Volunteering just a small amount of time can have a huge impact

It’s day 2 of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to http://volunteersweek.org/ to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.

Volunteering just a small amount of time can have a huge impact
Josan volunteers as an independent visitor for children and young people in the care of the local authority. She has volunteered for years within her community, but as her children are now grown up, she wanted to do something specific and something that would use the skills and gifts she has.
Committing just a few hours a month can make a huge impact on a young person’s life. The volunteer role that she now has can give a child a little bit of happiness while their circumstances aren’t ideal. It can give them someone to talk to, someone to build trust with, and someone they know has their best interests at heart.
As well as the benefit to the child, as a part of her volunteering, Josan will gain an NVQ 3 qualification – which really adds to her CV and gives her a solid foundation from which to potentially look at others areas of working with children within the care system.
When asked about how her volunteering has impacted on her, Josan says “I feel good in myself, I had a tough childhood and this would have been great for me when I was younger.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org
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Job Advert: Director of Finance & Risk at World Vision

Salary: negotiable depending upon experience

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: 9am 13 July 2015

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire & South East

Are you motivated by your Christian faith to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places? Are you passionate about inspiring the UK to take action in order to transform children’s lives?

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. A core member of the International Partnership, World Vision UK is one of the major resource-raising offices and has a significant commitment to advocacy and policy work as well as fundraising to support overseas programming. Their mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children.

With a newly appointed Chief Executive and Chair they are on the cusp of launching a strategic review which will set the direction for the organisation for the next five years. In this context they are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive individual to join the Executive Leadership Team and play a key role in leading the organisation forward internally while shaping a strategy that will lift millions more children out of poverty and fear.

Director of Finance & Risk

The Director of Finance & Risk will provide wise financial stewardship in order to help manage organisational priorities dynamically, to create efficiencies, release energy and resources into the best channels for innovation, impact and growth. She/he will bring creative drive to pursue their aspirations for growth in a tough UK fundraising environment where continued investment and innovation are needed, along with ever more efficient systems and cost management.

World Vision UK is seeking a leader of integrity, wisdom and organisational insight, who holds their Christian faith at the heart of all they do. She/he will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management skills, and the ability to build strong relationships across a dispersed global organisation. Excellent communication skills, a heart for the poor and a commitment to the mission of World Vision are essential.

To download the appointment details for this role, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply please visit Perrett Laver’s website using the link provided and quote reference 2065. The deadline for applications is 9am (BST) on Monday 13th July 2015.

The salary will be competitive with market rates and negotiable depending upon experience. World Vision UK is open to a variety of flexible working options and will welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group but, as women and ethnic groups are under-represented at this senior level, they would encourage applications from members of these groups.

To Apply: Click Here

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Job Advert: Director of Policy & Programmes at World Vision

Salary: negotiable depending upon experience

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: 9am 13 July 2015

Location: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire & South East

Are you motivated by your Christian faith to bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places? Are you passionate about inspiring the UK to take action in order to transform children’s lives?

World Vision is the world’s largest international children’s charity. Every day they bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places as a sign of God’s unconditional love. A core member of the International Partnership, World Vision UK is one of the major resource-raising offices and has a significant commitment to advocacy and policy work as well as fundraising to support overseas programming. Their mission is to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children.

With a newly appointed Chief Executive and Chair they are on the cusp of launching a strategic review which will set the direction for the organisation for the next five years. In this context they are currently seeking an outstanding and distinctive individual to join the Executive Leadership Team and play a key role in leading the organisation forward internally while shaping a strategy that will lift millions more children out of poverty and fear.

Director of Policy & Programmes

The Director of Policy & Programmes will be responsible for a team that secures and stewards multi-million pound grants, designs and monitors programmes in conjunction with field offices and robustly demonstrates transformational change in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. In addition, she/he will be responsible for coordinating the framework for influencing across UK audiences, including civil society and government, to improve policy and practice on the rights and wellbeing of children.

World Vision UK is seeking a leader of integrity, wisdom and organisational insight, who hold their Christian faith at the heart of all they do. She/he will have demonstrable strategic and creative leadership, management skills, and the ability to build strong relationships across a dispersed global organisation. Excellent communication skills, a heart for the poor and a commitment to the mission of World Vision are essential.

To download the appointment details for this role, including the job description, person specification and information on how to apply, please visit the Perrett Laver website using the link provided, and quote reference 2064. The deadline for applications is 9am (BST) on Monday 13th July 2015.

The salary will be competitive with market rates and negotiable depending upon experience. World Vision UK is open to a variety of flexible working options and will welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group but, as women and ethnic groups are under-represented at this senior level, they would encourage applications from members of these groups.

