Why we need you!
The NAS Hackney Group relaunched in 2019 for the public benefit to support people with autism and related conditions (whether or not these conditions are associated with other disabilities) and those who support them, and we are looking for active participation in improving services and campaigning for better autism understanding in our local area. Volunteering with us is an exciting opportunity to help achieve a better society for autistic individuals and their families! We will do so 'Until Everyone Understands'!
We offer practical support and up to date information to people with autism, their families and those who support them living in the branch area. Focusing on providing information and support and campaigning, we provide parent support groups, adult social groups, children's activities, workshops, and online sessions, providing a platform for people connected by autism to connect, share information, ideas, and ideas support each other.
Volunteering with the Hackney branch of the National Autistic Society will support in creating a community that works for autistic people in City and Hackney. In exchange for your help, we will provide ongoing supervision, support and training throughout your role. We have various social events lined up, and we were hoping you could volunteer with us. It is a great way to meet the community, learn about running an event, fundraise and be part of an amazing team!
We would like you to:
-Attend meetings, support groups, activities and workshops
-Write notes of what is talked about at committee meetings. These notes should be recorded in a book or on a computer. The notes should be photocopied or typed up and sent to all committee members after the meeting (within one week).
- Book speakers for meetings; you will need to contact the speaker by telephone, email or letter and then continue to communicate with them to confirm their attendance and check if they need any assistance and information (such as details of transport or accommodation).
-Book meeting rooms for committee and branch meetings and venues for workshops, events and activities. You will need to contact a venue in advance of a meeting and confirm the date and time of the room. Some meeting rooms need to be paid for, and if a venue is used for meetings frequently, you will need to negotiate a cheaper rate.
We are flexible about working hours and days but ask for a few hours every week. The days and how you work the hours are flexible. You can work remotely but may be required to attend committee and members meetings, support groups, activities and workshops. We provide references to all our volunteers but cannot do so for less than six months of active commitment with the branch. Applicants must be able to provide references.