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Theodora Children’s Charity

We are an inspirational and ambitious team bringing smiles and laughter to children in hospitals, hospices and specialist care centres by sending professional performers called Giggle Doctors to bring magical moments of fun and laughter at difficult and challenging times. Our Giggle Doctors visit over 33,000 children a year at 21 hospitals, three hospices and two specialist care centres.

Are you looking for voluntary experience to help launch your career in the charity sector? Then this is the role for you.

We are looking for an enthusiastic student or graduate who is passionate about our work and wants hands-on experience working in a fundraising team.

As a volunteer we offer you the chance to get involved in all elements of our fundraising and in return we can help you get your dream job in sector by giving advice on writing CVs and cover letters and help you prepare for job interviews through coaching and trial questions.

Please email a copy of your CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the role

Role Aim: 

We are looking for an enthusiastic student or who is passionate about our work and wants hands-on experience working in a fundraising team.

Duties: 

Include details about what you will be expecting the volunteers to do if they are successfully recruited. Think about what skills students are going to want to develop in your role. As a volunteer we offer you the chance to get involved in all elements of our fundraising by researching and sourcing potential funders, writing applications for support and offering general administration support. Previous volunteers have had the chance to write applications to Trusts (raising funds of up to £5,000), supported the charity with events (including a drinks reception at the House of Lords) and have produced content for our website and newsletters.

In return we can help you get your dream job in sector by giving advice on writing CVs and cover letters and help you prepare for job interviews through coaching and trial questions. Our past three volunteers have all left us to start full time roles within the charity sector. Here is what they said about their time with us:

‘It’s safe to say the one day I spent each week volunteering for Theodora Children’s Charity was my favourite day of the week.’

‘When I first began volunteering at Theodora Children’s Charity I thought I would simply receive some valuable experience, yet the skills I’ve learnt and developed here are truly invaluable, in addition to the tremendous sense of purpose I’ve found in working here; it’s nice being around people that make an effort to create smiles on young faces across the UK who are suffering from illness or disability.’

Skills needed: 

No prior experience of working in the charity sector is necessary but applicants should have an interest in the sector alongside strong written and spoken communications skills, a confident telephone manner and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Training: 

All volunteers will receive a full induction and training on any tasks we ask them to complete; eg how to use IBM Lotus Notes, how to research trusts etc

We also offer support on CV writing and applying for jobs in the charity sector and interview prep

Location: 
40 Pentonville Road London N1 9HF
Time commitment: 
N/A
Opening times: 
What day(s) of the week is this role available? Please state the time of day and any opening hours volunteers would need to be aware of. The office is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. We would expect a volunteer to commit to at least ½ a day a week. It can be any day during the week and we will be flexible to their studies and other commitments.
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here