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News from the Hoffmann Foundation Autism charity London - Hoffmann Foundation

Benefits of Volunteering

Written on 12th May 2015 by Hoffmann Staff

Volunteer work is something that tends to be overlooked as an activity which can benefit people with Autism. I can tell you from personal experience that it is one of the best things I have done. I currently Volunteer at the Hoffmann Foundation, writing a series of news articles to help provide an ‘insider’s view’ on autism, and to try and help many others like myself through sharing my experiences.


Before I started doing volunteer work, I found that my autism got very bad. In hindsight this was probably due to the fact that I spent a lot of time at home, watching TV and playing video games. This is not to say that I didn’t leave the house, I just never felt that I did anything productive when I did. I found that this routine began to trigger more of my obsessions along with not wanting to engage with people.  


My first taste of work experience was when I was 15. I was working at KIDS London charity. I was doing photocopying, sorting files and documents into alphabetical order, putting things into envelopes along with other tasks. Through the patience of other staff members, it helped me build up my confidence and trust with the working environment.


Since then, I’ve taken part in various volunteering scenarios and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed each one! I enjoyed working in the office because I found it less stressful then working in the kitchen, but the kitchen still taught me how to be calm when intense situations arise. Each work environment has provided me with new skills which I didn’t have previously and I am extremely grateful for that.


There are so many benefits to doing voluntary work. You’re able to meet new people and make friends. It is one of the best ways to overcome your depression because when you do it you realise that you’re not the only one with problems. It helps you build up your confidence for being employed in the future.  




By Oliver Chan

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