• Become an Ambassador for us

    Role title: Women’s Community Shelters Ambassador
    Suggested involvement:  One or two afternoons / evenings per month
    Line Manager:   Fundraising & Development Manager
    Supervisor:   CEO

    Role summary:

    Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) Ambassadors support our CEO and Board by promoting our work as widely as possible and encouraging more people to support our charity. They are committed to our cause and to raising awareness of domestic violence against women and women’s homelessness.

    WCS Ambassadors play a vital role in helping us meet our strategic objective of increasing awareness and understanding of our work with the general public, government, philanthropic organisations/individuals and corporates.

    Our Ambassadors will help tell the ‘WCS story’ amongst their own key contacts and in their local community by delivering talks to local groups and organisations. The talks delivered by our Ambassadors will ensure more people know about WCS’s shelters – how to access them; how they run; why they are needed to help increase fundraising and volunteer support for WCS.

    Our Ambassadors will also represent WCS at events, share and promote our messages across social media and take part in promotional campaigns throughout the year.

    As an Ambassador, you will be a valued part of the WCS team, and we’re always delighted to arrange visits for Ambassadors who’d like to visit one of our shelters to see where the money goes and how the money helps vulnerable women and children in need.

  • Main Ambassador tasks:

    • Become familiar with the work of WCS’s in general and leverage their own contacts to raise awareness of WCS and promote our key aims and objectives
    • Leverage their own contacts/network in order to raise funds for WCS
    • Research and contact relevant groups and organisations to speak about WCS at one of their meetings
    • Deliver talks about WCS which engages and motivates the audience to donate
    • Ensure all donations and expressions of interest in fundraising and are passed back to the WCS hub team promptly for follow-up

    What are we looking for?

    Profile: Essential

    • Confident speaker
    • Excellent contacts and networking skills
    • Good communication skills
    • Ability to work on own initiative
      Good organisational skills
    • Confident in responding to questions from an audience
    • Willingness to ask the audience to support WCS through fundraising, corporate partnership or volunteering

    Desirable: Access to a vehicle or good public transport. If using own car, you will be required to show your Driving Licence, current Rego and appropriate insurance.

    Initial commitment: Once or twice a month (researching speaker opportunities, initially; and then delivering talks) We are seeking a minimum commitment of 12 months.

    Selection procedure: If requested, you will be asked to complete a registration form and provide 2 references.

    Induction and training: All WCS Ambassadors will be given a marketing pack which contains information about WCS, including facts and statistics about WCS, it’s mission and key aims. Further training may be given later regarding presentation skills and working alone.

    Support and supervision: WCS Ambassadors will be supported by the WCS hub team and through regular updates on the charity’s latest activities from the WCS Hub team.

    Volunteers are asked to take part in a review after their first three months and then annually. These give both the charity and the volunteer the opportunity to discuss if the appointment is working successfully and assess any development needs.

    Expenses: Any agreed out of pocket expenses which are incurred when carrying out this volunteer role will be reimbursed in line with the WCS’s policies and procedures.

  • General:

    In addition to the specific task outlined in this role description all WCS volunteers are required to operate within all relevant policies and guidelines and should be aware of their specific responsibilities towards the following:

    • WCS operates a no-smoking policy. Volunteers should either be a non-smoker or be prepared not to smoke in any charity premises, grounds or vehicles or when on WCS business.
    • Adhere to all health and safety and fire regulations and to co-operate with the charity in maintaining good standards of health and safety.
    • Promote and sustain a responsible attitude towards equal opportunities and diversity within the charity.
  • I’m interested. How Do I get Involved?

    To join our Ambassador programme please express your interest by emailing our Fundraising and Development Manager via: [email protected]

    All volunteers are reminded of the need for complete confidentiality in respect of shelter clients and their families staying at our shelters. All volunteers must therefore be extremely careful not to discuss any information that they have acquired either directly or indirectly in the course of their duties relating to patrons, relatives, donors, supporters, employees or volunteers.

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