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MAP Charity: Fundraising Manager

£30,000 per annum
Full time post, 40 hours per week
Typically 5 days per week, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm (with some flexibility required to work some evenings and weekends)

MAP Charity (Music and Arts Production Leeds) is a pioneering alternative provider in creative education, offering qualifications and first-hand experience to young people at risk of exclusion from the mainstream school system. We inspire young people to reach their potential through a unique and replicable model which transforms how education and businesses interact.

MAP Charity are looking for a full time Fundraising Manager.

This is a new role in the organisation; you will play a vital role in raising funds across the organisation, working closely with the Directors to identify and implement funding opportunities in line with our strategic objectives and targets. You will work across all revenue streams with a specific focus on raising funds from trusts and foundations and individuals.

While you will be the sole fundraiser in the staff team, our management team, senior volunteers, partners and skilled board of trustees are also actively involved in supporting fundraising, networking and advocacy initiatives. You will be expected to work across these teams to maximise the charity’s fundraising initiatives.

For full details see here.
Application deadline: 17th November 5pm

Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust: Business and Development Manager

Location: Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1SE
Salary: £26,000 pro rata (£15,600 per annum)
Contract: Permanent
Hours: 22.5 hours to be worked flexibly over 4 days a week (including some earlier starts, evenings, weekends and Public holidays)

Are you looking for a new challenge where you can use your commercial and operational skills in an exciting heritage redevelopment project?
Winterbourne Medieval Barn Trust (WMBT) is preparing to re-open its doors to the public in Spring 2020 and we need your skills to help deliver our vision for the future.

The £1.7m Winterbourne Medieval Barn redevelopment project will conserve and enable new uses for the magnificent Grade II* listed 14th century barn and associated out buildings, ensuring long-term sustainability for this nationally significant heritage asset by placing it at the heart of the local community.

WMBT runs a mix of commercial and community events and workshops in the main Barn, West Barn and Cart Shed. It also rents its ancillary buildings (the Cow Byres and West Barn) to rural craft tenants.

About the role
As Business and Development Manager, you will report directly to the Board of Trustees and contribute to the strategic development of WMBT as a key member of the team.
Your responsibilities will include:
 Leading and managing WMBT’s commercial operations, events, clients, workshop tenants and the visitor experience
 Developing, implementing and managing WMBT’s marketing plan and commercial projects
 Participating in fundraising and the development of new funding opportunities
 Preparing annual budgets, regular financial reports and managing the day to day finances
 Managing all aspects of health and safety, ensuring compliance with legislation and other statutory regulations
 Assisting in the development of the Activity programme of WMBT
 Developing strong commercial, income generating business and heritage partnerships and working with external organisations and partners to raise the profile of WMBT.

As part of your role, you will line manage the Community Engagement Officer and Events and Marketing Assistant. You will also be supported by Volunteer Co-ordinators and a talented team of volunteers.

About you
You will be a hands-on manager with a strong track record of managing and developing a commercial operation including experience of marketing, fundraising, income generation and financial control, ideally in a heritage, tourism or hospitality business environment. You will have strong business acumen and excellent
communication and influencing skills to build relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment. Strong IT skills along with health and safety knowledge and experience of managing staff and ideally volunteers are also required.

For further information including an application form and job specification, please visit
www.winterbournebarn.org.uk and follow links from the home page.

If you would like to talk to someone informally about this role please email suefox42@btinternet.com and include your contact number and availability.

The closing date for this role is 9.00 am on Monday 9 December 2019. Interviews will be held on Monday 6 January 2020.

Aurora Wellbeing Centres: Heritage, Health and Wellbeing

Heritage Engagement Officer

Contract: Grade: 5; annual wage £24,000 for 30 Hours per week

Location: The Old Library Building, Memorial Avenue, Worksop Notts S80 1BJ

This post is offered as 3 Year Fixed Term Contract funded through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The ‘Heritage and health: Returning the heritage to the Old Library and Museum, Worksop’ is a three-year National Lottery Heritage Fund funded project at Aurora Wellbeing Centres which is expected to run for three years. The project will undertake urgent restoration work on the building and engage new audiences with the building which was once the town’s public library and museum built in 1938.

