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Digital, Database and Publications Officer Placement (unpaid) - EXPIRED

Job Title Digital, Database and Publications Officer Placement (unpaid) - EXPIRED
Contract Type Volunteer
Location Twickenham, Middlesex
Salary Unpaid
Job Published 30 Apr 2015
Contact Name Volunteers team
Contact Email

Job Description - EXPIRED

The Organisation:

SPEAR are a long established and renowned charity working in the Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Merton, addressing homelessness and rough sleeping. We address not just housing, but also encourage our clients to follow a pathway towards independence; taking a person centred approach.

SPEAR has fantastic longstanding partnerships with trusts (such as Richmond Parish Lands, Berkeley Foundation and Streetsmart), corporate partners (including SW Trains, St George's Property, HML Holdings and Thames Valley Housing) and statutory organisations for funding. This year we were the designated charity for the Richmond Half Marathon, Twickenham Festival and Richmond Riverside event, held a wonderful corporate masquerade ball at Twickenham Stadium, have a SPEAR choir and will also be holding our annual sleep-out event! So you will be joining SPEAR at a very exciting time.


This role works within the dedicated and energetic Fundraising and Communications team. Based in the Twickenham office at 89 Heath Road, Twickenham, TW1 4AW, this role will be an excellent opportunity to gain an overview of all aspects of fundraising; trusts, events, corporate, community and individuals, whilst knowing you are supporting a fantastic cause. You will also sit alongside other SPEAR employees working in our outreach, skills and development and resettlement teams giving you a broad overview of the homeless sector. Your time at SPEAR will be rewarding and a great springboard for a future career or a career change.

The Role:

Help us manage our brand, share information and raise awareness through different types of offline and online print and publications and electronic media.
Find new ways to increase our income from various media sources such as eBay or via promotion on other websites and listings.

Use your social networking skills to engage both dedicated and new followers.
Ensure our website is up-to-date, informative and colourful with engaging images and information.
Consider other areas of digital development such as google ad-words, search engine optimisation or new ways for SPEAR to ensure our messages are shared online.

Key Accountabilities based on volunteer's interests and experience - to include:

*Produce materials such as Events Calendars, leaflets, Factsheets etc. (publisher only is provided in the office. However, you are welcome to use more 'design' based software such as Indesign if you have access to this).
*Develop our digital platforms so that they are effective at fundraising, awareness raising and information dissemination, with the aim of increasing supporters both in number and engagement.
*Support the development of our digital media for income generation and online giving.
*Review other social platforms, community websites and listings, media, publications etc. where SPEAR could have a presence and if viable set up the new SPEAR profile.
*Liaise with the Fundraising Team so that there is a cohesive digital presence across all platforms and the digital platforms are aligned with SPEAR brand and strategic aims.
*Constantly develop the website so that it is fresh and engaging for frequent visitors.
*Develop the new eBay account through uploading of material and co-ordinating the bidding.
*Support the production of materials or co-ordination for press, PR or advertising.
*Keep track of developments using tools such as google analytics and record keeping.
*Update our new Salesforce relational database and support the development of this for improved communication with our supporters.
*As time permits, support the fundraising team in other tasks related to fundraising.

Experience and Recruitment:

We are looking for an interest in fundraising, events or communications. You will need to be proficient on PC use and your spoken and written English should be of a high standard. You do not need experience in all areas as support and training will be provided. Please forward your CV if you are interested in this post. All applications for this post will be responded to but not all applications will necessarily get through to interview stage. Once short-listed, recruitment for this post will involve an interview and basic written test which will require you to write a letter. Should you be successful you will then be required to complete a short Volunteer Registration form.

Time Commitment:

Will be from 7 hours (one day) up to 21 hours (three days) per week during working hours of 9.30am - 5pm (with a 30 minute lunch) for a three month commitment. We appreciate a volunteer placement may need to fit around your paid work, family commitments or studies, so it is up to you to decide whether you can commit to one day, two days or three days per week and agree timings with SPEAR (it is possible to do half-days rather than full-days where needed). Alternatively, this could be adapted for a 3-4 week placement during the summer holidays.

For more information or to apply for the role, please email Heidi Shrimpton, the Head of Fundraising, at or call 020 7036 9764.

TPP is committed to equal opportunities and actively encourages applications from all sectors of the community. We shortlist based on competencies and not on race, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, or age.

Ref: EXPIRED - LF146 | Published: 30th Apr 2015