Without the support, expertise and enthusiasm of our volunteers, Amaze would not be able to offer the level of support it does to parent carers.
You can volunteer for Amaze in a number of ways: either working directly with parents to offer vital support, helping to keep the organisation running smoothly or lending your hand at some of our amazing events.
DLA Volunteers help with Disability Living Allowance and PIP claims. DLA forms are long and complex. Filling them in can be hard and emotionally draining but getting DLA makes a big difference to family incomes and is a passport to other benefits. This role is very rewarding. You will see the difference you make. It involves quite long visits to parents to do their claim but each bit of work is completed quickly, so this role can suit people whose availability varies. Read more in our DLA Service Leaflet [PDF – 785kb]
Independent Advice and Support Volunteers
IAS Volunteers have a varied role giving information, advice and support. Once you’ve done the initial training you can choose to specialise. Some of this team support our Helpline – this will suit you if you want to commit to a fixed day and time each week. Others give one to one help to parents as they try to sort out services and support for their child. Sometimes this is quick and simple but often you build a longer relationship. You can concentrate on helping with education issues or health and social care or perhaps focus on the older age group and help parents and young people preparing for adulthood. If this all sounds rather ‘expert’ we promise the training will equip you with the knowledge you need. If you are interested in this kind of volunteering, contact [email protected]
Becoming a member of the Parent Carers’ Council (PaCC)
Another practical way to support Amaze’s work is to get involved with our consultation work, via the Parent Carers’ Council, to help make sure parent’s views are represented. Find out more about how this works and how you could join the PaCC.
In the office
Amaze uses volunteers in the office to help with the day to day running of the organisation. This can be a regular commitment or more occasional support with things like the termly mailout of our newsletter.
We also need volunteers to help out at our regular Compass events such as our Autism Friendly screenings at the Duke of York’s cinema and at major fundraising shindigs like the BIG Cheer and the Marathon.
Become a trustee
Trustees have a vital role in the management of Amaze. Read more about our trustees and how to become one.
Becoming an Amaze volunteer
We particularly welcome volunteers who are parents of children with special needs themselves but this is not an essential requirement.
As an Amaze volunteer you would be part of a team. We offer training, supervision and all out of pocket expenses.
Download our 2015 Volunteering policy
If you would like to become an Amaze volunteer, in the first instance, you should:
- call the Amaze Helpline on 01273 772289
- email us at [email protected]
Our helpline adviser will talk to you about the kind of volunteering you would like to do and then refer you to the member of staff responsible for that service, who will get in touch.
You can read more about the main types of volunteering in the various leaflets in the ‘downloads’ box on the right. You can also download our volunteering application form [MS Word – 113kb]