Moving Forward Mentor Volunteer Glasgow

  • VO84480
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

Why we need you

Our Mentoring service supports young people aged 16-24 as they prepare for and enter the world of employment by providing one to one mentoring on specific skills. Mentoring is a great way to improve confidence and develop new skills in people who have autism spectrum disorder. The people we support need help with things like building confidence, applying for jobs and social skills.

Over 1 in 100 people are autistic. A recent survey showed that only 15% of them are in full time paid employment yet 79% would like to be.

In addition to having a diagnosis of ASD, the people we support will also live in a deprived community and not currently be in employment, education, or training.

What you will be doing

Take part in training to prepare you for the role
Setting and review goals and objectives with mentee and Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator
Supporting your mentee to learn new skills
Attending review meetings where you will receive support from the service coordinator
Arrange own weekly meetings with mentee
Working within the boundaries of mentoring.
Working within the organisational boundaries (i.e. confidentiality, child and vulnerable adult protection).
Completing all necessary paperwork (i.e. meeting records and expense forms).
applications preferred from Glasgow and surrounding areas, so that meetings can eventually return to taking place in local community settings
Skills experience and qualities needed

You do not need to have prior knowledge of autism or support work as training will be provided
Empathy and understanding
Open-minded and willing to learn
Good communication and Interpersonal skills
Good level of self-awareness and own needs.
An ability to volunteer alone using initiative & common sense.
Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy
We would like you to volunteer for at least 6 months in this role after training to provide stability and continuity to the person you are supporting
When and where

This role will be flexible and volunteering hours will depend on your availability and that of the individual you are supporting.
On average we would like you to commit 1 hour per week.
Volunteering is currently taking place on Microsoft Teams, hopefully moving back to face to face meetings out in the community when safe to do so
For the virtual support currently taking place on Microsoft Teams you will need access to a computer/tablet, a good internet connection and a quiet space away from others in the household
Support

You will receive online autism training
You will receive project specific information about what you will be doing.
Regular review meetings with the service coordinator.
All agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed should you need to travel anywhere.
We have an online platform for you to connect with other volunteers and share ideas
What you could get out of it

Improve support to autistic adults in your local area
Access free training and learn mentoring techniques and specific skills for your personal development
Meet new people
A great opportunity to add to your CV
You will find the experience very rewarding as you support the development of young people into employment or towards their goals.
References can also be provided after 6 months of volunteering
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.

Applications preferred from Glasgow and surrounding areas, so that meetings can eventually return to taking place in local community settings

Organisation aims and objectives

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

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Restrictions

Experience required: You do not need to have prior knowledge of autism or support work as training will be provided Empathy and understanding Good level of self-awareness and own needs. An ability to volunteer alone using initiative & common sense. Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy We would like you to volunteer for at least 6 months in this role after training to provide stability and continuity to the person you are support
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed travel expenses reimbursed
Training details: online learning modules

Last updated 15 days ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.