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 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. What you will be doing There are several roles on offer depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to offer. You could; • Act as a leader and coordinator for the branch • Look after the branch finances • Take responsibility for organising committee meetings and taking notes at committee meetings. • Ensure that the branch is a safe place for children and vulnerable adults and is complying with NAS policies • Organise branch fundraising activities • Write a newsletter for the branch members • Organise group outings and activities for Branch Members • Be responsible for the campaigning the branch does • Organise PR for the branch including running a website • Be responsible for the refreshments at events There are lots of ways you could be involved, if you are interested, contact us for more information When and where • Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. • Home based (plus travel to branch activities) • The branch meets once every 2 months usually on a Thursday from 5pm to 7pm

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