Aurora Wellbeing Centres is seeking to appoint a Heritage Engagement Officer with the relevant experience and skills required to ensure that the activity programme for this exciting new heritage project is delivered on time, within budget and achieves the agreed outputs.

The Heritage and Engagement Officer will be an important member of the team at Aurora working closely with the General Manager and colleagues to deliver the needs of the project.

The Heritage Engagement Officer will have responsibility for the development and delivery of the activity programme, for developing the volunteer team and for contributing to improving the sustainability of the organisation. The post holder will work closely with the General Manager and colleagues in Aurora to develop and embed heritage and wellbeing into day to day activities. The post holder will support the General Manager in reporting to the HLF and evaluating the project.

For further information please apply for an application pack: hr@aurorawellbeing.org.uk

The application form can be found here.  The job description can be found here.

The closing date for applications is: 22nd November 2019 at 5pm.

Interviews: Thursday 5th December 2019

Caistor and District Community Trust

Project Manager


Our Market Place: a sustainable future for the heart of Caistor’s Community

In the middle of this well-preserved Lincolnshire Georgian Market Town is Caistor’s market place. At its heart, there is a complex of five Georgian Grade II listed buildings. Some areas have been empty for decades and the front section for the last ten since the site’s owners, Lincolnshire Cooperative, moved to a modern unit. The prominent position of these buildings on the Market Place makes them important to the local community and a successful future for this site is critical to enhancing Caistor’s amenities.

Last year a Trust was formed to work in partnership with Lincolnshire Co-operative to oversee the regeneration of these buildings. An outline scheme of retail units, holiday-lets, business hub, craft workshops and function room/ public space has come out of initial public consultation.

To take this exciting project to the next stage, the Trust now wishes to appoint a project manager to oversee the development stage of the project. The role will include:

 Appointing a professional team to produce plans to RIBA stage 4 and obtain consents.
 Procurement of specialist reports
 Securing key partners to run areas of the business
 Collecting evaluation baseline data.
 Piloting an activity programme and engaging with the local community in the development
 Writing and submitting our Round 2 Heritage Fund application

This post is offered subject to funding. The Trust will be offering a 12-month freelance consultancy contract funded through a National Lottery Heritage Fund Development Grant under the Heritage Enterprise programme. The Project Manager will be accountable to Caistor and District Community Trust (CDCT), who will act as the client. There is the potential for the post to be extended by three years into the delivery phase, subject to a successful second stage funding application. Subject to satisfactory first round funding, we hope to make an appointment to commence January 2020.

The full brief can be found here.
For more information and informal discussion in the first instance, please contact:

Neil Castle
Caistor and District Community Trust Ltd
14 Marris Way

Email: canddctltd@gmail.com
Telephone: 01472 852 840

Tweedsmuir Community Company

Community Heritage Officer (Part time)

The purpose of the job is to lead and coordinate an 18month project funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund entitled ‘Tweedsmuir Destination Development Project.’.

The role will involve engaging with 4 working groups working with volunteers from the local community and commissioning professionals.

The key outcomes of the project are:
1. A wider range of people will be involved in the heritage of the area
2. Heritage will be identified and better explained, both physically and digitally
3. The community and visitors will have a sense of greater wellbeing

This project will run alongside the first phase of a capital programme to redevelop the site of the Crook Inn which is owned by the local community. This plans to deliver a café and bunkhouse on site and for them to be operational by the end of 2021. Both the capital programme and this project are designed to attract more visitors to Tweedsmuir and the Upper Tweed.

The project will include implementing an audience development plan to engage more people in the rich heritage and fascinating history and landscape of the area. The job will include producing a series of interpretation boards and leaflets and commissioning a website and innovative eco museum as a data repository for heritage materials. A series of themed walks and cycle routes will also be developed with appropriate signage and an app produced to highlight the key sites and features of the area.

For the full job description, see here.

For the development project, see here.

Investment Manager

National Lottery Heritage Fund – Midlands and East

Contract: Permanent
Hours: Full time (35 hours per week)
Location: Flexible – Midlands & East
Reporting to: Senior Investment Manager
Range: 2
Salary: £23,000 to £27,000 per annum
Job Ref: BD036

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is recruiting for a full time Investment Manager on a permanent contract based in Midlands & East.

