Digital Events Assistant
Volunteer Role Profile - Digital Events Assistant
ABOUT US - CANCER RESEARCH WALES
Here at Cancer Research Wales, we are funding some of the world’s leading cancer research. The discoveries our scientists are making in hospitals and universities across Wales are transforming how people with cancer are diagnosed and treated. This ground-breaking research is helping more people survive cancer than ever before.
However, Wales suffers from poor cancer survival rates compared to many Western countries, and people living in areas of relatively high deprivation are disproportionately affected. We do not receive any government funding, so this innovative work is only made possible through our generous supporters and donors.
We aim to address this by running a series of Science cafés; these are an efficient and proven method to engage communities in an informal way with various health and science topics.
The Science Café initiative will deliver a series of informal engagement activities developed by Cancer Research Wales, with support from the Millennium Stadium Trust and Waterloo Foundation.
Originally intended to be delivered as in-person events around Wales, however, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, these will now all involve digital elements – which is why we need you!
You will bring innovative ideas, help research and plan the events, and assist in making them as inclusive and accessible as possible.
- Objective 1 – Increase understanding of cancer related issues and the role of scientific research in improving the outcomes of people affected by cancer in Wales.
- Objective 2 – Increase awareness of health related issues in Wales.
- Objective 3 – Training and development of Scientists and Clinicians in Wales
We provide a full induction and training for all our team members, so you can learn new skills as well as use your existing skills.
This volunteer role is a specialist one, helping to create digital science events to engage our current supporters in vital research taking place here in Wales.
You may also wish to gain experience in other areas, such as administration or project management; we are happy to accommodate your objectives for volunteering and your manager will work with you to achieve these aims.
What will I do?
Digital Events Assistant might carry out any or all of the following:
- Working with the team to plan events that will be of interest to the general public and engage both current supporters and develop new audiences;
- Planning events such as panel discussions, 1-2-1 interviews with scientists or lab tours. You will contribute in planning meetings, assist in how we can create digital resources and also have ideas on how these events are marketed;
- Researching – you can help by looking online to find out what other events are happening in and around Wales and discuss which events would be best for us to run in 2021;
- Answering questions from people who call up to find out more about the events, we know not everyone is confident on the phone so this isn’t essential but if it’s something you’d like more confidence in we can help you build on this experience at your own pace.
- Attending events, you will have the opportunity to attend virtual or physical events and be as involved on the day as you wish.
What skills do I need?
As a specialist role, it would be great if you had experience in creation of digital resources and marketing of digital events.
You will also have opportunities to develop your organisational and people skills.
If you are working at an event, we like our volunteers to be cheerful and polite at all times so our supporters get the best possible experience from the charity. This will also be great customer service experience.
We know our teams are ambassadors for the charity, so we would be happy if you could learn a bit about what we do and how people can find out more. We will provide all the information you need in a format to suit you.
Where will I be based?
The majority of us are working from home with occasional days working in the office; we can accommodate whatever you feel most comfortable with. If working from home, you will require your own laptop or computer and internet connection.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions eg. about accessibility - our offices are fully wheelchair accessible.
How much time do I need to give?
It’s up to you. We like to be flexible with our volunteers, this role would be best suited to someone who can commit to a minimum of one day a week; however, we can be flexible on days or 8 hours split across a few days if you prefer.
The Science Café programme of events will run all through 2021, you can volunteer for a few weeks to plan one, a few months to plan a few or a full year to contribute to the entire programme – which would be great experience and a huge help to the charity!
What else do I need to know?
The first event will take place on Thursday 4th Feb 2021 – World Cancer Day. We would love you to start before this date if possible.
We welcome everybody into the team and our team treat all their fellow colleagues, customers and donors with respect and kindness. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
How do I apply for this volunteer position?
If you would like an opportunity to make a difference and contribute in a positive way, we would love to hear from you. Please send a letter of expression to:
We look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for considering volunteering with Cancer Research Wales.