Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK. We bring together people affected by more than 60 rare and very rare progressive muscle-weakening and wasting conditions.
In addition to funding world-class research to find effective treatments and cures, we provide practical information and advice for individuals and their families. We campaign to raise awareness and bring about change, award grants towards the cost of specialist equipment, such as powered wheelchairs and provide specialist education and development for health professionals.
We are looking for a community fundraising intern to deliver a high level of care to our fundraising supporters in order to continue our vital work.
What will I be doing?
As a community fundraising intern you will support the Regional Development Managers within their geographical areas to raise awareness of the charity, promote fundraising activities and market volunteering opportunities.
Specific tasks may include;
- Working with the regional fundraising team to gain an understanding of their activity planner and working with them to boost activities and awareness through a social media plan using Twitter and Facebook
- Supporting the regional fundraising team with key national and regional events – Go Orange for a Day, Make Today Count, Spirit of Christmas, Great North Run and Move a Mile 4 Muscles. This is dependant of the dates the internship commences and end
- Research specific tasks which may include searching and applying for collection opportunities, new and exciting fundraising events to publicise to supporters, schools and companies to make contact with and more.
- Attending relevant fundraising events to represent the charity and to network
- Working with the press and PR team to enhance regional press. This will include writing and sending out press releases, chasing up press releases to ensure they have been received and exploring other media outlets for promotion (e.g. local radio and websites)
- Speaking directly with supporters to gather information, quotes and pictures for press releases, online media and website content
- Assisting in creating bespoke posters, flyers and certificates for supporters
- Updating Regional Development Managers on a regular basis
What skills and attributes do I need to have?
- Enthusiasm for the cause and determination to make events a success
- A commitment to and an understanding of disability issues, equal opportunities and diversity
- A desire to learn more about community fundraising within the charity sector
- Excellent written communication
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook)
- Good organizational skills with a keen eye for detail and an ability to maintain records
- Ability to respond proactively to new opportunities
- Strong research skills and excellent interpersonal skills
- The ability to work well with staff and other volunteers as part of a team but also on your own initiative.
What benefits can I expect?
- The satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution to Muscular Dystrophy UK and to supporting our vital work
- The enjoyment of meeting new people in your community and working as part of our skilled and friendly fundraising team
- The opportunity to develop new and existing skills in fundraising, marketing and communication
- The chance to gain experience of working within a leading charity
- You will receive a full induction and further information about Muscular Dystrophy UK
- Your volunteer manager will work with you to identify your development goals through monthly 1:1’s and help you work to achieve these
- Training on Raisers Edge database
- Travel and expenses reimbursed if volunteering for a full working day or more
Where will I be based?
You will be based in the London head office working alongside the regional fundraising team.
How much time do I need to commit?
We are looking for someone to commit to 3 days per week for a minimum of 3 months. There is a small amount of flexibility in this and can be discussed prior to the interview stage.
What support will I be given?
A dedicated member of staff will guide and support you in your work plus you will receive supporting materials, a full induction to the charity and specific training, where appropriate, to help you get the most from your role.
How do I apply?
If you would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the fundraising hotline on 0845 872 9058. To apply please follow the below link to the online application form.
How do I apply?
What happens after I apply?
As a team, we will assess your application and invite you for an interview if the application is suitable to the role.