Fundraising and Communications Volunteer

Please apply to [email protected]

Fundraising and Communications Volunteer

Closing date: Monday 11th January, 2021

Department: Fundraising and Communications

Place of volunteering: Working from home/in the office a day a week after lockdown has ended.

Hours: 7 hours per week (1 day but can be flexible)

Reporting to: Fundraising and Communications Officer

Role Summary:

Support our fundraising team to organise events (including digital, for example a virtual pub quiz or poetry/music event), promote fundraising activities and raise money to help over 2,500 women, children and LGBTQ+ people across East Sussex.

The communications side of the role will help increase RISE’s reach, improve our supporter base, raise awareness of RISE services and increase income, as well as supporting the team in raising RISE’s profile through both on and offline comms. Comms work will include checking the fundraising inbox and responding to queries, phoning supporters, posting across social media for various projects (predominantly the Superhereos Summer and Creative in the Time of Covid), alongside other marketing, and assisting with legacies work.

You’ll gain vital fundraising, communications, events, digital, admin and overall charity experience, and also get an insight in to the day-to-day (now virtual) running of a fundraising team, learn more about the work RISE does and help raise money that will give even more survivors freedom from domestic abuse.

Personal Skills and Qualities Required:

  • A passion for supporting the work that RISE undertakes
  • Knowledge of Microsoft packages and general IT skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to understand and work with confidential data
  • Good attention to detail
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Ability to be flexible and work according to the needs of the team
  • At all times you will be expected to protect the safety and security of services, service users, staff, volunteers and buildings, and the confidentiality of records and other information;
  • Acknowledge and actively support the rights of women, children and LGBTQ+ people who have experienced domestic violence.
  • An understanding and respect for diversity, equality and inclusion.

Desired Skills/ Experience:

  • Fundraising experience
  • Digital/Comms experience
  • Admin experience
  • Events experience
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft, CMS, Canva

General Duties:

  • Assisting with the organisation of fundraising events, both stand-alone RISE events and partner events within the community, eg The Superhereos Summer, 8K, Virtual quiz, music fundraiser, and creative competitions
  • Assisting the fundraising team to keep accurate records of fundraising and events activity, including financial income
  • Managing data and information relating to fundraising events and activities.
  • Setting up the On-and-Offline Fundraising page geared towards fundraising during the pandemic
  • Assisting with the integration of communications and fundraising campaigns, events and messaging across current and future digital platforms
  • Supporting with promotion and awareness-raising for the service using a variety of media including researching, developing and scheduling content for Twitter, Facebook and other relevant online applications and platforms.
  • Working on legacies/gifts in wills
  • Keeping abreast of relevant current affairs (around domestic abuse, domestic violence and feminist issues to join in the conversation on social media – as well as alerting the team where relevant.
  • Researching and compiling a list of media and community outlets for publicity across East Sussex.
  • Assisting in growing and developing RISE’s online presence – including web traffic and social media engagement.
  • Assisting the fundraising team with financial processes, including keeping and maintaining accurate records for yearly Gift Aid claims
  • Ad hoc research and contact of local organisations to request supplies, donations, promotions etc for RISE events
  • Research into appropriate trusts, foundations and grant making bodies that sit in line with the RISE vision
  • Assisting with ad hoc queries from supporters over the phone and via email and reaching out to our supporters by phone
  • Assisting with day to day administration requirements, i.e. thank you letters, posting, filling.
  • Any other duties as required and relevant to the team’s needs.

What We Offer:

  • You will be working as part of a dynamic and supportive professional team where you will receive comprehensive induction and training to perform your role effectively.
  • You will have an opportunity to develop your strengths and skills (communication, teamwork, time management, positive attitude, initiative), build confidence and feel valued.
  • Experience of working in the third sector and active development to increase knowledge of third sector organisational structure and processes.
  • Active progression such as regular supervisions, open discussion about any relevant and feasible development RISE can offer such as job shadowing or one-to-ones with desired areas of the organisation.
  • Possible opportunities to develop autonomy over small project areas and/or own campaigns as well as input your ideas into current ones.
  • You will gain transferable professional skills and work experience that provides you with additional sources for positive work references.

Please apply with your CV and covering letter to [email protected]