Job details

Area Local Champion(s) Worcestershire
Worcestershire

Job reference: 03864

Location: Worcestershire

Closing date: 04/07/2019

Interview date (w/c): Not specified

Salary: Volunteer

Employment type: Volunteer

Hours per week: Approx 2 hours per week

Why we need you

From an extensive survey of schools in the county, it has been discovered that there are over 2000 children with a diagnosis of autism, and many more accepted on to the Umbrella Pathway. We are still yet to discover the numbers but believe there to also be a significant number of adults with autism living in the county. 
From talking to these adults, families and carers, we have been told about their struggles on a daily basis, and particularly their difficulties when leaving their homes. Many families feel isolated and alone, with no-one to talk to and no-one who understands. 

With the county so geographically spread, we would like to ensure that there is a local presence, wherever they live.

Areas needing volunteers:

  • Worcester City and Droitwich
  • Bromsgrove
  • Redditch
  • Kidderminster, Bewdley, Hagley and Stourport-on-Severn
  • Martley, Clifton-upon-Teme and Tenbury Wells
  • Malvern and Upton-upon-Severn
  • Pershore and Evesham

What you will be doing

Liaise with 2-3 other volunteers in your area to:

  • Become experts in the facilities in your area
  • Identify and make contact with families living in the area
  • Set up a social group in the area, meeting at least three times a year
  • Report to the Branch Chair three times a year on
  • The progress of the area group
  • The concerns of the group to be tackled by the Branch Chair at County level
  • Ideas of events to be offered at County level
  • Liaise with Branch Treasurer about finance issues
  • Liaise with Fundraising Co-ordinator about planning fundraising activities

Skills experience and qualaties needed

  • Knowledge about autism
  • Patient
  • Friendly
  • Reliable, well-organised and committed
  • You will need access to a computer

When and where

  • In your area – at a venue decided by the volunteers
  • The hours given as a volunteer are flexible, but an estimation is that 2 hours per week will be needed.
  • The role will be home based, with travel to the meetings in your local area

Support

  • Support will be provide by Branch Chair and other volunteers
  • National Autistic Society online training modules

What you could get out of it

  • Improve support to families and individuals 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 autism spectrum

If you have any questions about this role or the application process please contact volunteers@nas.org.uk

 

The closing date for this job has now passed.

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