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Branch Secretary Volunteer – Isle of Wight Branch

Location: Isle of Wight

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 Secretary Volunteer – Isle of Wight 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 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 offers support and information to autistic adults and their families in the area which covers the Isle of Wight area. 

The branch secretary role is important to the running of the branch as they act as a coordinator and communicator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

What you will be doing

  • Liaising with the Branch Chair to monitor the branch email.
  • Checking through e-bulletins and newsletters received.
  • Circulating information of interest to the mailing list and working with the Website editor to ensure this information is put on the website.
  • Taking and writing committee meeting minutes.

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

  • Can write clearly and accurately.
  • Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email.
  • Confident in editing information to a suitable format which is clear and concise.

When and where

  • Home based (plus travel to branch meetings)
  • Flexible time as required to deal with emails.

Support

  • Support from the Branch Chair and Committee.
  • Designated Senior Branch Engagement Officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch.
  • Written guidance on a range of branch communications
  • Various training courses relevant to running a branch
  • Insurance cover for all branch activities
  • Agreed expenses reimbursed for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team.

What you can get out of it

  • Improve support to autistic adults 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. 

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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