Business Development and Bid Writing Assistant

Bishop Auckland, Volunteering from Home

To support our team in developing the business planning and supporting fundraising and bid writing to sustain Auckland Youth and Community Centre, a much loved community hub on Woodhouse Close estate, Bishop Auckland.

Duties may involve collaborating with our Business Development Manager and Business Development and Marketing Co-ordinator to draft responses to funding bids and collect or collate evidence for reports to funders. You will have the opportunity to contribute to discussions with the business development team to develop our business models. You will have a close relationship with the Business Development Manager who has decades of experience with bid writing.


Our Youth and Community Centre benefits from the work of lots of professionals behind the scenes to make sure that we’ve got a charity which is sustainable into the future, to ensure that our business models work and to apply for funding to keep the doors open and deliver crucial services for the community.

This is a great opportunity to experience the reality of the work involved to maintain a successful and viable charity. This role would give you scope to contribute to our business development, monitoring the progress we’re making to fulfil the aims of our business plan, collaborating with our highly skilled and experienced business development and marketing team to draft applications to funders and reports to funders.

This opportunity is open to applicants who would like to operate from our busy youth and community centre on Woodhouse Close Estate, but also open to volunteers who would like to support our operations remotely, as such we welcome applications from anyone wherever you may be based.

We are flexible in terms of the role you may play in our centre, if you’ve got a skill, hobby, or interest that you’d like to share with us we’d love to hear more about it, and we may be able to build a role around you.

We are committed to equality and diversity, and we are happy to modify roles and provide reasonable adjustments to ensure that volunteering is accessible to everyone.

Skills & Qualities

Auckland Youth and Community Centre has a commitment to safeguarding and protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults and we require all volunteers to commit to our culture of safeguarding.

No experience is needed for this role.

Personal qualities needed to be a great Business Development and Bid Writing Assistant Volunteer are:
• An interest in people and community.
• An interest in charity governance.
• An interest in reducing inequality in society and promoting the wellbeing of children end young people.
• Good Standard of written English and communication skills
• Good standard of mathematics.
• Good IT skills
• Problem solving skills.
• Being a good listener.
• An interest in the funding landscape
• Patience.
• Positivity.

When & Where?

If you’d prefer to operate from our centre (Auckland Youth and Community Centre, Walker Drive, Woodhouse Close, DL14 6QL) you will arrange a suitable working time that suits you and our team.

There are no fixed time obligations for this role, and it’s possible to contribute remotely from anywhere with an internet connection.

We welcome volunteers who are available to commit to support us on a regular basis. We are open to flexible arrangements that suit your personal commitments.

Training and Support Offered/Expenses

You will receive an induction to AYCC, including an introduction to GDPR and safeguarding. We work with all our volunteers to identify opportunities for further training and development on a one-to-one basis with our dedicated volunteer coordinator.

AYCC will reimburse any reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteers in support of the centre’s activities.

This role could be a good stepping stone for anyone looking to build their confidence or experience in bid writing and charity business development. The Youth Sector and Voluntary and Community Sector has a variety of small conferences and meetings which volunteers may be invited to. Costs would be covered by AYCC for any training offered or meetings you’re invited to.

Volunteer Benefits

This role is a great way to learn about the charity sector before embarking on a career as a bid writer or business development worker or setting up your own nonprofit organisation.

Supporting communities is incredibly rewarding, you could get the buzz of knowing that you helped our Youth and Community Centre remain viable into the future.

If you’re operating from within our centre we offer free tea and coffee, a welcoming work environment.

Become part of an established team, youth and community work is enjoyable, and no two days are the same.

You would have the support of a dedicated volunteer coordinator to ensure you feel happy, supported, and have opportunities for training and development which are tailored to you as an individual.

Other Information

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an informal visit to the centre, please contact Samantha

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Hours: 4 hours per month + Type: Finance, Administration/Office, Fundraising, Children/Young People

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