Join the Engine Shed team as a volunteer

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Do you enjoy running activities for children, particularly those with special needs or autism?

Are you looking to gain some experience?

Engine Shed is looking for enthusiastic and practical people to join our volunteer team – whether it’s just for one event or every month.

Could you be a …

  • Welcomer? Welcoming families when they arrive and telling them about the event.
  • Builder? Building our huge Brio and Tomy track sets before the children arrive, and putting it away at the end
  • Mender? Fixing any problems with the track or trains during the event.
  • Networkers? Talking to parents and children during the event to find out what they need.

We would be particularly interested to hear from autistic and ADHD adults who want to gain experience, although this is not a requirement of the role.

What is Engine Shed?

Engine Shed helps autistic children develop their social and communication skills using their special interest in trains and transport. We run events for up to 30 autistic children in venues across London, where they can build and play with our huge Brio and Tomy train sets.

We run monthly events in several locations, including Streatham, Sutton, Kew and Caterham. We also run special events at other venues, including the Science Museum and local SEN support groups.

What we’re looking for:

  • Someone who understands the needs of autistic children – maybe they are autistic themselves or have worked with autistic children in the past.
  • Can commit to 4 hours on a Saturday or Sunday at least once a month during term time, or on weekdays during school holidays.

What we can offer:

  • Working with Engine Shed provides valuable experience in running activities for children
  • By working with a wide range of special needs children, you will gain a better understanding of their needs and the best ways to work with them
  • Engine Shed provides a supportive and encouraging environment to develop your skills and knowledge
  • We can provide training and mentoring.
  • Engine Shed runs thorough safeguarding procedures and provides approprirate training to all volunteers. We also require all our volunteers to have a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, or be prepared to complete a DBS check.

What do I do next?

For more information about these volunteer roles and the Engine Shed, please contact Richard:

We look forward to hearing from you.