Volunteering with us

Volunteers are a crucial part of Resources for Autism, and make a huge contribution to our work. Volunteering for us is fun, rewarding and  it can also  stretch and challenge… We value the benefit it has to both our volunteers and those they support.


Much of our volunteering takes place in the community, with our Reach out befriending support and mentor support volunteers, in our specialist autism groups and through essential   support roles of our office functions.


Our key volunteering roles are:

  • I to 1 befriending volunteers
  • Volunteer mentors

Read what Maria says about volunteering with RfA

My volunteering journey started when I came from my country. I undertook a course to learn about Autism and I became aware of   support available and of organisations and charities like Resources for Autism.

I had never worked with individuals, with special needs before and I wanted to be hands on, and so I decided to volunteer with RFA as a Reach  out befriender. After my initial interactions and interviews with the wonderful team I have been supported all along, with continuous training. It is a wonderful feeling to work with an individual, and see interaction, happiness and change!

When someone looks forward to your next visit, it is a win- win, situation!

For me volunteering, has been a wonderful opportunity to realise my own hidden potential, meet new people and do exciting work. The clubs are fun and bustling with activity. Individual support, gives an insight, into how, so many things that we take for granted, may not be so easy after all.

And last but not the least, its a big bonus on my C.V.

So go ahead volunteer and see the change you can make!


We welcome volunteers from all walks of life, nationalities and ages (18+), but with one thing in common, the desire to help families who have an autistic child, teenager or adult .


All our volunteers receive induction training and the opportunity to participate in  ongoing training opportunities , out of pocket expenses and ongoing support from our dedicated staff team.