Equal Futures was set up by a group of parents to reduce loneliness and isolation for people with disabilities by building Circles of Friendship with a view to achieving individual goals. The project will involve Equal Futures working with local organisations in the East End of Glasgow to provide befriending or circle facilitation to support children, young people or adults with autism and their families.
As a volunteer Befriender or Circle Facilitator you will be provided full training by Equal Futures in order to support you to work with the person with autism. We match our volunteers by looking for someone who has similar interests. The Volunteer will help the individual to access local activities, feel less isolated, build confidence and build relationships.
Benefits to self
- Help support Autistic children and adults to feel less isolated.
- Promote inclusion!
- Help to change a life.
- Build stronger and more inclusive communities.
Benefits to others
- Through your role individuals with autism will have opportunities to feel less isolated.
- Parents will benefit from sharing the caring role therefore feeling less isolated and stressed.
- The volunteer will help the family with actions to improve daily life and overcome challenges.
East End of Glasgow
- Full induction training will be provided on your role as well as Autism awareness training.
Hours per week
4 to 6 hours a month
Support and supervision details
- Ongoing support from Project Coordinator to help build the Circle
- Regular supervision sessions from the Project Coordinator
- Mentoring and sessions with other Circle Facilitators