Volunteering Skills course

The free Volunteering Skills course is for people aged 18+ who live in the Reading Borough Council area.

It is anticipated that those who attend the course will go on to volunteer with Autism Berkshire on a regular basis, with a variety of roles available. Candidates will be supported to choose the right role for them.

The course runs online over six weekly sessions.

Forthcoming courses: Monday, January 25, 10am to 11.30am, then at the same time on Mondays February 1, February 8, February 22, March 1, March 8. There is no session on February 15, due to the school half-term holiday.

Topics covered will include:
  • Understanding Autism and support available locally
  • Autism Berkshire and our volunteer initiative
  • Listening skills
  • Teamwork

The course will include elements of relevant statutory training, including safeguarding of vulnerable children and adults, that will enhance the CV of anyone wishing to pursue a career in care and support roles, youth work or education.

Those interested will need to apply and be interviewed before being allocated a place. We are looking for people able to work on their on initiative, once trained, so the course may not be suitable for those who would need ongoing support themselves to be effective volunteers.

Priority will be given to people who have received support from the Autism Berkshire Family Support Service in the past, and those with some knowledge and experience of living with autism.

  • Please note that this course is not suitable for students looking for a course placement and that, due to funding rules, it is initially only open to families who live in the Borough of Reading. We hope to be able to offer it in other parts of Berkshire at a later date.

If you live in Reading and are interested in registering for the course, complete and submit our online contact form or email contact@autismberkshire.org.uk. Please put Volunteering Skills Course in the subject line.

  • This course is supported by Reading Borough Council’s New Directions College community learning service.