Why we need you?
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 press and PR volunteer 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 Regional Development Managers to gain an understanding of their activity planner and working with them to boost activities and awareness through a media/PR plan
- Researching the most frequently used press releases and writing generic copy for supporters and volunteers to use in their activities, and a ‘how to’ guide to encourage best practice and consistent messaging
- Sending out press releases in time. Chasing up that press releases 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
- Updating Regional Development Managers on a regular basis.
What skills and attributes do I need to have?
- Access to a computer and printer – if working remotely
- Excellent written communication
- A desire to learn more about press and PR within the charity sector
- Good 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
- 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
- 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, 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
- Travel and expenses reimbursed if volunteering for a full working day or more
Where will I be based?
The majority of our volunteers are based in our head office in London which gives volunteers a good insight into a working charity. However if you do not live in London we can organise for you to work from home with regular telephone calls from your regional contact. This would entail you have the use of your own computer and access to email.
How much time do I need to commit?
We are looking for someone to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one day a week. However, there may be opportunities for you to give more/less time.
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.