Brilliant, experienced fundraiser for a dynamic and fast paced CIC!

Brilliant, experienced fundraiser for a dynamic and fast paced CIC!

Short term project
J67175
At a glance

Skills

  • Fundraising strategy
  • Fundraising research / Bid writing
  • Research (qualitative / quantitative)
  • Business development / Sales

Where

London, NW34PG
Mainly at home
Travel limit? No limit but will cover travel expenses

Time

Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week, over 7 hours / week or short term project: 15-90 hours, completed within 4 months
We are flexible

Created specifically to to help intelligent, able individuals with ASD achieve fulfilling working lives, and to change the image of ASD from a disability to an understood, respected, accepted and welcomed difference.

What will you be doing?

Many with this invisible difference never achieve their full potential. We optimise ASD Talent whilst simultaneously making organisations ASD Fit‘n’Friendly so they can successfully attract, recruit & retain them. We realistically balance the needs & expectations of both so creating a successful, sustainable solution.

In our early days, we focused on providing revenue-earning services to organisations helping them to be ASD fit‘n’friendly (aware, accommodating, adjusting, respecting, welcoming) so they could attract recruit, retain & then grow their ASD Talent. Meanwhile we simultaneously helped many with ASD improve their employability, over and above their qualifications pro bono. But as our reputation grew, so did the demand. With C19, it will undoubtedly grow even faster & we are upscaling, extending its scope whilst still also helping employers create a level playing ground for candidates.

We recently piloted a groundbreaking initiative providing experiential interview skills learning for both employers & candidates at the unis of Bath and Bristol - with very positive feedback. Further developed, this is now a stand-alone product for unis but is also the core of an ambitious, innovative end-to-end autism-friendly program to optimise the employability of ASD candidates over & above their qualifications. The first of its kind, it extends from when a career is first contemplated by a student to the end of their first year of employment, & will include strengths assessment testing, career counselling, CV/personal statement writing, interview skills and more. Mentorship usually ends at graduation but the unnecessary anxiety created by this gap will be mitigated by dedicated specialist mentors providing continuous support from uni into employment. We also aspire to train autism professionals so they understand the demands & protocols of the workplace and then can provide the necessary support.

This program is now being developed & costed. Little revenue, if any, can be expected from candidates, and so we need to find it wherever we can. Your job! And to write the bids. You would be working with the founders, the board & our volunteer team but mostly on your own initiative. We would be looking for relevant grants (re Education, Employment, Disability, Autism, Diversity, Mental Health, Disadvantage), donations and routes to them...and all other avenues too.

What are we looking for?

  • A CAN DO attitude!!  
  • Once you have your feet 'under the table' , the ability to work on your own initiative although liaison will always be there when you need it.
  • Strong oral, social and communication skills and ability to work with people at different levels (From the board down to our volunteer students)
  • Good writing skills with experience in successful bid writing.
  • Knowledge of the funding etiquette. 
  • Ideal but not essential would be experience with autism and mental health charities but also employment and education. As would  experience with getting donations and crowd funding, and other routes to £.
  • Knowledge of CSR and public money available would be helpful.

What difference will you make?

The funds will enable us to grow and help so many more able, intelligent individuals into the employment that befits their skills, education and abilities so they can fulfil their full potential and attain worthwhile and rewarding lives. Importantly, helping their mental health and improving their confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem reduces their dependence on the state whilst also making life less challenging for them and their close ones too. A win for them, for organisations that employ them .....and society as a whole.

What's in it for the volunteer?

This is an intellectual challenge and needs some creative thinking. It's a chance to work with a diverse, senior team, have access and opportunity to communicate with many prestigious connections and most importantly a chance to make a real difference. If other aspects of running a not-for profit/charity are of interest, there also may be the possibility of gaining experience and involvement across the board too. We're always open .. and we love new ideas too!

Causes
  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Education
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Mental health
  • Social care
  • Training / employment support
  • ASPIeRATIONS ....

    Helping talented, able professionals with an Autism Spectrum Difference achieve fulfilling work lives appropriate to their intellect, intelligence and education.
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