Autism East Midlands

by | 7 July 2017 | Community facility, Community Focus, Retford, Sherwood, Worksop

Getting involved by becoming a volunteer is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Autism East Midlands is the largest specialist autism charity in the East Midlands and has been supporting people affected by autism for more than 45 years. Although the charity employs around 450 staff, volunteers enhance and complement their services.
Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the charity is pleased to announce the first phase of an exciting new three year project to deliver support to over 600 families in the region through the establishment of a series of Autism Family Support Hubs.

The Hubs will provide a regular meeting point for families affected by autism, where they can access activities for children, as well as offer support, specialist training and advice for the parents and carers that attend.
Autism East Midlands is now looking to recruit volunteers at these Hubs to support the Locality Hub Co-ordinators in delivering these new services in several areas in the East Midlands including Worksop and also Nottingham City, Newark, East Leake and Retford.

If you have experience or would like to gain experience in delivering services that support families and children with autism and you would like to volunteer flexibly, this may be the role for you.

What is a Hub?
Once a month, Autism East Midlands host their Worksop Family Support Hubs which have been created for young people aged 11 and over and their families. Forthcoming hubs are to be hosted on Saturday 15th July and Saturday 19th August from 11.00am to 3.00pm at Enterprise Hub, 91-93 Raines Avenue, Worksop S81 7PA. This monthly drop-in session is designed for the whole family to attend and provide a regular meeting point for families affected by autism, where they can access activities for children, as well as gain support, specialist training and advice.

In addition to the hubs Autism East Midlands also host ‘The Best That We Can Be’ groups created for younger children. Forthcoming groups are to be held on Thursday 20th July and Tuesday 15th August from 4.15pm to 8.15pm at Dukeries Autism Resource Centre, Park Street, Worksop. These groups are for children under the age of 11 and their families offering a social drop-in group for individuals on the autistic spectrum, including families and friends of people on the spectrum.

Autism East Midlands also requires volunteers at their two Enterprise for Autism projects, in both Worksop and Mansfield Woodhouse. Working directly with service users and supporting them to achieve their goals and find work opportunities. You will receive a full induction and training for your role. Money can be reimbursed for travel and out of pocket expenses.

One of the Enterprise for Autism projects is to be carried out at The Sherwood Centre in Mansfield Woodhouse, which is an autism specific day service offering a wide range of structured activities specifically focusing on building practical skills for the workplace and independence. The building is an easy to access building which has generously spacious rooms. It is on a business park which reflects the purpose of the work based activities and opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteering or if have skills you feel would be useful to Autism East Midlands they should be delighted to hear from you. Please call 01909 506678.