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Volunteer Trustee with fundraising experience

RSPCA Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch


Posted over 30 days ago...

A diverse and rewarding role for anyone with a passion for animal welfare. If you have experience in fundraising: grant-writing / strategy / events / corporate partnerships, you could make an enormous impact on our pet-owning community.


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Chester-le-Street, DH3 3BQ

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Expires at anytime

What will you be doing?

We are looking for a passionate individual with an interest in animal welfare, who can help support our fundraising goals and charitable objectives.  Primary responsibilities of the Branch Trustee

Appreciate and support the aims and policies of the RSPCA. Work in conjunction with fellow trustees and branch officers and jointly act in making decisions for the best interest of the branch and the RSPCA. Work with national RSPCA staff to ensure that the branch meets all minimum animal welfare standards (MAWS). In conjunction with your fellow trustees and Branch Support Specialist write, adopt, monitor, and review a development plan setting out the short and long term aims of your branch. Actively participate in branch committee meetings and to attend the branch annual general meeting and regional conference. Be aware of the outcome of regional board meetings and support local initiatives. Actively promote and advertise the society in an ongoing programme to recruit new branch trustees and volunteers and welcome new members. In conjunction with your fellow trustees, ensure the proper management and control of all activities and decisions relating to any premises held or staff employed by the branch if applicable.

What we are looking for in a volunteer We are looking for people from all social and cultural backgrounds, with experience and skills in any of the following areas:

Fundraising including corporate fundraising, trust fund and grant applications; Local community and supporter relationships; Hands-on experience in growing charities

What we can offer you as a volunteer Branch Trustee

We will provide you with a comprehensive trustee training course which will provide you with everything you need to carry out the role. Ongoing support is also provided by local and national RSPCA staff in addition to any additional training provided by the relevant branch. The platform to utilise your skills and experience to oversee the charity and make decisions that have a direct impact on local animal welfare. The opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones, whilst making a real difference to the lives of animals. A way to expand your professional and personal network through working with like-minded people.

What are we looking for?

We welcome skills and experience from a range of fields, including communications, animal welfare, PR, HR and more. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you have experience in fundraising strategy, corporate partnerships & networking, grant-writing, or events planning. 

What difference will you make?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate person who could devote the time to volunteer with us as one of our Trustees. As a Trustee of the Branch, you will have the chance to influence how we care for and prevent cruelty to animals and drive the implementation of key initiatives. You will serve on the governing body of the charity and be instrumental in the running of the Branch and setting out both the short and long term aims. You will be volunteering with a small, but passionate and fun team made up of two admin staff, five retail and online sales staff, and a dedicated trustee board of five, from a range of backgrounds.  We are a highly proactive, progressive and approachable branch, with a clear vision for the future - aiming for charitable excellence, a strong community focus, and a passion to support, signpost and advocate for our pet-owning community. Among our animal welfare activities are schemes such as assisted neutering and microchipping, welfare events such as free microchipping and clinic sessions, provision of a local pet food bank, family fun day events in aid of animal welfare, and the delivery of educational materials - created by the branch team, for our younger audiences. We support RSPCA frontline teams within our local area, and we are always keen to take on new challenges and innovative ways to fundraise and work alongside those in our community who need our support.  The insights and skills of our trustees are the key to the future direction of the branch. 


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