Why we need you
Public spaces can be overwhelming for an autistic person trying to deal with too much information. These places can be crowded, unpredictable, loud and bright, often made worse if some members of the public don’t understand the autistic person. 28% of autistic people have been asked to leave a public space because of behaviour associated with their autism.
Autism Hours are shopping hours specifically for autistic people and their families. They are a way to create a regular opportunity for people to shop in a more accessible environment, where they know their behaviour will not be judged and they can shop and access the same experiences that other people take for granted.
Autism Hours are an opportunity for us to make changes that directly help autistic people and their families, we know that many would like to return that support by fundraising at Autism Hour locations across the UK, you can help us makes the world more autism friendly.
We are looking for volunteers to take part in bucket collections at various shops and shopping centres across the country. Autism Hours are taking place at various times and locations on Saturday, 6th October 2018
See a full list of participating locations this will be displayed at as a PDF document at the bottom of the screen. On your application form please tell us in the About Yourself box which location you would prefer to volunteer at.
We are looking for volunteers aged over 16 for this role
What you will be doing
- There will be a maximum of up to 4 people collecting at any one point in time You will collecting for The National Autistic Society using our branded fundraising resources including t-shirts and buckets. These will be provided.
- You will be volunteering independently from NAS staff however you will receive a briefing via email before the event.
- Where there are enquiries from members of the public, you will direct enquirers to our website and enquiry form
Skills experience and qualities needed
You don’t need any previous experience, these skills will be useful in the role
- Upbeat and friendly personality
- Represent the NAS appropriately
- Able to volunteer independently, we are not able to provide one to one support
- We would encourage autistic supporters to volunteer, if they are comfortable doing so
When and where
- The collections are taking place for up to two hours on the morning of Saturday 6 October, at locations across the country
- 9:30 - 11:30am, Saturday 6 October 2018 - times may vary depending on location
- You will be contacted with details of where the nearest collection is to you
- You will receive a briefing about what to expect on the day
- A Questions and Answer brief with some of the most common questions you may be asked
- An NAS t-shirt and collection bucket will be provided on the day
- A named contact at NAS and a contact at the collection location
What you could get out of it
- You’ll help change the way people think about autism, helping us work towards the day when everyone understands.
- You will be helping to raise valuable funds for the NAS, meaning we are able to support more autistic people
We seek applications from anyone interested in the role, but particularly welcome applications from those with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger syndrome
If you have any questions about this role or the application process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org