National Autistic Society

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 Support groups are essential for autistic adults seeking support. They provide a safe opportunity for adults to socialise, meet others who also on the autism spectrum, share their own experiences and listen to others, to help alleviate social isolation. What you will be doing Attending the support group meetings monthly Getting to know people at the group to build their self-esteem and self-coping strategies Getting involved in the activities with the group members Welcoming new members Accompanying group members in local outings Keeping in touch with the group leader and notifying if you are unable to attend Attending volunteer meetings Skills experience and qualities needed Understanding of autism is an advantage but we provide training before you begin volunteering. Empathy and understanding Open-minded and willing to learn An ability to volunteer in a group setting, using initiative and common sense. Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy, to provide stability and consistency to those who attend the group When and where Locations in Kilmarnock and surrounding area Meets once a month on Thursday evening for approx. 3 hours from 5.30pm Support You will be required to attend training sessions before you begin volunteering You will have access to NAS elearning modules You will have a named supervisor and NAS staff at the group Agreed travel expenses reimbursed What you can get out of it Improve support to autistic adults in your local area Access free training and learn new skills Meet new people Learn new skills A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum

Why we need you Support groups are essential for autistic adults seeking support. They provide a safe opportunity for adults to socialise, meet others who also on the autism spectrum, share their own experiences and listen to others, to help alleviate social isolation. What you will be doing Attending the support group meetings monthly Getting to know people at the group to build their self-esteem and self-coping strategies Getting involved in the activities with the group members Welcoming new members Accompanying group members in local outings Keeping in touch with the group leader and notifying if you are unable to attend Attending volunteer meetings Skills experience and qualities needed Understanding of autism is an advantage but we provide training before you begin volunteering. Empathy and understanding Open-minded and willing to learn An ability to volunteer in a group setting, using initiative and common sense. Reliable, consistent, dependable and trustworthy, to provide stability and consistency to those who attend the group When and where Locations in Troon and surrounding area Meets once a month on Thursday evening for approx. 3 hours from 5.30pm Support You will be required to attend training sessions before you begin volunteering You will have access to NAS elearning modules You will have a named supervisor and NAS staff at the group Agreed travel expenses reimbursed What you can get out of it Improve support to autistic adults in your local area Access free training and learn new skills Meet new people Learn new skills A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum

Why We Need You Support groups are essential for autistic adults seeking support. They provide a safe opportunity for adults to socialise, meet others who are also autistic, share their own experiences and listen to others, to help alleviate social isolation for autistic people What You Will Be Doing Ensure members are informed when there are support groups meetings coming up Attending the support group sessions Volunteering with individuals to build their self-coping strategies and promote their self-management. Talking with individuals, helping them to understand how their autism impacts them. Building up positive relationships with people autistic people and other volunteers in group settings. Spending time with / share activities with the group members Help improve self confidence, self esteem and self worth of people at the group Help individuals to self-manage their own needs on a 1-2-1 basis in a public setting. Welcoming new members Accompanying group members in local outings Keeping in touch with the group leader and notifying if you are unable to attend ​Skills, Experience and Qualities Needed Understanding of autism 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 When and Where Locations in Glasgow and surrounding area approx. 3 hours per fortnight Support You will be required to attend training sessions before you begin volunteering You will have access to NAS elearning modules You will have a named supervisor and NAS staff at the group Agreed travel expenses reimbursed What Could you get out of it Improve support to autistic adults in your local area Access free training and learn new skills Meet new people Learn new skills A worthwhile achievement to add to your CV We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum

Why we need you Our Mentoring service supports young people aged 16-24 as they prepare for and enter the world of employment by providing one to one mentoring on specific skills. Mentoring is a great way to improve confidence and develop new skills in people on the autism spectrum. Over 1 in 100 people are autistic. A recent survey showed that only 15% of them are in full time paid employment yet 79% would like to be. In addition to having a diagnosis of autism, the people we support will also live in a deprived community and not currently be in employment, education, or training. What you will be doing Take part in training to prepare you for the role Setting and review goals and objectives with mentee and Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator Supporting your mentee to learn new skills in community and office settings Attending review meetings where you will receive support from the service coordinator Arrange own weekly 2-hour long meetings with mentee Volunteering within the boundaries of mentoring. Volunteering within the organisational boundaries (i.e. confidentiality, child and vulnerable adult protection). Completing all necessary paperwork (i.e. meeting records and expense forms). Skills qualities and experience needed Take part in training to prepare you for the role Setting and review goals and objectives with mentee and Befriending and Mentoring Coordinator Supporting your mentee to learn new skills in community and office settings Attending review meetings where you will receive support from the service coordinator Arrange own weekly 2-hour long meetings with mentee Volunteering within the boundaries of mentoring. Volunteering within the organisational boundaries (i.e. confidentiality, child and vulnerable adult protection). Completing all necessary paperwork (i.e. meeting records and expense forms). When and where This role will be flexible and volunteering hours will depend on your availability and that of the individual you are supporting. On average we expect you to commit 2-3 hours per week. Most of the volunteering will take place within the community, however you will link in with our NAS Glasgow Office at 109 Hope Street, G2 6LL Support You will receive approximately 12 hours of FREE induction training as well as access to NAS staff training. You will also receive regular review meetings with the service coordinator as well as peer support from other volunteers. All agreed travel expenses will be reimbursed. What you can get out of it Learn about autism, mentoring techniques and specific skills for your personal development. You will find the experience very rewarding as you support the development of young people into employment. References can also be provided. 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