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Activities Support Volunteer - NAS Stafford Branch

Location: Stafford

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Interview date (w/c): n/a

Salary (or hourly rate): volunteer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Approx 10 hours per month

Activities Support Volunteer - NAS Stafford 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 Stafford branch of the National Autistic Society provides support to people on the autistic spectrum, their carers and autism professionals in Stafford and the surrounding area. We are staffed entirely by volunteers with advice and support from the national charity.

The Stafford branch of the National Autistic Society is currently looking for volunteers to support activities such as: play and crafts at our stay and play club for younger autistic children; activities and outings for young people during Youth Club; activities and outings for young adults at our Social Club; support a soft play session weekly in term time. The clubs usually meet once a month, the soft play session every Wednesday in term time.

What you will be doing

  • Supporting the activity coordinator to deliver
  • appropriate play and activities for Stay and Play sessions
  • Liaising with the activities coordinator to ensure
  • appropriate materials and equipment is ready for the session
  • Supporting the soft play session and helping it to run smoothly
  • Welcoming new members
  • Helping to ensure the wellbeing of the group members

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

  • Knowledge and experience of the autism spectrum is an advantage but not essential as we can provide training
  • Patience and understanding of the needs of others
  • Good organisational skills
  • The ability to see the world from a different perspective

When and where

Time commitment:

  • Monthly Stay and Play approx. 3 hours at Littleworth
  • Community Centre, Stafford
  • Monthly Youth Club approx. 3 hours at Freedom Support, at Freedom Support,
  • Stone Road, Stafford (usually the same day as Stay and Play)
  • Social Group – approx. 2.5 hours on the third Thursday evening of the month – 7-9pm
  • Soft Play - 1 hour every Wednesday 5-6pm during term time at The Play Shed, Stafford* 

*The Soft Play session attendance can be negotiated and is not a mandatory element of the role due to timing

Support

  • Designated branch support officer to answer any queries and provide support
  • Written guidance on a range of branch communications
  • Access to online learning modules
  • Insurance cover for all branch activities
  • Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the NAS Branches Team

What you could get out of it

  • Designated branch support officer to answer any queries and provide support
  • Written guidance on a range of branch communications
  • Access to online learning modules
  • Insurance cover for all branch activities
  • Expenses covered for attendance at any event organised by the NAS Branches Team

We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autism spectrum. 

You need to live locally to do this role.

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.

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

Apply now