Do you work in Fundraising or Business Development? Have you previous experience managing a fundraising campaign for a charity? If so, please get in touch as we would love to hear from you! Head2Head Sensory Theatre is seeking volunteers to form part of a project team leading on the purchase and refurbishment of a Sensory Theatre / Community Drop-In Centre for children and young adults with special needs’ and disabilities, their families and carers.
About Head2Head Sensory Theatre:
Our charity is dedicated to the Special Needs’ Community. We are passionate about making theatre accessible to all and understand that families who have a child with a disability face many barriers. We raise awareness, share knowledge and develop new ways to make this happen. We include opportunities for self-development and learning by offering work experience to students transitioning from education.
We provide immersive and interactive multi-sensory shows for special schools and the local community throughout London and the South East reaching over 3000 children with disabilities and over 2000 family members / carers each year. Our activities provide layers of entertainment, both verbal and sensory, so that users, their neurotypical siblings and other family members, are fully engaged.
We are now entering a new and exciting phase and chapter of Head2Head Sensory Theatre by preparing to open a first-of-its-kind community drop-in centre and theatre base. We are securing an ideal site which is in central location with excellent road and rail connections. It presently houses two halls, several classrooms, separate outhouses, detached house, tennis courts and ample parking. All we now need is lots of help to refurbish the building into a welcoming theatre and centre and get the word out to the community to be ready for lots of sensory and theatre fun as soon as possible!
What will you be doing?
You will help us establish and maintain a first-of-its-kind centre which will leave a lasting legacy on the Leatherhead and Surrey community. You will raise funds and awareness of this exciting project and promote its growth and development. You will bring your skills, attributes, expert knowledge, experience and contacts to enrich our project and benefit our charity.
The main purpose of the role will be to support the Board of Trustees and CEO in developing a project-specific sustainable fundraising strategy to support the purchase, and refurbishment, of a building and site into a sensory theatre intended to be used as a base for our Charity. You will work with the Board of Trustees and MKPA Staff to identify income streams to maintain and develop sustainable funding in line with the organisational fundraising strategy through the:
- Completion of Funding Applications to Trusts/Foundations and other organisations
- Supporting and planning of fundraising initiatives
- Identification of new funding opportunities
- Supporting and marketing any fundraising events
- Supporting the development of membership fundraising (potentially fundraising packs and materials)
- Assisting in the research of prospective Trusts, Foundations and Corporate donors
- Development of community and local company engagement both in direct giving and gifts in kind
- Assisting in the development and management of fundraising database, helping update records and administrative duties as and when required
- Carrying out any other ad hoc admin support for the team as required
What are we looking for?
We wish to recruit volunteers who are passionate about our charity’s work. We are seeking individuals who are able to help us with our expansion project with their expertise and skills in securing the necessary support and to ultimately champion its development and growth. Ideal candidates will have can-do attitudes, very strong networking skills enabling leads for the benefit of the charity, as well as expert knowledge and experience necessary for this exciting transition.
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience of working on projects
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to think laterally and produce original materials
- Excellent attention to detail
- Ability to work flexibly in a team with enthusiasm and commitment
- Knowledge of Microsoft 365
- Good presentation and communication skills
- Experience of writing persuasive letters or proposals
- Demonstrable successful track record of funding applications
- Interest in H2H’s aims and objectives and a passion for play
What difference will you make?
You will join the charity during a critical period of transition and your expert knowledge and experience will be invaluable to its success. You will have a key role in ensuring we reach the children, and their families, who are in need of our support and inclusion on a regular basis and offer a drop-in centre which will always be welcoming.
What's in it for you?
You would be part of an innovative and forward-thinking charity, focussed on reaching children who are part of those harder to reach families. You would have a key role in developing a first-of-its-kind theatre and drop-in centre which will be transformational to children and young adults with special needs’ and disabilities, their families and carers.
Time: Either in or out of office hours
Estimate of time needed: Approximately 5-15 hours / month