Today’s been a funny sort of day. At about 2pm this afternoon I received delivery of a very smart elephant, complete with sparkly Canine Partners jacket on its back. It isn’t a real one, I hasten to add. Just a papier mâché replica. But it is still pretty big, and unexpected. And thankfully housetrained. It turns out it comes from Horsham (don’t they all??), where it’s been part of the Elephantastic fundraising event. We were lucky to have three Canine Partners elephants in the herd of 183, sponsored by Wakefield’s the jewellers. And now he’s found his way into my office, until some lucky soul wins him in a raffle. Any offers? Read more
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Volunteer Regional Talks and Events CoordinatorWe are looking for an organised and enthusiastic individual to assist the regional fundraising team across the South West and East by co-ordinating talks and events. This includes booking talks and speakers using a database and spreadsheet, and liaising with two Regional Fundraisers and other volunteers to ensure equipment and merchandise is organised for events.
What does the charity do?
Canine Partners is a registered charity that assists people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and quality of life through the provision of specially trained dogs, whose well-being is a key consideration. The Charity is working closely with the uniformed services to provide assistance dogs to those injured while on active duty.
More than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair, and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant’s needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging.
They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency. The
Charity aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of HM Armed Forces.
These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self-esteem. A canine partner also brings companionship, a sense of security and increases social interaction.
What is the opportunity?
To assist the regional fundraising team across the South West and East by co-ordinating talks and events. This includes booking talks and speakers using a database and spreadsheet, and liaising with two Regional Fundraisers and other volunteers to ensure equipment and merchandise is organised for events.
What does the role include?
- Liaising with members of the public requesting talks and events
- Matching the availability of volunteer speakers to requests for talks and maintaining a spreadsheet and paper records
- Liaising with colleagues and volunteers groups to ensure events have the necessary literature, equipment, merchandise, people and dogs.
- Maintaining records in relation to events (costs, amounts raised) and any feedback received.
- Ensuring volunteers and participating colleagues receive timely “thank yous” and feedback
What are the objectives?
- To respond to members of the public and volunteers in a timely fashion
- To maintain efficient records of talks and events
- To establish effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers and regional teams
- To raise the awareness of, and increase support for, Canine Partners in the South West & East
What skills and abilities should I have?
- Good telephone manner, tact and diplomacy
- Good basic IT skills. Able to use Outlook, Word and Excel
- Good organisation skills
- To be able to positively promote the Charity enthusiastically and professionally to members of the public
How much time is required?
- You will need to make a regular commitment to come in to our offices once or twice a week
When do you need me to work?
- Flexible but suggest 10am until 3pm or 4pm
Where is the role based?
- Midhurst – parking is available nearby and will be reimbursed
Are there benefits for me?
- Meeting and working with new people
- Making a difference to your local community
- The satisfaction of helping improve the lives of people affected by disability
- Developing organisational and events management skills
- Gaining experience to add to your CV
- Having fun, sharing your enthusiasm and doing something new!
Will I be provided with training?
- You will be given an induction pack to help familiarise you with the role.
- You will be provided with desk training by Regional Fundraisers and colleagues from the Regional Fundraising team will be able to answer queries.
What on-going support/guidance is there?
- Support from colleagues in the Fundraising Office
- Opportunities to meet and network with staff and fellow volunteers during the year
- Updates on the success of Canine Partners’ campaigns and full
Will my expenses be paid?
- We pay volunteers’ ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses within agreed guidelines
What do I do next?
Volunteer supporters needed nationwide - be part of our growing family!
You too can help provide our highly skilled Assistance Dogs for people with disabilities by offering help local to you at a Puppy Training Satellite or Support Group. We can put you in touch with Canine Partners staff and volunteers in your area, just contact us to see how you can help. For further information on opportunities to help please click here to find out more, for example:
West Sussex Head Office, Scotland & Essex Fundraising need volunteers to help for various events and administration tasks.
For further details, please contact Sarah McElhinney on 01730 716002 or email
Canine Partners is an equal opportunity employer.