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Fundraising Events Assistant Placement Volunteer

EC2Y, London (Hybrid)
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Job description

The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.

The Fundraising Events team is looking for an organised, enthusiastic volunteer to help support with multiple events happening this Autumn.

The successful candidate will support the events team in organising, marketing and potentially also attend one of 3 walking events raising money to support the work of the British Red Cross.

This will involve working with multiple teams and outside agencies involved in the event on anything from marketing to admin and data entry.

Placement Volunteers at the British Red Cross are highly valued for the skills and energy they bring. We aim to provide our placement volunteers with an insight into the daily workings of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The successful candidate will have access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities during their placement. There may be some ad hoc opportunities to get involved in other areas of activity.

Your role as a placement volunteer will help make a great contribution to the work of the British Red Cross. You will take responsibility for achieving specific objectives that are agreed with you within one of the various departments across the UK. You will have a real responsibility and place in the department, bringing some of your skills and experience to the role; you will also have the chance to develop workplace skills.

While we don’t offer voluntary internships, we are happy for you to describe yourself as an intern on your CV, if you feel that would be helpful.

Fundraising is what makes all of our work possible, and in person events are a wonderful opportunity to let the public know about the amazing things our teams do, why it matters and inspire people to feel involved with the Red Cross. To provide a positive, safe and inspiring experience on the day involves a lot of work, and we're looking for somebody passionate, enthusiastic and sociable to help us create a day to remember for every participant taking part.

Candidates should be computer literate and familiar with Microsite Office, moderate Excel and Word proficiency as a minimum, and have strong attention to detail. Experience communicating with a wide range of audiences, both conversationally and in writing, is an advantage as is a passion and interest in event organisation and logistics, or fundraising.

This placement will last a maximum of 12 weeks volunteering up to 3 days each week.  The volunteering hours are negotiable to balance your needs and what can be achieved in the role.   

The placement start date is 17 June 2024. This can be negotiated.

The successful candidate will be helping the team in the run up to several major in person events, and duties will include but are not limited to:

  • communicating with participants
  • managing inboxes and responding to queries
  • helping pull and organise participant lists
  • taking notes in meetings
  • supporting with marketing plans
  • updating databases

The British Red Cross is a large organisation, meaning also key are interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team.

It is preferable, but not mandatory, for participants to also have some knowledge of digital marketing channels, some experience of fundraising, some experience as part of in person events or familiarity with data entry and database use.

Bursary Scheme: The British Red Cross offers a bursary scheme to those placement volunteers from low-income households. Eligibility will be determined through a separate application process open to all short-listed candidates. All British Red Cross volunteers are entitled to out-of-pocket reasonable expenses.

For this scheme we are defining low-income households as:

  • Inside London: Living with family or partner £25,000 or under. Living independently £22.500 or under
  • Outside London: Living with family or partner £18,500 or under. Living independently £16,500 or under

Young People and this role: Our placement volunteer opportunities are open to people at different stages of their career, aged 15 or above. Whether you’re student, a recent graduate or someone with more experience looking for a career change, we would be happy to hear from you.

Anyone can volunteer with the Red Cross from the age of 15. An individual risk assessment, parental consent and safeguarding considerations will be required for those aged 15 – 17. The nature of the activities specific to your intern opportunity may mean that you need to be 18 years or older.

Diversity: We welcome applications from people of different backgrounds, experience and circumstances. We seek to ensure that our organisation and our services are relevant and accessible to all, with equality, diversity and fairness at the core of what we do. We invite applications from individuals regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or political belief and are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our applicants.

The British Red Cross is committed to being inclusive, with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences – including disabled and ethnic minority candidates. We value fresh perspectives and insights gained by involving and welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience. This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people in crisis.

More about this role...

Volunteer role

Team Support Placement Volunteer

Where you will be based

Hybrid - London, Moorgate

Why we want you

We need volunteers to help us ‘behind the scenes’. It’s up to you how you choose to help. You could be lending a hand with marketing, undertaking some admin tasks, offering your specialist knowledge or supporting in another way. Whatever you do, you will be getting involved in a great cause.

What you will be doing

  • Admin Tasks
  • Research

The skills you need

  • Good communication skills
  • Flexible and willing to help the team with a range of tasks
  • Reliable, organised, and able to work independently or as part of a team
  • Good IT skills

What's in it for you

  • Meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team
  • A great opportunity to use your skills or gain new ones
  • All training and induction for the role (there is no charge for training)
  • Reasonable pre-agreed travel expenses for the role including for attending training
  • An opportunity to be part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation and the knowledge that you are making a difference to people’s lives



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British Red Cross View profile Company size Size: More than 1000
Posted on: 17 May 2024
Closed date: 31 May 2024 at 23:59
Tags: Admin, Fundraising

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