Current Volunteer Vacancies

Pawesome Mascot Volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to wear our mascot costume, and bring Fidget to life!

You will be helping to raise awareness of Autism Wessex within the local community, whilst entertaining children and adults alike.

We are currently looking for volunteers to wear Fidget at the AFC Bournemouth Home matches, please be aware that due to the nature of the activity, fixture dates and times are subject to change. 

View the current fixtures here.

A full mascot brief will be given to you prior to you wearing the costume but please be aware of the following: 

  •  Individuals must have a good level of fitness as the mascot is fairly heavy and can be strenuous during warmer months
  •  Must be a minimum height of 5 foot, 5 inches 
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years old
  • A DBS check is required for this opportunity, this will be provided by Autism Wessex 

You will need a chaperone with you during the match, this person will be with you at all times and will have a restricted view seat during the game. It is preferable for the chaperone to be someone known to you, as they will need to assist with getting in and out of the costume.

In return for being our mascot, you will be able to watch the match pitch-side for free with your chaperone!

Please email [email protected] to register your interest, or call us on 01202 483360.

School Governor

We are expanding our governing body to include some specialist roles to help us provide greater rigor, professional support and oversight for our school team. Joining the governing body will have a huge impact on the school and, by extension, the individuals and families we support. You will have the opportunity to support with the strategic direction of the school, hold our leaders to a high level of accountability and to raise the profile of the impact of the great work our staff can make working with individuals.

We seek people who will contribute actively to the governors by considering strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining targets; questioning everything we do to find better ways to do more and to play a crucial role in building a strong and stable financial future as the school grows.

Governors are generally expected to:

  • Challenge our leaders to deliver their very best for children, young
    people and their families
  • Attend meetings at least termly meetings
  • Be able to offer a specialist area of support/scrutiny
  • Participate fully in the monitoring cycle including visits to the school
  • Attend some events on an ad hoc basis
  • Support events from time to time
  • Travel and out of pocket expenses can be reimbursed

We are very interested in candidates from the following backgrounds:

School and/or FE Leadership and Governance, School business management, Effective use of outcome measures and data, finance  safeguarding; Health and Safety; managing change

Time commitment: Attend at least termly governing body meetings; be willing to take part in school monitoring visits at least termly (half termly preferred) attend school events during the year to ensure that the governing body is represented, engaged and visible.

If you would like us to consider an application, please email us and attach a current CV and a covering letter explaining how you would be able to fulfill this role. 

Charity Trustee

We are looking for people with energy and commitment from a range of backgrounds to be part of leading development and change as we embark on a new chapter for the charity. We are reviewing our services and planning a future based on increasing our impact, partnership and collaboration across the region. We are looking for people who will contribute actively by considering strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining targets; questioning everything we do to find better ways to do more and to play a crucial role in building a strong and stable financial future as the charity grows.

We want to make sure that our Board has a broad mix of skills and experience. If you have a background in health & safety, risk management, property, HR, finance, fundraising, safeguarding, managing change, education, social care or clinical or therapeutic approaches we would be very interested to hear from you. 

Trustees are generally expected to:

  • attend quarterly Board meetings and an annual planning day;
  • be willing sit on sub-committees;
  • attend some events on an ad hoc basis;
  • support events from time to time. 

If you would like us to consider an application, please email us and attach a current CV and a covering letter explaining how you would be able to fulfill this role. 

Collection Tin Coordinator

We are looking for a volunteer who can help distribute and monitor our collection tins in their local community. Collection tins help raise awareness for us, but also help to raise vital funds; the smallest amount of change can make a huge difference. 

What you will be doing

As a Volunteer Collection Tin Coordinator, you will be required to place and manage collection tins in your local community. Specific tasks may include:

- Placing collection tins in local shops, cafes, pubs, chemists etc

- Arranging follow up visits to businesses who have a tin, to collect and replace full tins

- Holding accurate and up to date records of where the tins are, and any communication with the businesses

- Bringing full collection tins to the fundraising team to be counted and banked

- Forming relationships with businesses to help raise awareness and funds 

About you

- Confident and friendly personality

- Good organisation skills and attention to detail

- Basic knowledge of your local area

- Your own transport would be advantageous

- A basic level of IT knowledge and skills (Excel, Outlook, Word) 

- Passionate about the cause 

- The ability to work on your own initiative 

How much time you will need to commit

The role is very flexible, and can be made to fit around you and your commitments. We would recommend more time at the beginning, to research placement of the tins within the community. After this, the role would be a cycle of collecting full tins, bringing these to us to be counted and replacing tins regularly.

Ideally we would like volunteers to be able to manage at least 10 collection tins within their local area. With 10 tins placed, it is likely that the time commitment required will be in the region of 1-2 days a month.

Support you will receive

You will receive ongoing support and guidance from a member of the fundraising team. We will provide you with all the materials you need, and will offer a full induction to the charity along with specific training where appropriate.

How to apply

Please use the form below to register your interest, or alternatively you can call or email us using the following details to discuss the role further.

Email: [email protected]   Telephone: 01202 483360

Do you want to make a difference? Get in touch to find out more about our volunteer vacancies.

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