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Funding Officer Volunteer Cornwall Branch

Location: Cornwall

Closing Date: 30 July 2021

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

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

Funding Officer Volunteer Cornwall 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 Funding officer role is important to the running of the branch as they help procure funding opportunities for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

At the moment our activities and meetings are taking place online.

All activities are carried out within the most recent government Covid 19 guidelines and restrictions.  Any necessary PPE will be provided.

What you will be doing

  • Sourcing funding opportunities for the branch
  • Completing application forms for funding sources on behalf of the branch
  • Talking to committee members about different funding sources and deciding which to apply for as a 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 by telephone and/or email.
  • Able to explain ideas and collate information
  • Aware of importance of managing 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 


  • Branch committee members to support the Funding officer where needed.
  • Designated NAS Senior Branch Engament Officer to answer any queries and support you applications
  • Written guidance on a range of branch activities
  • Various training courses relevant to running a branch

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. 

We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we recruit a suitable volunteer, consequently the role may close before the advertised closing date.

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. 

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

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