//]]> The National Autistic Society

Branch Treasurer Volunteer – North Yorkshire Central Branch

Location: North Yorkshire

Closing Date: 28 February 2022

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Flexible and variable approx 2 hours per week

Branch Treasurer Volunteer – North Yorkshire Central 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 over 100 branches and groups, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to autistic people and their families. 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 branch treasurer role is vital to the running of the branch as they look after all the finances. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

What you will be doing

  • Set up the bank account with the Branch Chair
  • Comply with all financial procedures
  • Maintaining accurate records of money coming in (income) and money going out (expenditure) for the Branch.
  • Maintaining accurate records for restricted funds (money that has to be used for a specific purpose).
  • Managing and looking after the petty cash if it is required. This is a maximum of £50. Cash records of all money coming in and going out need to be maintained and the cash float needs to be secure.
  • Providing prompt and accurate information on income and expenditure for NAS. A form (B1) with this information has to be sent to the Branch Finance and Admin Officer once a month with copies of supporting documentation.
  • Ensure all expenditure is properly authorised. This means checking who the money is being paid to, why it is being paid, and that the Branch Chair is aware of it
  • Ensure the bank account does not go overdrawn. This means regularly checking the amount of money in the bank account and being aware if too much money is being spent and not enough is coming in. If the bank account is overdrawn, the Branch may have to pay a financial penalty.
  • Attend branch committee meetings

Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential)

  • Good understanding of money, bank accounts, and how to manage finances.
  • Able to manage time and deadlines to ensure financial records are regularly completed.
  • Confident in using a computer.
  • Can complete spreadsheets/basic financial records accurately and clearly.
  • Confident in communicating with Branch Chair.
  • No previous history of bankruptcy
  • Satisfactory references

When and where

  • Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch treasurers give around an hour a week but it depends how active the branch is.
  • Home based (plus travel to branch committee meetings)

Support

  • Designated support from the Branch Finance and Admin Officer.
  • Guidance on various topics related to branch finance.
  • Various training courses relevant to running a branch
  • Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team.

What you could get out of it

  • Improve support to autistic adults and their families in your local area
  • You could build up an understanding of autism by volunteering with 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. 

Whilst we are able to make reasonable adjustments for volunteers you will need to be able to volunteer independently as we are not able to offer one to one support.

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we 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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