Hope for the Young is a small UK-registered charity working to remove the obstacles to young refugees and asylum-seekers education and well-being through mentoring, advocacy, and financial support. We currently run two programmes in the UK:
Our Mentoring Project operates London-wide and matches young refugees and asylum-seekers aged 16-25 with trained volunteer mentors who provide tailored one-to-one support and advice according to their needs. Mentors meet their mentees once a week for at least 6 months in local cafes and libraries and support them to achieve their goals and aspirations as they rebuild their lives in the UK.
Our Grants and Advocacy Programme promotes equal access to education for young refugees and asylum-seekers by supporting young people aged 16-28 whose immigration status makes them ineligible for student finance, and to those who are facing extreme financial hardship. We provide educational grants that pay for tuition fees, living allowances, and travel expenses alongside tailored advocacy support and advice throughout their studies.
We are looking to recruit a Communications and Fundraising Officer on a one-year fixed term contract in collaboration with The Rank Foundation’s Time to Shine Programme. We are looking for somebody who is starting out in their career or looking for a change of direction who will support our CEO and small staff team across a range of fundraising and communications activities. This newly-created role is perfect for someone with a flair for communicating passionately with others and looking to widen their communications and fundraising skillset. You will be working within a growing, well-respected charity that values your views and encourages personal and professional development.
We are seeking a proactive, flexible, driven and organised person to support our communication and fundraising activities. This role will be integral to the growth and development of our work and in supporting the young people we work with. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone to hone their skills, gain valuable experience, and develop their career in the not-for-profit sector as part of a dynamic, enthusiastic and supportive team. Hope for the Young is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented groups and from those with lived experience of the asylum system.
- Support the design and implementation of HftY’s Communications and Engagement Strategy in collaboration with the staff team
- Proactively post, share and maintain up-to-date and relevant social media posts (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in line with our Social Media Guidelines, and develop and manage website content
- Create publicity materials for different audiences (volunteers, young people, funders, businesses, supporters) using HftY’s brand and voice such as case studies, blog posts and newsletters.
- Maintain and grow HftY’s supporter base with the aim to increase awareness and support towards our work
- Oversee the production of internal and external publications, and support the Chief Executive to design, prepare, and publicise our first Annual Impact Report.
- Explore potential new funding opportunities; research and write successful funding applications in collaboration with the CEO.
- Undertake a range of fundraising activities such as assisting with organising events and online campaigns.
- Support the CEO with preparing reports to funders and trustees.
- Manage our community fundraising pages and supporter database.
- Attend training, events and meetings as required
- Work with other members of the team to ensure good safeguarding practice in all aspects of the charity's work and maintain good practice in confidentiality, equal opportunities, diversity, and inclusion.
- All relevant administration tasks such as monthly activity reporting, management of general inboxes and updating and maintaining our database.
What is the Time to Shine Programme?
The Rank Foundation, in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, has awarded a grant to Hope for the Young based on the Real Living Wage Foundation to cover the direct, full-time salary costs of a Communications and Fundraising Officer.
This role forms part of a wider 12-month leadership programme in partnership with The Rank Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund. In addition to your role, you will be expected to take part in a number of leadership days and conferences dedicated to your professional development. Travel and overnight stays will be part of the programme and therefore we ask you to consider this when applying.
Key requirements for the role:
- You will be currently unemployed or underemployed (you can be employed but this role must have significantly increased responsibility).
- This is a 12-month entry level role starting at the beginning of January 2022
- You will be required to travel and stay in accommodation for leadership days and conferences (Covid-19 restrictions allowing)
- You will be offered the chance to be mentored by a member of the Time to Shine alumni.
- You will have access to budgets for training and visits to learn from other organisations in the Rank family
- In line with Rank’s ethos, Hope for the Young will support you in your role and make the most of the opportunities offered through the programme
- You will be encouraged to take part in networking and development activities
- If successful at the interview, there will be a second interview with The Rank Foundation in November 2021.