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Marketing strategy development

10 hours over 2 months
Aspire2Inspire Dyslexia - is raising awareness of dyslexia within the community and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst dyslexics. They support dyslexic adults who want to return to education or engage in apprenticeships or employment. Their aim is to provide one to one support to adults who want to reach their full potential by identifying their skills and talents and utilizing them to the best of their ability. The organisation is also supporting assessment for children and has specialised teaching for maths and literacy.

Assist this growing organisation to develop a marketing strategy to help promote it's activities/events to it's target audience in SouthWest London.

Refugee mentoring programme administrator

4-6 hours per week for at least 6 months
Love to Learn - works with children and young people from refugee backgrouds and their families and carers. They provide educational advocacy and advice, learning support, clubs and workshops, and supported referrals in order to raise educational aspiration and achievement. From their experience of running this programme for many years, they know that mentors change lives. In many families of children from refguee background there are barriers to acheiveing their potential at school, including the language barrier, different education systems, being newly arrived in the county, issues with foster carers or teachers. Mentors work to bridge the gap between school and home so that children and young people can learn, and bring fun and outside opportunities and advise for young people.

Love to Learn's programme of matching learning mentor's with young people from refugee backgrounds is growing and there is now a real need for help with it's administration. If you love being organised and want to help transform young people's lives with an office-based role, this may be right for

Coordinate volunteers for English for speakers of other languages programme

1-2 hours a day for 3 days a week for at least 4 months
Katherine Low Settlement - has been dedicated to tackling poverty and building a stronger community in Battersea for over 90 years. Their projects support children and families, older people, newly-arrived communities as well as assisting the development of other charities.

The Katherine Low Settlement runs a growing English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme. There are now 80 students and 10-20 volunteers to help the lessons along side the teachers and to run the creche. The volunteers allow for the ESOL classes to be offered free of charge, with

Develop a furniture donation scheme for refugees

4 - 8 hours a week for at least 6 months
Wandsworth Welcomes Refugees - is a network of organisations working with and supporting refugees and individuals who would like to welcome refugees to Wandsworth. The group aims to support foster carers and landlords to welcome refugees to Wandsworth, to challenge negative stereotypes and advocate to local councillors and MPs. WWR has an active coordinating group and growing membership with 4 defined working groups.

Set up and run a scheme to match up offers of furniture with refugee families and individuals in need of furniture. Help organise storage, transport and a system for sharing needs and offers. This is a great opportunity to do something needed - many refugees and asylum seekers in Wandsworth need

Chair of Trustees

Trustees attend 4 meetings per year with a commitment of at least 12 months.
Sen Talk - is a dynamic local charity dedicated to supporting children and young people with high functioning autism and attention deficit disorder living in South London. The organisation aims to support the whole family, providing training and education for parents and carers, as well as pastoral care and accessible drop-in support sessions in a range of therapeutic areas. Sen Talk also works to advocate for young individuals living with ASD or ADHD diagnosis, especially those attending mainstream education, and those not accessing sufficient support. The charity looks to empower individuals but also to raise awareness around higher functioning disabilities, which are often misunderstood.

Sen Talk is currently looking for a motivated Chairperson to manage its board, oversee its strategic planning and assist in regulating the charity as it grows. Joining SenTalk during this time of transition will give the chosen chair an opportunity to support us registering as a charity, and

Wordpress web developer

15-20 hours in March - April 2017
Kambala Resident's Association - works with residents on the Kambala Estate to improve living conditions on the estate. The group organises events and outings aimed at bringing the community together.

Assist this dynamic resident's association improve their website. With the webpage being one of their main sources of information it is important that it is clear and accessible. While the site is currently up, it needs to be developed further to meet the needs of the association. The team would

Video Whizz

30 hours over 8 weeks time
Caius House - develops fun and accessible opportunities for young people. The organisation's mission is to be a keystone and inspiration where every child is included, valued and given opportunities to fulfill their potential.

Use your creativity and knowledge to develop a video that highlights Caius House's work with youth from around the community.

