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

Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity. This branch is looking for additional volunteers to help them carry out their branch activities. What you will be doing There are several opportunities available to you at the branch, depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to offer. You could be: Ensuring that the branch is a safe place for children and vulnerable adults and is complying with NAS policies. Organising branch fundraising activities. Writing a newsletter for the branch members. Organising group outings and activities for branch members. Be responsible for the campaigning the branch does. Organising PR for the group including running a website. Be responsible for the refreshments at events. There are lots of ways you could be involved with the branch. If you are interested, contact us for more information.

The Fundraising Volunteer role is important to the running of the branch as they help organise fundraising events for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do. What you will be doing Putting collection tins in local shops or community areas. Holding a ‘tin collection’ in a local town – this is where Branch members stand outside shops with collection tins and get donations. Holding a sponsored event such as a swim or walk. People will sponsor branch members' money to complete certain tasks. Holding an event for local people to attend – quiz night, auction, raffle, talk, coffee and cake morning – people will give donations when they come. Having a section on the branch website that people can click on if they want to give money. Talking to committee members about different ways to fundraise and deciding what to do as a Branch. Talking to NAS Fundraising Team and ensuring the branch complies with the NAS rules on fundraising. Talking to committee members about different ways to fundraise and deciding what to do as a branch. Publicising events, distributing information or fundraising forms. Supporting people who are fundraising on behalf of the branch. Working with the Treasurer to ensure that the money is collected safely and banked accurately.

support from the national charity. Support groups are essential for parents and families seeking support. They provide an opportunity for families to meet others who are also living with a family member who has autism, they provide a safe environment for people with autism and their families to attend and meet and they offer an opportunity for families and individuals to share their own experience and listen to others. What you will be doing Ensuring members are informed when there are support groups meetings coming up (via official branch NAS e-mail, social media or text, for example). Advertising the support group (posters, leaflets, etc.) Attending the weekly support group sessions. Sharing information (full training will be given). Signposting to other support, professionals, organisations etc. Welcoming new members. Liaising with other volunteers to ensure there is a volunteer present for the duration of the meeting. Accompanying group members in local outings. When and where Monthly Online group sessions (last Tuesday evening of each month)

Why we want you Our mentoring service aims to provide 1-to-1 mentoring to autistic adults aged 25 and over who live in the Glasgow City Council area. Mentors will assist mentees to work towards a goal over an agreed time frame. Our mentee's goals will be person - centred and may relate to social / leisure activities, or employment etc. Mentoring is a fantastic way to improve confidence and develop skills. What you will be doing Taking part in autism understanding training to prepare you for the role Setting and review goals and objectives with mentee and Programme Co-ordinator Attending regular meetings where you will receive advice and support from the Programme Co-ordinator Arrange your own weekly meetings with mentee Maintaining the boundaries of mentoring – this will be outlined in your mentoring agreement and during your induction to the role. Volunteering within organisational boundaries (i.e., confidentiality, vulnerable adult protection). Completing all necessary paperwork (i.e., weekly meeting record forms and expense form. When and where This role will be flexible and volunteering hours will depend on your availability and that of the individual you are mentoring. On average we would like you to commit 2 hours per week. Mentoring sessions will take place in person in Glasgow City Centre. Training and social activities will be delivered face-to-face and online. Virtual activities take place on Microsoft Teams; therefore, you will need access to a computer/tablet, a good internet connection and a quiet space away from other people