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, all run by volunteers, who provide local support to people affected by autism. 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 website and social media editor role ensures that all members receive the right information about the branch and that it is up to date. This is vital to help the branch run well and also has a huge influence on the reputation of the branch in the local area.
What you will be doing:
- Keeping the website up to date. Activities should be advertised at least two weeks in advance so that people have time to book a place and/or arrange their time so that they can attend. People find it frustrating if they don’t have enough time to prepare or if the information they are reading is out of date.
- Making sure the information is clear and well written. Information needs to be relevant to the Branch and should be displayed in a way that is easy for someone to follow. For example, details of activities should be on one page so that it is easy to find information about what is happening.
- Communicating with other committee members to encourage and remind them to pass on information to go onto the website.
- Looking after the branch social media account – posting regular updates that are relevant to local members and people living with autism
- Checking posts made in the closed Facebook group to censor any inappropriate content
Skills, experience, and qualities needed:
- Are comfortable using a computer and can write clearly and accurately.
- Confident using the internet.
- Experience of managing a website.
- Experience of using social media.
- Able to manage time to ensure website is checked and updated regularly.
- Confident in communicating with other committee members and individuals and organisations outside of the Branch in order to gather information.
When and where:
- Roughly 1 hour a week
- Home based (plus travel to branch meetings where appropriate)
- Designated branch support officer to answer any queries and support you with the day to day running of the branch.
- Written guidance on a range of branch communications
- Various training courses relevant to running a branch
- 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:
- Improve support to families affected by autism in your local area
- Access free training and learn new skills
- Meet new people
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.