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. The Fundraising officer 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. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the majority of branch roles are now home based and delivered online What you will be doing Putting collection tins in local shops or community areas. Holding a ‘tin shake’ 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 Regional 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, Support people who are fundraising on behalf of the branch Working with the Treasurer to ensure that the money is collected safely and banked accurately Skills qualities and experience 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 explain ideas work together Able to motivate people and help people Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary Very organised and able to plan activities and events Aware of importance of managing and handling money safely and accurately. When and where Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch officers give around 4 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Support Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch officers give around 4 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) What you could 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.

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 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 Chair 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. Attend branch committee meetings Skills, experience and qualities needed Good understanding of money, bank accounts, and how to manage finances. Able to manage time and deadlines to ensure financial records are regularly completed. Confident in using a computer. Can complete spreadsheets/basic financial records accurately and clearly. Confident in communicating with Branch Chair. No previous history of bankruptcy Satisfactory references When and where Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch treasurers give around an hour a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch committee meetings) 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 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.