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Volunteer Support Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Within Diabetes UK the development of volunteering is led by the Central Volunteering Team, with Volunteer Development Manager and Volunteer Support Officers leading local delivery from our different Regional and National Offices from where they are managed.

Interviews: Thursday 14th March 2019    

Role Responsibility

We have a strategic commitment to growing the engagement and support of volunteers across all parts of the organisation. 

A key objective for the overall Volunteer Development Team is to support, develop and grow our network of volunteer led local groups and communities. Local groups form a part of Diabetes UK, but have their own names, are financially self-sustaining, and are all run locally by a committee of volunteers.  Community groups generally have one lead volunteer and may require additional support from the national or regional volunteer team.   

Other key volunteer roles that are supported locally will include those that are engaged in running awareness events, undertaking speaking engagements, risk assessments, campaigning and on occasion fundraising.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Effective project management skills with and ability to work on own initiative and lead on well-defined work areas.
  • Effective time management skills with an ability to juggle conflicting workloads.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be able to demonstrate good IT skills, including experience of email, Word, and databases,  
  • Good team working skills
  • A valid driving licence and access to a car

Package Description

What we can offer you: 

  • Generous annual leave starting at 25 days plus bank holidays 
  • A Cash Healthcare Plan (giving you up to £1,600 towards a range of out of pocket health expenses like new glasses, dentist, chiropractor or osteopath appointments) 
  • Early finish Friday and flexible working 
  • Discounts on gym membership and days out 
  • Employee assistance programme to give you support on any issues that come up in life  
  • Annual season ticket loan 
  • Very active social scene including sport teams, gardening and other activities 
  • Generous pension provision, life assurance and permanent health insurance
  • Cycle to work scheme

About the Company

Diabetes is the most potentially devastating – and fastest growing – health crisis of our time, requiring ongoing high-quality care and support. There are currently 4.6 million people in the UK living with diabetes, and 12.3 million more at increased risk of getting Type 2 diabetes. Those diagnosed face the risk of life-changing, and life-limiting, complications, unless they are given the very best care and the support they need to manage their condition well. As a society we need to work together now – and take action now – to fund critical research, improve healthcare and treatment, and prevent yet more people developing this potentially life-threatening condition. 

Diabetes UK is a forward thinking and commercially focused organisation, and is the leading charity for the 4.6 million people with the condition in the UK.

As we continue to improve our processes, through continual development and change, this is an exciting time to join us. With established funding streams and following on from the success of our previous five-year plan, we are in a strong position to continue developing and responding to changing environments.

We rely heavily upon the expertise and motivation of our staff in order to work towards our many aims and meet objectives. We aim to be an equal opportunity employer; the organisation recognises and respects the value and diversity of all. We gladly make the adjustments required for people with disabilities to join us. Our diverse functions mean that we can offer you a wide range of rewarding career opportunities.

Under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, as amended in particular by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 this post is subject to pre-employment criminal records checks through the Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS), Disclosure Scotland, Access NI.  

Diabetes UK is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expects all staff and volunteers to actively support this commitment.

Diabetes UK recognises and respects the value and diversity of all.

We have a vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm – if you’d like to be part of that, why not join us? 

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