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Resources for Autism

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Resources for Autism is a dynamic, practical organisation that aims to improve the lives of children and young people who...

Volunteer Befriender

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

To befriend/support a young person (ages between 6 and 19) with Autism and their family. Helping them to gain confidence, new skills and support for getting out in the community

Hours per week

2-3 hours per week

Hours details

Currently we are looking for volunteers at weekends. Times to volunteer over the weekend are flexible and are agreed between the young person's family and the volunteer.

Training available

Induction training for all volunteers. This is in three parts, and usually over three evenings. This training includes: Autism awareness, volunteering in a community/family setting, safeguarding and practical ideas and resources for supporting the volunteering. Ongoing training and support is provided through a regular support and development group. This is every 6- 8 weeks and enables sharing of experience plus a range of different training themes to support the role.


Across Birmingham

DBS required?


Benefits to self

Great sense of achievement , and an opportunity to gain a wide range of skills and experiences. for e.g.: communication strategies, problem solving, increase understanding of young people with autism and other additional needs. Experience of different communities and cultural settings. Lots of fun !

Benefits to others

To make a real difference to a young person with autism and their families. Enabling opportunities for them to try out new things, and travel to new places. Helping them gain confidence and build self esteem and to gain new skills. To have fun, and to feel valued, to have one to one befriender.

Transport details

Volunteers are matched up to a young person's home which is accessible by public transport and within 30 minutes travel time where possible. Volunteers are encouraged to go out with their young person on public transport so as to build up their independence skills.

Time commitment

Placements with a young person is usually for 6 months. This gives time to build a relationship and make a difference. If volunteers can continue beyond the 6months if they chose to.


Volunteers are supported by the volunteer and the Reachout coordinator. By phone, planning logs and email. there are regular support group meet where volunteers come together and peer support is also encouraged.


Travel expenses are paid. Out of pocket activity expenses whilst volunteering are also covered.
  • ProfessionsHealth
  • Health & Social CareLearning disability, Mental Health
  • People & CommunitiesChildren, Young People
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