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Branch Chair Volunteer – Moray & Nairn Branch

  • VO81756
  • Home-based volunteering


Why we need you:

The charity has over 100 branches and groups, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to autistic people and their families. 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 chair role is vital to the running of the branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

What you will be doing:

Leading committee meetings and public meetings. This also involves setting out what needs to be discussed at meetings, ensuring that each issue is covered and that other people have a chance to speak.
Represent the branch at external meetings e.g. with local services for people with autism
Chair committee meetings
Motivate the team involved in running your branch
Allocate tasks to other people involved in your branch
Raise the profile of the NAS within your branch and local community
Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessment, data protection and safeguarding
Try to resolve difficulties experienced by your branch
Ensure the branch treasurer is administering the branch’s funds properly in accordance with procedures outlined in Branch Handbook
Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the treasurer
Countersign and authorise all cheque payments
Ensuring the insurance renewal form is completed and that the Branch has insurance cover in place.
Co-ordinate and promote local campaigns and bring others on board to help you
Support fundraising in your branch
Act as a key contact for the NAS, keeping the Senior Branch Engagement Officer up to date on branch activities


Designated Senior Branch Engagement Officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch.
Written guidance on a range of branch activities
Various training courses relevant to running a branch
Insurance cover for all branch activities
Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team.

What you will get out of it:

Improve support to families affected by autism in your local area
Access free training and learn new skills
Meet new people
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.

You will be asked to attend some branch meetings and also have knowledge of the local area so we ask that you live locally to be able to do this role.
If you have any difficulties with the application process or questions about this role please contact volunteers@nas.org.uk

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.










Frequency and commitment details

Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) It is difficult to put specific times on different tasks. You will need to spend at least 3-4 hours each week


Need references and DBS check
Experience required: Confident in working with and communicating with other committee members, and individuals and organisations outside of the Branch. This communication will need to be face to face, by telephone and/or email. Confident and comfortable speaking publicly Able to motivate people and help people work together Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary Supportive of NAS Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed travel expenses paid

Last updated 2 months ago