Volunteer Muscle Warrior Digital Support Champion

Posted on May 17th, 2021


About the Organisation

The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) is a small multi-award winning, family-centred charity, now delivering virtual experiences in the UK as a direct consequence of COVID-19. These interventions are called Muscle Dreams and they are designed for children & young people (8-28yrs) with the muscle wasting disease, Muscular Dystrophy (MD).

MHF’s growing impact is being felt by beneficiaries and their families across the UK – from improved confidence, greater self-esteem, and an increased sense of hopefulness to a powerful shared identity that connects families, giving a platform to share knowledge, memories and establish lasting friendships.

About the Opportunity

This role is a volunteer position. You will assist MHF with digital design support. You’ll use your experience and knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop to deliver assets. Some of the many and varied tasks may include creating and updating the following:

  • Being a Muscle Warrior Brand Guardian and making sure the charity’s guidelines are up to date and correctly applied
  • Social media image design and template creation for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
  • Image design and resizing for example banners and/or header images for the charity’s website and email newsletters
  • Ad hoc print and digital design for fundraising events, corporate giving, etc
  • Design & print of lanyard cards to be given to volunteers & beneficiaries at non-virtual Muscle Dream events
  • Help with occasional branding projects for exciting new fundraising events
  • Liaison with MHF’s CEO and other Muscle Warrior volunteers
  • Occasional communications with those involved with PR and/or social media activity

What are we looking for?

This role will suit someone with a passion for digital design. You will have related qualifications and a level of commercial experience of designing in a voluntary or paid capacity or perhaps you’re an ambitious design student looking to put learning into practice.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Have a professional and proactive approach
  • Be able to build positive working relationships with others
  • Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience and enthusiasm for digital communications incl social media
  • Commitment to sharing, promoting and demonstrating MHF’s charity values

Practical Considerations

As an MHF volunteer, we’ll make sure you are given all the support you need. Front-end ad hoc support will be given by MHF’s multi award-winning Brand Guardian and long-standing partner to the charity. This will include an explanation of our brand guidelines and familiarisation of how we do things.

  • MHF is looking for someone who can dedicate at least 8-10 hours p/month
  • For a minimum of 12 months to get the most from the role
  • This role could be home based
  • You should be able to attend Zoom or Skype meetings to keep in touch
  • MHF will reimburse any reasonable travel expenses required for this role
  • You will report to MHF’s CEO*

 *Our CEO Michael McGrath was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy (MD) a degenerative muscle wasting disease. Nineteen years later, Michael made history by becoming the first disabled person to lead expeditions to both the North (April 2002) and the South Poles (Jan 2004). Michael inspires audiences across a variety of industry sectors. His adopted life credo is ‘Quant Je Puis’, meaning as much as I can. 

Michael has been included on the Power 100 list as one of Britain’s most influential people with a disability for the past four years. Within the UK wide charity sector, he has received the Inspiring Communicator 2016 CharityComms national award in July 2019. Michael was appointed to represent the Crown as a Deputy Lieutenant (DL), a voluntary role in the county of Hertfordshire.

For more info: www.michaelmcgrath.co.uk

Below some of the benefits to volunteering with our charity – these include:

  • Making a contribution to a small, multi award-winning UK charity with national reach
  • Working with a friendly team of professionals
  • Uplifting your confidence and your interpersonal skills
  • Gaining valuable digital design experience
  • Opportunity to boost your CV by adding new skills
  • Opportunity to broaden your contact network
  • Foothold into the charity sector
  • Opportunity to contribute to designing assets for the 18th anniversary initiative
  • Access to and occasional communications with our Founder & CEO*

You will have interests are in:

Digital, Marketing & Communications

The skills that you will gain:

Design, creative, teamwork, talking / engaging with others

The skills required:

Design, listening, teamwork, attention to detail, initiative

Other information

  1. This is a volunteer role
  2. Flexible working arrangements incl spending time with MHF’s CEO
  3. Written references will be required
  4. You must own your own computer or have access to a secure network
  5. You must have relevant qualifications and/or training

The Muscle Help Foundation (MHF) is committed to providing equal opportunities for all irrespective of disability, gender, race, age, sexuality and religion.

Find out more about our work, our impact and the difference your support can make in helping us change lives and give hope by visiting: www.musclehelp.com

For more info, email: info@musclehelp.com

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