Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer. You probably know all about our nurses – but we offer plenty more as well. Our health and social care professionals provide vital support from the moment someone suspects they have cancer. We give information about cancer and how to live with it. We offer people affected by cancer, and their friends and families, all the emotional support they need. We give grants and help people make ends meet. Two million people in the UK today are living with cancer and you’ll help us support every one of them.
Why do we need you?
From researching new fundraising opportunities to giving current supporters the best experience, you’ll make a massive difference to Macmillan and, ultimately, to the lives of people affected by cancer. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a whole host of fundraising, marketing and events activities which could include:
• Identifying and developing key relationships in the local community e.g. with schools, groups and individuals
• Sourcing and developing supporter stories and case studies
• Working with local media – writing and submitting press releases
• Using social media to promote current fundraising activities and Macmillan messages
• Contacting numerous supporters to encourage further engagement with Macmillan
• Talking about Macmillan to the local community and giving presentations to various supporters, including schools
• Researching companies, festivals, exhibition and events to approach for support
• Acting as a Macmillan representative
• Ad hoc support to the London Fundraising Team
What activities will you be involved in?
In addition to the above, you could support specific events/projects including:
• Hear No Evil festival - support across all areas of the festival which could include ; marketing, social media, volunteer recruitment and sourcing raffle prizes
• Carols by Candlelight –general support, helping with the printed materials, securing celebrity speakers and managing ticket sales
• London Takeover - helping to engage Macmillan staff and supporters to join us for our biggest street collection of the year
• City Takeover – providing support for this one day collection event, helping prepare and deliver collection materials
• Attending fundraising events - e.g. World’s Biggest Coffee Morning
• Assist at other events across the organisation e.g. special events and conferences
How much time should you offer? When would you be needed? Where will you be based?
• Ideally in this role we would like you to be based in London or surrounding suburbs and be willing to travel and work from home as well as in the community
• The placement is due to start in late August/early September 2015 until July 2016, although there is flexibility on dates depending on your availability
• This is a 4 days a week role, Monday to Friday, but specific times and days are flexible to fit around your commitments
• The placement is unpaid but we pay volunteers’ “out-of-pocket” expenses, including a daily lunch allowance and your travel expenses, within agreed guidelines.
• You will need an internet connection at home and access to a desktop or laptop
• Ideally you will need a full and clean driving licence and access to a car
What can you gain from this opportunity?
• Develop new skills and/or utilise existing skills
• Gain hands-on experience of Fundraising
• Meet and communicate with hugely inspiring Macmillan supporters
• Gain experience of marketing national mass participation events
• Develop strong understanding of supporter care
• Learn more about Macmillan and what we offer and how else you could get involved
• Have the opportunity to spend time in other departments on mini placements
• Developing your skills in presenting, PR, marketing, social media and more
• Access e-learning resources to improve skills
• Network with other volunteers and Macmillan staff across the UK
• Have clear objectives, a work plan, regular review meetings with your Fundraising Manager and opportunities for feedback
• Enhance your CV and gain written references at the end of your placement
• Gain experience of how a leading national charity operates and access our database of employment opportunities
What are we looking for?
• Enthusiasm for the cause and ability to represent Macmillan Cancer Support
• Strong communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills for building relationships either face to face and over the telephone
• A demonstrable ability to work as part of a team
• Proactive and highly organised with a proven ability to meet deadlines
• Proficient in managing own time and work load
• Word, Excel proficiency and ability to conduct internet research
• Adept to social media and networking
• Excellent attention to detail
• Ability to organise your workload and work on your own initiative
• An interest in the charity sector and in developing your fundraising and events knowledge
Who should you contact?
We will acknowledge your application and let you know whether you have been shortlisted. For further details please contact Alex Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org