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Fundraising Assistant

We seek a highly motivated individual with a flair for writing who can help bring in funds to support the growth of our award-winning charity – and deliver our mission to get more people cycling. You will work as part of a small team to identify funding opportunities, learn to communicate with funders, help write funding bids/campaigns and report back on the impact achieved. 

This job opportunity is offered under the Kickstart scheme, meaning applicants must be aged between 16 - 24 and in receipt of Universal Credit. You must apply via your Job Coach.

Please read all the information below before applying.

  1. Background to Life Cycle UK

  2. Job Description

  3. Person specification

  4. Terms & Conditions 

  5. Application Process

  6. Download the job pack

Background to Life Cycle UK

Our Mission

We help more people get cycling, to transform lives and the environment.

What we do

To achieve this, we:

  1. Offer people access to working bicycles
  2. Help people gain the skills and confidence to cycle wherever they want, whenever they want
  3. Offer extra support to anyone who faces barriers to unlock the benefits of cycling
  4. Strengthen the cycling sector: we train new bike mechanics, cycle instructors and partner with Local Authorities, businesses and other charities looking to boost cycling levels.

Our Approach

We work with people to offer practical support to help them cycle, in ways that can scale up and be replicated elsewhere. We want to build independence, not dependence, and help people continue to benefit from cycling beyond our direct involvement. We are passionate about working in a way that maximises social value and we treat everyone with honesty, decency, openness and respect. We strive for excellence in everything we do, but we aren’t afraid to try new things. We are bold. We are open-minded. We are always learning. 

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Our Values – we believe:

  • More cycling is vital for better physical, mental and environmental health.
  • Cycling can be safe, affordable and practical for most short journeys.
  • With the right support, almost anyone can cycle.

Life Cycle UK was founded in 1999 and works with 9,000+ people a year. We run projects in the West of England, Swindon, Hereford, Bournemouth & Derby. See more at: www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/our-impact   

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Job Description

Life Cycle UK is growing: as interest in cycling booms in response to COVID, we are working with partners to design new projects to help make sure that disadvantaged or underrepresented groups are not excluded. Your job – as part of the fundraising team – will be to help make this support happen. 

We already have an excellent track record of fundraising, a strong relationship with our existing funders, a database of potential Trusts/Foundations and an extremely supportive environment. We now seek an energetic and motivated person who can help our Development Officer grow our charity income from Trusts and Foundations.

As a key part of a small team, you will have excellent writing and editing skills – and the ability to piece together information from various sources and turn it into a convincing bid.  You’ll have the ability to multi-task and work against tight deadlines. You will also have a strong work ethic, a commitment to learning and improving on an ongoing basis and be eager to make a positive difference in this world. 

If that’s you … we would love to hear from you!

To enable you to raise the funds needed to help hundreds more people experience the freedoms of cycling, you will be supported by experienced staff who empower you to take on more responsibility over time. We are committed to staff’s professional development: we will help you grow and nurture your talent. 

Key responsibilities

Following induction and training:

1. Secure grants from Trusts & Foundations

Assist the Development Officer to raise funds from Trusts & Foundations:

  • Identify and research trusts and foundation funding opportunities
  • Write well-structured applications to smaller funders (typically £3,000 or less) identifying clearly how funding will deliver project outcomes
  • Work with project colleagues to ensure bids are realistic and deliverable
  • Assist in drafting applications for larger funders
  • Submit, log and track applications
  • Send acknowledgement letters and receipts to funders

2. Reporting

Monitor and report to funders on progress:

  • Liaise with project delivery staff to identify all information needed to report to funders
  • Help colleagues to gather feedback, photos, evidence and case studies, as required
  • Write accurate reports for funders that demonstrate clear outcomes and impact
  • Work with Finance Officer to ensure financial reports meet the needs of funders
  • Ensure the deadlines assigned to you are met
  • Work with the Development Officer to track fundraising income against budgets and actual spend

3. Administrative support

Provide support on a range of administrative tasks:

