JOB VACANCY: Restore – Community Fundraiser

Role summary: The successful candidate will be joining Restore as we celebrate our 40th birthday. We are at a special point in our forty years of development—we’re the only specialist mental health organisation in Oxfordshire to offer employment support to people with mental health issues, and last year we provided services to 1,250 people in our six recovery groups in Oxford, Banbury, and Didcot, and through our coaching service. It’s an exciting time to join Restore as we look to deliver a planned calendar of community fundraising events.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £17,372 up to £21,530 per annum

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Community Fundraiser

Applications close on date: Monday, 19th March 2018 at midnight.

Hours are: Full time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description:
Community Fundraiser | Restore
Department: External Relations Reports to: Head of External Relations

Employment term: Full Time/Perm (37hours) to start at 35 hours per week with the view to go back to 37 hours Salary: Starting on £17,372 up to £21,530 per annum, pro rata.

(1 month’s notice period)

Position based in: Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK Benefits: EAP, Individual Training Budget, Pensions, Childcare Vouchers, Travel loan, Eye Care scheme, Cycle to work scheme, 33 days holiday inclusive of bank holidays, one month unpaid sabbatical after 5 year’s service

Key Dates:

Applications close: Monday, 19th March 2018 at midnight.
Interview date: Wednesday, 28th March 2018. (all interviews will take place at Restore, Manzil Way, Cowley Road)

A Time of Change

The successful candidate will be joining Restore as we celebrate our 40th birthday. We are at a special point in our forty years of development—we’re the only specialist mental health organisation in Oxfordshire to offer employment support to people with mental health issues, and last year we provided services to 1,250 people in our six recovery groups in Oxford, Banbury, and Didcot, and through our coaching service. It’s an exciting time to join Restore as we look to deliver a planned calendar of community fundraising events.

If you would like to discuss the role any further before applying, please contact the post’s line manager by email on tom.hayes@restore.org.uk.

Aims of Restore

Restore works in Oxfordshire with people who have severe and enduring mental health problems. We know that everyone has talents and abilities, and the capacity to make a valuable contribution to the community. We believe that people with mental health problems have the right to work, the right to the support they need to gain employment and lead fulfilling lives. We also believe that the stigma associated with mental health problems damages the whole community and in all we do, we work to challenge this discrimination.

About Restore

Restore provides a structured environment for people with mental ill health – many of whom join our governance structure – to build relationships and learn productive skills including gardening, woodwork, crafts, cooking, and serving the public in our cafes or shops. Each area of work enables members to grow in confidence as they build transferable skills and prepare for the world of work.

We’re part of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership We work alongside five other support agencies in the new Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OMHP), our unique model of recovery and coaching for employment complementing the services of our partners working in housing, benefits, caring, addictions and health. Ours is a well-respected and cost-effective service part-funded by NHS England (69% of running costs) to support people recovering from severe and enduring mental ill health (categorised by the NHS as Clusters 4-17) and improving their employment prospects. This leaves Restore with the need to raise a substantial amount of income from grant-making bodies and community fundraising events and activities.

Restore provides a Coaching Service and Recovery Groups. Coaching provides one to one support enabling members (service users) to achieve their aims. Restore’s coaching support focuses on supporting people to achieve paid work, after a period of illness, to start volunteering or start or return to education. Recovery Groups provide members with the opportunity to work on their journey of recovery together.

Restore also act as the lead partner, for the Partnership, managing The Oxfordshire Recovery College, an innovative shared learning environment for people with mental illnesses, their families and carers and professionals working in the field.

Restore also offers Mental Health First Aid training and Working With Mental Health, the former aimed at both individuals and organisations, the latter aimed specifically at large corporates.
Key Responsibilities
In the last few months Restore has developed a new fundraising strategy to raise more money through our community fundraising activities and events. The post has the following main roles:

• Achievement of agreed fundraising targets from new and existing supporters
• Cultivation and recruitment of employers and community groups as donors and fundraisers
• Reduction of expenditure for the charity by sourcing appropriate in-kind donations
• Delivery of our calendar of planned community fundraising activities and events
• Representation of Restore to public events and activities
More specifically, the job entails:
• Proactively work in Oxfordshire to foster and retain supporters and fundraising groups
• Support and motivate volunteers to fundraise and organise events
• Development of relations with local companies of all sizes and types to fundraise or donate
• Provide excellent supporter care and encouragement to fundraisers and donors through telephone, email, social media and printed communications
• Promote and publicise particularly Restore events and external sponsored events
• Support Restore members (service users) and former members to fundraise or be involved in encouraging others to fundraise
• Increase the marketing and promotion of Restore’s online fundraising pages (e.g. JustGiving etc.)
• Develop and update the website for community fundraising
• Keep up-to-date and accurate records of fundraisers, donors and supporters

General Responsibilities
• To demonstrate commitment to RESTORE’S aims and values, addressing race, culture, gender, class, disability, sexual orientation, age and other discrimination in relation to mental health issues
• To work closely with other RESTORE staff, volunteers and members
• To work within the agreed boundaries of confidentiality
• To fully participate in, and make use of, staff and team meetings and supervision.
• To assist in other areas of RESTORE’s work when appropriate
• To undertake any other duties as may be required by Restore

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

• Builds relationships and high value partnerships with individuals and community groups
• Enthusiastic about working with others and taking part in publicly facing events and activities
• Works flexibly and under own initiative to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines
• Passionate about ending mental health stigma, supporting people, and promoting Restore’s work
• Works well in a team, including volunteers, fundraisers, and Restore’s recovery groups.
• Organised about the use of own time and able to plan and deliver events and activities
• Able to speak publicly on behalf of Restore and passionately promoting our work
• Creative and excited to offer up new and original ideas for involving communities in fundraising
• Hits the ground running to deliver a calendar of planned fundraising activities and events

Person Specification – Desirable Requirements

• Experience of community fundraising
• Experience of event and activity coordination
• Experience of managing volunteers
• Experience of working in a small- or medium-sized charity
• Experience of working on mental health issues, including ending stigma and raising awareness.
• Knowledge of website content management
• A full driver’s license, access to a car, and/or willing to travel within Oxfordshire
• Willing to be flexible on working arrangements, including working outside regular office hours (on evenings and weekend, for which all hours worked outside of normal working hours are reimbursed as time in lieu)

Other work related criteria

Any offer of employment is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service.

There is a probation period of six months for new employees, during which time employment is monitored. Employment will be subject to the completion of a probationary period to the satisfaction of RESTORE.

To apply, please contact:

Friday, 23rd February 2018

Dear Enquirer,

Re: Community Fundraiser

Thank you for your interest in this post of Community Fundraiser at Restore on behalf of the Oxfordshire Mental Health Partnership (OHMP).

Please find enclosed the following with this letter:

• Job description.

• Equal opportunities monitoring form and a supplementary form concerning criminal convictions.

At this stage of application we require only a CV (curriculum vitae) and a covering letter. The covering letter should demonstrate your ability and experience in relation to the description. You should explain why you are interested in this job and you should also address in this letter how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.

Please send applications to jobs@restore.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Monday, 19th March 2018 at midnight.

Interviews for this post will be held on Wednesday, 28th March 2018.

We may contact you to for further information during the short listing process.

Yours sincerely,

Faye Hasnath
Head of HR, Volunteering and Training