'FAMILY FRIENDS' VOLUNTEER SCHEME

Aims and objectives

  • To provide regular support at home to families with children on the autistic spectrum through Community Service.
  • To give a group of Year 10/11 student a basic knowledge and understanding of autism through training and practical experience.
  • To create a team of young people who have knowledge and experience of autism to work in our Jewish youth groups and clubs.

Training

The students will be given 2 hours initial training followed by a 1 hour 'trouble shooting' session after 1 month.

The training will cover the following points:

  • What is autism?
  • How does autism affect behaviour?
  • Practical tips for working with a child with autism
  • What the volunteer is expected to do
  • What the volunteer is NOT expected to do
  • Child protection issues
  • Health and Safety issues
  • General tips e.g. punctuality, politeness, use of mobiles etc

Terms of employment

  • Volunteers cannot have sole charge of any children. An adult must be in the house at all times.
  • Volunteers are not expected to do housework.
  • Parents may employ volunteers for extra hours on a private basis but they will not be covered by our insurance.
  • Each party will be given a named person to contact if there are any queries.
  • Volunteers will work for 20 hours (this can be for 2 hours once a week or as arranged with the volunteer).
  • The agreement can be ended at any time and by either party.
  • Both the family and the volunteer will be asked to fill in an evaluation of the scheme at the end of the placement.
  • All volunteers over 16 will be CRB checked