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Research Volunteer

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    4 months ago

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Role Title: Research Volunteer
Reports to: Trusts and Foundations Officer - Kay Dowling
Location: Home based
Hours: 8 Hours per week minimum (flexible, pattern of work and duration to be agreed)

About Motivation

  • 70m people worldwide need a wheelchair, with four out of five living in developing countries
  • 80% disabled people in developing countries live in poverty
  • 90% disabled children in the developing world do not go to school

Disabled people in low income countries are being left behind, and are unable to take part in society. At Motivation we want to change this picture. Our mission is to enable greater independence and opportunity for disabled people in developing countries through the design and provision of wheelchairs and training.

We focus our work in Africa and India, where we work in partnership with knowledgeable local organisations to build a network of wheelchair services, and train professionals to provide wheelchairs to World Health Organization standards. This means each adult or child is individually assessed and fitted with a robust wheelchair, appropriate for their needs and their environment.

We also provide life changing peer-to-peer training and support for people with spinal cord injuries and vital training for families with children with cerebral palsy - the most prevalent childhood disability in the countries where we work.

Role Purpose

Each year Motivation needs to raise funds from a number of different sources. Usually we aim to secure around £300k from trusts and foundations (organisations set up to grant money to charities) towards our projects and our core funding.

We are now in the process of implementing a new three year strategy that requires researching and finding a whole new pipeline of prospective funders to enable us to deliver our strategic aims and rebuild our Trusts and Foundations income stream after the impacts of COVID. During these uncertain times we would like to draw on the skills of an experienced researcher or someone with transferable skills, keen to support our fundraising efforts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Compliance with charity laws and Motivation fundraising policies.
  • Provide support to Trusts and Foundations Officer where appropriate
  • Conduct research to identify new Trust prospects in the UK and globally and create useable spreadsheet.
  • Provide Trusts and Foundations Officer with information on application deadlines and a summary of how closely the charity may match the aims of the prospects identified.
  • Ensure information on both new and existing contacts in our database are current.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Motivation projects being delivered.
  • Participate in virtual team meetings.

Desirable Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of working remotely unsupervised
  • Knowledge of Fundraising/Trust Fundraising
  • Knowledge of issues facing the charity sector
  • Experienced carrying out online research
  • Experienced using Microsoft Office applications, plus Microsoft Office 365 if possible
  • Knowledge of GDPR compliance

Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Inquisitive nature and attention to detail
  • Good IT skills
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated with good time management skills
  • Able to commit to at least eight hours per week working from home in the first instance


  • An opportunity to be part of a vibrant, passionate fundraising team who are working to enable disable people and their families in low income countries
  • A chance to utilise and hone existing skills in this area while making a real difference to peoples' lives.
  • An opportunity to develop and demonstrate an ability to identify fundraising prospects
  • A job reference
  • An opportunity to help raise funds that will ensure Motivation can continue to advocate for appropriate wheelchair provision, independence and inclusion alongside disabled people in Africa and India.

How to Apply

Apply in writing explaining why you wish to volunteer for the role including relevant skills and experience to Kay Dowling at