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.
We have a couple of people interested in setting up a branch in the Isle of Wight area and they are looking for additional volunteers to help them form a committee.
What you will be doing
There are several roles on offer depending on your skills and how much time you are willing to offer.
- Act as a leader and coordinator for the branch
- Look after the branch finances
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Have 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.
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.
Dependant on the role chosen.
Supportive of the NAS
Ability to listen and involve others in the group
- Diversity and equal opportunities policy
- Age restrictions
- Child Protection
- Complaints Policy
- Confidentially Policy
- DBS check required
- Ex Offenders
dependant on checks
- Expenses reimbursed
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award
- Suitable for Supported Volunteering
- Suitable for Under 16's
- Suitable for Under 18's
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Vulnerable Adults Policy
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 10/11/2021
Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. Home based (plus travel to branch activities)
This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.
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