CA28, Whitehaven
Job description

Making sure our volunteers and members are kept up-to-date with both local and national news is vital. Our communication volunteers use social media and newsletters to make sure everyone from our MS community is informed about any MS Society updates as well as upcoming activities or events.


Communications Volunteer

We’re the MS Society – a community of people living with MS, scientists, campaigners, listeners, organisers, ambassadors and fundraisers. Our volunteers are a key part of achieving our goals and their support is vital. Join us.

About this opportunity
We are looking to recruit a Communications Volunteer for the Copeland (West Cumbria) Group. As a Communications Volunteer you will make sure the local MS community is aware of our updates and upcoming activities or events at the group.

We are a small team of volunteers based around Whitehaven/Cleator Moor area of West Cumbria. We currently provide a regular social get together at the local Golf Club every other Monday and occasional day trips out, eg. shopping in Carlisle.

This year we took a group of people affected by MS to Calvert Trust activity centre at Kielder for the weekend and a good time was had by all. We hope to develop this kind of activity as well as organise more information events and other activities eg. yoga We know there are lots of people in our patch who may want to come along to activities, or get involved in some way but we don't currently have the capacity to send out a regular newsletter/bulletin, host a group Facebook page or develop a positive relationship with local press and other organisations, and would love to raise our profile in a variety of ways so that people know who we are and what we do. We also want to learn from the local MS Community to better tailor our activities to their needs.

To achieve this we need help to develop our communications. We would be happy for someone to come along and do a small part of this (or do it all!) with support from the rest of the coordinating team of volunteers. We don't have a base and so much of this will be carried out at your own home. There would be a need, where possible, for you to come along to planning meetings (held during the day, once a quarter) and join in with some of the activities in order to fully understand what is happening and we would welcome fresh thoughts and ideas too!

Time required will vary depending on what is happening locally but probably no more than a couple of hours a week. It also is flexible to fit in with other things going on in your life and you need only do as much as you feel comfortable doing. This can be discussed with the Group Coordinator so everyone is happy with expectations.

Use of your own IT will be required and there will be support to use our in-house systems eg membership database, Web to Print branded templates, Outlook email address book (any learning required is supported by staff and other volunteers) There would be a need, where possible, you to come along to the Group's coordinating (planning) meetings which are held during the day, once a quarter, and join in with some of the activities in order to fully understand what is happening and we would welcome fresh thoughts and ideas too! We would value someone who can commit for the long term where possible.

We need you to get involved and help make positive changes to the lives of people affected by MS.
This is a great opportunity to gain experience within a large charity and develop your existing skills and learn new ones.

About you
You’ll have an interest in the MS Society and the work that we do, as well as the enthusiasm to represent both us and our values locally. You will understand the needs of people affected by MS in your area and be sympathetic to the needs and motivations of volunteers. You will be able to communicate clearly in written and spoken English.

Being responsive to the needs of the group and ability to communicate with other team members/local staff contact face to face and by email/video conference is important. We are seeking to develop our activities and build our volunteer team so a 'can do' attitude would be appreciated.

You’ll need to live in the West Cumbria area to carry out this role.

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Posted on: 17 October 2019
Closed date: 15 January 2020
Job ref: 101337VCHJ
Tags: Communications, PR, Operations