Fundraising volunteer

Help with a range of fundraising activities and keep in touch with our supporters

As a fundraising volunteer, you will support Shannon Trust’s Fundraising Manager and Fundraising & Communications officer. You will help with a range of fundraising activities and keep in touch with our supporters, raising vital funds so that people in prisons can learn to read and have a positive future.

The role will vary according to our needs and could involve:

·     Researching new funding opportunities and drafting grant applications to Trusts and Foundations;

·     Helping to manage the fundraising database;

·     Supporting the fundraising team with administrative duties as required, such as keeping in touch with supporters and writing thank you letters;

·     Supporting individual fundraisers participating in sporting events and other fundraising activities;

·     Supporting our social media activities including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter;

·     Development of donor materials such as fundraising packs and presentations;

·     Building links with local community organisations who are interested in supporting us;

·     Giving short presentations and talks about our work to local community organisations;

·     Encouraging other volunteers to help promote Shannon Trust;

·     Working with other fundraising volunteers.

 Experience in all these areas is not essential. Your role could include just some of these aspects, depending on your skill-set. You will need to be available online and via the phone.

Who we are looking for:

You don't need any formal qualifications to become a volunteer fundraiser. We're looking for people who:

·     Are passionate and enthusiastic about our work;

·     Can communicate with a wide range of people;

·     Have a professional and friendly telephone manner;

·     Have strong written and verbal communication skills;

·     Are good listeners;

·     Are confident using Microsoft office, the internet and email;

·     Can work independently and manage their own time;

·     Able to identify when to escalate issues/communications with the fundraising manager or fundraising & communications officer;

·     Are committed to working in line with policies and procedures, particularly fundraising standards.

Previous fundraising and communications experience would be a bonus.

 Location and volunteering hours:

This role can be carried out from home and could involve some local travel. Ideally we’d like someone who can give regular hours on a weekly basis, but we’re flexible and can work out a plan that suits you – for example, you could have a small project to deliver over a few weeks in your own time. This could be two hours upwards, depending on your availability.

 Training, induction and support:

Shannon Trust provides a wide range of training for volunteers. You will be expected to attend mandatory training for new volunteers, some will be group training and some will be online. The training will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the values and visions of the charity and practical support for your role.  You will receive a thorough induction into your role.

 Due to the nature of the role, we will be in contact on a frequent basis. This will depend on your availability. You will be offered ongoing relevant training and monthly one to ones with the fundraising manager to support you. A review will take place at 6 months. Another review will then take place with the Fundraising Manager at the 2yr stage and every 2yrs thereafter. 


Expenses and insurance:

You'll be able to claim back all reasonable out of pocket expenses and be covered by our public liability insurance.

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Next training dates
Induction 1 - Vision and Values
South - 24th June 2021. North - 22nd June 2021
Other training dates
To be confirmed dependent on tasks undertaken in role.
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