Volunteering opportunity

Branch Chair Volunteer - Bristol Branch

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National Autistic Society
on 11th March 2020
 

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Location
Volunteer Frequency
  • Regular
Skills
  • Strategy / planning / organising
  • Public engagement
  • Project / programme management
  • Managing volunteers
  • Administration
What matters to you
  • Inclusion / inequality / social justice
  • Health / wellbeing
  • Education / learning
  • Community / neighbourhood action
  • Children / young people / family
Bristol neighbourhood(s)
  • Whiteway / Burchells Hill / Two Mile Hill
  • Westbury on Trym / Westbury Park / Sneyd Park / Stoke Bishop
  • Totterdown / Knowle / Windmill Hill
  • Stockwood / Flowers Hill
  • Stapleton / Broomhill / Begbrook
  • St Philip's Marsh / The Dings
  • St Paul's / St Werburghs / St. Agnes / St Jude's
  • St George / Crew's Hole / Troopers Hill
  • Speedwell / Crofts End / Ridgeway / Mayfield Park
  • Southville / Ashton Gate
  • Southmead / Monks Park / Manor Park
  • Shirehampton / Seamills / Coombe Dingle
  • Redland / Cotham / Kingsdown
  • Redfield / Whitehall
  • Redcliffe / Temple Meads
  • Montpelier / Stokes Croft / St Andrews / Ashley Down
  • Lockleaze
  • Knowle West / Kensington Park / Upper Knowle
  • Hengrove / Whitchurch
  • Henbury / Brentry / Botany Bay / Charlton Mead
  • Harbourside / Canons Marsh / Brandon Hill
  • Fishponds / Hillfields / Chester Park / Lodge Hill
  • Filwood Park / Inns Court / Lower Knowle / Novers Park
  • Filton / Frenchay
  • Edge of Bristol (South Gloucester)
  • Edge of Bristol (North Somerset)
  • Edge of Bristol (Bath & North East Somerset)
  • Eastville / Rose Green / Clay Hill
  • Easton / Baptist Mills / Greenbank
  • Downend / Mangotsfield / Emersons Green
  • Clifton / Clifton Down / Hotwells
  • Bristol City Centre
  • Brislington / Broomhill / St. Annes / Arnos Vale
  • Bishopsworth / Withywood / Hartcliffe
  • Bishopston / Horfield / Henleaze / Golden Hill
  • Bedminster Down / Headley Park / Uplands / Highridge
  • Bedminster / Victoria Park
  • Barton Hill / Lawrence Hill / Newtown
  • Avonmouth / Lawrence Weston
  • Ashton Vale / Bower Ashton

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 over 100 branches and groups, 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 role is vital to the running of the branch as they act as a leader and a coordinator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.

What you will be doing

  • Lead (and chair) committee 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 including at the local Autism Partnership Board
  • Raise the profile of the NAS within your branch and local community
  • Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessment, data protection and safeguarding
  • Monitor branch income and expenditure in partnership with the treasurer
  • Countersign and authorise all cheque 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 Branch Development Officer up to date on branch activities

Skills experience and qualities needed

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 telephone and/or email. 

  • 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 NAS
  • Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
  • Ability to fulfil financial requirements of the role

Support

  • Designated Branch Development 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.

When and where

  • 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) 

What you could get out of it

  • Improve support to people on the autism spectrum 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.

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.

Venue

Bristol

When: Every week

Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Flexible and variable

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