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Branch Chair Volunteer Sutton Branch

Location: Sutton

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: 15 to 20 hours per week, flexible with days and times to suit you

Branch Chair Volunteer Sutton 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 Chair runs and coordinates the branch. Without this role, we would not have as many branches as we do. 

NAS Sutton currently has 900 members and offerings for parent/carers and children and for adults. 

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

  • Responsible for day to day volunteer management of NAS Sutton Committee, currently comprised of 5 members
  • Arrange and facilitate committee meetings, ensuring all Committee members give updates and minutes are taken and distributed afterwards. A minimum of 5 committee meetings per year should be attended. These can be on-line or face to face.  Venues will need to be arranged for face to face.
  • Arrange Branch AGM once a year and report on activities and accounts ensuring Charity guidelines for AGM’s are followed.
  • With the Treasurer, manage finances for the branch, approving spend, expenses and processing invoices from speakers and other providers. In the absence of a branch debit card, arrange for payments to be made to cover all branch expenses.
  • Responsible for advertising and recruitment of new volunteers, ensuring they are fully trained and supported in their roles.
  • Sole responsibility for updating the branch members list and the branch mailing lists in line with GDPR regulations
  • Management of the outlook inbox including responding to all emails and enquiries in a timely manner
  • Management of the nas.org.uk website including maintaining hosting arrangements, paying fees and keeping information up to date
  • All administration for events and activities, including sourcing and booking speakers, venues, promotion, bookings and enquiries. Ensuring volunteers are allocated to act as hosts for each event or activity.
  • Undertaking risk assessments for every branch activity and event, getting them signed off by Head Office and ensuring measures are followed through.
  • Managing all social media channels: twitter, Facebook public page and 2 private Facebook member forums
  • Liaison with the LA and other local parent representative groups and local professionals
  • Campaigns
  • Develop and run local activities such as support groups, youth groups, social clubs and activity groups.
  • Organise and check suitability of external speakers and visitors to the group and uphold our commitment to safeguarding
  • Contribute to the development and continuing improvement of the branch.
  • Make the committee aware of the views of branch members and members of the public and report any concerns.
  • Promote and raise the profile of the branch within the local community and liaise with main NAS
  • Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessment, GDPR and safeguarding and Health & Safety

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

  • Confident in managing a small team of volunteers both remotely and face to face
  • Must be extremely self motivated and able to work to tight deadlines and manage a wide a varied workload
  • Confident in communicating with individuals and organisations outside of the Branch and in the local community. This communication will need to be face to face, by telephone and/or email.
  • Confident and comfortable speaking publicly
  • Must be confident in using technology including Office, Wordpress, Zoom, Ticketsource
  • Able to motivate people and help people work together
  • Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary
  • Supportive of the NAS
  • Must be over 18

When and where

  • Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role but as a guide, 15-20 hours a week spread across the week.   This can involve working to deadlines.
  • Home based (plus travel to branch activities)


  • 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
  • Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the branch support team

What you can get out of it

  • Improve support to autistic people and their families 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, you also need to be aged over 18. 

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

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