Company: British Red Cross
Location: Bristol




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About the British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis,whoever and wherever they are. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help people recover and move on with their lives.

our internship scheme

Interns at the British Red Cross are highly valued for the skills and energy they bring. We aim to provide our interns with an insight into the daily workings of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation. The successful candidate will have access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities during the course of their placement. There may be some ad hoc opportunities to get involved in other areas of activity.

Your role as an intern will help make a great contribution to the work of the British Red Cross. You will take responsibility for achieving specific objectives that are agreed with you within one of the various departments across the UK. You will have a real responsibility and place in the department, bringing some of your skills and experience to the role; you will also have the chance to develop workplace skills.

About this role

The Community Fundraising department in Bristol covers Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire and is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic, committed and outgoing person tojoin the team during our 150th anniversary.

The main areas of volunteeringwhich the successful applicant will assist with are: organising and promotingevents such:

  • Open Gardens in Gloucestershire
  • trust and charity of the year applications
  • events promotion
  • approaching and building relationships with external organisations like Rotary clubs or student societies
  • liaising with existing volunteers and groups on charity collections and other matters
  • and assisting with major emergency appeals should any occur.

These involve:marketing, recruitment, support of participants and volunteers, research andwriting good copy for trust applications, admin/logistical support.

The role provides fantastic experience in community fundraising, volunteering for the largest humanitarian charity, and in a busy, yet friendly, department. It allows the applicant excellent opportunities to learn about the work of the Red Cross in the UK and overseas.


To be provided to the Volunteer Mobilisation team.


Bradbury House, Caxton Business Park, 83 Tower Road North,Warmley, Bristol BS30 8XP


Community Fundraising

Reporting to

Jess Burden


This internship will last a maximum of 12 weeks volunteering up to 2 – 4 days each week. The volunteering hours are negotiable to balance your needs and what can be achieved in the role.

Tasks include

> Organising fundraising activities, collections and events – recruiting existing volunteers to collections, and liaising with external groups to cover collections and events; and supporting their fundraising.

> Registering and processing challenge event participants and liaising with them to ensure they raise as much sponsorship as possible, with initial and ongoing ‘customer care.’

> Promoting fundraising events by liaising with the media, social media and other teams as well as with existing corporate and other contacts

> Researching and approaching local businesses for support, financial or otherwise

> Building relationships with external organisations

> Administrative and logistical support of the fundraising team.

What we are looking for

You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy,communication and teamwork skills although full training can be given for any technical requirements. We keep the beneficiary at the heart of what we do,working to understand their needs and the difference we make. Also someone who is:

> Outgoing and lively personality

> Motivated and enthusiastic

> Able to write good copy and to comply with house style

> Good verbal communication skills

> Fundraising experience an advantage, though not a requirement

> Knowledge of Microsoft Office, some knowledge of databases an advantage though not a requirement

What we offer

> A full induction, with ongoing support and supervision throughout your placement

> Access to relevant in-house training and development opportunities, including British Red Cross intranet site, e-learning facility and one-to-one career sessions or career development workshops

> Valuable exposure to the work of the Red Cross in the UK and around the world

> A great opportunity to develop your existing skills and to gain new ones

> Reasonable travel and lunch expenses paid

Being a volunteer for the British Red Cross means that you can proudly say you are part of the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, and one of our 13 million volunteers across the world.

Young People and this role

Our internship opportunities are open to people at different stages of their career, aged 15 or above. Whether your student, a recent graduate or someone with more experience looking for a career change, we would be happy tohear from you.

We value the energy and enthusiasm that young people bringto this role. Anyone can volunteer with the Red Cross from the age of 15. An individual risk assessment, parental consent and safeguarding considerations will be required for those aged 15 – 17. The nature of the activities specific to your intern opportunity may mean that you need to be 18 years or older.


We welcome applications from people of different backgrounds, experience andcircumstances. We seek to ensure that our organisation and our services are relevant and accessible to all, with equality, diversity and fairness at the core of what we do. We invite applications from individuals regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity,nationality, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or political beliefand are committed to promoting fair participation and equality of opportunity for all of our applicants.

The British Red Cross s committed to being inclusive, with a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds,cultures and experiences – including disabled and ethnic minority candidates.We value fresh perspectives and insights gained by involving and welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of background, culture and experience.This is to contribute to the breadth of experience we need to respond to people n crisis.

Core learning/requirements

Approximate training hours 3.5.

Minimum Induction – within 3 weeks

Has been introduced to Line Manager and role description discussed

Has been given a H&S briefing pertinent to the site they will normally be operating from

Has been familiarised with any equipment required to carry out the role

Has received any workwear, if required for the role

Has had a one-to-one induction with the Placements Coordinator

British Red Cross Foundation Course e-module (IN-FCEL)

Full Induction – within 3 months

Has attended an Intern Welcome Workshop or attended Foundation Training classroom workshops dependant on the nature of the role.

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