Branch Secretary Volunteer South Lanarkshire Branch

  • VO87226


Description

Why we need you

The charity has around 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people affected by autism. Every branch is different and so are the activities they provide – they may run parent support groups, adult social groups, children’s activities, conferences or focus on providing information or campaigning. However, no matter how big or small, all branches are hugely valued by the people in their local area.

The branch secretary role is important to the running of the South Lanarkshire branch, as they act as a coordinator and communicator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

What you will be doing

Writing notes of what is discussed at committee meetings. These notes should be recorded in a book or on a computer. The notes should be typed up and sent to all committee members after the meeting (within one week).
Booking speakers for meetings. You will need to contact the speaker by telephone or email and then continue to communicate with them to confirm their attendance and check if they need any assistance and information (such as details of transport).
Booking meeting rooms for committee and Branch meetings. You will need to contact a venue in advance of when you want a meeting and confirm the date and time you want the room for. Some meeting rooms need to be paid for. If you meet there frequently, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate.
Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential)

Able to listen to other people talking and write notes about what they are saying at the same time.
Can write clearly and accurately.
Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email in order to book rooms or speakers
When and where

Writing notes at committee meetings = however long the meeting lasts
Typing up notes from committee meetings and sending to the committee = 1-2 hours (meetings generally once every 10 weeks)
Booking speakers for meetings = 1 hour on ad hoc basis
Booking meeting rooms = 30 minutes on ad hoc basis
Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the South Lanarkshire area.
Support

Designated branch support officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch.
Written guidance on a range of branch communications
Various training courses relevant to running a branch
Insurance cover for all branch activities
What you could get out of it

Improve support to autistic individuals and their families in your local area
You could build up knowledge and hands on experience of autistic people.
Access free training and learn new skills
Meet new people
A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV.
Having fun whilst carrying out a valuable role.
This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity and will allow you to make a difference to those you are supporting and their families.
Volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and provide you with a sense of purpose.
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.

We ask that you live locally to be able to do this role.

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date.

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we find a suitable volunteer for the role. Consequently, the role may close before the advertised closing date.

Organisation aims and objectives

The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.

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Frequency and commitment details

Approx 2 hours per week

Restrictions

Experience required: Able to listen to other people talking and write notes about what they are saying at the same time. Can write clearly and accurately. Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email in order to book rooms or speakers
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed expenses paid
Training details: Access to our online modules including safeguarding, autism awareness and GDPR

Last updated 2 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.