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Neurodivergent Volunteer

About the role

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 7 December

We’re looking for a neurodivergent volunteer to help plan and facilitate our youth group for autistic girls, between January to July 2023.

Weekly Hours: 4 hours per week for 20 weekly sessions (includes leading the groups each week, 2-hour sessions plus 1 hour set up and pack up) plus planning and admin – totalling 80 hours

Other hours: Training day, pre-session planning day, reflection sessions and a wrap up evaluation day - totalling 21.5 hours

NeonDaisy CIC will reimburse your travel and sustenance costs on a weekly basis up to a maximum of £25 per group session.

Reporting to: Lead Group Facilitator

​What’s in it for you?

  • Take an active role in co-designing a new sensory-first, neuro-affirmative club for autistic girls

  • Make a real-life difference to the self-esteem of autistic girls by creating a space of belonging and acceptance

  • Build your experience in youth work in a supportive, neurodiverse team of three other facilitators

  • Take part in regular reflection sessions to share new ideas, build your confidence and get support from the team

  • Training provided before programme starts

Cocoon Club for autistic girls: About the project 

NeonDaisy is a Bristol based community organisation which helps autistic girls bloom. We connect girls who identify as autistic with each other to boost their self-esteem and build a sense of belonging. Our groups are freeing, accepting and nurture the senses. The young people will shape the space and activities themselves, and groups are facilitated by people who model positive self-talk, self-advocacy skills and setting healthy boundaries. 

We are launching the Cocoon Club, a new weekly after-school club in Bristol where autistic teenage girls who are enrolled in mainstream school can connect with each other and enjoy their interests. The club will run during term time, between February to July 2023. There will be 15 secondary-aged girls in the group.

The role

We’re looking for a neurodivergent Youth Group Volunteer to help facilitate these weekly sessions, supported by a neurodiverse team of three other adult facilitators. 

You would also attend an introductory training workshop and a planning session before the programme; take part in regular reflection sessions; and assist with the evaluation process. 

Main responsibilities

  • Planning, training and development days in January 2023

  • Help facilitate 20 weekly sessions from February to July 2023 (term time only) on a weekday evening 

  • Engage with young people to understand their needs and interests 

  • Connect with and support young people 

  • Work with other facilitators to create a safe, comfortable and consistent environment and help pack down at the end of each session.

  • Facilitate safe conversations around puberty, relationships, friendships, identity, school issues etc

  • Be an active role model throughout sessions to signal to young people that it’s a safe place to be autonomous and self-advocate

  • Provide regular feedback about the group to Lead Group Facilitator

  • Participate in regular reflection sessions with other facilitators during the programme

  • Work within the policies and procedures of NeonDaisy and promote NeonDaisy’s neuro-affirmative ethos in all sessions

  • Create a brief ‘hello’ video to introduce yourself to the girls before the programme starts

  • Maintain positive relationships with parents/carers at drop off and pick up times

Safety

  • Understand and adhere to our safeguarding and health and safety policies.

  • Provide appropriate supervision and ensure safety of all young people in the group.

  • Report health and safety issues, accidents or incidents to the Group Lead Facilitator

Essential Criteria

To make sure our team of facilitators is representative of participants, we’re only inviting applications from people assigned female at birth (includes those who identify as non-binary / gender non-conforming / genderqueer). 

We’re also only inviting applications from people who identify as neurodivergent (no diagnosis necessary). 

You should also be able to commit to the whole programme, including attending a training/development day in January 2023 and 20 weekly evening Cocoon Club sessions on a weekday evening (day to be confirmed) between 6 February and 21 July (term time only).

No experience of youth work is necessary, but the following are essential:

  • Enthusiasm

  • Reliability

  • Willingness to embrace NeonDaisy’s neuro-affirmative ethos

  • Willingness to respect young people’s autonomy in the space

  • Committed to the safeguarding and the promotion of the welfare of children

  • Current DBS check or willingness to complete one

  • Right to work in the UK

  • The ability to travel to the venue each week – Frenchay, Bristol

 

Preferred Criteria

  • Experience of working with young people

  • Experience of helping to facilitate groups

  • Childcare, teaching or youth work experience

  • Recent safeguarding training

How to apply

Email amber@neondaisy.org.uk with:

  • An up-to-date CV 

and

  • An introduction to yourself in your preferred format explaining:

    • Why you are well suited to this role

    • Why you are interested in this role

Written applications should be no longer than 500 words and audio/video applications should be no longer than 3 minutes. 

If you have any access needs please let us know when you apply, so we can support you as best as we can in this role. If you have any further questions about the role please get in touch. 

Timings

  • Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday 7 December 2022

  • Interviews within two weeks of the application deadline, at an agreed time

  • Offers made by Weds 21 December 2022

  • Training and development day (date to be agreed) January 2023

  • Sessions begin on 6 February and run until the week of Fri 21 July, term time only (term 4, 5 and 6)

  • Wrap up evaluation session in the week of 24 July 2023 (date to be confirmed)

For more information contact amber@neondaisy.org.uk

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