Community Development Volunteer (Mae Murray Foundation)

Causeway Coast & Glens

Mae Murray Foundation(MMF) is a registered charity set up to help people of all abilities take part and be included within society-particularly those feeling excluded due to age, complex need, disability, medical or undiagnosed condition. We have projects reaching most of Northern Ireland but are most well-known for creating Northern Ireland’s first inclusive beaches-Benone, Cranfield and Groomsport.

An exciting volunteer opportunity has arisen for the right person to join our team in the role of Community Development. Having launched inclusive beaches and created adapted all-ability play kits in various areas, we now need an enthusiastic volunteer to promote and demonstrate these free resources to local communities.

You will play a key role in engaging with local communities to explain processes, lead on equipment familiarisation sessions, increase usage and feedback on any further identified unmet need within the community with which Mae Murray Foundation may be able to assist. You will be an integral part of building capacity to support the local community from an MMF perspective.

The time commitment is a minimum of two days per month, but this may be divided out into blocks of hours as suits individual applicants. The Community Development Volunteer will take direction laid down by the Foundation’s Operations and Membership Manager. This role is deemed regulated activity and as such will be subject to Enhanced Access NI checks.

Community Development Volunteer Position Description:

  • Duration: One Year
  • Time commitment: Two days per month(or equivalent thereof)
  • Location: Causeway Coast and Glens

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • To network and build relations with groups such as schools, nursing homes, parent groups, community groups.
  • To support local isolated groups to increase the use of the free Mae Murray Foundation resources within the area, such as Beach Mobility equipment and Inclusive Play kits
  • To increase affiliate membership of MMF(which is free)
  • To demonstrate the features of Beach Mobility Equipment, along with key facts on keeping safe
  • To explain the processes and procedures in respect of membership and mobility equipment booking schemes
  • To follow guidance and parameters as outlined by O and M Manager

Personal skills and qualities;

  • Confident communicator
  • Able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Geographic knowledge of relevant council area
  • Experience of delivering information to groups of people verbally and using IT
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience of interacting with a wide range of differing abilities
  • Able to work on own initiative
  • Able to follow goals and objectives
  • Excellent time keeping
  • Good time management
  • Experience of working with communities useful but not essential
  • Technical knowledge of mobility equipment useful but not essential as training will be given
  • Basic working knowledge of IT software such as Word and PowerPoint
  • Competent email communicator
Benefits and Support:
  • References for any future job
  • Training
  • Volunteer certificate and recognition
  • Travel expenses will be paid in line with our volunteer policy
  • Experience and support within a small and committed team

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