Stand Against Violence (SAV) is a UK registered violence prevention and reduction charity based in the South West. Created following the murder of Lloyd Fouracre in 2005, SAV seeks to prevent further mindless violence through using Lloyd’s tragic story.
Volunteers are key to supporting this aim and this role description will give you an idea of one of the many ways you can get involved.
Thank you for your interest in supporting us.
Why choose this role?
Fundraising is vital to the growth and expansion of the charity. SAV became a registered charity in 2010 and began as a small, Taunton based campaign in 2005. SAV receives no government funding and it is through a combination of fundraising and applying for grants that the charity has grown to cover the South West.
Without voluntary donations and the added awareness raising that this activity brings, it will be impossible for SAV to develop and achieve the charity’s aims.
Volunteer Fundraising Groups (VFGs) are vital to the promotion and development of the charity. VFGs give the charity an identity in the local community which is just as important as the funds that are raised by the events organised by the group. VFGs provide us with feel-good stories to send to local press and allow for the growth of our volunteer base as new members join the group.
Leading a VFG is a rewarding and exciting role. The main role of a leader is to encourage and motivate the other members. The leader also bridges the gap between the group and the trustees maintaining a direct line of communication.
Volunteering is a great source of experience, skill building/sharing and regular volunteering can make for an impressive reference for your CV. All SAV volunteers are provided with a reference and certificate on request.
What could you be doing?
The key activities of this role are:
- Recruiting and developing your own fundraising group
- Inviting the group members to monthly meetings where event planning takes place.
- Facilitating group discussions and encouraging everyone in the group by supporting, motivating and making sure each member is given the opportunity to share their ideas.
- Communicating regularly with the charity fundraising manager, ensuring that all plans made by the group are supported by the charity and that the correct procedures are being followed. Communication is also important because it allows the charity and trustees to give extra support where needed.
- Representing the charity effectively and appropriately.
- Attending events organised by the group and helping with tasks at the event.
- Banking money in accordance with SAV procedures.
What previous experience/skills do you need to have?
No previous volunteering experience is necessary and the flexible nature of this role makes this the perfect opportunity for a first-time volunteer.
This role could be for you if you are:
- A natural leader who is confident supporting others but also able to step back and listen to the ideas of each group member.
- A good communicator who is able to deliver your ideas in a diplomatic and sensitive way.
- Organised and would be confident contacting group members to check on progress of tasks.
- Self-motivated and creative as it will be necessary for you to also bring your ideas to the group as well.
- Enthusiastic about making a difference to your local community.
- Passionate about preventing and reducing violence.
- Confident talking to the general public.
- Reliable and willing to attend events you have committed to punctually.
How much of your time does this role require?
The amount of time you commit is up to you although the VFG will need to meet at least once a month and extra time will be needed between these meetings to ensure tasks are being completed punctually.
How will you be supported and trained?
Both support and training will be provided by the fundraising manager.
How do you get started?
If you would like to volunteer please email complete an application form here