Volunteer role: PR and Social Media Volunteer

'I would definitely recommend volunteering at the National Autistic Society as it's a once in a lifetime opportunity.' Alex, PR and Social Media Volunteer

What's your connection to autism and the National Autistic Society?

I received my autism diagnosis when I was five years old and I became an ambassador for the National Autistic Society last year (2018).

What was your role and what did it involve?

My role was working in the PR and Social Media team. During the mornings I focused my time responding to social media enquiries, scheduling content, and helped gather the data to feed into the monthly social media report. In the afternoons, I would be organising the press cuttings, which involves going through articles, saving them into a folder and then writing a short description about the article and where we were mentioned.

What have you learned while working at the National Autistic Society?

I learnt so much while volunteering at the National Autistic Society from organising press cuttings, understanding Facebook insights better and using the right tone of language when responding to sensitive enquiries across the charity’s social media channels. 

Why did you want to volunteer?

I wanted to volunteer because I am keen to learn more about autism so that I have a better understanding about it. I have a big interest in media related things so the PR and Social Media role was right for me. 

Would you recommend volunteering?

I would definitely recommend volunteering at the National Autistic Society it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity so if you get the chance to volunteer, do it! 

What’s next for you?

I have lots of exciting things planned, a few videos that should be out soon but also there are a few articles I am currently writing for my blog that I have recently started. Hopefully, soon I can end up somewhere in the media industry either doing a PR and Social media role or working behind the camera in the TV industry. 

Tell us a fun fact about you.

I’ve been to over 300 Reading FC games. I’ve met Harry Styles, and on the second occasion he recognised me.

 

Thank you Alex, and all our other volunteers, who are helping to create a society that works for autistic people.

We need more people like Alex to help us continue to support autistic people and their families. 

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