As a befriender you will support a service user to participate in social activities in the community. The range of social activities will vary from person to person and would typically involve afternoons or evenings out for 1-3 hours at a time. A befriender is a very rewarding voluntary position and is often plays a vital role in increasing a service user’s levels of confidence and self esteem
About Autism Initiatives Scotland
Autism Initiatives aims to: Respond where possible to the needs of individuals with ASD by developing meaningful dialogue with commissioners and parents; Develop and manage services distinguished by their excellence in their individualised understanding of the Autistic Spectrum, statutory requirements and accountability. In Scotland, Autism Initiatives manages Number 6, a one-stop shop for adults with high functioning autism or Aspergers Syndrome living in the Lothians. Autism Initiatives is a UK charity with a Scottish office.
Patience, tolerance and a non judgmental attitude are key. The ability to work independently for set periods of time. Honest and reliable, a willingness to learn. A knowledge of Autism is desirable but no essential as full training will be given.
The volunteer co-ordinator will provide a thorough induction and all relevant training. The volunteer co-ordinator will meet with you regularly to discuss your volunteering and any successes or problems.
Flexibility & Commitment
Minimum 1 year commitment. 1-3 hours befriending session. The frequency that you will meet up with someone will be agreed at outset.
In and around Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian and Midlothian.
Travel and activity expenses will be paid.
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