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Funding and Communications Writer vacancy

September 26, 2022

Funding and Communications Writer – West Cornwall Women’s Aid (closing date 17th October 2022)

West Cornwall Women’s Aid is run by women, for women and exists to bring an end to the harm done through domestic abuse and sexual violence. WCWA’s work is holistic and empowering: working alongside survivors to achieve independent lives free from abuse.

This post is a great opportunity for a committed individual who wants a job that makes a difference.

This is a chance to work alongside a team with in-depth experience and knowledge of fundraising. You will be able to fine tune and apply your existing grant writing skills and expand your knowledge and repertoire OR you will bring other industry relevant experience and transferable skills and be trained and supported to develop grant writing skills.

Introduction

This is an exciting time to join West Cornwall Women’s Aid, a grassroots charity that is making the word a safer place and empowering women and children to thrive free from domestic abuse and sexual violence.

In recent years we have grown to incorporate two buildings, a number of West Cornwall wide services and expanded our remit to support women who have been trafficked and exploited.  Our annual income recently increased by 20% and we are developing a strategy to increase our profile and more fully showcase our work and outcomes.

The bulk of the work of will be writing bids, applications, proposals and other writing such as case studies, on-line content etc. We are seeking an exceptional individual and will therefore also welcome applicants with transferable skills who may not have direct experience of grant writing or knowledge of charities, who are very keen to learn.

Further Information about West Cornwall Women’s Aid

West Cornwall Women’s Aid works with women (and their children) who are experiencing or who have experienced domestic abuse and/or sexual violence (DASV) and exploitation.

We were set up 35 years ago by a group of local volunteers who started with a helpline, and moved on to develop a range of services in response to the high level of need, this included acquiring suitable premises to provide and manage a refuge and increasing the scope of our services to reach women whose lives have been affected by DASV, but who don’t need refuge accommodation.

We are based in Penzance and our services reach women and children across West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly; with women and children from all over the country accessing our refuge and resettlement services.

We provide a wide range of services from a refuge to counselling to early intervention and preventative work. Our services enable women and their children to recover from the impact of DASV, to feel and be safer, to develop positive coping strategies, to have improved mental health and emotional well-being, to increase their social connections and sense of community and to live their lives free of DASV.

Last year we supported over 300 women.

More Information about the role

We raise our income through grants, contracts, donations and earned income – and have successfully increased our income year by year to enable us to deliver more services for women and children.

The funding and Communications Writer will be joining the team at an exciting time, with developments both for our services and for our income generation

The Funding and Communications Writer will predominantly be developing and writing funding applications with support and training from our Development Manager; with some other writing duties.

We are seeking an individual with superb writing skills to translate the vital work, outcomes and future activity of the charity into compelling copy predominantly for funding proposals and applications, though the role will also involve developing some copy and content to showcase and raise the profile of our work.

Our priority for this role is someone with writing skills, who is able to work effectively and to deadlines who is committed to our mission as a charity and passionate about making a difference.

 Though, ideally the successful candidate will have experience of developing and writing successful funding applications, bids or tenders, this post is a development opportunity and we are sure there are some exceptional people who might not have fundraising experience. We recognise that writing skills are transferable and are very keen to hear from candidates who have gained writing experience in other ways (e.g report writing, articles, creative writing, on-line writing etc) and have the transferable skills (such as attention to detail, the ability to present information according to set criteria, creative ideas etc). We anticipate that it’s likely that the successful candidate will have a varying proportion of the skills and experience we are looking for. We are very happy to provide training and development where required.

We acknowledge that the part- time nature of the role will mean that the successful candidate will be combining this with other work and life commitments. We are able to consider a large degree of flexibility with the role for the right candidate – with regard to working hours and patterns, semi-remote working etc

This role has the potential to develop over the course of the year and we are committed to extending the role to be longer term, if funding can be sourced.

We very much hope you are interested and will apply!

There will be a zoom meeting for anyone who wants to hear more about the role and to ask any questions you may have. Please register via Eventbrite - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/funding-and-communications-writer-vacancy-info-zoom-tickets-427876158107.

How to apply for the role

Visit our Job Opportunities page to download the job description and person specification, and find out how to apply.

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