Are you interested in international development and disability rights? Are you looking to build your skills in fundraising or comms? Then this opportunity at MAITS could be for you!
Working closely with the team, including the CEO who has experience winning multi-million pound grants, this will be an opportunity to really get involved and build your experience.
MAITS (Multi-Agency International Training and Support) is a charity providing international training and support to the disability and mental health sectors in low and middle income countries. We specialise in training for those working with children with neuro-developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. We have trained 4700 health professionals in 21 countries.
MAITS is at an exciting phase in our development and we are looking to take on two interns for one to two days a week with possible working from home. We are looking for some dynamic, motivated individuals with an interest in disability, international development and/or health and are offering the following opportunities:
- A fundraising/admin volunteer
- A communications/admin volunteer
As the fundraising volunteer, you would be working closely with the CEO to support with the fundraising, which would mainly be from trusts and foundations, corporate donors and potentially developing some crowd-funding.
The role would include identifying and researching new donors, keeping records on that research, keeping a record of proposals sent up, preparing cover letters and other information to be sent up to donors and working up to supporting on individual applications to donors. This role will include adminstrative work as well such as preparing documents and other office support.
As the Communications volunteer, you would be working with the CEO to support on our digital media, including updating the website, Facebook and twitter accounts, writing and supporting on the design of the digital content, and contributing to written reports about our work.
The role would include writing content, showcasing case studies, supporting on press releases, monitoring social media, working on the database, working on mail-outs, updating welcome letters, ensuring there is a high standard of content and branding on all our media. This role will include adminstrative work as well such as preparing documents and other office support.
We are looking for individuals with very strong written skills, a strong analytical ability and an ability to present things in a way that captures people’s attention and interest and with a strong commitment to working for a charity. We are looking for someone with good IT and organisational skills and who is highly motivated and able to work on their own initiative.
Days and hours
We are looking for someone that can offer availability 1-2 days per week and we would ask that volunteers offer availability for 3 months. Volunteers can also work from home. Potential days for coming into the office are Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays.
Terms and conditions
These are voluntary positions and we offer expenses to cover the cost of lunch (up to £10 per day) and travel expenses, reimbursable against receipts.
Commitment to supporting people with disabilities
As a disability charity, we welcome applications from people with disabilities. Please let us know if you require any support or adaptations.
What are the benefits of volunteering for MAITS?
- The opportunity to work with a friendly charity dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and mental health issues in low and middle income countries. You will really be able to see the difference that your voluntary work makes.
- The opportunity to develop new and existing skills in fundraising and communications.
- Support and scope within your role to develop and learn new skills.
What we offer
We are small but friendly team and we will work closely with our volunteers to build skills and find out more about what is involved in working in a charity. We will support you to help build your skills and experience a range of different elements of the role, so that you get a good overall view of what the role of fundraiser or comms’ specialist would entail.
We are keen to support the development of our volunteers and therefore, we offer references at the end of a successful voluntary placement and will proactively provide you with support and advice to help you, if you are looking for future roles in the charity sector.
If you are interested, please get in touch and send your CV and a brief cover letter of 1-2 pages explaining why you are interested in volunteering with us to Esther at Esther@maits.org.uk
To find out more about our achievements, you can check out our impact report at: https://www.maits.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Annual-Report-hi.pdf
We are looking to take on a volunteer as soon as possible so the deadline for submitting your application is Friday 16th February 2018 however, if we find the right candidates beforehand we may close the recruitment process earlier.