Meet Abraham Wilson, an autistic man who volunteers at our Nottingham office, helping with data entry and more.

AbrahamHow did you first hear about volunteering at The National Autistic Society?

I first heard about volunteering at the National Autistic Society in December 2017, when I got an email from my support worker letting me know that a role had popped up. This was after a rough couple of years for me, so I applied for the position as I wanted to start a fresh life, improve my skills and get back in to the world of working.

How long have you been volunteering at The National Autistic Society?

I have been volunteering at the National Autistic Society as a data entry volunteer since January 2018, so it is coming up quickly to one and a half years! My roles started off quite basic, but as my skills developed I was given more tasks and responsibilities such as setting up user accounts and adding roles to more websites.

How has volunteering made a difference to your life?

Volunteering at the National Autistic Society has helped make a huge difference to my life. It has given me a reason to leave my house and get away from a living where I'm just sitting in my chair playing on my computer all day in my bedroom. It has boosted my confidence by allowing me to meet new people, as well as to try new things such as going to the gym on a weekly basis to try and lose weight.

Will volunteering help your future?

Most definitely, I have been interested in computers and technology from an early age and always wanted a job in the IT industry. Volunteering at the National Autistic Society has helped me boost my skills and given me the confidence needed to allow me to progress further in employment.

Have you learnt any additional skills from your role?

Being autistic myself, I've learned communication skills and how to communicate appropriately with work colleagues in the office environment.