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Fundraising Officers x 2 (Trusts & Events)

  • Location: Home based. Flexible location with access to Wiltshire.
  • Salary: £23,000 - £25,000 per annum (based on experience)
  • Hours of work: 21 hours per week
  • Closing Date: Tuesday 20th November at 5pm

At the Youth Adventure Trust, we want to transform the lives of vulnerable young people using the power of the outdoors. As such, over the past 25 years we have developed a 3 year programme for 11 - 16 year olds, which is based around outdoor adventure being used as a mechanism to help these youngsters build the resilience and develop the hope confidence and skills to face the challenges in their daily lives.

We are now entering an exciting period of growth and have ambitious plans to double the number of young people we work with by 2021. Our programme is completely free of charge to the participants, which means that we need to significantly increase our fundraising capacity. If you are passionate about giving vulnerable young people life changing opportunities, want to make a real impact through your work and are looking to join a growing fundraising team with lots of potential, then one of these jobs might be exactly what you are looking for you.

Both positions offer great opportunities for somebody looking to take the next step in their career, either to specialise in trust or event fundrasing or to gain broader fundraising experience, with plenty of scope to develop your skills within a supportive team. There is scope for both roles to become full time in 2020, depending on income success.

To apply for either position, please complete and return the Fundraising Officer Application Form by 5pm on Tuesday 20th November. The form includes the opportunity to outline why you think you are suitable for this role, making specific reference to the Job Description and Person Specification in the relevant Job Pack.

Please see below for further details on each role and the Job Packs.

Trusts Fundraising Officer

Trusts and Foundations provide a growing income stream for the charity and we need to expand our team to develop our trust fundraising capabilities. The Trusts Fundraising Officer will play a key role in researching potential funders, writing funding applications, helping us to meet our reporting requirements with existing funders, developing compelling case studies and impact statements, compiling evidence about the need for our service, maintaining accurate records and creating long-lasting relationships with our funders.

The Trusts Fundraising Officer will need excellent written and verbal communication skills and should have some experience of writing effective trust applications or funding proposals.  They must be self-motivated, well organised, have a good eye for detail and a thorough approach to their work.  Paid or voluntary experience in a fundraising environment is essential, as is a demonstrable understanding of the value in getting vulnerable young people outdoors.

For more information please see the Trusts Fundraising Officers Job Pack. To apply please complete and return the Fundraising Officer Application Form.

Events Fundraising Officer

We are looking for a dynamic Events Fundraising Officer to primarily focus on the delivery our Corporate Challenge Events, but also to assist on other fundraising events and activities.  Corporate Challenge Events is a significant income stream for the charity and has huge potential to grow over the next few years. Working alongside the Corporate Partnerships Manager, the Fundraising Officer will be instrumental in enabling us to deliver well managed, fun and safe events for our corporate partners whilst simultaneously helping us to maximise the fundraising opportunities from each event.

You will work on events from start to finish. Excellent communication and people skills will be essential as you will play a key role in building up relationships with the clients, the participants and their supporters. Furthermore, you will be involved in the whole process of event delivery, including developing the event, preparing the resources, helping with logistics, maintaining accurate records, reporting and banking and thanking.

In addition, the post holder will work on other fundraising activities and play a key role in developing new, event based, income streams.

The Fundraising Officer must be self-motivated, well organised, able to multi task, a strong administrator, a fantastic team player, have excellent inter-personal skills and enjoy being outdoors. Paid or voluntary experience in a fundraising environment is essential.

For more information, please see the Events Fundraising Officer Job Pack. To apply, please complete the Fundraising Officer Application Form.


Volunteer Manager

  • Location: Home based. Flexible location with access to Wiltshire.
  • Salary: £27,000 per annum
  • Hours of work: 35 hours per week

The Youth Adventure Trust is a youth development charity working with vulnerable young people aged 11 to 16 years old from Wiltshire and Swindon. Through a series of residential camps and day activities, our outdoor based Youth Adventure Programme helps young people to build resilience, self esteem and develop social and life skills. Our aim is to make a lasting improvement to the lives of vulnerable young people. Volunteers are an essential part of delivering our programme, working with the young people to ensure they gain the maximum benefit from their experiences with us, and supporting our fundraising activities.