  • This includes – but is not limited to - dealing with enquires (postal, telephone, email, social media), arranging meetings, updating funder lists and sorting letters
  • Ensure all records and data are stored securely in line with Data Protection legislation
  • Contribute to the overall objectives of Life Cycle UK & work within our ethos, policies & procedures
  • Attend staff meetings, 1:1-line management meetings and other meetings, as required

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Person specification

1. Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • Ability to write and edit content in a professional context (either fundraising or area with transferrable skills)
  • Ability to build positive relationships on behalf of an organisation/group
  • Ability to successfully manage own workload and meet strict deadlines
  • Knowledge of and passion for the work of Life Cycle UK

Desirable

  • Experience of working in a non-profit organisation
  • Proven track record of charity fundraising
  • Experience working with CRM database systems
  • Good command of social media platforms, e.g. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

2. Skills and abilities

  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Competent IT skills (MS Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Database and social media)
  • Financially literate, with the ability to present basic budgets to funders
  • Strong attention to detail, patience and persistence
  • An organised, methodical approach to work, with the ability to prioritize workload
  • Ability to work independently and against tight deadlines
  • Ability to work collaboratively with busy colleagues 

 Note: This job description is for guidance only. You will be expected to undertake activities as required in order to help the charity develop and increase its social impact.

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Terms & conditions 

** This job opportunity is under the Kickstart scheme, meaning applicants must be aged 16 - 24 and in receipt of Universal Credit - and apply via your Job Coach **

Salary: £18,525, pro-rata. This is at Life Cycle UK salary band 1 – paid at the Real Living Wage.

Working hours: Full time (5 days / 37.5 hours per week). Fewer or flexible hours will be considered for the right candidate.

Working days:  Monday – Friday. Flexible working and TOIL possible at the discretion of line manager.

Contract: Initial 6-month contract, supported by the government Kickstart scheme. If performance is excellent, we will consider making the role permanent at the end of the placement (subject to finances).

Probationary Period: 6-months, with reviews at 1 month, 3 months and 6 months.

Annual Leave: 31 days paid leave in each holiday year, pro-rata. Statutory holidays such as bank holidays are included within this entitlement. 3 of these days must be taken between Christmas and New Year when the Life Cycle UK office is shut.  All employees will receive one extra day of annual leave, pro rata, for every full year they are employed by Life Cycle up to a maximum of 5 additional days.

Pension: 5% contribution to pension

Other benefits: staff discount on a refurbished bike (or Cycle to Work scheme for a new bike); TechScheme, free cycle training; free annual bike check-up; discounted Endura cycle clothing; team-building meetings and socials; professional development opportunities.

Location: Flexible and home working will be possible, but you will typically be expected to spend at least 1 day per week at our main office:    The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN

Reports to: The Development Officer.

Training: opportunities will be available: to be discussed on appointment. You will also receive wraparound employability support as part of the Kickstart scheme terms & conditions.

Working with volunteers: Life Cycle values its volunteers, who make a vital contribution to our work. You will be expected to encourage, develop and support volunteer involvement in our work.

Equalities focus

Whilst equalities and diversity have always been important to us, we are now on a journey to becoming an anti-racist organisation. This means we are committed to increasing diversity amongst  our staff, volunteers and participants – and to actively tackling unconscious bias and structural racism. We expect all staff to share our commitment to be always learning and working to address racial inequality, in order to achieve racial justice both inside and outside Life Cycle UK.

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Application Process

For an informal chat about this role email your name and a contact phone number to Huda Wajih, our Development Officer: huda@lifecycleuk.org.uk.

How to apply: 

This job opportunity is under the Kickstart scheme, meaning applicants must be aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit

  1. Speak to your Work Coach about applying for the role.
  2. Your Department for Work & Pensions Work Coach will nominate you to apply.
  3. Once you have been formally nominated by your Work Coach, you will be given the application instructions.
  4. You can then apply for the job with us.

We cannot under any circumstances accept applications from candidates who have not been referred by a DWP Work Coach.

Deadline: Wednesday 6th October, by 5 pm.

Interviews: TBC.

We will hold physically distant interviews at: The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN

Start date:  We are looking to have a candidate in-post as soon as possible.  

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