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Peer Support Group Leader

Type: Emotional / social support

Location: All of Plymouth

Why we need you?

The charity has around 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to autistic people and their families. Every branch is different and so are the activities they provide – they may run parent support groups, adult social groups, children’s activities, conferences or focus on providing information or campaigning. However, no matter how big or small, all branches are hugely valued by the people in their local area.

We are looking for a peer support volunteer for the Plymouth Adult Aspergers Branch (PAAB). )

We would like the person to help oversee the members of the group run by the Branch Officer. This person would ideally be a person that can support, encourage and listen to the members.

What will you be doing?

Come along to the group and get to know the members
Liaise with the Branch Officer on any activities planned
Greet late comers to the group and stay until the last member leaves
Chat to people and provide peer support and a friendly listening ear
To lead the group if the Branch Officer has to attend to any individual member’s issues or any difficulties that may arise
Report back to the Branch Officer any concerns that members disclose that may need to be followed up
To contribute to formulating a risk assessment with an awareness of health and safety issues
Help plan their programme

Skills qualities and experience needed

To be autistic or have a good understanding/knowledge of autism
Patience, empathy and warmth
Reliability and honesty
Clear and concise communication skills
Peer support experience is a bonus but not essential
Organisational skills
Ideas of how to fundraise to support activities

When and where

We are looking for someone to volunteer in this role once restrictions are lifted and we are able to meet face to face again
Some of the role will be home based and some will be at our face to face meetings
The meetings take place once a month, usually in a local Plymouth café
We are looking for someone who is available for approx 2 hours per month and our meeting usually take place in an afternoon, we can be flexible on which day we meet.

Support

Designated Senior Branch Engagement Officer to answer any questions and queries
Written guidance on a range of branch activities
Access to our eLearning modules including Autism Awareness, Safeguarding and GDPR
Insurance cover for all branch activities
Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team

What you could get out of it

Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area
Access free training and learn new skills
Meet new people
Sense of satisfaction of really making a difference
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum

When current restrictions allow you will attend branch meetings and also have knowledge of the local area so we ask that you live locally to be able to do this role

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date.

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