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Who we are...
The Together Project, part of Diversified, is a social project for neurodiverse 10 to 16 year olds and their parent/carers. We welcome young people with or without a formal diagnosis. We are the first project in West Lothian exclusively designed and led by those who are neurodiverse themselves, giving a unique insight into the challenges young people face and the support we can give them. The project incorporates supporting parent/carers as well as young people, helping build on their relationships and understanding of each other. Bringing parents into the beautifully colourful world of neurodiversity where they can see their young people thrive and it encourages them to empower their young people and build confidence in their relationships.
The Together Project combines a range of social activities and outings with a focus on building friendships with likeminded peers, reducing isolation and giving neurodiverse young people a safe space to unapologetically be themselves. It is a no pressure environment with no judgement, which allows young people to go at their own pace and participate in a way that works for them. We provide sensory safe spaces where the young people can go if they need some time to regulate.
The Together Project supports up to 12 young people and 12 parent/carers at any one time.
Why we need you...
We are looking for volunteers to join us and support the running of the Together Project
When and where...
One evening per week (to be confirmed) 6.30pm to 9pm. Location varies within West Lothian. Starting in July 2022
What you will be doing...
- Helping to set up sessions and pack away at the end
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with young people, their parents/carers and other staff/volunteers within the project
- Support young people with their activities and engagement with others in the group to promote and encourage friendships
- Be a listening ear so young people feel supported and valued
Qualities, skills and experience we are looking for...
- Passionate about embracing neurodiversity and empowering neurodiverse young people
- Patient and understanding of individual needs
- Ability to work as part of a fun but dedicated team
- Good listening skills and the desire to learn more about the young peoples interests
- You must be part of, or willing to join, the PVG scheme for this role (you will not need to pay for this) - ESSENTIAL
Support and training provided...
- Full induction will be given, including online training required for the role
- Dedicated supervision and support from our Volunteer Team Lead
- Agreed reimbursement of travelling expenses
- We provide our organisations t-shirt to wear during the sessions
What benefits can you get from volunteering with us...
- Experience of working with incredible neurodiverse young people and supporting them to improve their skills and connections with others
- Experience of volunteering within a neurodiverse designed and led organisation, gaining insight into lived experiences of neurodiversity
- Being part of our fun, supportive and passionate team
- Paid travelling expenses and future opportunities with us
What else do you need to know...
- We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those who are neurodiverse (with or without a formal diagnosis)
- Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers, you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support.
- We may at times have other roles we feel are suited to you and may offer you those roles instead of, or in addition to, the role you apply for.
If you have any questions about the application process or any of our volunteer roles please contact email@example.com.
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