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Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust

Fundraiser and Project Manager

The SVR Charitable Trust is looking for an outstanding fundraiser.

This is a great opportunity to develop funding projects and source funding for the Severn Valley Railway.  You’ll be raising funds for locomotives, carriages (especially wheelchair-accessible vehicles), educational offerings and listed buildings. The SVR Charitable Trust already has in-house resource to assist in researching possible grant makers and assist in application submissions. This is a 3-day-a-week post, based in Kidderminster.

The Trust’s current fundraiser has moved into a project management post, funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and they’re now looking for her replacement. Please follow this link for an application pack, and feel free to share this information with successful fundraisers who would excel in this role.

Environment Trust

Chief Executive OfficerRole: Chief Executive Officer

Hours: Full time
Place of Work: Environment Trust’s office, ETNA 13 Rosslyn Rd, Twickenham, TW1 2AR
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Line management: Heritage Project Manager, Nature Conservation Manager, Operations Manager, Fundraising and Partnership Manager,  Finance Officer and Events Officer.
Salary: £41,500 – £45,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Contributory Pension Scheme

Environment Trust is a long established (1984) environment and heritage charity based in South West London. We act locally to bring people together to conserve and enjoy the natural environment, green spaces and built heritage where they live. We have an annual income of approximately £200k, raised from grants, contracts, event income, corporate volunteering activities, donations and membership. We currently work in three boroughs: Richmond, Hounslow and Kingston, but plan to expand to cover a larger area.

Our current CEO has been in post for six years and, after modernising the work and systems of the Trust, is now moving on to set up a new charity. Like many in the voluntary sector, the Environment Trust has had to respond in recent years to the changes in the funding landscape, and to adapt to reduced local authority funds and other constraints. This has not been easy and there is still work to be done. The organisation has evolved considerably in recent years and the new CEO will play a key role in shaping the new strategy. We need an energetic, competent, experienced, innovative new CEO to build on what we’ve done already and lead us into a sustainable future. Both for the Trust and for the local area.

As with many small charities, the CEO role at the Environment Trust incorporates both the big picture – strategic and business leadership – and the day to day oversight of operational and financial management. You will need to be able to demonstrate vision, business acumen, attention to detail and people skills. You will need to work closely with the small staff team and the Trustees, and take everyone along with you.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Leadership: Be the face and voice of the charity – its principal ambassador. Develop ET’s role and position in the sector.

Strategy: Work with the Board to develop the charity’s strategic vision and be responsible for leading its implementation.

Partnership and Business Development: Lead the promotion and development of ET’s work, raising our profile and maximising our reach. Seek out and build new partnerships with supporters, funders, other charities, local community. Work towards the achievement of long term sustainability, developing the charity’s business model and maximising income.Liaise with the Board to develop and lead on the implementation of the charity’s financial plans, including setting budgets, formulating income generation strategies and overseeing all fundraising activities.

Management: Lead, motivate and develop the staff team. Be responsible for all operations and business activities to make sure they are consistent with strategy & mission. Support the Trustees and enable good governance. Maintain effective financial management and control systems. Ensure ET complies with the law, in-house policies & ethical practice.

You will have:
· Significant experience in a charity leadership role at a senior level
· Strong understanding of charity finance and performance management
· Experience of business planning, business development and fundraising
· Experience of project management and service delivery in a charity context
· Proven ability to set and deliver budgets
· Knowledge of charity governance
· Inclusive, flexible & consultative approach to leadership
· Experience of team leadership and line management
· Demonstrable commitment to our cause
· Excellent communication and public speaking skills
· Relevant degree or professional qualification

We value and embrace the diversity of backgrounds, skills and experiences and welcome applications from all walks of life.

To apply

Applications should consist of a covering letter (no longer than two pages of A4, font size no smaller than 11) clearly evidencing how you fulfil the requirements for this role, and a CV with details of referees who will not be contacted unless the job is offered. Applicants should also compete Equal Opportunities form and submit it with their application.

Applications should be sent to the Chair of Trustees, John Anderson, by email to john.anderson241@btinternet.com. Applicants are also welcome to contact the Chair for a discussion either by phone (07951 021655) or email.

Closing date – midday on Monday 8 July 2019. Interviews on Mon 22 and Tues 23 July.

Volunteering Opportunities

Marketing internship at Middleton Hall & Gardens 

Middleton Hall & Gardens are looking to recruit dynamic, driven and skilled individuals to provide vital support to their marketing strategy. You will be responsible for marketing the site, from events to experiences, private bookings to our retail Courtyard.

Job specifications

The ideal candidate will be studying a relevant course and looking to gain experience in marketing, publishing and/or events management. Must be aged 18 or above.

The ideal candidate will be able to volunteer a minimum of two full working days each week for at least 12 weeks.

The ideal candidate will be hard-working, focused, polite, organised and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Must be able to start by 24th June 2019 at the latest.

Two positions available. Year in industry placements available.

Position is voluntary and unpaid.

How to apply

To apply, please email your cover letter and CV to Amy Evans, Visitor Experience Manager: amy.evans@middleton-hall.co.uk.

If you would like to speak to Amy about the placements, please call 01827 283095. Please apply ASAP.

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!


Belper North Mill Trust: 

The Belper North Mill Trust runs the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre and a small, independent museum in part of ‘Strutt’s North Mill’, a former cotton-spinning mill in Belper, Derbyshire within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

They are looking for new trustees who add value to what they do, who share the ambitions of the Trust and who are prepared to get involved with their vital transformation projects and help us achieve our ambitions. Trustees should be able to demonstrate achievements in their professional, academic or chosen career or the voluntary sector, and illustrate how they can they use their skills for the Trust’s benefit. They value enthusiasm, clear thinking, commitment, and communication skills. Presently, they have trustees with legal, architectural, historical, heritage, museum and accountancy skills and candidates that can add to their skills base will be appreciated.

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

For further information please see the Strutt’s North Mill website.

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