SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, exists to relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families in order to support their independence and dignity. Our clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and may have served in WW2 or a more recent conflict like Iraq or Afghanistan, or be a widow or the immediate family of a veteran.
SSAFA branches rely on a regular charitable income to fund all the necessities behind our support for clients. This includes grants for clients in urgent needs, volunteer travel expenses, phone bills, and publicity. A varied programme of fundraising also keeps the SSAFA profile high in the local community and therefore means that we can reach more veterans and their families that are in need of our help. We’d love to hear from you if you could help by coordinating this vital aspect of your local SSAFA branch.
As a fundraising co-ordinator volunteer you would be helping to develop an ethical fundraising plan based on the needs of the local branch that sought to raise money through a mix of sources. This would almost certainly include identifying and submitting applications to appropriate trusts and grant funding organisations, pursuing corporate sources for funding, as well as planning, running and evaluating local appeals, collections and events. These events, appeals and collections would be supported by a team of fundraising volunteers that you would assist the branch secretary and Regional Fundraising Manager to recruit. You would also be supporting and help implement any national campaigns that SSAFA was getting involved with and make sure that all fundraising promotional materials met SSAFA’s national standards.
Raising awareness of SSAFA and its core missions is as important as the fundraising and so you would also work with the branch Publicity Officer to maximise on any opportunities to combine awareness raising with fundraising.
You most certainly do not need a military background or connection to be a volunteer for this role. If you have some basic IT skills, good spoken and written English and the confidence to present yourself and the SSAFA cause to a variety of people in person, emails and other correspondence and over the phone or through social media, along with an enthusiasm and commitment to pursue and tap into new and existing fundraising ideas and initiatives, you are ideal!
Most of our fundraising volunteers are based at home, although a lot of local branches have an office you could access if that suited you better. Your volunteering could be arranged flexibly around other commitments you had, but there would be events and meetings that you would need to attend.
All new volunteers have training and a detailed induction to their local branch and to the role. The training for fundraising co-ordinators covers many things including data protection and SSAFA’s volunteering policy, so please do not be put off applying if you feel that you don’t have detailed knowledge of these areas. There will also be regular opportunities to update your training, through workshops, access to guidance and through on-line training modules that you can complete at home at a time that suits you, so you can stay fully aware of any changes in policy or practice. You will also be continually supported by local, regional and national Fundraising, Marketing and Volunteer Support managers.
Due to the nature of this role we ask that all volunteers are over 18 years of age (we have no upper age limit and are able to provide two references from people that know you well but are not related to you, or former employers if applicable.
Why get involved?
This is a very rewarding role allowing you to give tangible and practical support to your local branch by raising funds used directly to support military veterans of all ages and backgrounds. You’ll become part of a strong and supportive team at your local SSAFA branch who you’ll met with regularly to share ideas, pick each other’s brains for problem solving solutions and also socialise. You’ll strengthen your IT and communication skills and get adept at effective sourcing and creating funding opportunities, as well as receiving training and expertise in various matters such as data protection. Your problem solving skills will also be enhanced not only for your volunteer role, but in the other areas of your life. Overall these are great skills, knowledge and experience to have on your CV or to be able to talk about at interviews.
We are also able to offer reimbursement of out of pocket expenses such as travel or telephone costs.
If you would like to find out more about the role without committing yourself please go to http://www.ssafa.org.uk/volunter-ssafa or telephone 0800 032 5612 or email the Gloucestershire branch of SSAFA on firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Await a response from SSAFA with more information
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