Get Involved – Emergency Appeal 2024

Get involved –
We need donations and volunteers to help us to make a difference in children’s lives 

 

From 1 April 2024, funding for our family support work and youth groups was significantly reduced. We are now re-designing our family support service to enable us to sustain our services into the future. 

We need donations and volunteers to help us to provide our “lifeline” services to autistic young people and their parents/carers.   

We need your help.

There are many ways you can help – you could donate, fundraise, volunteer at our youth groups or events, or volunteer your admin or technical skills. 

 

Donate  

We rely on donations and grants. Please donate whatever you can – your support will help us to continue to make a difference to the lives of autistic children and young people and their families.

Please CLICK HERE to donate – thank you. 


Fundraise  

There are many ways you can fundraise – it can be a big or small event. Ideas include:

A sponsored event challenge – it could be a walk, run, skip, or another challenge – big or small.

Nominate us as a charity to benefit from an event – for example a school fete, corporate event, or musical/theatre production.

Sell goods – a cake sale, car boot sale, or Spring Clean and donate the proceeds from your sales. 

Set up a regular donation via Standing Order – please set this up via your bank or EMAIL US for assistance or a form. 

Request donations instead of gifts at an occasion, for example, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or Christmas. 

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Update on Easter Activities

Sadly, we will not be running Easter Activities this year.

Our Easter Activities are funded by the Short Breaks scheme by Oxfordshire County Council. Due to delays in the re-tendering process and ongoing discussions with Oxfordshire County Council it is not possible for us to organise Easter Activities this year.

We intend to offer activities from Summer 2024.

We will miss seeing our young people over Easter – but hope to see you for a fun-filled Summer.

For details of other holiday activities please see the Family Information Service directory: https://fisd.oxfordshire.gov.uk/…/directory/home.page

Contact fis.enquiries@oxfordshire.gov.uk or 01865 32 33 32

Turtle Opera 2024

Turtle Opera 2024

We are proud to be working again with

Turtle Key Arts, and the Faculty of Music – University of Oxford

to deliver this years’ Turtle Opera

A 9 week Project

for young people aged

11-15 years old

who have an autism diagnosis and are sufficiently independent to work well in a community group setting.

MUSIC –  DRAMA – ART

Dates: nine Saturdays (2-5pm) from 20th April to 15th June 2024

Times: 2-5pm

Venue: The Ogston Music School, 24A South Parade, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7JN

Cost: Free

Deadline for applications: Sunday 31st March 2024

We are looking for a new group of young people to participate in this

wonderfully creative project.


The participants will work together to discuss and create a group performance,

working with a professional composer, designer and music students from

University of Oxford.

The Project will use a variety of creative methods and disciplines.

The project will end with a group performance on the last session.

Further information and online application can be found https://www.turtlekeyarts.org.uk/turtleoperaoxford

Closing Date for applications:

Sunday 31st March 2024

Oxfordshire Autism Alert Cards

FREE Credit card sized Autism Alert Cards

for under 18’s – see below if you want a card for an adult

For those with a  child with autism you may already been in a position where you have had to explain the nature of autism and its associated behaviours.

The FREE credit card sized Autism Alert Card can be carried at all times and can be displayed if you or your child/young person are in a situation where you cannot easily explain about the condition or you need assistance.

The card will also assist any police or emergency service to identify that they are engaging with someone who has autism.

The Oxfordshire Alert Cards gives:

  • Basic information about autism.
  • Cardholders name.
  • Names and telephone numbers of 2 emergency contacts (this could be a family member, carer or friend).

Ways to use the Card

  • Carry your card whenever you go out
  • Show your alert card when you need help or to give an explanation
  • Show the card to NHS staff, police etc to tell them your child/you are on the spectrum
  • Show the card to relevant people when you need assistance.

To obtain one of these cards

We have secured some funding, so currently the card is completely free and we provide the postage and packaging (this may change in the future).

Please email us at info@afso.org.uk and include the following information:

Name of Child

Child’s Date of birth

Your name

Your Postal Address (including postcode)

District Council area: SODC, VOWH, Cherwell, West or City

For more information     Oxfordshire Autism Alert Card 

If you want a card for an adult, please contact: OAADSS, Autism at Kingwood, Baptist House Office, 129 Broadway, Didcot, OX11 8XD

VACANCIES

WE ARE HIRING

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Opportunities to join our award-winning team!

We are looking for people to join our highly regarded team to nurture, enable & inspire young people. 


Youth Group Coordinator (Wednesday evenings)

£13.20 per hour, 4.75 hours per week

Wednesdays, 6PM – 9:30PM, Term-time only. 

Cowley, Oxford

Closing Date:  Sunday 19 May 2024

The opportunity to lead an inspiring and much-loved youth group and make a difference to the lives of 18 to 25-year-olds. 

“Youth group helped me in my darkest times. It’s hard to imagine life without youth group. There has always been people to talk to if I am having a rough time, and I have made a lot of lifelong friends along the way.”

If you want to create a social, nurturing, fun, and empowering space for young autistic adults, then this job may be for you!

You will manage our well-established weekly youth group for young adults aged 18 – 25  who are autistic without a Learning Disability. You will coordinate the youth group, line manage 1 Youth Support Worker and a group of volunteers, support and enable young people, and organise activities – with assistance from staff and volunteers.

The youth group provides a relaxed space for members to chillout, socialise, discuss and organise activities and offsite trips, build confidence, social skills, friendships, and independence.  Typically, the members attend mainstream college or employment, are seeking independence, are engaging, creative, and supportive of each other. They love attending our youth group because it’s their space to be themselves, socialise, go out and about, and be supported and heard by peers and staff.

Weekly working hours are Wednesdays 6PM  – 9:30PM, during school term-time only (39 weeks per year). An additional 1.25 hours per … Read more »

From befrienders to youth club workers and occasional helpers at events, Autism Family Support Oxfordshire relies on people like you giving their time.