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 need dedicated volunteers to support the regional development team to deliver a high level of care to supporters in order to continue our vital work.
What will I be doing?
As a Volunteer Collection box Co-ordinator you will support the Regional Development Manager in your region to raise awareness and funds for the charity by placing and managing collection boxes within businesses in your local community.
Specific tasks may include;
- Placing charity collection boxes in shops, pubs, chemists, doctor’s surgeries etc in your area.
- Making follow up visits to businesses where boxes have been placed to empty contents and reseal boxes for further use
- Counting and receipting contents of each box emptied
- Maintaining accurate records of venues holding boxes and how much each collection box placed raises – you will be provided with a spreadsheet to facilitate this
- Ensuring boxes are clean and in good condition and replacing where needed
- Banking income and providing detailed report of income to Regional Development Manager within agreed timescales
What skills and attributes do I need to have?
- Access to a vehicle
- Friendly and outgoing personality
- Good organisational skills and ability to maintain records
- Initiative in order to recognise opportunities to place boxes
- Basic working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook)
- An interest in volunteer led fundraising
- Enthusiasm for the cause and determination to make events a success
- A commitment to and an understanding of disability issues, equal opportunities and diversity
- 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, management, organizational skills 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
- Travel and expenses reimbursed if volunteering for a full working day or more
Where will I be based?
You will be able to complete your tasks from home and in your local community. However the role may also require you to travel to select meetings with the Regional Development Manager.
How much time do I need to commit?
We encourage Volunteer Collection Box Co-ordinators to place as many boxes as possible within their community, ideally we would like volunteers to develop their area to an extent where they are able to manage at least ten collection boxes.
Once in place the time spent maintaining the boxes is an ongoing commitment but will differ between different locations they are positioned in and how soon they fill up. Ensuring collection boxes are well managed by emptying them regularly is very important.
On average allow around 2 hours per box incl travel. This time will include:
- Maintaining relationship with your key contact at the box location to agree date to empty the collection box
- Going to the collection box to empty and reseal
- Counting the donations collected
- Banking the donations
- Reporting income to your Regional Development Manager
- Repeating this process on an ongoing basis as required.
Once ten boxes are placed it is probable that the amount of time needed will total in the region of a day each month – although you may decide to allocate 2/3 days every 3 months if you prefer to manage the boxes in this way
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. Reasonable travel expenses will also be paid when incurred on charity business.