Volunteering – Fundraising
Volunteering with our Fundraising Team
Our community fundraising team will help the trustees to raise the money to keep our much needed activities running for people in mental health distress.
In the past we have asked people to do sponsored walks and held quiz nights – but with your creative ideas we could do so much more!
Our volunteers will usually work alongside a member of staff and some of the trustees to generate ideas of ways we can raise money and then help at the events we organise.
What will I do?
As this is a team approach each person will play to their strengths but here are some of the things we might ask you to do:
- Attend the fundraising team meetings to generate ideas and formulate an ongoing plan
- Help to plan the individual fundraising events
- Market the events using a variety of publicity and social media
- On the day help to set up each event and anything needed for that day’s activity – which could mean erecting gazebos for outdoor events, carrying boxes of information or other equipment
- Greeting people as they arrive and directing them to appropriate areas
- Assisting with refreshments, if available
- Listening and talking to individuals attending the activities
- Distributing information about Dudley Mind’s activities and events
- Recording how many attended, any comments or feedback, and assisting with evaluation of the events
- Depending on the event possibly collecting money and giving receipts
- Helping to clear away at the end of the event
Please let us know if you have particular skills in promoting fundraising events.
What skills, qualities or experience will I need?
- We welcome people who have their own lived experience of mental distress who can be open about their own experiences whilst maintaining boundaries
- An ability to use IT to create publicity for an event
- A polite telephone manner to talk to people on the phone to promote events
- An ability to listen to others and communicate well with a wide range of people is essential
- An ability to do some basic admin tasks such as photocopying or recording information
- An ability to manage some light manual handling e.g. tables and chairs, boxes of leaflets and pull up banners
- An understanding of the stigma and discrimination people with mental health issues face in their everyday lives
- An ability to take responsibility for own wellbeing and seek support when needed
- A willingness to attend any training that might be required, also support and supervision sessions on a regular basis
- You will be expected to follow our policies and procedures such as our confidentiality policy and our health and safety procedures.
How much time will I give?
The fundraising team meets several times a year to formulate the plan after which the activities for each event will be allocated to the team members based on individual strengths and interest.
When you come for your initial discussion with us we will ask you which days and times are best for you and will do our best to accommodate you within the confines of our timetable. We recognise that you will have appointments, holidays and other commitments so we can be flexible, but we do ask that you let us know well in advance if you cannot attend meetings or events so we can put plans in place.
What can I expect from Dudley Mind?
We really value our volunteers and want to make your volunteering experience with us a positive one so we will provide the following:
- A named person for you to work alongside
- Training about mental health – usually the nationally recognised Mental Health First Aid course
- Other training relevant to your activity e.g. health and safety briefings
- An induction including an introduction to the policies and procedures we will expect you to follow
- Regular support and supervision sessions where you can discuss any concerns you might have
- Access to any newsletters or e-bulletins we provide to keep you up to date
- A safe and inclusive space to volunteer
- A friendly welcome from the rest of the team
- Out of pocket expenses within our agreed guidelines
- We can also provide a reference for you if you have been volunteering with us for more than 6 months
What do I do next?
Please fill out the application form below telling us about your skills, knowledge and experience relevant to this volunteer role, and also the Equal Opportunities form which will remain anonymous and is used for evaluation purposes only.
Return it to us and we will invite you in for a discussion about what we do and what you would like to offer.
As we work with vulnerable adults if you are accepted as a volunteer we will ask you to complete a DBS check before you can start to work alongside individuals who are attending our activities. We will also ask for references from the people you have nominated on your form.
If we do not have capacity at this moment in time to take any more volunteers we will let you know when we receive your application form and keep your details on file for 6 months.