About the opportunity

Communications Advisory Group Member

Role Description

 

The Grace Eyre Foundation has been a trailblazing organisation since being founded by Grace Eyre herself in 1898. The Grace Eyre Foundation’s vision is for a society where people with learning disabilities are respected as equal citizens, are part of and contribute to their communities, and where people can fulfil their dreams and wishes.

People with learning disabilities tell us they want to ‘live our lives in the way we want to, getting good support from kind and friendly people’, and ‘we want to lead healthy lives, to have strong and supported relationships, to travel around where we live, to have good housing, to try new things, to be listened to and to be part of our communities’. Our mission is therefore to work towards Grace Eyre being led by people with learning disabilities and through that deliver high quality housing, support and activities in their local communities.

We have just entered a new, three-year period of planned growth, which will see people with learning disabilities increasingly leading the way. We are now looking for expert communications advice to help us tell our stories - bringing us closer to each other, our communities, and our supporters. We are therefore forming a new Communications Advisory Group.  This voluntary group will consist of experienced communications professionals who will attend quarterly meetings as well as providing ad-hoc support to the Grace Eyre New Business and Development Team, the Director of which is the organisational lead for internal and external communication.

 

Purpose of role:

  • Assist in building relationships with local and regional media
  • Increase the organisation’s profile across media, and with influencers and organisations
  • Provide ad hoc advice on press releases and preparation for high-profile media appearances where necessary
  • Provide guidance on effective use of digital engagement
  • Analyse and critique performance of organisational communications efforts, giving advice and support to improve where necessary
  • Advise with development of annual communications strategy

 

Time commitment:

Ideally a minimum commitment of one year is requested. Quarterly meetings will be held at 36 Montefiore Road, Hove, BN3 6EP.

Number of positions:

This is the first time a Communications Advisory Group is being established and we are looking for four members initially.


Location

Our main centre is based on Montefiore Road, near BHASVIC Sixth Form College, in a converted church. The centre is also easily accessed by the No. 7 bus route that stops at the opposite end of Montefiore Road and is a 5 minute walk away. 

How you will be supported

You will be given an induction and training on all aspects of this role. All volunteers will be offered time where they can meet with the Volunteer Manager and talk about how their volunteering is going. It's a chance to talk about how things are going, how you are feeling about your volunteering and to identify and evaluate your support needs. You can also tell us if you need more support. Volunteers are offered regular supervision which is an informal, friendly space to discuss your work.


How to apply

Application, informal interview, DBS Check, and two references. Please download an application form and apply today! Alternatively, please email volunteer@grace-eyre.org or ring us on 07436 093 170 for more information.