Volunteer with us...
Are you interested in a career in special needs education? Do you enjoy working with autistic children and helping them learn whilst having a lots of fun? Why don't you train to be one of our volunteer tutors?
To date, Focus Surrey has provided training for over 220 tutors and young volunteers who are interested in special needs education, helping to enhance their skills development and career prospects and generating further opportunities for local employment. They are trained in Autism, Applied Behaviour Analysis and how to encourage communication and enhance play skills for children with ASD.
All new tutors receive two full days of training on Applied Behaviour Analysis, an evidence-based approach, delivered by two Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs). This is followed by one day of physical intervention training. After the initial three days training, the tutors continue to receive support, supervision and training while the club is running.
Not all of Focus Surrey’s volunteers are looking for a career in special education. We have had volunteers who are parents or siblings of children with Autism. Parent volunteers can train alongside their children to enable them to continue using the principles of ABA at home and we have also trained parents whose children didn’t attend the club but wanted to learn strategies for their own children.
The feedback that we get from our volunteers is overwhelmingly positive!
“Focus Surrey is the best hands-on work experience, the training, the constant support from room leaders, the real sense that I was part of a team made me look forward to every Saturday. And best of all, the fact that I was able to see we made a positive change in the lives of the children we worked with made it all worth it.”
Nicoleta, Kingston University student and former volunteer
Furthermore, tutor feedback from every term indicates that 100% of volunteers
would recommend the volunteering experience.
Calling all Students, Teachers, Nannies, Carers, Learning Support Assistants, Undergraduates and Postgraduates who want to gain career-enhancing skills and help children with autism at the same time.
Focus Surrey is aiming to run Term 10 of its popular Saturday club for autistic children aged 3 to 16 in 2022.
We are looking for volunteer tutors to help support children with autism in a fun, friendly and child-centred environment. You need to be energetic, reliable and committed, as you will be active and on your feet regularly with your allocated child.
Ideally you will have some experience of working with children and be interested in developing your understanding of children with disabilities. You will receive training to help children practise social and early years skills in line with the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The club is led by two Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBAs).
As a tutor, you will work one to one (or two to one) with an allocated child towards specific targets and create learning opportunities through play and fun in a natural environment setting. Other volunteers will work as play facilitators supporting children to play together within a group. Volunteer tutors will be allocated a specific child based on their qualifications and experience. You will gain experience working with children in two age groups: 3 years - 10 years (morning) and 11 years - 16 years (afternoon).
There will be two full days of training in order for you to develop your understanding of autism, ABA and the skills required for the position. Training will also be on-going throughout the term on club days through direct supervision.
It is imperative that volunteers are able to commit to the majority of dates to ensure a consistent experience for all. All volunteers will require an Enhanced DBS check.
The club will run from February to June 2022. Dates are subject to change dependent on government Covid guidelines.
Children will attend the club from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. Between 9am to 10am and 3pm to 4pm on each Saturday, you’ll receive training and advice and help to prepare and pack away materials. We can provide volunteer placements for those requiring experience for your studies - please ask for details. The club is a 5-minute walk from Cheam train station and accessible by bus.
Please note volunteers will be trained in accordance with Covid compliance to ensure all attendees are kept safe.