To work as part of the Investment Team to deliver investment activity across the Area/Country including providing advice and guidance to applicants; assessing and monitoring a wide range of applications/projects; post completion work; participating in outreach activities and supporting the delivery of the Area/Country team plan. Contributing to the wider work of the Midlands & East team.

To be competitive in the role, you will need to demonstrate high level knowledge, skills and experience against our selection criteria.

To find out more, or to apply, see here.

Volunteering Opportunities

Belper North Mill Trust

The Belper North Mill Trust runs the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and a small, independent accredited museum ‘Strutt’s North Mill’ within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in Derbyshire.

This is a critical and challenging time for the Trust as it works to secure a sustainable future for the North Mill within the Belper Mills site (currently the subject of a planning application for redevelopment) and examines how an enhanced, sustainable visitor attraction can be developed within the proposed regeneration plans, to benefit the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the town and wider community.

The Trust is looking for new trustees who share its ambitions and are prepared to get involved with new protects and income generation initiatives. Current skills needs are in: marketing, income generation, cultural and heritage tourism, and company and charity law.

Trustees are appointed for a three-year term and may be re-appointed.

For information about Strutt’s North Mill see the website:

For details about the Trust and its current work e-mail: companysecretary@belpernorthmill.org.uk

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust / Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust / City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust (WMHBT), Worcestershire Building Preservation Trust (WBPT) and the City of Wolverhampton Regenerating Buildings Preservation Trust (CWRBPT) = (‘The 3 Trusts’) are a consortium of building preservation trusts that have been working together since 2017. These are challenging times for all charitable organisations and the quantity of historic
buildings at risk across our area of interest continues to be significant. By joining forces and sharing our experience, knowledge and resources we believe we can be stronger together.

We share our board of Trustee Directors and have recently undertaken a skills review which has identified some important gaps in our expertise that we need to fill in order to grow and strengthen our Trusts. In particular we are looking to recruit architects with buildings conservation knowledge and someone to help us develop our public profile including that on digital media. These are honorary trustee roles.

We have also recently undertaken a Strategic Review which has helped us to clarify our vision for the future and set ourselves achievable aims and objectives to secure our long term sustainability. We need Trustees who are looking for a position where they can make a hands-on contribution towards delivering our goals and in return you will have the satisfaction of being involved with conserving historic buildings at risk across the West Midlands and engaging with local communities who care
passionately about their history and heritage.

Our Trustee Recruitment pack contains information about the 3 Trusts and how to apply to become a Trustee.

Comms and Social Media Trustee information

Conservation Architect Trustee information

Also see our website at www.wmhbt.org.uk


An information pack is available by contacting the same email address.

The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)

Since our foundation in 1969, we have valued the work of local volunteers supporting local churches. Over recent years volunteering has become central to all that we do, with volunteer numbers now reaching over 1800 across the country. Without the extraordinary contribution of volunteers we would not be able to carry out our award-winning work.

Without volunteers, the organisation would not be able to care for its churches, raise the funds it requires, welcome the thousands of visitors to its churches, and develop vital links to local communities..

Our commitment is to make sure that volunteers have the chance to play a role in every aspect of our life as an organisation – from the vital jobs caring for local churches to taking decisions about the future direction of the organisation.

See vacancies here.

Chance Glass Works Heritage Trust (CGWHT)


CGWHT was established in 2015 with the objective of regenerating the Chance Glassworks site in Smethwick, which was famous for making the glass for Crystal Palace built for the Royal Exhibition in 1851 and the glass for numerous lighthouses around the world.

We are now looking to appoint up to three new trustees to work with a highly experienced Board of Trustees to develop the proposals to regenerate the site, creating a mixed-use retail, commercial and residential scheme, restoring over 8,000 m2of listed buildings and creating nearly 5,000 m2new build space, generating nearly 500 new jobs, with a focus on skills training and volunteering and attracting in the region of 25,000 visitors per annum.

