Events Maker volunteer role description

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Volunteer as an Events Maker and help support seriously ill children and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Every day brings new challenges at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Every day, around 600 children and young people from across the UK arrive. Every day, doctors and nurses battle the most complex illnesses, and the brightest minds come together to achieve pioneering medical breakthroughs. And every day is a chance for you to make a difference. This extraordinary hospital has always depended on charitable support to give seriously ill children the best chance to fulfil their potential.

A better future for seriously ill children starts here.

Applications for Event Makers are currently closed

How you’ll make a difference

Do you enjoy the buzz of events and speaking to new people? Do you want to develop or use your organisational skills? Then this is the role for you.

Volunteer your time to help us raise the vital funds needed each year to support the seriously ill children that are cared for at Great Ormond Street Hospital. By joining the GOSH Charity team as an Events Maker, you’ll ensure supporters have an excellent experience at GOSH fundraising events, including Royal Parks Half Marathon, Young Art event and RBC Race for The Kids.

What’s involved?

There are a range of activities you can get involved in, and you can specify the ones you are most interested in. Some examples include:

  • Cheering on our event participants
  • Setting up events e.g., balloons, gazebos, refreshment area and tidying away
  • Meet and greet our event participants
  • Supporting with refreshments e.g., serving teas and coffees
  • Check in people who are taking part in, or attending, the event
  • Supporting with the cloakroom or bag drop
  • Handing out goody bags or medals

Really good at chatting to people but maybe not able to do the heavy lifting? That’s ok! Please do still apply and let us know what adjustments you need to be able to support us.

What time should you offer?

This is a very flexible role – we’d like you to offer to help with around 2 to 3 events a year, but we’d love it if you could do more!

Shifts will vary and could be a few hours, half a day or a full day. We will always check availability with you before the event to make sure it works for you.

Where will you be based?

Event dependent - various locations in London and across the UK.

What can you gain from volunteering in this role?

  • Experience in the organisation and running of events
  • Knowing that you are providing support to event participants, ensuring that they feel appreciated and have a brilliant experience
  • Being part of an enthusiastic team of people and getting more involved in your local community
  • Using and developing your events and organisational skills, enhancing your CV - if that’s important to you
  • Knowing that you are helping seriously ill children and their families have access to care and support

What training and support will be provided?

  • Pre event briefing information via email, and briefing on-the-day
  • Volunteering Policy and Volunteer Handbook
  • Equipment provided to do the role well, such as a GOSH Charity t-shirt and cheering materials, for example
  • Regular updates about how your time and fundraising is making a difference
  • Updates of upcoming events every few months for you to choose to volunteer your time at

What we are looking for

  • Individuals, aged 18 and over, interested in a varied and flexible volunteering role
  • Individuals who enjoy meeting new people and helping others feel at ease
  • Ability to use your own initiative and carry out tasks unsupervised
  • Ability to follow our policies and procedures to keep you, our staff, our patients, and our supporters safe
  • Ability to represent GOSH Charity, and our values, positivity and enthusiastically

What we offer in return

  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses in line with GOSH Charity guidelines
  • Training and support as outlined above
  • A reference once you have volunteered at your first event

Equality and diversity

GOSH Charity recognises the strengths of equality, diversity, and inclusion – and how a diverse group of volunteers can help us reflect our diverse patient cohort. Therefore, we particularly welcome applicants from a range of different backgrounds.

We also recognise that disabled people, or those with long-term health conditions, may need some support from us to volunteer. We are more than happy to make reasonable adjustments and cater to your needs.

Thank you for your support and we hope to welcome you as a volunteer soon!