Why we need you
The National Autistic Society (NAS) 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 chairperson role is vital to the running of the North Ayrshire branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch and its volunteers.
What you will be doing
Lead (and chair) committee meetings and public meetings. This also involves setting out what needs to be discussed at meetings, ensuring that each issue is covered and that other people have a chance to speak.
Represent the branch at external meetings e.g. with local services for people with autism
Allocate tasks to other people involved in your branch
Raise the profile of the NAS within your branch and local community
Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessments, data protection and safeguarding
Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the branch treasurer
Countersign and authorise all branch bank payments
Co-ordinate and promote local campaigns and bring others on board to help you
Support fundraising in your branch
Act as a key contact for the NAS, keeping the Senior Branch Engagement Officer up to date on branch activities
Skills qualities and experience useful for the role (but not essential)
Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch chairs give around 5 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the North Ayrshire area.
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 National Autistic Society branch support team.
What you could get out of it
Improve support to autistic individuals 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.
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.
We process applications as we receive them, we will close the role when we find a suitable volunteer for the role. Consequently, the role may close before the advertised closing date.
The National Autistic Society exists to champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and to ensure that they and their families receive quality services appropriate to their needs.
• Flexibility on days and the amount of time committed to the role. The majority of branch chairs give around 5 hours a week but it depends how active the branch is. Home based (plus travel to branch activities) Ideally you will live in the North Ayrshire
Experience required: Confident in volunteering with and communicating with other committee members, and individuals and organisations outside of the Branch. This communication will need to be face to face, by email and/or telephone.
Confident and comfortable speaking publicly
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 National Autistic Society
Minimum age: 18
Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Agreed expenses paid
This opportunity is also advertised across North Ayrshire.