Resuscitation Council (UK)

Public Affairs Volunteer

About us: 

The Resuscitation Council (UK) (RC (UK)) is a charity dedicated to saving lives through effective, appropriate resuscitation. We’re doing this by developing guidelines, influencing policy, delivering courses and supporting cutting-edge research. Through education, training and research, we’re working towards the day when everyone in the country has the skills they need to save a life.

About the role:

Our Public Affairs team are looking for a volunteer to support their growing and busy team.  This exciting opportunity will provide practical skills and experience within a friendly and motivated Public Affairs team, who work in both Policy and Communications roles.  

This interesting and varied role will help you gain experience in tasks such as:

  • Horizon scanning: use of political monitoring tools to monitor national policy developments relevant to the RC (UK), in order to understand and help identify opportunities for RC (UK) influencing work or new policy initiatives.
  • Participating in parliamentary engagement initiatives.
  • Supporting stakeholder management by drafting communications to key stakeholders.
  • Supporting RC (UK) Communications activity.
  • Monitoring and recording media and social media news feeds.
  • Compiling key data and information, such as statistics, to support the RC (UK)’s Public Affairs work.
  • Maintaining databases of contacts, policy messages and activity. 
  • Working on projects related to CPR training in schools, emergency care planning, and defibrillators (AEDs).  

Skills required:

Familiarity and experience with Microsoft Office and Social Media sites including Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus and LinkedIn. 

You will have excellent attention to detail, good organisational and written communication skills, and a friendly, reliable and enthusiastic nature.

Interest in politics, especially related to healthcare, and healthcare knowledge are desirable, but not essential.

Benefits: 

Overview and understanding of the functions within a Public Affairs department, as well as hands-on experience and learning opportunities in collecting, collating and evaluating data.  Volunteering with the RC (UK) provides an opportunity to boost your CV with experience in a friendly and supportive organisation with a prestigious reputation. 

We will reimburse reasonable travel and lunch expenses, up to £20 per day for travel and £5 for lunch, on provision of receipts.

Training opportunities:

All new volunteers will have a one to one induction with their named mentor/supervisor.  This will include discussion of their role, agreement of the tasks involved, relevant health and safety information, office attire, data protection, confidentiality and procedures for notification of absence.  Full support will be given to help volunteers understand and carry out any aspect of the role as needed.

Commitment required:

1-2 days a week (Mondays preferred) for a minimum of 3 months.  Hours can be flexible, but must be within core office hours, from 10 am - 4 pm (including a lunch break).  You will be based at our head office in London.  

You’ll find us at: 5th Floor, Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HR. 

How to apply:

Please send your CV (or the URL of your Linked in profile) and a short statement of interest explaining why you would like to volunteer for the Resuscitation Council (UK), and outlining your availability, via email to publicaffairs@resus.org.uk.  We will contact you regarding the outcome of your application and will invite successful applicant(s) to meet us for a friendly informal chat about the team and the role.  We will also be happy to answer any questions you have.  

Please view our Volunteer Guidelines.

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