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.
We are currently looking for volunteers for the following roles:
We are looking for a committed individual to help us raise funds for our popular family events (e.g. family fun days, Christmas films, pantos) and our newsletter. 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).
Flexible. You can work in our office at St Mary’s or from home. Induction required (approx. 3 hours).
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.
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.
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).
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.
Contribute articles to Forum newsletter (two issues per year).
Articles of approx. 300 or 600 words in length, about areas of interest to parent carers.
Ability to write clear, accessible copy.