Gregory’s Place
M12 6ES


Role and Opportunity Details  (to apply for this role you must be aged 18+)

The Greater Manchester Keyworker Team works across all Greater Manchester, supporting young people with autism and/or a learning disability.  These young people are or have been at risk of going into an inpatient setting due to their mental health.  The service provides each family with a Keyworker, who creates a crucial care package to support the individual away from high risk and moving towards stability.  As a volunteer, you will be introduced as a young person begins the work of re-integrating themselves into their community, education, and preferred activities.

Activities that you may be required to do can vary from support with travel, attending social events/clubs/activities, accessing a young persons special interest, and emotional support and guidance.

All our young people have a diagnosis of autism, and/or a learning disability. As a service, we champion the diverse range of communication styles, behaviour presentations and sensory needs that diagnosis brings.  Therefore, as a volunteer you will be provided with training to prepare you to recognise and adapt your support style to meet these needs. This is a great opportunity to learn a lot about neurodiversity, through robust training and direct experience.  You will need to join us with an open heart and mind.


Specific Skills Required

A previous experience of autism and/or learning disabilities is preferred but not essential, as full training will be given.


Benefits of Volunteering with this organisation

  • Full induction and training.
  • Other training opportunities relevant to the volunteer role.
  • Regular supervision and support.
  • Out of pocket expenses agreed in advance.
  • Access to the Barnardo’s internal vacancy listing.
  • Our volunteers tell us about lots of other benefits of volunteering including; experience of working with children, young people and families; experience for your CV; supporting your local community; meeting new people; increasing self-confidence; feeling like you are making a difference; improving your health and wellbeing; and a chance to contribute to a worthwhile children’s charity.


Level of commitment required 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity.


Date(s) / Time(s) Required

We would request that you are available for a minimum of 4-6 hours a month, over a minimum period of 12 months – the specifics of this will vary from family to family and can be discussed at interview. Plus, additional time for training and supervision.


Volunteer Opportunity Number 

VO10368   (please make a note of this ‘VO’ number if applying for this role).