Communications and Administration Officer

£17.50 per hour (up to 56 hours a month)
Hiring Organisation: 
Thalidomide Trust (National Advisory Council)

The Thalidomide Trust was established in 1973 to provide ‘relief and assistance’ (including financial support) to individuals born with disabilities caused by thalidomide, a drug used by pregnant mothers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Trust currently support 447 individuals aged between 54 and 61, with a range of physical disabilities including limb damage, hearing and visual impairment, musculoskeletal problems, brain and sensory impairment and damage to internal organs. They are a remarkable group of people, some of whom have made outstanding achievements despite living with extreme levels of disability. The Thalidomide Trust’s National Advisory Council (NAC) advises trustees on matters relating to beneficiaries. NAC members work jointly with the trustees and Trust staff to ensure that they fairly represent the interests of the beneficiaries and help to guide the future direction of the Trust’s support and services. Your role is to develop, implement and review multi-channel communication strategies and plans to support the work of the NAC and to provide ongoing comprehensive and efficient administrative support. In the last year, a communications review has taken place and an initial strategy was developed, with new forms of communication introduced. There is now an opportunity for a creative, versatile and experienced communications professional to embed, refine and build on this initial strategy to help the NAC meet future communication challenges. The position is ideally suited to someone who has worked in both internal and external communications, ideally with experience of developing and implementing a communications strategy. You will have strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills with a track record of producing high quality, creative communications across a range of audiences and using a range of different communications channels, including video and social media. You must be able to work independently and flexibly with minimum supervision, and be a communicative team-worker, able to work alongside and collaborate with volunteers. You could be based anywhere in the UK, but a requirement of the role is occasional travel within the UK to attend meetings and events. You will be working on a self-employed basis, accounting and invoicing for hours worked on a monthly basis. You will therefore be responsible for paying your own tax and National Insurance. An understanding or experience of living with a physical disability would be ideal! First round interviews: week beginning 7 February

experienced practitioner (an expert or specialist or a junior manager managing a few people)
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Closing date for applications: 
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 12:00

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