At BeyondAutism, we believe that volunteering enables everyone to make meaningful and lasting contributions to their community. Tiffany’s journey at BeyondAutism Early Years is a shining example of how volunteering experiences can be adapted to meet individual needs, making them accessible.
Tiffany, who joined BeyondAutism Early Years as a student volunteer for the 2022-23 academic year, has now become an integral part of the team, showcasing the importance of volunteering not only to develop workplace skills, but as a source of growth, happiness and meaningful changes to the community.
The start of Tiffany’s path at Early Years
Tiffany embarked on her journey with BeyondAutism Early Years through the Higher Needs Supported Internship programme offered by Bromley Mencap in partnership with London South East Colleges. This program is a structured, work-based study programme designed to support 16-24-year-olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), specifically those with Education, Health, and Care Plans (EHCP). The core objective is to provide participants with substantial work placements, facilitated by expert job coaches.
Supported internships offer young people the chance to acquire the skills needed for future employment through real-world experience. During her internship with us, Tiffany also pursued a personalised study programme that included studying towards a relevant qualification, further equipping her for future employment.
The programme’s ultimate aim is to transition young people with EHCPs into sustained, paid employment – a crucial goal, given that less than less than 6% of people with learning disabilities in contact with local authorities secure paid employment nationally.