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Fundraising Volunteer – South Lanarkshire Branch

Location: South Lanarkshire

Closing Date: 31 October 2021

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Approx 2 to 3 hours per week flexible and variable

Fundraising Volunteer – South Lanarkshire Branch

Who we are:

The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers. Since 1962, autistic people have turned to us at key moments or challenging times in their lives, be it getting a diagnosis, going to school or finding work.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws.

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 South Lanarkshire branch.

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 useful for the role (but not essential)

  • 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 volunteers give around 2 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is.
  • Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the South Lanarkshire area.


  • Branch Chairperson and committee members to support the Fundraising volunteer where needed. Designated NAS Branch Support 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

What you could get out of it

  • Improve support to autistic individuals and their families in your local area
  • You could build up knowledge and hands on experience of 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. 

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.   

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.  

If you have any questions about this role or the application process please contact volunteers@nas.org.uk      

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