Campaigning & Events Volunteer
Hackney Branch of The National Autistic Society
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Why we need you!The NAS Hackney Group is run by volunteers who provide local support to people affected by autism. Our main focus has been on raising awareness of autism in the boroughs of City and Hackney, particularly in education, mental health, adult social care and employment. We are keen to continue to do this and are looking for volunteers to give awareness talks (training will be provided). We are run support groups and social groups, and there may well be opportunities to help out with these. The campaigning and events volunteer will help with running the Covid-19 vaccination programme.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 help create a community that works for autistic people!We would like you to• Arrange awareness sessions• Attend and presenting awareness sessions (training and materials are provided).• Attend support groups and playgroups• Work with the Council to support their Autism Strategy• Share information (full training will be given).• Signpost to other support, professionals, organisations.• Welcome new members.• Attend support groups, activities and workshops.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.
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Skills, experience and qualities needed
• Confident communicating with branch members and listening to their thoughts and ideas.
• Organised and able to plan ahead.
• Confident in taking the lead at introducing themselves and speaking to new people.
• An ability to make new people feel welcome.
• Comfortable presenting to small groups.
• Confident in working with and communicating with individual members, committee members and organisations outside of the branch. Communications will be face to face, by telephone and email.
• Able to work as part of a team.
• Confident and comfortable speaking publicly.
• Able to explain ideas.
• Able to motivate people and help people.
• Able to tackle difficult issues and problems and situations and involve other people where necessary.
• Aware of the importance of managing and handling money safely and accurately.
Join us and feel the joy of making a difference!
• The branch is an important part of The National Autistic Society and is bound by the Memorandum, policies and Articles of the Society and its governing body's decisions. Ongoing support will be provided from the team at our Head office.
• All volunteers will be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket expenses.
• Improve support to families affected by autism in our local area.
• Access free training and learn new skills.
• Meet new people.
• References after six months of volunteering
• Gain experience in the voluntary sector
• Gain Inclusive Volunteering - We welcome
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18 and over
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role but particularly welcome applications from anyone passionate about this cause or a personal connection to autism.