Cyril Flint Befrienders
With over 5 million elderly people living on their own, and around two fifths (around 3.9 million) of all older people citing television as their main source of company, loneliness is an ever-present problem within our community (Campaign To End Loneliness).
Cyril Flint, an elderly pensioner living on his own in the Trafford area, was a classic example of one such individual. Having spent 20 lonely Christmas holidays on his own, since the passing of his wife, Cyril’s story not only evoked a wave of compassion within the community, but it also made us want to do something to help. Setting up an informal befriending service, designed to help prevent social isolation, seemed like the perfect solution. Since its creation, our scheme has grown throughout the Greater Manchester area and we are now a registered charity with an increasing number of active volunteers throughout the community.
Cyril Flint Befrienders is an established befriending service that currently covers Trafford and South Manchester areas. We rely on Volunteers to spend an hour a week to visit a person (usually in their own home) befriending a person on a regular one-to-one basis. This may be someone who lives alone who has little or no contact from friends and family with limited community support. Knowing someone is popping in once a week can make a huge difference, not just to relieve their loneliness and isolation but also to boost the older person’s self-esteem and confidence and give them something to look forward to on a weekly basis.
We are delighted to be recruiting for a brand new role and are looking for a pro-active individual with community fundraising and volunteer management experience to join us as a Part-Time Community Fundraiser, helping us to maximise local fundraising activities. You will be developing existing fundraising initiatives as well as developing your own to help increase fundraising income for the charity. You’ll be responsible for helping to raise the profile of the charity and attracting new loyal and regular supporters. You will be part of a small, friendly team whose work has a huge impact on the lives of lonely and isolated older members of the community.
- To raise funds for Cyril Flint Befrienders to help us continue our work. This can be from a wide range of community based activities including local events, local businesses and other sources.
- To foster excellent working relationships with both internal and external partners to support the successful achievement of the community fundraising strategy.
- To promote the work of the charity and raise awareness of it in the local community, including developing presentations, giving talks, organising information stands and arranging charity displays.
- To develop existing fundraising activities of the charity, expanding on our current fundraising strategy to maximise income.
- To initiate new fundraising events throughout the year, raising awareness and income for the charity.
- To acquire new supporters, inspiring new individuals, businesses and local schools and groups, to raise money for the charity.
- To lead in recruitment of fundraising volunteers and their management.
- To ensure effective promotion and marketing of volunteer fundraiser opportunities across the Trafford area, through online advertisements, posters, attending fairs and events and by any other suitable means.
- To assess initial volunteer applications and complete telephone interviews with prospective volunteers.
- To ensure a comprehensive and up to date file is kept, both hard copy and online, for each volunteer.
- Be able to work flexibly with regards to working patterns as evening and weekend work will be required on occasion as part of the role.
- be a team player
- be pro-active and resilient
- able to organise and manage a busy workload
- have excellent written and verbal communication skills
- able to negotiate with confidence to influence a wide range of individuals
- able to maintain good working relationships with people
- have good IT skills
- have a creative and innovative approach to fundraising
- experience having worked in a community or events fundraising role
- experience in marketing, PR, events
- experience of recruiting or managing volunteers
- experience of raising funds in a community setting
- experience of working to targets, plans or budgets
- experience of communicating with a wide range of audiences
- experience with local press/media
- experience using social media to organise events/fundraise
Other requirements (essential)
- a full driving license
- access to vehicle
- able to work evenings and weekends as required
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and as Community Fundraiser, there is the expectation that you will perform duties which are necessary to the on-going success of the Charity.
20 hours per week (flexible pattern)
£22,000 pro rata
12 noon Friday 25th January 2019
To be held Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th February at our Head Office in Didsbury.
Application Form: Application pack form
Email to: [email protected]