To Apply: Click Here

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Volunteers’ Week – Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities

Today is the start of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.
Volunteering helps people stay involved in their communities
 
Lynda has palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis and sometimes when she has a flare up she can’t move and therefore is unable to work. This caused her to feel housebound and as she is an outgoing, organised person she felt wasted sat at home. She knew she could be of use to others and wanted to put something back into the community. Lynda needed something to do and as she had been a carer in her working life, knew that she wanted to support the elderly.
Lynda volunteers on behalf of Age UK Milton Keynes and helps out at Pear Tree Centre Lunch club on Wednesdays, she also lends a hand on Thursdays doing admin for handyman services. As well as that, Lynda helps at Hinton Lodge lunch club on Fridays, the Hungerford House lunch club, and at many fundraising events.
She says that she feels happier in herself and feels she is really giving something back. Lynda now says that she has “something to get up for in the mornings and now knows that she is appreciated.”
If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.
Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org
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Job Advert: Social Media Manager – Michael Page Digital

Salary: £25000 – £30000 per annum

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: Input on 6/05/15

Location: Milton Keynes

The client is looking for a Social Media Manager to drive brand awareness and engagement, operational efficiencies and supporter and customer care.
Reporting into the Digital Marketing Manager and working closely with colleagues within the digital team and across the organisation and our partners, the Social Media Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the social media communities, social media strategy, content planning, copywriting and asset creation.

The client is a well known charity covering the UK. They have a developed digital team and look to grow their online presence through social media.

The Social Media Manager will be responsible for the day to day community management of their social media channels with  specific responsibility for Facebook, Twitter (including Vine), YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Flickr.

* Respond to all comments and questions in a timely, friendly and sensitive manner, flagging to colleagues where  appropriate and seeking responses from the relevant internal experts to help with the response
* Proactively plan social media campaigns and content based on the long-term marketing strategy and campaigns
* Reactively know a good story and opportunity and maximise it using the best type of content, with distribution through the  appropriate channels
* Ensure that negative social media comments are managed honestly, efficiently and in a timely way to minimise reputational  damage
* Work with their customer care team to ensure customer queries are answered efficiently
* Train and support colleagues, partners and volunteers to enable them to maximise their use of social media
* Use tools such as Hootsuite, Gorkana and Google Analytics to monitor and report on social media activity

The Social Media Manager will have digital marketing experience, with around 2 years managing the day to day operation of a social media account across different platforms for a major brand or organisation.

* Track record of increasing reach and engagement through management of social media accounts
* Demonstrable passion for social media community management and ability to foster on-going engagement across platforms
* Experience of delivering significant social media marketing campaigns, ideally including paid for media
* Experience of working in a charity is preferred but not essential
* Excellent Photoshop and picture editing skills, with a keen eye for design
* Experience of filming and editing short form video content for social media
* Creative thinker with impeccable persuasive copywriting skills
* Enthusiasm for ever-evolving social media trends, and the digital marketing landscape at large
* Comfortable working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment; must be a team player
* Diligent work ethic; some flexible weekend/evening work will be required
* Strong time management and organisational skills
* The drive to promote the use of social media across the organisation
* Experience of running a live Facebook/Twitter Q&A with senior members of staff

To Apply: Click here

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Job Advert: Lead Volunteer Coordinator

Salary: £26000 – £30000 per annum

Terms: Permanent

Closing Date: Input on 6/05/15

Location: South East of England (see description below for specifics)

Red 5 Solutions have the pleasure of working with an amazing charity, that provide advice, care and support to offenders and their families upon release from prison.

They have recently been awarded a number of prolific contracts, and are seeking someone to help create and manage a new volunteer service throughout the South East of England that provides practical advice and guidance as well as motivation and support to offenders to give them the best chance of success as they re-integrate into society.  The offenders are low risk, and volunteers will be expected to mentor them for around 3 – 6 months and making contact every 1 – 2 weeks as required.  This could include practical support around finding housing, or merely meeting for a coffee to help them integrate in a new area.

You will manage a team of 2 coordinators, and will recruit up to 120 volunteers in the South East, covering Surrey, Sussex, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Essex and Kent.  You will operate from 2 bases, one in Bletchley (near Milton Keynes) and the other in Maidstone, spending 3 days at your closest location, and 2 days at the other.
Key tasks of this role will include:

  • Ensure volunteer mentors are engaged and active in their roles
  • Train, develop, coach and match mentors to their clients
  • Forecast and plan the on-going recruitment plan
  • Manage your own small group of volunteers
  • Attend regular meetings and supervisions travelling to different locations

To apply for this role, it is essential that you have previously managed a volunteer programme, and that you have line management experience.  Ideally you will have some understanding of the criminal justice arena.  Our client prides itself on its work life balance, as shown with 30 days annual leave per annum.

To apply: Click here

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