Branch Chair Volunteer Garioch

  • VO75647
  • Home-based volunteering, Board/trustee role


Description

Why we need you

The charity has over 100 branches and groups, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people on the autism spectrum. 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

Lead (and chair) committee 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 including at the local Autism Partnership Board
Liaise closely with the committee volunteers of the adult coffee club
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
Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the treasurer
Countersign and authorise all cheque payments
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 Branch Development Officer up to date on branch activities

Skills experience and qualities needed

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 the NAS
Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
Ability to fulfil financial requirements of the role

When and where

Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch chairs give around 5 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is.
Home based (plus travel to branch activities in Garioch)

Support

Designated Branch Development 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 could get out of it

Improve support to people on the autism spectrum and their families 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 with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome

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.

Availability

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Restrictions

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.  Able to motivate people and help people work together Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes

Last updated 3 months ago