Are you 18+ and autistic? Then we are looking for your experience and wisdom!

We are helping autistic people to build confidence and a positive identity by enabling them to achieve their goals via our Pathway programme.

  • Looking for meaningful ways to volunteer?
  • Wanting to help to make a life changing difference to both your own and someone else’s life?

Become a mentor!

Email: toolup@ndsa.uk 

You could be helping an autistic adult to navigate their autistic identity, achieve their goals and remove the barriers that are getting in the way of their wellbeing.

Find your community, hone your voice, and mentor the next generation

We are looking for autistic people with life experience and who feel positive about their autism, whether they have been diagnosed or are self-identifying – to mentor and create a collaborative resource bank for autistic people who are navigating recent diagnosis. We especially welcome late-diagnosed and older autistics. 

The project aims to build a supportive community to enable people diagnosed, self-identified or wondering if they might be autistic to navigate autistic identity in the 21st century and improve their wellbeing.

The Pathway programme offers access to:

  • Training and professional support to become a mentor and to create impactful content
  • Regular mutual support groups on zoom
  • A private supportive online forum 
  • A modest compensation of £13.20 per mentoring session
  • The chance to be a part of an exciting collaborative production of autistic culture

If you have identified as an autistic person for 2 years or less, please stand by – we are going to advertise for a support programme to help you navigate those first years very soon!

Mentoring can provide a great sense of fulfilment and recognition. You could be helping an autistic adult to achieve life changing positive framing of their autistic identity, achieve their goals and develop your own mentoring skills. Our Pathway programme will train and support mentors throughout.

What is involved?

You will receive a comprehensive free online training developed and delivered by Dr Damian Milton. You will also join a mentors’ online support group and receive individual support and supervision from experienced mentors throughout the programme. You will mentor online one or; if you prefer; two autistic individuals at the rate of one hour per week for a duration of 20 weeks.

You would need to complete enrolment, mid-term and post programme questionnaires, attend the online training, consent to a DBS check and commit to 20 weeks of mentoring. You will receive payment of £13.20 per session.

 

Information meeting for prospective mentors

We are holding an information meeting for new mentors on Monday 12 July at 6 pm.

Current Tool Up mentors will be in attendance to share their experience.

Zoom link will be sent after registration.

Tool Up Mentoring Programme helping autistic people in and into work.