National Autistic Society

Charity registered in Scotland SC039427

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.


Current opportunities

Why we need you At the National Autistic Society in Catrine we support autistic adults to lead a happy, fulfilling life. As a part of that goal we want to grow and develop a sensory garden on our grounds, and that’s where we need your help! The space has been used for growing fruit and veg until now, but we want to give it an overhaul and make it a beautiful sensory space for the people we support. We are looking for people who have some spare time and would like to support our gardening activities. Your help will be valued and appreciated. You can apply to volunteer for the role wither you come with lots of gardening experience and ideas for creating the space or less experience but a willing pair of hands and lots of enthusiasm. What you will be doing This role will include a wide range of gardening tasks including General garden maintenance Planting and pruning Weeding Looking after the tools, cleaning and putting them away at the end of the day Provide advice on planting, what grows well where and when to plant etc Developing the sensory space Skills experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential) We are looking for someone with: Good communication and interpersonal skills Empathy, understanding and sensitive to the needs of others. Interests in gardening and a general knowledge of maintaining a garden Ability to volunteer within the boundaries of NAS policies, eg Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Lone Working etc Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy You will need to provide 2 references and also complete a PVG check When and where 2-3 hours each week (or more if you wish to) we can be flexible on days and times Based at NAS Catrine Bank, Sorn Road, Catrine KA5 6NA Support Induction into the organisation and understanding autism training Access to online training Support from a line manager Agreed expenses paid What you could get out of it Develop new skills and meet new people Share your knowledge and experience Satisfaction of making a difference in your local community and to the lives of the people we support A worthwhile achievement to be proud of Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support. We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum. You need to live locally 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.

Why we need you The National Autistic Society (NAS) has around 100 branches, 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 chairperson role is vital to the running of the East Ayrshire branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch and its volunteers. What you will be doing Lead (and chair) 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 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 assessments, data protection and safeguarding Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the branch treasurer Countersign and authorise all branch bank 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 Senior Branch Engagement Officer up to date on branch activities Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential) Confident in volunteering 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 email and/or telephone. 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 National Autistic Society 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) Ideally you will live in the East Ayrshire area. Support 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 Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the National Autistic Society branch support team. 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. 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. 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.

Why we need you The National Autistic Society (NAS) has around 100 branches, 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 chairperson role is vital to the running of the Renfrewshire branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch and its volunteers. What you will be doing Lead (and chair) 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 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 assessments, data protection and safeguarding Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the branch treasurer Countersign and authorise all branch bank 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 Senior Branch Engagement Officer up to date on branch activities Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential) Confident in volunteering 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 email and/or telephone. 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 National Autistic Society 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) Ideally you will live in the Renfrewshire area. Support 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 Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the National Autistic Society branch support team. 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. 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. 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.

Why we need you The charity has over 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people on the autism spectrum and their families. We are planning to set up nationwide branches which will provide support online, the online branches will be organised by a shared identity, experience or interest. In this case, we have set up an Arts and Crafts Online Branch which will provide a fun space to share interests in arts and crafts. Like with our local branches each online branch will be different, as will the activities and support they provide – they may run parent support groups, adult social groups, children’s activities, conferences, or focus on providing information or campaigning. They may be focused around a particular interest or hobby. You will connect with members of the online branch through our NAS Connect platform which provides a safe and secure platform for branch members to connect with each other. What you will be doing There are several roles on offer depending on your skills and how much time you are able to offer. You could; Act as a coordinator for the branch As a volunteer of the branch you will be responsible for making sure everyone at the branch meeting abides by the branch rules/guidelines e.g. not sharing personal contact details, that everyone in the branch listens to and respects the thoughts and opinions of other branch members Facilitate the branch activity with other volunteers, making sure that those who wish to attend the meeting have the information they need and understand the guidelines for online branches Take responsibility for organising the meetings Contact branch members to let them know when the next meeting will be and give them any information they may need before the next meeting Provide admin support to the branch e.g. responsibility for the branch emails and responding to enquires and contacting new members Monitor the chat box during a branch meeting and respond to any questions or comments Help raise awareness of the online branch to attract new members from across the UK. Fundraise for specific branch activities There are lots of ways you could be involved, if you are interested, contact us for more information. Skills, experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential) Reasonable IT skills Confident using a computer to send and receive emails and to connect to others online A skill or interest you can share with the group Ability to listen and involve others in the group Access to a computer or tablet and a good internet connect A quiet space where you can be involved in the online meetings without interruptions from others in your household When and where Reasonable IT skills Confident using a computer to send and receive emails and to connect to others online A skill or interest you can share with the group Ability to listen and involve others in the group Access to a computer or tablet and a good internet connect A quiet space where you can be involved in the online meetings without interruptions from others in your household Support Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. Some groups may take place in an evening and some during the daytime, branches can be flexible on when there meeting take place to suit the members of that branch. The current branch social group will be on the last Thursday of the month from 6.30pm-8.30pm although there is some flexibility Home based anywhere in the UK. What you could get out of it Improve support to people on the autism spectrum and their families Satisfaction of making a real difference to the people we support Share your skills, knowledge and experience Through online branches enable us to support a greater number of people 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 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.