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Vacancies at Off The Record, Twickenham

Freelance Fundraiser

We’re seeking an experienced and skilled part-time Fundraiser who is able to support us in finding both core funding and project costs. We need to raise £300,000 in total over the coming year, with some of this coming from regular funders, and we would like to diversify our funding strategy and seek out new sources and types of funding, including support from businesses, as well as charitable giving and possibly statutory funds.

Hours: 2 days a week equivalent (16 hours/week) for 3 months, possibly to be extended

Location: working from home with some days at OTR office in Twickenham, as needed

Fee: £200 – £250 a day

Purpose: To expand our funder base and research and make applications to new funding opportunities, with the aim to raise an additional £100,000 for the next financial year

Expected outputs

  • Research and develop new funding sources whose criteria match our aims and activities and prepare and submit applications (with an emphasis on larger, multi-year grants)
  • Access existing and new funding needs and prepare an action plan, with targets and timelines, for approaches across the next 6 to 12 months
  • Develop approaches and applications for already-identified potential funding sources
  • Help manage reporting and relationship engagement requirements
  • Keep databases and other internal information sources up to date

Experience and Skills required

  • Success in securing multi-year grants and donations from trusts and foundations, particularly grants that cover core activities
  • Ability to absorb information quickly, know what information is needed, and how best to present it in interesting and engaging content
  • Good working knowledge of preparing fundraising and proposal budgets
  • Confidence and ability to communicate with donors and potential supporters with passion and expertise
  • A creative and affective approach with attention to detail and ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as required
  • Honesty and integrity

OTR is registered with the Fundraising Regulator. We abide by the Fundraising best practice and expect you to do so too. You will be an external contractor responsible for your own tax.

About Us

For 31 years, Off The Record Twickenham has provided free and confidential counselling, information and sexual health support to young people aged 11 to 24 who live, work or study in the borough of Richmond Upon Thames. Our services take place in a welcoming, non-clinical setting in the heart of Twickenham. We provide 12 sessions of booked counselling along with a walk-in service enabling young people to drop in for information or crisis counselling. We also offer 15 evening sessions of counselling in 9 different hubs across the borough (one is online), covering most of Richmond borough.

Our Impact

OTR has established a reputation within the community for positively impacting the emotional wellbeing of the borough’s young people. Our data show us that the overwhelming majority of the young people who use our services feel supported and experience positive outcomes.

We work in partnership in a variety of ways, attending mental health forums and supporting schools, and we take part in outreach activities to increase our visibility among local young people, such as by speaking in school assemblies. We have also delivered workshops to more widely engage young people about emotional wellbeing, and to enable them to support themselves.  

Our fundraising work

We have 2 large Charitable trusts in the Richmond borough who provide us with significant annual grants – the Richmond Parish Lands Charity and Hampton Fund. We also receive a regular grant from the Barnes Fund. Our local Integrated Care Service funds us for some of our satellite hubs and we receive money through local donations and fundraising – by OTR and our supporters. We have received funding in the past from City Bridge, Richmond Voluntary Fund and Global Make Some Noise, amongst others.

How to apply

Send a CV and covering letter to Deborah Kerpner, Manager of OTR Twickenham, at which includes:

  • Information on your fundraising record and success rates
  • A view on how you would go about fundraising for OTR
  • Details of how you might manage any conflict of interest with existing clients
  • An indication of your availability
  • 2 references we can contact

The Closing Date for Applications is 10.00am on Monday, 22 January 2024

We will shortlist applicants as soon as possible after 22 January