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Fundraising & Marketing Trustees

South Wilts Mencap supports people with learning disabilities. Celebrating our 60th anniversary, we are looking for a trustee with a background in marketing and/or fundraising to help raise our profile and raise funds.

All trustees will make a real difference to the lives of our members as well as gain new skills for their professional development.  It would be preferred if applicants work and/or live in Salisbury or the surrounding area.

Whilst we ensure that the Board remains refreshed through time limited directorships, we cherish the longevity of support from many volunteers over the years and celebrate our rich history as a local charity.

We are currently looking for trustees specifically with the following attributes:

  • Knowledge/expertise of communications or marketing; and
  • Experience of running successful fundraising campaigns.

We are also looking for any combination of the following skills or attributes from the applicant:

  • An excellent understanding of the different operational contexts of the public, voluntary and private sectors;
  • Knowledge of Salisbury and the surrounding villages;
  • An empathy towards people with learning disabilities;
  • A strong commitment to organisational development and improvement;
  • Excellent communication skills, political awareness and an affinity with the vision of SWM;
  • Knowledge or understanding of Information Technology and/or business systems;
  • Knowledge/expertise of our local health service, social care or Local Government;
  • Knowledge/expertise of the law; in general, or with an expertise of charity or disability law; and
  • Previous non-executive experience, with the strategic skills and commercial acumen necessary to ensure excellent governance and Board performance.

We are also very keen to hear from younger people looking for trustee experience or from anyone with a family member who has a learning disability. In addition, there is an expectation that any trustee will be IT literate and will be able to commit to a minimum of 12 meetings per year, plus an Annual General Meeting. All trustees, including the chair, are appointed for a term of four years with an option for reelection for a further term of four years.  

The Board meets in central Salisbury monthly, in the evening. It is expected that trustees communicate via email in between meetings and arrange sub-group meetings as and when required to complete agreed tasks. The time commitment is approximately 10 hours per month for emails, phone calls and ad-hoc meetings.

Email our secretary, Emma Harper, for an application form.


South Wilts Mencap Shop Volunteers

South Wilts Mencap is looking for Shop Volunteers

Are you looking to volunteer?

Why not turn your time into time that makes a difference?

Our shop in Salisbury has been trading for over 35 years and is vital to us continuing to provide a range of services to the Learning Disability community in South Wiltshire.  For every £1 spent in the shop, the charity gets 88 pence. So, if it’s because you want to improve your CV, meet new people, or put your creative skills to use, come along to our shop and see how you could be part of our amazing volunteer team.

The shop is open Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Even one shift per week can make the difference and means we can continue to run social activities for our members – as well as the enjoyment, fulfilment and development of your own life.

Our volunteers have a great time working as a team and find their confidence increases, as well as improving on their customer service skills, retail experience and problem solving.  The three roles available are –

Front of shop – This will involve lots of customer contact, so a friendly sunny disposition is vital.  You will be using your customer service skills to full use helping with customers and replenishing stock.

Back of shop – This be sorting through all donations, largely clothes, preparing these for the shop and pricing in accordance with our pricing structure.

Bric a Brac specialists – We receive a vast range of these donations and need someone passionate over everything from a Ming vase to a casserole dish!  We would welcome a bric a brac specialist at any time throughout our opening hours.

We are looking for volunteers to either work 9:45am-1pm or 1pm-4:15pm. We can offer flexibility to accommodate willing volunteers.

So, pop into our shop at 16 Catherine Street, Salisbury and speak to Angela for more information and introduction to the shop. Alternatively, phone Angela on 01722 336894.