Volunteering can be a great way to gain new experiences, learn new skills and meet new people. For some, it can be a way of moving into paid employment, for others, it is an opportunity to give their time and skills to local charities and community groups.
Volunteering for Assert:
From helping out with activities to 1-1 mentoring with members, volunteers are involved in and essential to many different aspects of Assert’s work.
People volunteer with Assert for a wide number of reasons. This includes people who have a family member or a friend who is Autistic; people who are training to be psychologists or social workers; people who are interested in the charity and want to help out and people who are Autistic or have Asperger’s themselves.
Potential volunteers go through a step by step registration process. This involves completing a registration form, providing references and completing a DBS check. All volunteers attend a training session which gives them the opportunity to learn more about Asperger and High Functioning Autism as well as to find out about Assert and discuss the different volunteering roles available.
Volunteers are fully supported by Assert. We value the time, skill and enthusiasm they bring and aim to ensure that the time they spend with us is positive and worthwhile.
If you are a person with AS or HFA and are interested in volunteering with a local charity or community group, but are unsure about how to go about it, then Assert may be able to help.
We can support you to:
– Think about why you want to volunteer, what you want to get out of it and what you have to offer.
– Research the opportunities available.
– Decide which opportunities may be right for you
– Contact organisations to find out more or enquire about a role
– Find ways to deal with any challenges you may encounter as you volunteer
People with AS and HFA have a lot to offer whatever your interest, skills or motivation, chances are there will be an volunteer role out there to suit you.