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 want you Empower up is a programme of support is aimed at autistic young people between the ages of 12 and 19 who are living in Glasgow (and surrounding areas). Participants will benefit from structured support to build and develop social navigation strategies and confidence. Social groups will also be created to encourage the development of peer friendships. Empower Up will take place over the course of 40 weeks, where participants will access 20 Social Navigation sessions and 20 Social Group sessions. There is also a Scotland Wide online group for young people between the ages of 12 and 15. What you will be doing Attending l 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

Branches are run entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity. This branch is looking for additional volunteers to help them carry out their branch activities. What you will be doing There are several opportunities available to you at the branch, depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to offer. You could be: Ensuring that the branch is a safe place for children and vulnerable adults and is complying with NAS policies. Organising branch fundraising activities. Writing a newsletter for the branch members. Organising group outings and activities for branch members. Be responsible for the campaigning the branch does. Organising PR for the group including running a website. Be responsible for the refreshments at events. There are lots of ways you could be involved with the branch. If you are interested, contact us for more information.

The Fundraising Volunteer 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. What you will be doing Putting collection tins in local shops or community areas. Holding a ‘tin collection’ 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 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. Supporting people who are fundraising on behalf of the branch. Working with the Treasurer to ensure that the money is collected safely and banked accurately.

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. When and where Monthly Online group sessions (last Tuesday evening of each month)