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Would you like to use your autism experience to help reduce the fear and isolation that parents new to autism can feel?

We are looking for parents/carers of autistic children with more than three years of autism experience (have a good understanding of autism, DLA and other benefits, the EHCP process, etc.) and autistic adults looking for volunteer opportunities to help us support parents/carers new to autism. Ideally, you'll be friendly and welcoming and comfortable working with a wide variety of people, or willing to work on getting to this point. You are not expected to know everything about autism - this is a general support service.

We fully understand how unpredictable life is. Please don't feel you shouldn't volunteer because you may have to cancel some times. That's ok! We get it and we will work with you.

Our 2020 plans involve enhanced support options for parents and carers new to autism. We are looking for dedicated volunteers for the following roles:

Drop-in Volunteers
When & where: From January 2020, we will run a weekly drop-in at the Quaker Meeting House in Bedminster every Wednesday in term time from 10am - 12pm.
What's involved: greeting and chatting with new parents/carers who come to these sessions, offering advice and support based on your own experiences.
How often? As often as you like. There is no requirement to come to every session. We will need to ensure we have a small group of volunteers each week so you will be expected to commit to some set dates but it is very flexible.

BAS Buddies
Learning that your child is or may be autistic is an incredibly emotional experience. We want to create a pool of volunteers who can be 'buddies' to parents and carers who are new to autism (awaiting assessment or who have received a diagnosis for their child in the past 12 months). A buddy would be assigned to a parent/carer new to autism for a period of six weeks. During this time, you would provide email and phone support (you would have a BAS email address and phone, so you would not be using your own personal phone or email address) and meet with your parent/carer in public places (such as a café) as and when. All expenses would be covered.
What's involved: committing to a six-week period of support for a parent, supporting them by phone, email and in-person support. You would have full support of BAS at all times.
How often? Term time only. You can do as many six-week stints as you like. You would only be assigned to one parent/carer at a time. You would be expected to commit to that parent/carer for the designated six week period.


What's in it for you?

Volunteering is incredibly rewarding. Volunteering with BAS allows you to use your experience to help others. It's a wonderful way to make new friends. You will learn new skills as well as learn about services and support you didn't know about. Our volunteers enjoy perks such as free entry into some of our events and activities. We are happy to provide references for our volunteers as well.

Volunteering can be a great way to ease back into work after a break, or add new skills to your CV. You could even gain an NVQ in Understanding Autism, Counselling or Information, Advice or Guidance through volunteering with BAS.


Come along to our training day!
Our training day will cover everything you need to know to get up and running as a Drop-in or BAS Buddy volunteer. This session will cover, among other things:

  • The history and future of Bristol Autism Support
  • What you need to know in order to help others
  • How to be a BAS volunteer
  • Safeguarding - children, parents and yourself
  • Opportunities for personal advancement and training

Training is free and takes place in the Western Room on the first floor of Knowle West Media Centre. Snacks and hot drinks will be provided. Knowle West Media Centre is fully accessible with a car park and plenty of on-street parking. There is a lift in the building.


Any questions?
Please email info@bristolautismsupport.com with any questions about these opportunities or the training.

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