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National Autistic Society

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 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. What you will be doing There are several roles on offer depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to offer. You could; • Act as a leader and coordinator for the branch • Look after the branch finances • Take responsibility for organising committee meetings and taking notes at committee meetings. • Ensure that the branch is a safe place for children and vulnerable adults and is complying with NAS policies • Organise branch fundraising activities • Write a newsletter for the branch members • Organise group outings and activities for Branch Members • Be responsible for the campaigning the branch does • Organise PR for the branch including running a website • Be responsible for the refreshments at events There are lots of ways you could be involved, if you are interested, contact us for more information When and where • Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. • Home based (plus travel to branch activities) • The branch meets once every 2 months usually on a Thursday from 5pm to 7pm

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 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 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

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 treasurer role is vital to the running of the branch as they look after all the finances. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do. What you will be doing: Set up the bank account with the Branch Chairperson Comply with all financial procedures Maintaining accurate records of money coming in (income) and money going out (expenditure) for the Branch. Maintaining accurate records for restricted funds (money that has to be used for a specific purpose). Managing and looking after the petty cash if it is required. This is a maximum of £50. Cash records of all money coming in and going out need to be maintained and the cash float needs to be secure. Providing prompt and accurate information on income and expenditure for NAS. A form (B1) with this information has to be sent to the Branch Finance and Admin Officer once a month with copies of supporting documentation. Countersigning cheques. Ensure all expenditure is properly authorised. This means checking who the money is being paid to, why it is being paid, and that the Branch Chairperson is aware of it Ensure the bank account does not go overdrawn. This means regularly checking the amount of money in the bank account and being aware if too much money is being spent and not enough is coming in. If the bank account is overdrawn, the Branch may have to pay a financial penalty. Support: Designated support from the Branch Finance and Admin Officer. Guidance on various topics related to branch finance. Various training courses relevant to running a branch Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team. What you could get out of it: Improve support to families to autistic people 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 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

Who we are: The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people. We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work. We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws. Why we need you: In our recent research we found that: Autistic people are four times as likely to be lonely as the general public. 79% of autistic people feel socially isolated. In the Greater Glasgow area there are approximately 13,000 autistic individuals. There are a lack of support opportunities for adults aged over 26. What you will be doing: Supporting autistic adults aged over 26 to develop their confidence, self-esteem and build new relationships There are three roles within this project. Please tell us which role you are interested in: Face to Face Mentoring: Meet with an autistic adult on a regular basis for up to one year and build a positive relationship. Support the adult to set and achieve attainable goals about their future. Identify opportunities based on the adults’ interests e.g. groups, activities, events and support the adult to engage with these opportunities. Communicate regularly with the Programme Coordinator . Email Mentoring: Communicate via email with an autistic adult on a regular basis for up to one year and build a positive relationship. Identify opportunities based on the adults interests e.g. groups, activities, events, etc. Communicate regularly with the Programme Coordinator . Coffee Club – Group Befriending: Facilitate and support groups of 10 autistic adults to attend a weekly social gathering organised by The National Autistic Society. Ensure a safe and welcoming environment at the group. Communicate regularly with the Programme Coordinator. What you could get out of it: Develop your knowledge of autism spectrum disorder. Learn new skills to support autistic individuals. References for provided after 6 months. Our current volunteers say they feel a great sense of fulfilment when supporting individuals to overcome their challenges. We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.