Fundraising Group Member

Fundraising Group Member

Community-based role

Time commitment: Ongoing

Skills required: Good communication, good organisation, commitment

Benefits of volunteering: Meeting people in your community

Why we need you

We wouldn’t be able to grant wishes without people like you. You help us to research fundraising opportunities and help at special events which help to cover the costs of the wishes. You visit children and capture their One True Wish. You collect vital funds at bucket collections and cheer on our #wishheroes who raise money for wishes. Every role is important, and every role makes a difference to desperately ill children.

Summary

Make-A-Wish UK creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

A wish gives a desperately ill child and their family time away from the daily struggles of living with a serious condition. Since 1986, Make-A-Wish has turned the wishes of more than 13,000 seriously ill children into magical realities – creating memories to treasure forever, whatever their future may hold.

We’re looking for enthusiastic and pro-active individuals who are looking for regular volunteering opportunities. You’ll be happy to work as part of the team but take your own initiative when necessary. You’ll be happy to attend local events and talk to people about the work of Make-A-Wish.

What difference will you make?

Make-A-Wish grants life-changing wishes throughout the UK and last year more children turned to us than ever before. To ensure that we reach our goal of reaching every eligible child we need to increase awareness and income in your local area.

By joining your local Make-A-Wish fundraising group you’ll be using your local knowledge to optimise fundraising opportunities while inspiring your community to support the granting of wishes and raise vital funds for Make-A-Wish.

What will I be doing?

As part of a team of fundraisers you’ll be helping within the group to raise funds for Make-A-Wish. You’ll be:

  • Attending monthly/regular meetings to plan activities. These meetings often turn out to be very sociable and a lot of fun!
  • Seeking the best opportunities for raising funds and awareness in your community. These opportunities may include placing and managing collection tins in your community, organising local street or store bucket collections, promoting Make-A-Wish campaigns, acting as local ambassadors for the charity, or organising your own events - this could be anything from running a stall at a local fete, organising a pub quiz or holding large social event, such as a ball or sporting tournaments.
  • Occasionally you may be asked to provide your local knowledge and experience to support us in granting wishes in your local area.
  • You may have the opportunity to take on a role as lead member for a specific activity within the group should you so wish.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • Enthusiasm about Make-A-Wish and the children we help
  • Commitment and willingness to attend group meetings
  • Great organisational skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good local knowledge

Competencies

  • Ambitious/collaboration
  • Passion
  • Innovative

How much time do I need to commit?

Each Make-A-Wish Fundraising Group is different as it relies on the skills, personalities and experience of its members. Each member brings with them their own talent and ideas and will give only the time they are able to the group.

The role is flexible so you can fit volunteering around work or other commitments. The time you will need to commit will depend on the number of events your group hosts, but ideally, we are looking for people who can make a long-term commitment to the success of the group.

What support will I be given?

  • Online induction training and welcome into your new group
  • Access to our online Volunteer Community – WishNet
  • You’ll be provided with materials and equipment to support your fundraising activities
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
  • We’ll keep you up to date with latest Make-A-Wish news and information

What will I get from volunteering?

  • Meet new people and make new friends in your community
  • The satisfaction in knowing you’re making a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people
  • Volunteer around your other commitments

Where will I be based?

You’ll be volunteering within your local area and carrying out tasks from home.

We're not currently recruiting for this role but if you'd like to have an informal chat about it, please contact the People & Culture Team at 0118 304 2777 or volunteering@makeawish.org.uk.