Trustee with marketing/communications skills

Trustees attend 4 meetings per year with a commitment of at least 12 months.
Sen Talk - is a dynamic local charity dedicated to supporting children and young people with high functioning autism and attention deficit disorder living in South London. The organisation aims to support the whole family, providing training and education for parents and carers, as well as pastoral care and accessible drop-in support sessions in a range of therapeutic areas. Sen Talk also works to advocate for young individuals living with ASD or ADHD diagnosis, especially those attending mainstream education, and those not accessing sufficient support. The charity aims to empower individuals but also to raise awareness around higher functioning disabilities, which are often misunderstood.

Sen Talk is currently looking for a new trustee who will assist with directing the affairs of this growing charity, ensure it is well run, and make sure it delivers on the charitable outcomes it was set up for. In particular, the Trustees are responsible for helping to plan the strategic future of

Workshop facilitator - organisational impact

Lead 1 or more workshops on different topics related to organisational impact
Wandsworth Voluntary Sector Co-ordination Project - is a two-year pilot that aims to help the voluntary section be stronger and better connected and acts as a link between the wider sector and both the Local Authority and local Clinical Commissioning Group CCG (NHS). The project aims to help the voluntary sector evidence what it can do to keep people healthy, both physically and mentally, as well as help the CCG identify where it might invest most effectively in the sector. The project also looks to share good practice across the sector and helps voluntary organisations to form partnerships amongst themselves and with the CCG.

Assist voluntary organisations working on physical and mental health related issues in Wandsworth to develop skills in evaluating the impact of their work through delivery of one, some, or all of a series of five workshops. These workshops, for up to 10 members of different voluntary

Legal counsel

3-6 hours comprising one (ideally) face-to-face meeting and some follow-up time.
Thessaly Oasis Community Group - represents the diverse individuals and community groups local to the Thessaly Oasis space (Thessaly Road, SW8) who want to see this neglected space better served and remain accessible to the community. There are currently over 20 organisations involved and the group brings together local residents from Lambeth and Wandsworth to explore the futures of the Thessaly Road Oasis Recreation Space that has remained mostly unmaintained for over a decade. They will begin by organising clean-up and pilot opportunities to determine which activities within this space would best suit the community.

Independent legal counsel to assist in unraveling questions around community recreation space that the Thessaly Oasis group is hoping to revive for the benefit of Wandsworth and Lambeth residents. Assistance is needed in regards to understanding the status, access and maintenance of the site.

Volunteer recruitment consultant

30 hours over 3 months
Wandsworth Oasis - is a local charity raising money through 7 charity shops in the borough of Wandsworth for projects that support local people living with HIV along with awareness raising and HIV prevention activities. The money raised is used to support other charities working with people living with HIV or undertaking prevention work and Wandsworth Oasis concentrates on raising as much money as possible for these fantastic organisations. We are passionate about our cause, but like to put the fun into fundraising - we like to express our values of compassion, humour and quirkiness in everything we do.

Develop a plan to increase the ease with which Wandsworth Oasis can regularly recruit volunteers in the community to support its shops as well as its other activities. The organisation depends on volunteer support and is constantly looking for new volunteers. It would be very helpful to have our

Social Media Advisor

12 - 15 hours (over approximately 2 months - to be negotiated with the organisation)
Aspire2Inspire Dyslexia - is raising awareness of dsylexia within the community and encouraging entrepreneurship amongst dyslexics. They support dsylexic adults who want to return to education or engage in apprenticeships or employment. Their aim is to provide one to one support to adults who want to reach their full potential by identifying their skills and talents and utilizing them to the best of their ability.

Create a user-friendly social media strategy for this newly formed organisation. Develop key messages and guidelines on how often and what to post on social media to raise the profile of the organisation.

Provide homework support to young people from refugee backgrounds

One hour a week, usually in the early evenings for a minimum of 6 months.
Love to Learn - works with children and young people from refugee backgrouds and their families and carers. They provide educational advocacy and advice, learning support, clubs and workshops, and supported referrals in order to raise educational aspiration and achievement.

