Playscheme Volunteer

  • VO99266


Description

We are an organisation that support families with children on the autistic spectrum. We provide safe, inclusive environments that meet the sensory needs of our community and provide an opportunity for growth and learning.
The playscheme events take place in 3 locations (Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Bearsden), all on Saturdays and host a range of activities for children and families to enjoy. We have big activities, crafting, sensory calming and stimulating areas and gaming (either Minecraft or Nintendo switch). The role of the volunteers is to listen to any queries or concerns parents have, offer support, and support the children in play. We ask volunteers to help us set up and pack away, and ensure whichever premises we are at are left in good condition.

Organisation aims and objectives

Creatovators CIC is a Social Enterprise where we do this by creating personal, tailor made, quality programmes. Safe environments are created for clients to explore strategies which enrich their lives. Using a collaborative and inclusive approach we ensure that learning is fun. For example, for individuals or groups who enjoy Lego, a club can be set up to improve their skills. We work with individuals and groups of all ages and stages. The social skills developed include conflict resolution, problem solving, group skills, team building and social cues. Communication skills development includes the message context, body language, joint attention and listening skills. Imagination/empathy skills development includes play and creative approaches.

Restrictions

Experience required: Must be understanding of children who present non-typical behaviours. Must be friendly, polite and understanding towards families An understanding of autism is beneficial but not essential
Travel details: Volunteers are expected to make their own way there. The events are held at 1 of 3 locations, Bishopbriggs = Kenmure Parish Church, 15 Viewfield Road, Bishopbriggs, G64 2AF Bearsden = Bearsden Baptist Church, 14 Roman Road, Bearsden, G61 2SL Kirkintilloch = St Columbas Hillhead Parish, Old Aisle Road, Kirkintilloch, G66 3HQ For Bishopbriggs and Bearsden, volunteers asked to attend between 9.30am and 12pm In Kirkintilloch, volunteers asked to attend 2-4.30pm
Minimum age: 16

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Training details: Volunteers will be shown around the playscheme and paired with a trained volunteer. This will give them the opportunity to know who the kids are, understand their behaviour patterns / area of interests. Ongoing training and support is given informally, volunteers are always welcomed and encouraged to bring any concerns to the facilitator of the playscheme (Milly Middleton).