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 At the National Autistic Society in Glasgow we support autistic adults to lead a happy, fulfilling life. We are looking for people who have some spare time and would like to support our gardening and general DIY activities. Your help will be valued and appreciated. You can apply to volunteer for the role whether you come with lots of gardening experience or just 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 General DIY Skills, experience and qualities useful for the role (but not essential) We are looking for someone with: Interests in gardening and a general knowledge of maintaining a garden Interest in DIY and a general knowledge of DIY 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 DBS check When and where We are flexible with days and time but a couple of hours per week would be great. Based at Glasgow Springburn Service Support Induction into the organisation and understanding autism training Access to online training Support from a line manager Agreed expenses paid What you could 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. 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.

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 You will need to complete our e-learning modules to do this role, these include Safeguarding, GDPR, Autism Awareness, Equality and Diversity and Health and Safety 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. 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. 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.

Why we need you The charity has over 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people on the autism spectrum and their families. We have set up 5 nationwide online branches. The online branches will be organised by a shared identity, experience or interest. As with our local branches each online branch will be different as will the activities and support they provide – they may run parent support groups, adult social groups, children’s activities, conferences or focus on providing information or campaigning as well as being focused around a particular interest or hobby. You will connect with members of the Running online branch through Teams and the Facebook page we have set up for you. These provide a safe and secure platform for branch members to connect with each other. What you will be doing You will act as a co-leader of the Running online branch with one other volunteer. This responsibility includes: Acting as a joint coordinator of the branch with the second co-leader. Creating posts on the Facebook page to keep engagement up and encourage interaction. (We recommend at least 3 posts a week). Taking responsibility for organising and planning the Teams meetings. (We recommend at least one Teams meeting per month). Monitoring the chat box during a Teams meeting and responding to any questions or comments. As co-leader of the branch you will be responsible for making sure everyone at the Teams meeting abides by the branch rules/guidelines e.g. not sharing personal contact details, that everyone in the branch listens to and respects the thoughts and opinions of other branch members. Contacting branch members via the Facebook page or email to let them know when the next meeting will be and give them any information they may need. Facilitating to make sure that those who wish to attend the Teams meeting have the information they need and understand the guidelines for online branches Providing admin support to the branch. This includes: responsibility for the branch emails, responding to enquires, and contacting new members. You will need to complete our e-learning modules to do this role, these include Safeguarding, GDPR, Autism Awareness, Equality and Diversity and Health and Safety When and where Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. Some groups may take place in an evening and some during the daytime, branches can be flexible on when there meeting take place to suit the members of that branch. Home based. 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 branch activities. Access to our e-learning modules including autism awareness, safeguarding and GDPR. Insurance cover for all branch activities. Agreed expenses reimbursed. What you can get out of it Improve support to people on the autism spectrum and their families. Satisfaction of making a real difference to the people we support. Share your skills, knowledge and experience. Build social media content planning and online engagement skills. Through online branches enable us to support a greater number of people. 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 with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome.

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 North 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, experience and qualities 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 North 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 people and their families in your local area Access free training and learn new skills Meet new people Sense of satisfaction of really making a difference 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 seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum 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 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.