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Peer Educators

Could you be a Peer Educator? We are looking for parents and carers of autistic people or autistic individuals to facilitate group sessions based in the following areas – Torbay, Gloucestershire, Plymouth, Dorset, Swindon, Cornwall and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole as part of the Autism Central Peer Education Programme.

Autism Central offers families and carers of autistic people high-quality and easily accessible autism education, training and support through peer educators, alongside a dedicated website.   Bristol Autism Support is delivering Autism Central in the South West NHS England Region.

About Bristol Autism Support (BAS)

Bristol Autism Support is a small but ambitious registered charity, number 1186287, that since 2012, has provided a lifeline of support and information for parents and carers of autistic children, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, in and around Bristol. What began as a small pub meetup group has quickly grown and the charity has supported over 3000 families over the past 10 years.

Our goal is to improve outcomes for autistic children by providing their parent/carer with information, support, signposting to other organisations and connecting them with other parents/carers. By supporting parents/carers, we help them to become better at supporting their autistic children.

Positions Currently Available

  • Peer Educators, up to 3 hours per month plus training at £15 per hour.

click here for a copy of the Peer Educator role profile.

Working at BAS

At BAS, we understand that everyone is different, and we support our team to ensure that they have the right tools and resources to do their role. The team is currently a mix of part-time employees, contract workers and volunteers, most of whom are also service users with valuable skills and unique needs. We have an office base at Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol but many of our team work flexibly from home.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to provide high quality, face to face and virtual support and the latest correct, useful, and crucial information, at the right time, to parents and carers of autistic children in Bristol and the South West. We provide a haven and a community for families in order to reduce isolation and improve mental and physical well-being.

Our values reflect the way we work and the way we interact with each other, our service users and their children.

  • Caring: we care deeply about how the issues facing parents / carers of autistic children impact on mental and physical health
  • Community-minded: we know that providing our service users with a strong, social community can support and promote good mental and physical health
  • Confidential: we never share information given to us by parents / carers or professionals with anyone
  • Independent: we are an autonomous, independent organisation.
  • Local: Supporting people to understand differences of each locality.
  • Welcoming: we believe the need for support is self-defined; a diagnosis of autism is not necessary to access support from BAS
  • Non-discriminating: our support is available to everyone regardless of regardless of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexuality, disability, age or any other distinction
  • Non-judgmental: we do not judge anyone for their views or actions with regards to autism or the care of their autistic child
  • Fair: we do not allow negative discussions about health or education professionals or public bodies, as opinion is very subjective and potentially unfair to those professionals
  • Flexible: we aim to provide a wide range of support options from our future home base and other locations in order to meet the needs of as many parents / carers as possible

How to apply 

All applicants must be over 18 with the right to work in the UK.

We value diversity at Bristol Autism Support and believe in treating all people with respect and dignity. We strive to create a supportive and understanding environment in which all individuals realise their maximum potential within the charity, regardless of their differences.

To apply you will need to click here to download the Application Form which should be submitted to autismcentralsw@bristolautismsupport.org

Applications for Peer Educators are on a rolling programme, we expect to fill all our spaces quickly so interested applicants should apply as soon as possible.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or for an informal discussion about the role or the charity, please get in touch by emailing info@bristolautismsupport.org.

NO AGENCIES PLEASE – we prefer to fill our roles without the help of recruitment agencies, thank you for respecting this.