We’re hiring! Fundraising Officer

About Us:

Vision North Somerset are a small but established local charity supporting around 1500 people with vision impairment and hearing impairment from our office base and across the county. We have recently appointed a new CEO and are at an exciting stage of development in our service offer and income streams. We have been successful with grant fundraising, are increasing other funding streams such as regular givers, individual donors and income from room hire. This role offers the chance to contribute to a great cause, working flexibly and gaining a wide range of charity fundraising experience.

About You:

You will be a creative, can-do galvaniser with shrewd business sense who can develop and grow a team of fundraising volunteers. You will work closely with the CEO and other staff to plan and prioritise work developing diverse fundraising streams to increase income.

This is an ideal opportunity for the right person to land a flexible, part-time, enjoyable role in the charity sector. You might be looking to move up from an entry-level position in the charity sector, to get back to work after a gap or move to work locally in North Somerset rather than needing to commute.

While professional fundraising experience would be extremely helpful, we are open to candidates with transferable experience, for example in sales, volunteer management, business development, membership scheme or alumni management etc. Significant voluntary fundraising experience would also be helpful. We will provide training and induction as needed – you would need to be proactive, quick to learn and implement your knowledge.

About the role:

The Fundraising Officer will ensure that Vision North Somerset has a sustainable and growing income from community and local fundraising including collections and collection boxes, sponsored events, regular givers and appeals to our contacts, online giving through social media and our website, small local grants, small corporate funders and any other volunteer-led or local fundraising.

This role will support the CEO to develop the gifts in wills and in memory giving programme. Larger grant applications will not be part of this role.

Practical bits:

You will be based at our office near the train station in Weston-Super-Mare in North Somerset with regular homeworking and flexible hours available by agreement with your manager.  You need to be able to regularly travel across the county.  If you have a disability this can be arranged via the Access to Work scheme.

Option of full time (37 hours a week) or part time (28 hours a week)

Salary of £28,000 pro rata, pension scheme after probation period.

While this role is a one-year contract, there is the likelihood of a permanent role in future.

Vision North Somerset strives to be diverse and inclusive a place where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly encourage applications from people who have lived experience of sight loss or disability, who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic backgrounds and/or those who identify as LGBTQ+, who are currently underrepresented in our organisation.

Please forward a tailored CV and cover letter of no more than 1000 words detailing how you meet the requirements of this role. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact CEO Lauren Williams lauren.williams@visionns.org.uk

Closing date 14th October 2022

Free Bible for those living with sight loss

Torch Trust, the Christian Sight Loss charity, is offering a FREE audio Bible player to anyone who is losing their sight in the UK.

The audio players are the new Megavoice Pathways and feature David Suchet reading the New Testament and Psalms. This small MP3 player has an in-built speaker, preinstalled rechargeable batteries and comes with charging cable and headphones. The players have been tested by people who are partially sighted or new to sight loss, with positive feedback about their ease of use and content.

Anyone who is losing their sight can apply to Torch Trust to receive a player. This can be done online https://torchtrust.org/pathway/ or by calling 01858 438260. Each player will be dispatched with a lanyard, for ease of carrying, and instructions.