Purpose of role:
The three Trustee roles focus around finance and accounting; site development and construction; and local community support and engagement.

Activities involved in the role:
Will include attending Trustee meetings, joining and supporting a sub-committee (Land Assembly, Community and Fundraising), advising on your area of expertise, attending one-off promotional events and community and partnership meetings.

Skills, experience and ability:
Potential trustees should ideally have had previous experience in a trustee role and should have practical and demonstrable experience in the role they wish to apply for. They should also have an interest in historic buildings or the Chance Glassworks site in particular.

The time commitment, location and timings:
Trustees will require to spend 1-2 days a month supporting the project. The majority of meetings will be in and around the Chance Glassworks site.

Support offered:
Training on trustee governance will be provided if required.

Contact details
If you are interested in finding out more please email a copy of your CV and indicate which role you are interested to suzanne.wenczek@cgwht.org, asking for a Trustee Pack and Role Descriptions and to arrange a meeting with Mark Davies the Chair to discuss the role.

Hartlebury Castle

House Steward

House Stewards play a vital role in welcoming visitors to Hartlebury Castle,
inspiring them to discover more about our fascinating history and engaging
with them to bring the Castle to life, ensuring they have a truly enjoyable visit.

What you’ll do:

  • Give visitors a warm and friendly welcome on arrival
  • Help to bring the history of Hartlebury Castle to life by chatting about our building, Bishops, rooms and collections
  • Direct people around the Castle, assisting them to make the most of the new audio-visual experience
  • Help ensure the safety of visitors, the Castle and its contents
  • Assist with the evacuation of visitors in case of an emergency

Where you’ll be:

In the State Rooms and the first floor of the Castle

Time commitment:

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift a fortnight but preferably one shift a week.
Hartlebury Castle is open Tuesdays to Sundays
Weekday shifts are 3½ hours, 10am-1.30pm or 1.30-5pm
Weekend shifts are 3 hours, 11am-2pm or 2-5pm

Skills you need:
House Stewards are Hartlebury Castle’s ambassadors and they need to be:

  • Warm, friendly and welcoming
  • Willing to chat to visitor and to enjoy meeting new people
  • Keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm
  • Interested to learn about the history of the Castle and happy to answer visitors’ questions
  • Reliable
  • Able to be part of a team but also to be on their own at times

What’s in it for you:

  • Welcoming and enjoyable volunteer experience
  • Chance to become part of our friendly and dedicated team
  • Opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and make new friends
  • Chance to enjoy new experiences and learn new skills
  • Opportunity to learn about the Castle’s history, inhabitants and contents
  • Invitations to volunteer social events
  • Free entry to Hartlebury Castle and a 10% discount in the shop plus free entry to the Commandery in Worcester.
  •  Opportunity to do something different and have a bit of fun!

Training and support:

  • Volunteers will receive training sessions that will include a tour of the Castle and grounds, customer care, health and safety, and fire evacuation
  • Volunteers will be given detailed information packs about the Castle’s history, Bishops, rooms and furniture and encouraged to learn some basic details
  • Information packs will be available for volunteers to use during each shift
  •  All volunteers will have a trial period followed by an induction when they’ll receive a Volunteer Handbook and their Volunteer Discount Card
  •  New volunteers may be assigned mentors/buddies to shadow, to help them learn the role

Practical considerations:

  • Volunteers will be provided with individual Volunteer badges to wear during their shifts, so visitors can easily identify them
  • The dress code is smart casual
  •  New heating has recently been installed but it can be chilly in parts of the Castle
  • Volunteers will be able to sign up to shifts and log their hours from home and when on-site, via our cloud-based volunteering database system

How to apply:

Apply online by visiting www.hartleburycastle.com
On the home page scroll down and click on the link ‘Volunteer’
Complete the online application form.

Other information:

For further information about the House Stewards role, or help with completing an application form, contact:
Jacqueline Smith, Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@hartleburycastle.com, 01299 250797

If you’re passionate about giving Hartlebury Castle’s visitors the best experience possible, have heaps of enthusiasm and above all are friendly
and welcoming with a commitment to outstanding customer service, then
come and join us – we’ll be delighted to welcome you to the team!

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