Salary: £275 per day
Hours: 5 days per month (with capacity for the role to grow)
Duration of Contract: 6 months (initially)
St Germain’s Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) has grown from an initial offer to our local community during the Covid-19 pandemic, into an established mental health service offering support to people across Birmingham. We are looking to appoint a Strategic Fundraiser to help us develop the service further and ensure its sustainability. The EWS will transition later in 2022 to become an independent CIO, and there is capacity for the scope and duration of this role to grow with the organisation. The successful candidate will be willing to work flexibly to achieve the desired outcomes within the allocated time.
The EWS was established in May 2020 to equip people to better manage mental health issues, particularly those caused by or exacerbated by Covid-19. This free service has fast become one of main referral points for GP-based social prescribers in Birmingham. We have supported people at their time of need, whilst waiting lists for secondary services have been at record highs. To date the EWS has conducted more than 1000 support sessions, supporting more than 400 service users. Our Warwick Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing dataset for 2021 showed that more than 85% of service users who completed a course of one-to-one support experienced a statistically significant improvement in their mental wellbeing.
Although currently a sub-committee of St Germain’s Church the EWS is transitioning to independent CIO status. This role is key to shaping the EWS and enabling it to become a robust independent provider of this essential service.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work with the Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) Chair and Service Manager to formulate, implement and review a sustainable fundraising strategy for the service that will include multiple revenue streams (e.g. commissioned contracts, grant funding, regular donations, partnership working etc)
- Lead on and prepare bids for grant/trust applications that align with the EWS’s long term strategic objectives
- Build relationships with potential commissioners of EWS services, preparing bids and negotiating contractual agreements
- Review and suggest improvements to EWS data collection (qualitative and quantitative) and related processes necessary for funding applications, liaising directly with Service Manager and other EWS team members to fully understand the nature of the work, and to ensure that the right data is collected effectively
- Establish processes for reporting to funders/commissioners, and be responsible for that reporting
- Present reports on stats and fundraising to the transitional Board
- Support the work of our existing funding consultant, reviewing/commenting on their bids
- A track record of effective fundraising, income generation and business development
- Excellent interpersonal skills, able to converse with a wide range of people and build positive relationships
- Ability to network and work with a wide range of people including commissioners, funders, staff, and volunteers
- Excellent written language skills with the ability to communicate complex issues succinctly and with impact
- IT: high IT literacy including experience working with CRM-type databases
- Ability to manage own time and be accountable in a target driven role
- Reliable, trustworthy and honest
- Big picture thinker with good attention to detail
- Experience of working with mental health projects or services and related outcome measures
Applying to this Post
When applying please incude a covering letter outlining your suitability for this post and how you meet the above criteria. Please apply by 12 noon on July 7th 2022. However, please note that we reserve the right to close applications before this date if a sufficient number of suitable applications are received.
Recruitment will close if we receive enough applications before the closing date.
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