The drive and enthusiasm of a volunteer fundraiser is often what maintains the momentum of any fundraising project. This is a role that could involve some of the following tasks.
- arranging and running local events to raise funds
- identifying funders for projects in the bureau strategy
- developing a strategy for individual giving within the community
- developing a database of donors
- carrying out an audit to see which relationships with funders already exist in the bureau, and which have yet to be developed
- identifying and making contact with other fundraisers who are willing to support the bureau
This role may suit people with good knowledge of the local community and business networks who want to use this to support a local charity or perhaps students keen to utilise their learning in marketing and business in a practical way.
- Enjoy partnership and development work
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- To be approachable and friendly
- An ability to work on own using initiative
- Be open–minded and non-judgemental
- Good numeracy and attention to detail
What support and training do I get?
Full training is provided in the aims and principles of the CAB and around issues of fundraising for a charity, but we are looking for people who already have marketing or fundraising experience.
What we want from all our Volunteers
Whatever your views are, you will be expected to assist all kinds of clients on any kind of problem they have. You will need to be prepared to examine your own views and feelings to make sure that you are able to give an equally good service to everyone.
All volunteers are expected to carry out the CAB’s policy of equal opportunities. This means actively opposing all forms of discrimination and ensuring that the service is equally available to all people.
Everything that you see and hear in the bureau is private. Every volunteer must sign an agreement to observe a strict rule of confidentiality before they start volunteering.
A commitment to training
A willingness to learn and develop is central to being an effective adviser and can be important for other volunteer roles. Learning to be a generalist adviser in particular involves a great deal of commitment to training and learning. All advisers periodically assess how they are performing via a set of competences specifically adapted for the role of adviser. This helps identify training and development needs.
Things are always changing and you will need to spend some time reading in order to keep yourself up to date. All kinds of training courses, sessions and self-study material are available for all volunteers to develop their skills and knowledge.
Bureau staff meetings
As part of your continuing development it is a priority to attend the bureau staff meetings. They provide a forum for training, case discussion, explanation of policy and practice, and mutual support.
To run an effective service we generally need advisers to volunteer in the bureau a minimum of 6 hours per week. We usually ask that people can volunteer for at least 1 year as well.
For the other roles above we will usually accept fewer hours and a lesser ongoing commitment.
Do I get expenses?
It is CAB policy that bureau volunteers should get out-of-pocket expenses. You should talk to the bureau manager about the arrangements locally.
What happens after I have filled in the application form?
After returning your form we may invite you to an informal interview, if you are successful we will arrange for you to have an induction session at one of our bureaux.
How to Apply
To apply for one of our current roles please download the Application Form, fill out the application and send it to us using the form below. (Unfortunately the ability to upload a document may not be supported if you are using a tablet.)