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Could you be our Fundraising/Community Development Assistant?

Mentoring Plus is a small, ambitious charity supporting children and young people across Bath & NE Somerset who face significant challenges such as school exclusion, family breakdown, risk of offending or emotional harm. We provide trained volunteer mentors, professional support and skills-building activities to help young people feel happier, stay out of trouble, engage with education and pursue positive new interests.


A community in which all children and young people thrive


To inspire our community to raise the aspirations of our young and most vulnerable, because all children have the right to be safe and realise their potential


In the best interests of our community we will:

  • Work generously, collaboratively and playfully
  • Tackle challenges with rigour, positivity and passion
  • Challenge with compassion
  • Ensure simplicity and clarity in how we communicate.


Established in 1998, Mentoring Plus has held a Council commission for children’s services since 2004 and commenced an additional commission in 2018. The charity still needs to raise up to 75% of its funding from charitable sources, especially in the local community. We have a constant need to attract adult volunteers to train as mentors, and are committed to giving young people a voice in campaigning for issues they feel passionate about. Our new commissioned service supports young people, families and schools with reintegration into education, and needs awareness-building. We also seek to grow our paid services activities which help fund our charitable work.

The charity has an excellent professional reputation and has developed local awareness of its work via community events, awards, digital channels and the media.

Role profile

This new role will support the Community Development Manager in all areas of fundraising, event organisation and volunteer recruitment.

This is a fixed-term role with potential for extension subject to performance and funding.

All our team need to feel aligned with our values and committed to our mission.

Job description              

Job title

Fundraising/Community Development Assistant

Primary purpose of job

To support the Community Development Manager with fundraising, event organisation and volunteer recruitment

Responsible to

Community Development Manager


Fixed term for an initial 12 months at 10 hours per week. £10.00/hour PAYE (or freelance equivalent). Office based in central Bath with some travel in the region. Some evening and weekend hours when required.

Main duties

  • Support the Community Development Manager to implement a community fundraising strategy aiming meet a fundraising target, build long-term supporter relationships and to raise awareness of our work;
  • Implement donor campaigns and giving schemes, including communications planning, developing a case for support and tracking responses;
  • Support the Community Development Manager to implement volunteer recruitment campaigns across all channels;
  • Plan and implement fundraising events, including partnership events with other organisations, managing venues, guest lists, entertainment and logistics;
  • Research specific funding opportunities e.g. reaching defined audiences, local businesses’ charity foundations, obtaining gifts in kind;
  • Input into planning, content and evaluation of supporter communications via all channels including social media;
  • Connect the charity to local influencers and networking opportunities;
  • Manage the input of volunteer fundraising supporters;
  • Report and reflect on success of campaigns and events.

Person profile


  • Educated to A’ level or equivalent qualifications /experience.

Ideal skills/experience

  • Fundraising and/or event management experience in a charity whether paid or as a volunteer, or equivalent
  • Confident, accurate communications in writing, by email and in person
  • Happy to seek information politely but persistently on behalf of the charity
  • Sound working knowledge of MS Word and Excel
  • Self-starting organisation skills
  • A local network of contacts

Essential attributes

  • Awareness of and respect for the needs, qualities and perceptions of young people facing significant challenges, and their families
  • Aligned to our values and policies in the best interests of our vulnerable young people
  • Outgoing, interested in talking to people of all ages and backgrounds, and able to engage with them to identify relevant interests and opportunities
  • Ability to travel in the local area, in own car (expenses paid)

To apply

Please do not send a CV.

We ask applicants to complete a short application form and equal opportunities form (essential for Safer Recruitment) and separately, to present their experience, knowledge, attributes and enthusiasm relevant to this role on no more than one side of A4, in the format of their choice. Shortlisted applicants based on this will be asked for an informal interview.

Email completed documents to: volunteering@mentoringplus.net

Deadline for applications: 9.00am, 29 July 2019

Interview availability: First week September 2019

If you have a question you need answering before applying, please email stephanie.massie@mentoringplus.net and we will get back to you as soon as we can.