We are helping autistic people to find and progress in fulfilling employment through our new Tool Up Mentoring programme.

To read about becoming a mentor, scroll down.

  • Diagnosed or self-identify as autistic?
  • Struggling to find employment or progress in your current role?
  • Need to learn career skills?

Take a step towards a fulfilling career and join our Tool Up mentoring programme.

Email:  toolup@ndsa.uk

It includes weekly one hour online one to one mentoring sessions, an online employment readiness course and an online support group. Our Tool Up Mentoring programme will help you to formulate and progress towards your employment goal.

Employment provides a sense fulfilment, recognition and belonging. Research has shown that employment is central to autistic sense of wellbeing and quality of life, yet 77% of autistic people are unemployed and want to work, 58% among them want and need some help getting into employment.

Autistic people feel stressed or overwhelmed looking for work. Mentoring helps – a little of the right support goes a long way. Feeling empathized with, accepted and validated is important. Our free mentoring programme is based on research  by Damian Milton et al., the prominent autistic autism researcher.

It shown that time-limited, goal-directed mentoring helps autistic people deal with challenges and realise potential & ambitions, it demonstrated progress into employment and an improvement to the wellbeing of autistic participants.

Our programme is based on Dr Milton’s study and designed with his participation and the valuable contribution of Dr Susy Ridout, the expert in neurodivergent mentoring. It is developed by autistic people for autistic people who are looking to get into meaningful employment or to change careers.

We are aiming to help autistic people to realise their potential and lead fulfilling lives, including achieving employment that meets their skills and aspirations, be it a vocational, admin or a professional career.

Our Tool Up Mentoring programme has three elements:

  1. One to one mentoring online, 1 hour per week for 20 weeks’
  2. An online support group,
  3. An online employment readiness course.

Weekly person centred online one to one mentoring helps to formulate and progress towards your employment goal. It could be finding work, progressing within the current employment or even finding a voluntary position as a steppingstone into work.

The support group will provide peer support, advice and a sense of community and help to build positive autism identity that is also key for autistic wellbeing.

The Tool Up course will provide helpful resources and a timeline to underpin the mentoring and progression towards the personal goal. It will take you through various steps involved in preparing and applying for work and managing your career once in work. It provides a wealth of tips and resources tailored to autistic people.

This programme helps autistic people to realise their potential, achieve personal growth and connect to employment and to an online autistic community.

Have more questions? Contact us at : toolup@ndsa.uk

Become a mentor

Looking for meaningful ways to volunteer?

Wanting to help to make lifechanging difference?

Become a mentor! Email: toolup@ndsa.uk

Mentoring places still available.

We are looking for people with broad range of personal and industry experience from software, game design and animation to massage and farming. People in creative industries and LGBT+, we want to hear from you now.

Please do register and we will come back to you soon.

Mentoring can provide a great sense of fulfilment and recognition. You could be helping an autistic adult to achieve life changing step into employment and develop your own mentoring skills. Our Tool Up programme will train and support mentors throughout the programme.

What is involved?

You will receive a comprehensive free online training developed and delivered by Dr Damian Milton and Dr Susy Ridout. You will also join a mentors’ online support group and receive individual support and supervision from Damian and Susan throughout the programme. You will mentor online one or if you prefer two autistic individuals to 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 £300 for the entire programme (or £15 per session).

  • Enrol as a mentor
  • Contact us at: toolup@ndsa.uk