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 Branch Co-Chair jointly helps to run and coordinate the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do
What you will be doing
- Arrange 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. A minimum of 5 committee meetings per year should be attended.
- Help the branch chair to develop and run local activities such as support groups, social clubs and activity groups.
- Organise and check suitability of external speakers and visitors to the group and uphold our commitment to safeguarding
- Contribute to the development and continuing improvement of the branch.
- Make the other co-chair and the rest of the committee aware of the views of branch members and members of the public and report any concerns.
- Raise the profile of the branch within local community and liaise with NAS
- Ensure your branch complies with NAS policies including risk assessment, data protection and safeguarding
Skills experience and qualities needed
You should be:
- Confident in working 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 and emphasizing the importance of confidentiality and data protection
- Ability to listen and involve others in the group and not to dominate
- Ability to fulfil financial requirements of the role and ensure payment is made immediately for venue hire
- Promote use of website and social media
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 in and around Peterborough)
- Branch chair and committee members to support you where needed. Designated NAS 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.
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
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those on the autistic spectrum.