//]]> The National Autistic Society

Branch Committee Member 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 Committee Member 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 around 100 branches, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people on the autism spectrum. 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;

  • 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.

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

  • Dependant on the role chosen.
  • Supportive of the NAS
  • Ability to listen and involve others in the group

When and where

  • Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role.
  • Home based (plus travel to branch activities)

Support

  • 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 activities
  • 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 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

Apply now