Family Project Support Volunteer

Leeds, West Yorkshire
Voluntary Position
10 Apr 2018
22 Apr 2018
Long Term

Candlelighters provides financial, emotional and practical support to every family affected by childhood cancer in Yorkshire.

The Family Support Team provide a programme of holistic support to families affected by childhood cancer throughout Yorkshire. Including:

  • Wellbeing Services and Support
  • Specialist 1:1 Support
  • Support Groups (Mums, Dads, Siblings and Grandparents)
  • Family Events
  • Family Network (Families supporting Families)

The Family Project Support Volunteer assists the Project Support Worker to plan and deliver a series of Support Groups and Family Events throughout the year. Activities vary but include:

  • Researching and sourcing venues, suppliers, materials, refreshments, entertainment etc…
  • Liaising and negotiating with suppliers via telephone and e-mail
  • Identifying and delivering creative and innovative activities
  • Designing and creating promotional materials
  • Adding events to the website and Facebook page
  • Updating noticeboards at the hospital
  • Sending out letters and invitations
  • Assisting with the Candlelighters bus services/schedule
  • Utilising and updating electronic records and databases
  • Adhering to Candlelighters’ policies and procedures
  • Assisting the Project Support Worker with other tasks and activities as required.

We are looking for a volunteer who

  • Has experience of planning and organising events
  • Is creative, artistic and innovative
  • Is confident and has the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with a variety of people, including suppliers, family members and supporters
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills and is able to communicate professionally on the telephone, via e-mail and in person
  • Is able to manage own emotions when working with families affected by childhood cancer
  • Is experienced at delivering or teaching creative activities
  • Has strong administrative skills
  • Has strong IT skills, including the ability to use Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Has strong attention to detail
  • Is proactive, hardworking and can work independently
  • Is a good team player
  • Can climb three flights of stairs
  • Can follow Candlelighters’ policies and procedures.

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