Assist children and young people from refugee backgrounds in their chances of academic success. Spend one hour a week with them focused on homework, study skills and revision.

Organisational Advisor to a start-up community group

Flexible over 3-5 months
Underdogs Meetup Group - is a community organisation that was set up to help creatives collectively make their own projects. The organisation provides a platform for likeminded individuals to connect as well as use or gain skills to make inspirational projects. They are committed to telling untold British stories that raise awareness and encourage people to break their silence and seek help.

Assist this ambitious, inclusive community group in identifying the most effective organisational structure for them to move forward and thrive. The group's goal is to use films to raise awareness of real life issues encouraging people to break their silence and seek support and guidance. The films

Develop a strategy to engage high net worth individuals

Flexible over 4-6 months (to be negotiated with the organisation)
Battersea Summer Scheme - organises trips, outings and events for young people with limited opportunities, especially those living in the poorer and most disadvantaged areas of Battersea and Balham. Battersea Summer Scheme is the principle project of the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel, an organisation that aims to make Battersea and Balham a better and safer place to live, work and play.

Help the organisation increase their network and income by developing an approach to relationship building with high net worth individuals. Conduct desk research, create profiles, develop a strategy to get to know them, and identify the best way to ask them to get involved.

Citizens Advice Wandsworth - A Social History

Flexible over 6 months (to be negotiated with organisation)
Citizens Advice Wandsworth - provides information, advice and support to over 8000 local people a year to enable them to manage their affairs and live independent and resilient lives.

Look through archives, talk to past staff, volunteers and clients and produce a short study of the Citizens Advice service in the Borough since it started in 1939 alongside the social changes it has witnessed and responded to.

Create a quarterly newslettter

Flexible over 4-6 months (to be negotiated with organisation)
Katherine Low Settlement - has been dedicated to tackling poverty and building a stronger community in Battersea for over 90 years. Their projects support children and families, older people, newly-arrived communities as well as assisting the development of other charities.

Develop a quarterly newsletter highlighting organisational activities and successes for users and supporters.

Raise funds for a youth summer sports programme

Flexible over 4-6 months
Battersea Summer Scheme (BSS) - organises trips, outings and events for young people with limited opportunities, especially those living in the poorer and most disadvantaged areas of Battersea and Balham, is the principle project of the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel. This organisation aims to make Battersea and Balham a better and safer place to live, work and play.

Work closely with the organisation's director to raise funds from charitable trusts, foundations, lottery for local youth programmes. Conduct online research and write proposals.

Spearhead a corporate relationships campaign

Flexible over 4 months (to be negotiated with organisation)
Citizens Advice Wandsworth - provides information, advice and support to over 8000 local people a year to enable them to manage their affairs and live independent and resilient lives.

Assist with designing and implementing a corporate relationships campaign to generate private sector income, service opportunities or benefits. Work closely with CEO to develop messaging and identify and develop positive relationships with relevant and interested corporates.

Create a community directory

Flexible over 3-6 months (to be negotiated with organisation)
Katherine Low Settlement - has been dedicated to tackling poverty and building a stronger community in Battersea for over 90 years. Their projects support children and families, older people, newly-arrived communities as well as assisting the development of other charities.

Develop an online directory and map of facilities, buildings and services that benefit local people in Battersea.

Assist with project communications

Flexible over 3-6 months
Battersea Summer Scheme (BSS) - organises trips, outings and events for young people with limited opportunities, especially those living in the poorer and most disadvantaged areas of Battersea and Balham. The BSS is the principle project of the Battersea Crime Prevention Panel, an organisation that aims to make Battersea and Balham a better and safer place to live, work and play.

Improve the overall communications of the Battersea Summer Scheme by updating the website, collecting case studies, and writing blogs/stories.

Produce a short video

Flexible over 2-3 months (to be negotiated with organisation)
South West London Law Centre (SWLLC) - provides legal advice and assistance in the social welfare law fields of debt, employment, immigration, housing and welfare rights.

Create a video to promote SWLLC's work including snippets of advice they provide.


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