Kickstarter: Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Are you a real people & project person, aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit? Do you have a working knowledge of project and people management and want to grow your experience alongside a dedicated charity team? Read on…


Terms: part-time 25 hours per week, hybrid working with office based in Salford, six-month placement 

Remuneration: National Living Wage (dependant on age) 

Department: Marketing 

Accountable to: Head of Operations & Marketing 

Primary objective: To increase performance, donations and lead generation through the management of all social media channels. 

Kickstart Requirements: 

Our Kickstart programme is an opportunity for young people aged 16-24 and claiming Universal Credit. You will gain valuable paid work experience for six months at Kidscan, the children’s cancer research charity. All applications should be submitted only after consultation with your Job Centre+ Work Coach for a Kickstart placement. 

To be eligible for the Kickstart programme you will need to be: 

Aged 16-24 

Unemployed in receipt of Universal Credit 

Referred by your Jobcentre Work Coach 

Be available to work for 25 hours 

Be able to undertake a 6-month work placement programme 

Please note eligible applicants must be referred by their local JobCentre Plus as you will be asked for your unique introduction code. 

Brief Role Outline:  

Support the Fundraising Officer (Tins and Collections) in organising collections and securing volunteers 

Work with the marketing team to create and implement a volunteer recruitment campaign to increase volunteer numbers 

Develop a volunteer onboarding programme and support volunteers joining the charity 

Manage existing volunteers including generating a timetable of volunteers and working with the Kidscan Team to identify volunteer tasks, and to then allocate to volunteers accordingly 

Work with third party recruitment agencies to secure volunteers 

Working with the Head of Operations & Marketing and Fundraising Managers, support the development of the Kidscan ambassador programme 

Working at Kidscan: 

Currently in the UK 20% of children diagnosed with cancer do not survive because treatment options are limited. Of those who do survive, 60% will go on to develop late-effects such as hearing loss, organ and bone damage caused by treatments use to save their lives. By funding research across the UK, Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research are dedicated to finding safe new treatments for children with cancer. To do this we rely heavily on volunteers who carry out a range of tasks including; collections, office administration and assisting with events.  

The Volunteer Co-Ordinator will play a vital role in recruiting, supporting and co-ordinating our volunteers, ensuring they have the necessary skills, equipment and communications to guarantee a great experience with Kidscan. 

Working with the Head of Operations and Marketing you will develop and implement a recruitment campaign to boost volunteer numbers. As part of this you will liaise directly with third party services who provide volunteers, ensuring they are aware of the opportunities available at Kidscan. You will also develop an onboarding programme designed to quickly introduce volunteers to Kidscan.  

Once volunteers are recruited, it will be your responsibility to generate a timetable of volunteers – working with the Kidscan Team to identify volunteer tasks, and to then allocate to volunteers accordingly. During the placement you will also have the opportunity to work with the Head of Operations and Marketing in assisting our ambassadors in creating a programme of support for other childhood cancer survivors.  

This is a fantastic role for an outgoing individual who loves engaging and meeting a wide range of people. This is also a diverse role meaning you will have the opportunity to develop and showcase a wide range of skills including project management and communication skills.  

The placement will be a hybrid of homeworking and in-office working. The 25 hours will be split across 4 days and your shift patterns will be agreed on appointment; however you will be expected to work at least 2 days of the week in the office: Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research, Alumni House, University of Salford, Salford, M54NY. 

Essential skills, experience and qualifications  

Although training and mentorship will be provided throughout the placement, we do expect that the ideal candidate will be able to hit the ground running and will therefore be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of project and people management. You will also be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (in particular excel & word) and will have strong spoken and written communication skills in English. 

Working pattern and contracted hours 

25 Hours split across 4 days to be agreed on appointment. A standard working day is 7.25 hours. Kidscan has embraced hybrid working including working from home, but you will be expected to attend the office in Salford 2 days per week minimum. 

Hourly rate of pay 

National Minimum Wage, dependent on age. 

Details of employability support incl training opportunities 

During the 6 months placement you will be mentored by the Head of Operations and Marketing who will guide you through the role. You will receive training on different platforms including our CRM system. In addition, Kidscan is working with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to provide support. Because we are a small team you will also have the opportunity to work with other members of the team and learn about their third sector roles including marketing and fundraising. 

Closing date for applications 

Please send your CV and covering letter to Kirsty@Kidscan.org.uk by midnight on 30th September 2021 

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