Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement so muscles refuse to work. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It has no cure.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.
We are a membership organisation with over 9,000 members forming a powerful national and local network that provides information and support alongside fighting for improved services.
We have over 7,000 active volunteers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and around 170 paid staff, all dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by MND, now and in the future. Our events organisers play a crucial part in helping us achieve that.
Our events organisers help us spread awareness of MND in their local area as well as raise funds to help us with our vital research, advocacy and campaigning, as well as providing practical an emotional support for local people in the area living with MND. Some people like to work as a team, others on their own, some organise big events, while others concentrate on smaller ones - all approaches are welcome. We also welcome a diversity of event types from cake bakes and sponsored runs to discos, plays or wingwalking. We are continually amazed and delighted by the innovative fundraising events that our event organisers come up with.
The event organisers are responsible for all aspects of event management – from coming up with the initial ideas, to risk assessments, booking venues, promoting it and the on the day management, as well as sending in any funds you generate if you are running a fundraising event. However, you will be fully supported by regional members of staff and the local Branch Committee, as well as other more experienced events volunteers. The wider local events organising team meets once a month in Churchdown so you’ll have a regular meeting that you can share ideas in, give and receive advice and collaborate with others. Otherwise this role can be largely done from home and at times that suit you.
This role would naturally suit people who are organised, innovative and enjoy having fun and sharing that fun (for a good cause) with others. Obviously if you have previous experience of events planning and organisation this is a bonus, but there is plenty of support from other volunteers for you to work as part of a bigger team and learn as you volunteer.
MNDA can pay reasonable expenses incurred through this role. You also need to be aged at least 18 to take on this role (if you are under 18 there are still lots of ways that you can support MNDA – have a look at https://www.mndassociation.org/get-involved/ for some ideas) but there is no upper age limit.
If you would like more information before committing yourself this volunteer opportunity then please do not hesitate to drop me an email on
Jo.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0345 375 1839
Why get involved?
This is a great opportunity to do something practical for a charitable organisation and make a real difference to people living with MND in your local area and nationally as your fundraising supports national research and advocacy work as well as projects and initiatives in your local community. You’ll meet new like minded people and develop some great friendships with your fellow fundraisers, as this is a very sociable role.
If you are planning a career in fundraising, events or marketing, this is a great way to gain valuable experience in the charitable sector. You’ll also get to develop your fundraising ideas right through from idea to practical event stage, giving you experience at all stages which should certainly stand you in good stead for future job applications and interviews. You can start with small events and work your way up to more ambitious ones, and begin by supporting someone else’s project idea, so you don’t have to have previous experience to be effective in this volunteering role.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from the Motor Neurone Disease Association with more information
- Design & Illustration
- Event Management
- Event Stewarding
- Money Handling
- Project Management
- Social Media
- Working independently
- Community Work
- Computers and Technology
- Creative and Arts
- Event & Project Management
- Events and Programming
- Food & Beverage
- Learning and Education
- Marketing and communications