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 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 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

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 covers all of South Lanarkshire council which ranges from suburban areas of Glasgow all the way down to remote villages in the Clyde Valley. Some additional volunteers are required to help increase presence of the branch in the south of the region. What you will be doing: Raise the profile of NAS and the branch within the Clydesdale area (ML8,11 and 12 postcodes) Support fundraising opportunities in the above postcodes Feedback to the committee on any local issues within the above postcodes for appropriate action Deliver in person Understanding Autism Talks to local businesses where requested Represent the branch at any local area meetings Skills, qualities, and experience needed: Confident 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 motivate people and help people work together Supportive of the NAS Due to the rural nature of Clydesdale it would be advantageous to have a driving license and car access however this is not essential. When and where: Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The role is on an ad hoc basis where required Home based (plus travel to branch activities) – ideally you will live in the South Lanarkshire 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 Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team. What you could get out of it: 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. Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area You could build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with autistic people 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 find a suitable volunteer for the role. Consequently, the role may close before the advertised closing date.

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. 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: Ensure members are informed when there are support groups coming up (via official branch NAS e-mail or social media, for example) Advertising the support group (social media, posters, leaflets, etc.) Attending the support group sessions Sharing information Signposting Welcoming new families and individuals Liaising with other volunteers to ensure there is a volunteer present for the duration of the group. Occasionally organising guests to attend the group to give talks or advice to group members Skills, qualities, and experience needed: Confident communicating with Group Members and listening to their thoughts and ideas. Organised and able to plan ahead. 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 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 Branch Engagement Officer to answer any queries and support you. Written guidance on a range of branch-related areas Various training available Insurance cover for all Group activities What you could get out of it: Improve support to autistic people and their families in your local area You could 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. 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. 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 find a suitable volunteer for the role. Consequently, the role may close before the advertised closing date.