Volunteering opportunities

As a small organisation with limited resources, we depend on the help of volunteers. Whether you are a parent of a disabled child or young person, a professional looking to contribute your skills, or a student wishing to gain work experience – we’d love to hear from you!

We will train and support you, and reimburse any travel and childcare expenses you incur. We may occasionally be able to offer some paid (freelance) work.


Treasurer

Description

We are looking for a dependable individual to gradually take over from our current Treasurer. Duties include: keeping up to date with relevant legislation and ensuring that the organisation complies with it; attending meetings with funders; reporting quarterly to the Trustees; organising year-end statements of account with our auditors; supporting the trustees with financial planning, including producing an annual budget; and supporting our staff with paying bills and recording the information in Quicken.

Time commitment

Approximately three hours per week, which includes attending two committee meetings per month (currently held at St Mary’s on Friday mornings and Wednesday afternoons).

Requirements

Bookkeeping experience would be useful, but training in our systems will be provided.


Fundraising volunteer

Description

We are looking for a committed individual to help us raise funds for our popular family events, such as family fun days, Christmas films and pantos. This is an interesting and rewarding role which would allow you to start small before progressing onto bigger bids as you become more experienced. Key tasks include: researching potential funders; maintaining a database of funders; sending off mailings; tailoring bids to individual organisations (with support); contacting local companies (no cold calling).

Time commitment

Around 3 hours per week. Hours are flexible and can be worked in our office at St Mary’s or from home. Induction required (approx. 3 hours).

Requirements

No previous fundraising experience required, as training and ongoing support will be provided. You will need to be self-motivated, able to work on your own and with a team, have excellent verbal and written communication skills, excellent internet research skills, good local knowledge and enjoy engaging with people.


Outreach volunteer

Description

Attend coffee mornings at schools and nurseries and run stalls at events all over Sheffield to promote the Forum, gather parents’ views, and provide peer support and signposting.

Time commitment

Attend a 2-hour outreach session every 1-2 months, during school hours, with at least one other parent volunteer. May involve picking up materials from the office and/or dropping them off again. Take brief notes of issues raised by parents and feed back to Forum staff. Induction required (approx. 3 hours).

Requirements

An outgoing personality, sensitivity and discretion. A good knowledge of local services for children and young people with disabilities. Own transport useful but not essential. Will reimburse bus and taxi fares.


Newsletter contributor

Description

Contribute articles to Forum newsletter (two issues per year).

Time commitment

Articles of approx. 300 or 600 words in length, about areas of interest to parent carers.

Requirements

Ability to write clear, accessible copy.