As a volunteer you can make a real contribution to the mission of the Charity, and help to enrich the lives of the people with autism and their families that we support across the country.

What can you do?

Volunteering can take many forms, from supporting the education of pupils in our school, to having fun with people in the social groups that we run across the country in our adult services. If you are pursuing a professional qualification as a nurse, social worker or clinician, Autism Initiatives can provide you with invaluable experience and learning opportunities.

We have volunteering opportunities during the day, the evenings, or at weekends, whatever suits you. We feel volunteering can be personally rewarding and can also provide you with many benefits that may include:

  • the chance to have fun doing something you've never tried before
  • increased confidence
  • a sense of satisfaction and achievement
  • the opportunity to make new friends and contacts with diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • the chance to learn and gain experience
  • increased job and career prospects and new skills - over 70 per cent of employers would hire a candidate with volunteering experience over someone who has never volunteered
  • ‘a chance to make a valuable and valued contribution’ 

All volunteers with Autism Initiatives are required to undertake a criminal records bureau check, and due to insurance purposes volunteers have to be aged 18 or over.

Please view our current volunteer opportunities

Just to let you know, the benefits regulations are clear that you can volunteer and it will not affect your benefit payments, as long as you meet the conditions of your particular benefit. However you should let your benefits office know if you start volunteering. For more information and contact information, ask the Benefits Agency for their information sheet, 'Volunteering while on benefits'.

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