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 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 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 branch secretary role is important to the running of the South Lanarkshire branch, as they act as a coordinator and communicator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do. What you will be doing Writing notes of what is discussed at committee meetings. These notes should be recorded in a book or on a computer. The notes should be typed up and sent to all committee members after the meeting (within one week). Booking speakers for meetings. You will need to contact the speaker by telephone or email and then continue to communicate with them to confirm their attendance and check if they need any assistance and information (such as details of transport). Booking meeting rooms for committee and Branch meetings. You will need to contact a venue in advance of when you want a meeting and confirm the date and time you want the room for. Some meeting rooms need to be paid for. If you meet there frequently, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate. Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential) Able to listen to other people talking and write notes about what they are saying at the same time. Can write clearly and accurately. Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email in order to book rooms or speakers When and where Writing notes at committee meetings = however long the meeting lasts Typing up notes from committee meetings and sending to the committee = 1-2 hours (meetings generally once every 10 weeks) Booking speakers for meetings = 1 hour on ad hoc basis Booking meeting rooms = 30 minutes on ad hoc basis Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the South Lanarkshire area. Support Designated branch support officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch. Written guidance on a range of branch communications Various training courses relevant to running a branch Insurance cover for all branch activities 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. 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 recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date. 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 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 South Lanarkshire branch. 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 useful for the role (but not essential) 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 volunteers give around 2 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the South Lanarkshire area. Support Branch Chairperson and committee members to support the Fundraising volunteer where needed. Designated NAS Branch Support 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 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 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 whether 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.