(Stornoway) Branch Secretary
When We Need You
From 19/01/2011 onwards
The Western Isles Branch is accepting applications for this exciting opportunity of Secretary. Can you help make a difference to people affected locally by multiple sclerosis by providing support to the Western Isles branch, helping the committee work together as an effective team to provide the services and activities necessary to meet the needs of local people affected by MS? This opportunity would allow you to work closely with individuals affected by MS, health professionals and other relevant partners. With ongoing training and support you may learn new skills or develop existing ones whilst helping others at the same time. Training is offered to all volunteers starting with the MS Society. Initial training will introduce the successful volunteer to the Society, local branch and their role. Ongoing training takes place throughout the year. Support will be provided to the successful applicant from the committee, the Area Development Officer and the Volunteer Development Manager.
About MS Society Scotland
Our Vision: A world free from the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. Our Mission: To enable everyone affected by MS to live life to their full potential and secure the care and support they need, until we ultimately find a cure.
We rely on fundraising and the efforts of our volunteers and staff to achieve our aims: To fund and promote the best possible research into MS cause, cure and care. To be the recognised source of consistent, high quality support and information to all people affected by MS, throughout the UK.
To raise standards of MS care by working in partnership with professionals, promoting equitable access to high quality services based on the needs of the individual.
To be the authoritative voice on MS and to promote the independence, dignity and self determination of people affected by MS.
To work with people affected by MS to help them to retain control of their lives and to be fully involved in everything we do.
Skills & Experience
Will need to be someone who is comfortable in co-ordinating and preparing for meetings. Additionally experience in taking minutes for meetings would be beneficial along with IT skills (especially using programmes such as Microsoft Word and Excel). Ideally you will have an understanding of the challenges faced by an individual diagnosed with MS or long term health condition.
To be confirmed with local branch. Committee members usually meet once a month. Meeting dates/ times are flexible and are agreed in advance at each meeting but usually take place in the evening.
Restrictions is due to the requirements for the post. No gender restrictions.
Application Form, Induction/Training, Informal Chat, Interview, Police Check, References, Trial Period
Training and Induction Details
Welcome aboard training. Introduction to the MS Society Scotland at local and national level. Relevant training will be offered when available.
Out of pocket expenses will be agreed in advance with the volunteer. Individual will regularly complete an expenses form and then submit to the branch for reimbursement
No Wheelchair Access
No Disabled Toilet
Frequency & Commitment
Mainly from home, although attendance would be required at monthly meetings held the second Tuesday evening of the month from 7.30pm-9.00pm at the Grianan Centre, Westview Terrace, Stornoway
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
Opportunity Provided By
95 Cromwell Street
Contact: Volunteer Centre Western Isles
Tel: 01851 700 366