The Role

We are looking for an experienced, dynamic Volunteer Manager to help ensure we fulfil our ambitious expansion plans. Volunteers are critical to the success of our programme for vulnerable young people, and as the organisation grows, so does the need for capable, skilled, empathetic, engaging and committed volunteers.

You will act as a key point of contact for our programme and event volunteers, with responsibility for recruiting, training, supporting, coaching and managing them in their role. You will be responsible for an array of administration and detailed record keeping, including maintaining information on a database. You will keep up to date and ensure the charity is responsive to volunteer management issues, legal requirements and guidance, and represent the charity within the wider sector.

You will support the Programme Managers in the delivery of the programme and work directly with the young people to demonstrate good practice to the volunteers, helping the young people to gain the maximum benefit from the opportunities available.

The Candidate

To be up to the challenge you’ll need experience of working with volunteers, as well as relevant experience working with vulnerable and challenging young people. You’ll need strong facilitation, influencing and motivational skills, and proven abilities at building effective relationships; the capacity to get the best out of people and confidently deal with issues. You’ll be an excellent communicator, planner and problem solver, a strong team player and an exemplary role model.

We need an organised and methodical person with excellent administrative and IT skills. You’ll need a flexible and dynamic approach, with the self-motivation to work on your own initiative.

You must be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, with a positive attitude, high energy and enthusiasm for the work of the Youth Adventure Trust.

A full driving licence and access to your own vehicle is required. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Download the detailed Job Description.

How to apply:

Please complete the Application Form which includes the opportunity to outline why you think you are suitable for this role, making specific reference to the Position and Candidate requirements outlined in the Job Description.

Applications Closing Date: Monday 15th October at 9am


Volunteers Required

Volunteers are essential to the Youth Adventure Trust and we are always looking to recruit new and enthusiastic volunteers.  We are currently seeking volunteers to fulfil two possible roles.

Programme Volunteers

Our Programme Volunteers work with groups of young people alongside other volunteers and activity instructors across our local (Wiltshire) activity days and residential camps. They take part in the activities with their group, and are involved in ensuring the welfare and organisation of the young people, helping them to get the most out of their time on our programme.


  • Applicants must be aged over 18 years old
  • Applicants will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Applicants will be required to provide two references
  • Applicants need to be enthusiastic, hardworking and willing to get involved in a wide range of activities. They should be responsible individuals and able to act as positive role models
  • Previous experience of working with young people would be beneficial, but is not essential

Challenge Event Volunteers

Our fundraising events offer a bespoke opportunity to companies and the general public to challenge themselves, and in doing so raise essential funds for the charity.  Challenge Event Volunteers are involved in a range of duties over a challenge event weekend which may include marshalling, cheering teams on, helping to resolve problems and celebrating the achievements of each and every participant.


  • No special skills are required but applicants must be engaging, motivating, enthusiastic and professional
  • Applicants must be comfortable in a range of outdoor environments.  Some navigational skills would be beneficial but are not essential
  • Applicants need to be prepared for all weather conditions and bring along their own equipment such as waterproofs, suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • Applicants will need to arrange their own travel to the event (expenses will be covered where applicable)
  • Applicants must be aged over 18 years old

Mentor Volunteers

Mentors are carefully matched with a young person and work with them on a one to one basis within their local community. Although individual arrangements will vary, mentors meet with their young person for approximately 2 hours a fortnight, for up to a year, providing them with personalised support to achieve the most positive outcomes. With the support of the Mentoring Manager, mentors help the young person to identify goals, and assist them to work towards these. Whilst each young person has varying objectives, all mentors provide empathy to the challenges faced by the young person and give support, guidance and encouragement throughout the mentoring relationship.


  • You must be aged over 21 years old
  • You will need to undertake an enhanced Disclosure & Barring check
  • You will be required to provide two references
  • Although beneficial, no previous experience of working with young people is required, as full training will be provided. All we ask is that you’re enthusiastic, reliable and committed to the mentoring relationship.

Our mentors are role models to the vulnerable young people we work with, and therefore should be responsible, resilient, good at communicating and have a desire to help young people.

More information is available on our Volunteers Page


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