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Information for volunteers

Volunteer opportunity at our Saturday club working with children with autism

Our next term starts in September  2024
(dates to be confirmed shortly)

The venue is in Morden (bus routes 80, 93 , 154)
15-minute walk from Morden
5-minute walk from Morden South station
Children aged 3-10 years attend 10am-12pm
Children aged 11-16 years attend 12-3pm
Volunteers receive additional training (9-10am and 3-4pm)
  • Calling all people with an interest in working with children with autism, including those in the teaching and care professions, plus students in psychology and therapy fields, this is a career-enhancing opportunity for you.

  • As a play assistant you will work 1:1 or 2:1 with two children (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) on specific targets and create learning opportunities through play and fun in a natural environment setting. Play assistants will be paired with a specific child based on experience and qualifications. 

  • You need to be energetic, reliable and committed, as you will be on your feet regularly. Ideally you will have some experience of working with children and be interested in developing your understanding of children with disabilities. All volunteers go through a reference check and an Enhanced DBS check, and receive a certificate of attendance. We can also provide volunteer placements for those requiring experience as part of their studies.

  • So far we have trained more than 400 volunteers over 13 terms. Feedback taken each term indicated that 100% of volunteers surveyed would recommend the volunteering experience. The feedback each term from volunteers, parents and children has been overwhelmingly positive.

  • One volunteer said: "My experience here has been incredible – I could not have imagined it to go any better! It was a perfect balance between challenging and fun. Staff were amazing and always there when needed and volunteers were all lovely. Very well-run centre. Everyone should volunteer.

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