Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are determined to end homelessness. We do it person by person and by influencing policies to ensure everyone has a place to call home.
Homelessness is devastating, leaving people vulnerable and isolated.
Crisis offers ground-breaking housing, health, education and employment services. We work with thousands of homeless people across the UK every year. We are determined campaigners. We draw on our research, partnerships and years of experience of working directly with homeless people to deliver change and a vision to end homelessness for good.
Role outline and the difference you will make
Here at Crisis we rely on the generosity of our supporters, donors, volunteers and fundraisers to enable us to deliver our services.
We are looking for inspirational and enthusiastic volunteers to create Crisis’s first fundraising group in Scotland! You’ll have an opportunity to use your creativity to shape the fundraising activities in the group, raising vital funds for homeless people in Scotland. Group members will have the opportunity to make new friends and come together with likeminded people to make a difference. This would be a great role for someone who enjoys planning and organising social events.
The group activities could be anything you choose as long as it fits with Crisis’ values and is agreed by the Scotland Fundraising Manager. This is a flexible a volunteer opportunity for those with other commitments.
What you will gain
- Structured induction to the work of Crisis, a leading national charity for homelessness
- The full support of the Scotland Fundraising Manager and the Crisis team
- A full volunteer group materials pack
- Experience of working within the charity sector, planning events and community fundraising
- Opportunity to volunteer with a major homelessness charity in the UK, and being part of the first fundraising group in Scotland for Crisis
- Meeting with and working with new people
- Development of personal skills including leadership, fundraising and communication skills
- Making a difference for homeless people in Scotland
- References provided
Core tasks and what you will achieve
- To join together with people with a common interest to start a Crisis Fundraising Group
- Planning and organising fundraising events and collections with the group members.
- A group could be any number of people from 3 upwards, and we would expect the group to organise 3 events per year which could include:
- A coffee morning
- Bag pack
- Quiz/cake bake/book club/Crisis Christmas party
- Outdoor collections
- Your own ideas for events that you would like to hold to raise funds
- Promoting your events within the local community and on social media
- Complying with legal requirements such as health and safety for events
- Attending group meetings
- Keeping records of the group’s financial activities and arranging for the submission of funds raised.
- Working with the Scotland Fundraising Manager to ensure all supporters have a positive experience of supporting the charity.
- Provide feedback on local supporters to the Scotland Fundraising Manager in particular any further fundraising opportunities that you may have identified
- Provide banking/donations sheets and details to Scotland Fundraising Manager
- Follow the direction of the Scotland Fundraising Manager
- Keep up to date with Crisis’ key messages, speaker resources, fundraising initiatives and news
The skills & experience we are looking for
- Excellent planning and organisational skills
- Good communication skills and the ability to motivate and encourage groups of people
- Friendly with good interpersonal skills
- Good numeracy skills
- Able to take initiative in a wide range of settings
- Desirable: Familiarity and knowledge of how to use IT and social media.
- Commitment to the vision and values of Crisis and an understanding of the issues surrounding homelessness
- A positive, can-do attitude
- A clear interest in, and ability to speak knowledgably about the work that Crisis does (information and briefing about our work will be provided in the volunteer induction)
All Crisis volunteers are asked to:
- Comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct at all times
- To maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all accessible information about members and the organisation
- Be positive, productive and have the passion to help end homelessness
All materials and a full information pack and briefing will be provided.