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 Liaising with the Treasurer to ensure that the money is collected safely and banked accurately Skills Experience and Qualities needed Confident in liaising 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 Branch officer and committee members to support the Fundraising officer 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 Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team. Support 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 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 online social group sessions 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 Qualities and Experience needed 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 at the online group 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

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 Qualities and Experience needed 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

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.