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 Social groups are essential for autistic adults and young people seeking support. They provide a safe opportunity for individuals with autism to socialise with others who are also autistic, share their own experiences and listen to others. They play a vital role in helping to alleviate social isolation for autistic people, improve their confidence and increase social skills. The impact of Covid-19 restrictions have led to our groups taking place virtually as video calls. What you will be doing Attending the social group Supporting individuals to build their self-coping strategies and promote their self-management Giving all members of the group the opportunity to talk and interact if they wish to Help improve self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth of people at the group Building up positive relationships with people at the groups and other volunteers Keeping in touch with the group leader and notifying if you are unable to attend At virtual groups The sessions take place on Microsoft Teams Monitoring the chat box and responding to questions/queries posted there Reading aloud comments members have posted in the chat box (as required) Keeping the conversation to the topic being discussed Supporting the group leaders in running the group smoothly Skills, experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential) Understanding of autism (we provide training) Empathy and understanding Open-minded and willing to learn Good communication and Interpersonal skills Good level of self-awareness and own needs An ability to volunteer in a group setting, using initiative and common sense Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy A broad range of interests would be an advantage but not essential You will need access to a computer/tablet, a good internet connection and a quiet space away from others in the household When and where Virtual Groups are homebased We would like you to volunteer for approx. 1 hour per week We would also like you to be involved in preparing activities such as quizzes etc for the group this would be approx. 1 hour per week Support Training will be provided relevant to the role, including autism awareness and Safeguarding, training will be via our e-learning modules You will be supported by the Social Programmes Manager and staff What you could get out of it Improve support to autistic individuals in your local area Access free training and learn new skills Meet new people A great opportunity to add to your CV We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum. You will need to live locally to be able to do this role

The charity 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. Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and 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. The skills you need Knowledge and experience of the autism spectrum is an advantage but not essential as we can provide training. Patience and understanding of the needs of others. Good organisational skills. The ability to see the world from a different perspective Approachable. Confident in taking the lead at introducing themselves and speaking to new people attending the group. An ability to make new people feel welcome. What's in it for you Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area. Build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with 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. Volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and provide you with a sense of purpose. This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity and will allow you to make a difference to those you are supporting and their families. When and where The support groups will be held online every, approximately every 8 weeks Attendance at branch committee meetings (roughly every month - online) Home based - Ideally you will live in the Highland area. Support • Designated Senior Branch Engagement Officer to answer any queries and provide support. • Written guidance on a range of branch communications. • You must complete any requested eLearning modules before you start volunteering. Your Senior Branch Engagement Officer will explain what you need to complete. • Insurance cover for all branch activities. • Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team

Why we want you The charity 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. Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity. The Branch Secretary role is important to the running of the 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 Liaising with the Branch Chair to monitor the branch email. Checking through e-bulletins and newsletters received. Circulating information of interest to the mailing list and working with the Website Editor to ensure this information is put on the website. Taking and writing committee meeting minutes. The skills you need Can write clearly and accurately. Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email. Confident in editing information to a suitable format which is clear and concise. What's in it for you Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area. Build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with 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. Volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and provide you with a sense of purpose. This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity and will allow you to make a difference to those you are supporting and their families.

Why we want you The charity 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. Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity. Social groups are a great way to give people on the autism spectrum an opportunity to improve their confidence, self-esteem and reduce isolation through spending time with others in a group setting and accessing social activities in the community. 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. The skills you need Knowledge and experience of the autism spectrum is an advantage but not essential as we can provide training. Patience and understanding of the needs of others. Good organisational skills. The ability to see the world from a different perspective Approachable. Confident in taking the lead at introducing themselves and speaking to new people attending the group. An ability to make new people feel welcome. What's in it for you Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area. Build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with 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. Volunteering can keep you mentally stimulated and provide you with a sense of purpose. This is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity and will allow you to make a difference to those you are supporting and their families. Support • Designated Senior Branch Engagement Officer to answer any queries and provide support. • Written guidance on a range of branch communications. • You must complete any requested eLearning modules before you start volunteering. Your Senior Branch Engagement Officer will explain what you need to complete. • Insurance cover for all branch activities. • Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team