Here at The National Autistic Society, we’re so thankful for the time, hard work and dedication of our lovely volunteers. We simply couldn’t do it without you.

Volunteer

As with many charities up and down the country, we’ve been busy celebrating National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), and it’s been an amazing opportunity to say thank you!

This year, we asked volunteers to share their stories with us to find out why they volunteer, and to highlight some of the amazing things they do – and we were simply overwhelmed with your responses, anecdotes and inspirational stories.

Without our volunteers, many of our services simply wouldn’t exist. Your work dramatically improves the lives of autistic people, their families and carers –
and that’s something to feel incredibly proud about. So thank you.

Whether it’s working in one of our many volunteer-led branches, helping out at a conference, assisting with bucket collections and fundraising events, or keeping our busy Autism Helpline running, your work is so important to us. Here's just a few of the things we did to celebrate...

We organised a tea party!

Lifeline volunteers tea party.

Earlier this week, we held our annual Volunteers’ Week Afternoon Tea Party for our amazing Lifeline Volunteers. The tea party was a chance for the team to meet and socialise with each other and share their experiences. Of course, it was also an opportunity to eat a lot of cake! "Thank you to our fantastic team of dedicated volunteers!" said Volunteer Manager, Michelle Englar, who was on sweet duty for the day!

We put on a performance of The Lion King

NAS volunteers

We love autism-friendly performances, and want to see more of them - but we couldn't do it without the help of our volunteers. Fortunately, we were on hand to support families throughout the performance, ensuring a welcoming and relaxed environment for all.

Here's just a few of the things people said about it...

Without shows like this we simply wouldn't be able to have experiences with the whole family like this, which are priceless.

Suzanne

We had a fabulous time. My daughter is using the experience as part of her bronze arts award and will be writing about how other theatres could make their productions more autism-friendly.

Anna

We couldn't have gone to see this if it hadn't been autism-friendly. What a difference you make.

Cian

Autism friendly shows

We asked volunteers to share their stories

Volunteer 

It's always fantastic hearing from volunteers about why they want to get involved. This year, we spoke to volunteers from all corners of the charity, including those providing support to our helplines, organising fundraising events, providing all-important support as a befriender, and working in one of our branches.

Read our volunteer stories

Read our branch stories

A thank you from our Chief Executive, Mark Lever

We made a special thank you video with a message from our Chief Executive, Mark Lever. A big thank you to all our volunteers this National Volunteers' Week. We couldn't do it without you.

How to apply to volunteer

We're always looking for volunteers to help improve the lives of autistic people, their friends and families. To find out more about volunteering with us and what kind of roles we offer, please visit our volunteering section.

Alternatively, you can keep up-to-date with the latest volunteering roles on our jobs page.