Community Fundraising Group Member
Why does the BHF need me?
Heart and circulatory disease touches us all. Affecting young and old alike, it is the UK’s biggest killer and there are around 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease here in the UK. The BHF is committed to funding half a billion pounds of new research over the next five years, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.
To support this vital research, the British Heart Foundation [BHF] has a network of over 200 community fundraising groups and over 3,000 community fundraising volunteers in all corners of the UK. Together they raise over £2million every year in the fight against heart disease.
Our Community Fundraising Groups consist of volunteers who come together in their local communities to hold exciting fundraising events, raise awareness and have a lot of fun while they do it! Their support is crucial to our work and it helps to power our research on an ongoing basis.
By becoming a BHF group member, you are joining an empowered network of dedicated fundraisers who help the BHF to save and improve lives. Quite simply, without volunteers like you, we couldn’t continue our pioneering work.
What will I be doing?
Responsibility of a Fundraising Group Member:
Support your local group in organising and running fundraising events.
Build strong relationships with all group members and actively recruit new members.
Represent the charity in your community, acting as the face of the BHF.
Ensure group activities comply with relevant law and BHF policy.
Work alongside your local Fundraising Manager.
What skills and attributes do I need to have?
Interpersonal skills and team-work.
Enthusiasm to support the organisation and running of fundraising events.
Confidence and willing to act as the face of the BHF in your local community.
Self-motivation and the ability to motivate others.
Reliability and flexibility.
A commitment to the BHF’s values.
What training and support will I be given?
The BHF is committed to ensuring that volunteers have an enjoyable and worthwhile volunteering experience. You will have support from existing volunteers and your local Fundraising Manager, as well as the BHF Fundraising Support Team. There will be the opportunity to gain and develop skills and to meet other volunteers. Out of pocket expenses incurred as a result of your volunteering will be reimbursed in line with the BHF Volunteer Expense Policy.
Where will I be based?
As a fundraising group member, you will be working in your local community with volunteers in your group. Your local Fundraising Manager and the BHF Fundraising Support Team will be on hand to support you in your role.
What else do I need to know?
This role can work flexibly to suit your availability and other commitments. The time commitment will vary depending on the time of year, increasing during campaign periods or when the group is organising specific events.
In addition to assisting the group with fundraising events and attending group meetings, you may also be involved in helping to raise the profile of the group within the community.
What’s in it for me? By volunteering with the BHF you will have the opportunity to make new friends, use your skills and learn new ones, have new experiences and a lot of fun! You will be making a huge difference to the lives of heart patients today and future generations by raising vital, lifesaving funds to power our ground-breaking research.