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
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
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.