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Derian House

Derian House Children's Hospice Fundraiser

Lancashire, UK

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

A worthwhile job that gives work-life balance

“I had never thought of doing something like this before but now I am, I realise that it’s the best job that I have ever had”

What are your real priorities for your next job?

Is work-life balance really important to you and do you want to do something that is genuinely worthwhile? If this is what really matters to you, you may need to broaden your options and think about something you hadn’t previously considered. It might pay for you to take the time to read a slightly longer job advert, find out more about the job and actually see it being done 1st?

Genuine work-life balance

Think about this…What about a job where:
1. People from all kinds of backgrounds are successful and people of all ages including people shifting careers aged 40-65?
2. 80% of the staff work 3 or 4 days per week?
3. Where you can potentially work your hours at times between 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm on Saturdays?
4. Where most staff vary their working hours week to week to fit in around time with family, friends, pets, medical appointments etc?
5. Where you can compress your hours over 2 weeks to get blocks of days off?
6. Where you generally work within half an hour of your home, you don’t have to travel in rush hour, travel time is built into your contract, and you get a travel allowance payment?
7. Where the company shuts down over Xmas and new year for at least a full week, so you can have a proper break?
8. Where work stops at the end of your shift, you can’t take your work home with you and if you have been working hard and have done well you can even finish a bit early?
9. Where training is comprehensive but done remotely by home study and followed up with excellent ongoing support & encouragement?
10. Where you don’t have a boss breathing down your neck, there aren’t lots of pointless meetings, no snide emails, and no passive-aggressive post-it notes in the office kitchen?

We think supporting a good work-life balance for our staff is business-critical. That is why we start our recruitment adverts talking about how our jobs can deliver that for you rather than boasting about how great we think we are as a company. We don’t offer free coffee, table football and trendy beanbags to trap you at the office for longer. Instead, we offer flexible local working and a culture that supports you maximising your life outside of work. That is why work-life balance will be a theme running through your recruitment & selection journey and how you are managed once you start with us.

What we do is worthwhile

What is also great is what we actually do and how we do it, who we work on behalf of and the impact that has. This is why this is also a very worthwhile job.

The job role is fundraising as a third-party agent, employed by The Fundraising Partnership, representing Derian House children’s hospice. Caring about the cause that you represent is critical to being successful and enjoying the role. You could really help make a real difference in your community.

Derian House Children’s Hospice helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support they help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher.

Derian House staff includes nurses, physiotherapists, play specialists, counsellors, and perinatal specialists. Not all families want to come to the hospice, so the team goes out to visit them in their homes. They have programmes to support siblings and grandparents and the whole family. In 2019 the care was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and the charity was also the JustGiving charity of the year.

Here are some links to the website to videos and publications with more information about Derian House, its facilities and services, and the impact it has with local families.

What we do makes a real difference

Derian House relies on donations for nearly 90% of its income. These services are only free to families because of fundraising. You can be a vital part of helping Derian House raise the money that it needs to be able to support local families.

Start by watching this video – 10 things you didn’t know about charity lotteries

A typical fundraiser will raise more than £400,000 for the charity every year that they work for us. So, you would be doing do a job where after 5 years of work, through your professionalism, integrity, and hard work you could raise more than £2million for charities that deal, quite literally in matters of life and death. Charity lotteries are vital to keeping these charities going.

Try before you buy, why not come and see someone doing the job 1st?

We invite all applicants to come and watch one of our team doing the job in practice before having to make a decision to apply. Why not come and meet us and see what the job is really like? It could be just the role that you have been looking for, even if this had not been on your radar previously.

Job requirements & details

Your role will be to find more people to support us with a small regular donation so that we can make an enormous difference to people when they really need support. You do this by talking to people at their homes, being friendly, explaining what the charity does and asking them to become a regular supporter of the charity.

You need to be reasonably mobile and physically fit and active, but we can train you in all other parts of the job very easily. You will also be ethical and take pride in doing a job the right way. You need interpersonal skills, to be a good listener and be able to communicate effectively, but you don’t need to be really persuasive or great at making speeches – it isn’t what people think of as a sales job at all.

Most of all you need to have real integrity and self-motivation. We employ good people, treat them well and we trust our people to work to high standards. We have an outstanding team of fundraisers who work to the highest standards and deliver the best quality results in our industry. It’s a privilege to join our team. All sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds can be successful but you must have personal integrity and self-motivation.

It is a salaried role enhanced by commission with full-time and part-time options, travel costs payment included. You will need to have a car but will typically be working within 30 minutes of your home. Full-time OTE is between £30-40k pa. We provide full training which is delivered via a home study course and ongoing support and coaching in the field. We are an ethical employer and are committed to setting new standards and changing the face of face-to-face fundraising. That is why we are proud to already be an ISO 9001 accredited company.

What to do next

Fill the application form out below to find out more about what the job is like and arrange to talk with someone and then come out and meet one of our team at work and see what the job is really like.

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