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Volunteer Development Scotland Ltd. (also known as Volunteer Scotland).
Charity registered in Scotland SC013740 and a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland, No. SC106743. Our registered Office is Jubilee House, Forthside Way, Stirling. FK8 1QZ

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Empower up volunteer

Why we want you
Empower up is a programme of support is aimed at autistic young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are living in Glasgow (and surrounding areas).

Participants will benefit from structured support to build and develop social navigation strategies and confidence. Social groups will also be created to encourage the development of peer friendships. Empower Up will take place over the course of 40 weeks, where participants will access 20 Social Navigation sessions and 20 Social Group sessions. There is also a Scotland Wide online group for young people between the ages of 12 and 15.

What you will be doing
Attending l group sessions
Volunteering with individuals to build their self-coping strategies and promote their self-management.
Talking with individuals, helping them to understand how their autism impacts them.
Building up positive relationships with people autistic people and other volunteers in group settings.
Spending time with / share activities with the group members
Help improve self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth of people at the group
Help individuals to self-manage their own needs on a 1-2-1 basis in a public setting.
Welcoming new members
Accompanying group members in local outings
Keeping in touch with the group leader and notifying if you are unable to attend

Experience required

Understanding of autism
Empathy and understanding
Open-minded and willing to learn
Good communication and Interpersonal skills
Good level of self awareness and own needs
An ability to volunteer in a group setting, using initiative and common sense.
Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy.
A broad range of interests would be an advantage but not essential

Travel expenses

Agreed expenses reimbursed

Training details

Access to our elearning modules including autism awareness and safeguarding


Minimum age: 18

Frequency & commitment
The opportunity to volunteer online or in person (or both) Online sessions approx. 1 ½ hours per week In person session approx. 3 hours per week Meet ups in Glasgow. Choose from: Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursdays.

Volunteers (aged 18-25) taking part in this opportunity are eligible to claim Saltire Awards hours for their activity.
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