VLS Director – Letter to Applicants

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the part-time position of Director with the Volunteer Link Scheme (VLS).  The application pack for this role comprises a Job Description and this letter containing brief background information about the VLS.  Please read all the information carefully and if you wish to apply for the position, you will need to email a covering letter addressing the job description specifications and your CV to befriending@volunteerlink.org.uk.  

The VLS is a registered charity and currently supports 69 housebound and isolated clients through weekly visits from 58 volunteers.  We have a waiting list for clients due to the high demand for the service.  The VLS is led by a Management Committee of 6 Trustees who meets every 6-8 weeks.

During the past two years, the VLS has recently gone through a period of change.  The organisation expanded to meet the demand for the befriending service by increasing the staff from 2 to three part time members.  The VLS works in partnership with Age UK Ealing on a project called Restore Plus, has recently been awarded funding from a housing association to deliver the service to 10 of the their clients and looks to create and work in partnership with other voluntary and statutory organisation in the borough. Currently, the service delivery is managed by two Volunteer Co-ordinators who each work 2.5 days per week.  The Director is responsible for the day to day management of the VLS, which includes personnel, budget management, profile raising and networking, governance and other management duties; however the overriding responsibility is fundraising to keep the VLS operational.

The closing date for applications is midnight Monday October 12th 2015.  If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to attend an interview on either 29th October or November 2nd 2015.  It may not be possible to contact those that are unsuccessful.

If you have further questions, please email befriending@volunteerlink.org.uk or call the office number below (please note that as staff work part-time and it may not be possible to answer your query immediately).  

I look forward to hearing from you,

Yours sincerely

Alec Atchison – Chair