Founded in 1962, we are the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families. Our goal is to help transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.
Branch Secretary Volunteer North Somerset Branch
Why we need you
The charity has around 100 branches, 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 secretary role is important to the running of the branch as they act as a coordinator and communicator for the branch. Without these roles, we would not have as many branches as we do.
What you will be doing
- Writing 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 two weeks).
- Booking 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).
- Booking meeting rooms for committee and Branch meetings. You will need to contact a venue in advance of when you want a meeting and confirm the date and time you want the room for. Some meeting rooms need to be paid for. If you meet there frequently, you may be able to negotiate a cheaper rate.
Skills qualities and experience needed
- Able to listen to other people talking and write notes about what they are saying at the same time.
- Can write clearly and accurately.
- Confident in communicating with individuals or organisations by phone or email in order to book rooms or speakers.
When and where
- Writing notes at committee meetings = however long the meeting lasts
- Typing up notes from committee meetings and sending to the committee = 1-2 hours
- Booking speakers for meetings = 1-2 hours in total over a period of time
- Booking meeting rooms = 30 minutes over a period of time
- Home based (plus travel to branch meetings)
- 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 autistic people and their families 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