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 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.

Why we need you World Autism Awareness Week (WAAW) is the most significant week in the National Autistic Society’s yearly calendar, both in terms of campaigning and fundraising. In 2021, WAAW will take place from Monday 29 March until Sunday 4 April. In the Supporter Fundraising team, we know that the more direct contact we have with our supporters, the more money we will raise. We have recently been hit hard by the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, both in terms of funds raised and our team resource. We would benefit hugely from the support of a volunteer in the WAAW 2021 team, who would enable us to reach more of our fantastic fundraisers, to support them in their fundraising plans and ultimately raise more money to help autistic people and their families. What you will be doing Liaising directly with supporters to support them with their fundraising plans, over email and on the phone and via social media e.g., Facebook groups. Responding to enquiries from WAAW fundraisers, inc. Super 7 Challenge participants. Supporting the Senior Fundraising Campaigns Officer with planning marketing and stewardship activity for the Super 7 Challenge, the Spectrum Night Walks and WAAW in general. Engaging with internal support teams on other aspects of the campaign, including data selections, social media posts and responses, marketing plans and fundraising merchandise. You will need access to a computer and a good internet connection. Skills, qualities and experience needed Skills/experience Written skills Experience in communicating with supporters/customers/clients, as well as colleagues, would be helpful for this role Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 programmes, particularly Word, Outlook, Excel Qualities Confident and warm phone manner Happy to interact with the wider team Able to carry out tasks on using your own initiative as this role is home based When and where Location The role is homebased, when Covid19 restrictions are changed there may be an opportunity to travel to our London office if you wish to, this is not mandatory for the role. Hours We are hoping for our volunteer will be available for around 3 days/21 hours per week, though we are very flexible as to which days and what hours they choose to volunteer, this role could be shared between 2 volunteers. We would like you to start volunteering with us from mid-January onwards if possible, and we would like you to be able to volunteer in this role for at least three months, until after WAAW 2021 has taken place. Support This role will be managed by the Senior Fundraising Campaigns Officer, who will be available to support you in this role. Members of the wider Supporter Fundraising will be on hand to provide any training or support you may need and answer any questions The role will also involve liaising with a number of support teams, including Marketing, Data Services, Supporter Care, Social Media, Content and others. What you can get out of it You will be able to gain a breadth of experience in all aspects a fundraising campaign, including marketing, supporter stewardship and logistical planning. We aim for the volunteer roles to be a fun one, and you will enjoy engaging with the Supporter Fundraising team and other colleagues across the NAS. There is also opportunity to learn much more about the experiences of autistic people and their families. You will have access to our e-learning modules which include autism awareness, safeguarding and GDPR. We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.

Why we need you Moderating is a very satisfying and convenient way to make a direct contribution to the charity and to people affected by autism. You will be directly involved in supporting a lively and fascinating peer-to-peer community. You will be part of a team of like-minded people (moderators) who, with the Community Manager, maintain and develop the Community. What you will be doing You will moderate the user generated content on the National Autistic Society (NAS) Online Community. You will ensure that users adhere to the Community’s rules, creating a safe space which protects the interests of the users and of the NAS. Tasks will include: Ensuring the community is used appropriately Assisting users having difficulty using the community Protecting users by keeping an eye out for irrelevant or controversial information (this may include inappropriate medical advice, inappropriate advice on strategies to use; every autistic individual is different and what may work for one individual may not work for another) Protecting users by looking out for advertising, promotion of products and unapproved research requests Looking out for inaccurate postings about the NAS Intervening only where absolutely necessary, mainly by referring to others; by signposting where appropriate for relevant information; and, occasionally, by editing or removing posts or Sending handover notes to other moderators Alerting line manager to anything concerning that is posted on the community Skills qualities and experience needed a positive attitude a commitment to/enthusiasm for information provision good communication skills a good standard of English good comprehension skills sensitivity to individuals’ needs and confidentiality be a confident internet user able to keep track of your progress and manage your time good administration skills ability to accurately record information general IT skills able to use own initiative when volunteering an interest in autism ability to represent the NAS’s values whilst volunteering When and where the role is home-based we like volunteers to give one regular 2-3 hour shift each week on your allocated day (currently seeking Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays) we like volunteers to commit to the role for a minimum of one year, this helps us to provide a consistent service to those who use our online community you will need access to a computer/tablet, and a good internet connection Support online autism awareness training and other e-learning courses online volunteer induction ongoing support with your line manager What you could get out of it ongoing support feeling valued using talents and experience to help others learning new skills with training provided making a real difference by helping others having the satisfaction of seeing results helping the National Autistic Society to maintain its much valued Online Community We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum.