complete a DBS check. Derbyshire Autism Services will absorb the cost of this.
- You must have access to a car to volunteer for Derbyshire Autism Services.
- The charity will reimburse volunteers for mileage, and also reasonable out of pocket expenses up to £7.
- Full training is given prior to starting, and reguar supervision is offered.