Volunteer roles

Volunteers are the backbone of HIOWAA and we are constantly looking for people to join the team and help spread the HIOWAA story.  If you are friendly, positive, passionate and enthusiastic and have some time to spare, HIOWAA would like to hear from you.

Whatever your special talents or interests, we should be able to utilise them to find something you will enjoy that will be beneficial to the charity. Below are some suggestions of possible roles you might enjoy.

If you are interested in volunteering for your local Air Ambulance, or have any queries, please contact  Kirsty on 02380 5435167 or on kirsty@hiowaa.org.

Why we need you:

As Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance charity grows we are looking at other ways of fundraising, which includes a number of campaigns both overseas and UK based. Many of these campaigns are run by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and need a lot of administration support. Therefore we are looking for volunteers who can help us to make the campaigns the best they can be.

What will I be doing?

  • Administration support
  • Communicating with potential supporters and campaign participants.
  • Promoting the campaigns
  • You may be supporting multiple or single campaigns

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • Fantastic communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Confidence with all aspects of IT.
  • Good reporting skills.
  • Imagination and creativity would be beneficial
  • Flexibility with timings, including during office hours.

How much time do I need to commit?

We fit ourselves around you. As we get to the busiest time for the campaign we may ask you to commit more time than at other times. Generally we would need you in the office to help the local Community Fundraiser but some of the tasks could possibly be completed from home.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping, and reporting to, the Community Fundraiser running the campaign with the support of the Volunteer Coordinator.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role.
  • Regular updates and meetings with the Community Fundraiser running the campaign.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity.
  • A full character reference when required.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA.

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are lucky enough to be presented with large cheques from organisations, who have usually been fundraising for us. We are looking for volunteers to attend cheque presentations around the county and express our thanks. As a number of these presentations request a talk at the presentation, we would need to train you as a speaker too.

What will I be doing?

  • Collecting cheques on behalf of HIOWAA.
  • Thanking the groups through a speech (long or short)
  • Occasionally these presentations will be at events such as lunches or balls, and you would be expected to attend the whole event.
  • Communicating with the host before and after the vent, alongside the charity office team.
  • Ensuring the cheque and appropriate information gets to HIOWAA so the donor can be thanked.
  • Taking photographs where appropriate.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • The ability to be able to stand in front of a group and talk with confidence.
  • Good people and communication skills.

How much time do I need to commit?

We fit ourselves around you. The presentations are booked through head office, and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will send you notifications of the presentations when they arrive. You let us know which presentations you can do. This is not a hugely active role.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping, and reporting to, the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role, including shadowing other presentations / talks until you are fully trained.
  • Appropriate materials to assist with your presentations e.g. visual aids, leaflets, Powerpoint presentation.
  • Regular updates on fresh information.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge and uniform.
  • What benefits can I expect?
  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity.
  • A full character reference when required.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA.
  • Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you:

We are looking for outgoing and proactive people with a good knowledge of their local community to help us raise money and awareness about HIOWAA’s work across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

What will I be doing?

  • Placing and emptying collecting pots in your local community.
  • Keeping an accurate record of pot locations, in consultation with the Volunteer Co-ordinator.
  • Promoting HIOWAA in your local community.
  • Proactively visiting present pot locations to ensure that the relationship with the venue and the collection pot itself is well maintained.
  • Returning the cash collected to the office, or paying it directly into the charity’s bank account.

What skills and attributes do I need to have?

  • Good knowledge of your local community
  • Outgoing, proactive and self-motivated
  • Good communication skills
  • Numerate with ability to keep accurate records
  • Good administration skills

How much time do I need to commit?

As much or as little as you are able to give. As a volunteer you would be responsible for managing the hours that you give – the hours would be to suit you.

What support will I be given?

  • We will give you full training on all aspects of this role
  • All appropriate materials to support your role including collecting pots, receipt book, etc.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Coordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance
  • A HIOWAA Volunteer ID badge and uniform.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping, and reporting to, the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity
  • The opportunity of meeting new people and be part of a dedicated team
  • Any reasonable expenses, including mileage, to be reimbursed.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA

How do I apply?

Call the Volunteer Coordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380  743516 or email kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is involved with activities, organisations and people all over the county. We need drivers to assist the Community Fundraisers with delivering and collecting various items ranging from collection pots, merchandise, equipment and information. We also have charity vans for distributing larger items, which we can give you access to.

What will I be doing?

  • Collecting and distributing collection pots, merchandise and promotional material to members of the public and HIOWAA volunteers.
  • Taking event equipment to events and helping set up.
  • Keeping the public informed about Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • A clean driving licence and car
  • Outgoing, confident, friendly and proactive character.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A knowledge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight geography
  • Being able to think on your feet.
  • Mobile phone with hands free ability.

How much time do I need to commit?

We fit ourselves around you. There will be lots of deliveries to be undertaken around the county and we will need some form of regular commitment. This role will be significantly busier in summer than in winter.

Who will I report to?

You will be supporting, and reporting to, the Volunteer Co-ordinator. You will also have a lot of contact with our Community Fundraisers

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge and uniform.

What benefits can I expect?

  • All reasonable expenses, including mileage, reimbursed.
  • A full character reference when required.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA.

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

 

Why we need you:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are lucky enough to be invited to lots of events throughout the year, with summer being a very busy period. We are in demand more and more each year and we need Volunteers to support our Community Fundraisers at these events, helping to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

What will I be doing?

  • Manning a merchandise stand.
  • Acting as an information source to members of the public, answering questions and telling people about the charity.
  • Collecting donations in collection buckets.
  • Promoting the charity and our partners (Flight for Life Lottery).
  • Helping to recruit other members of the public to join the HIOWAA team.
  • Assisting with event set up and close down.

What skills and attributes do I need to have?

  • Friendly, outgoing personality with an confident and approachable attitude.
  • Good communication skills.

How much time do I need to commit?

The events are booked through head office, and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will send you the event schedule on a regular basis. You let us know which events you can attend.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping, and reporting to, the Volunteer Co-ordinator and the Community Fundraisers.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role including erecting a gazebo.
  • Appropriate materials to assist with the event e.g. merchandise, leaflets
  • Regular updates on fresh information
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge and uniform.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity
  • A full character reference when required
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA
  • All reasonable expenses paid

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516  or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you:

Throughout the year we are invited to attend, and volunteer at various festivals around the county. We are looking for vibrant volunteers to join in the fun.

What will I be doing?

This all depends on the festival you attend as the tasks vary. At some festivals you will be helping on a HIOWAA stand to make money, at others you will be collecting donations, and at others you will be volunteering within the festival in return for a donation to the Charity

What skills and attributes do I need to have?

  • Friendly, outgoing, confident personality.
  • A relaxed but professional manner.
  • Flexible with times as the festival shifts are at a variety of times.
  • How much time do I need to commit?
  • That depends on the shift patterns. Shifts may vary from 4hours to all day.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping with, and reporting to the Community Fundraisers with support from the Volunteer Coordinator.

What support will I be given?

Full training on all aspects of this role, depending on the festival.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be a part of a dedicated team
  • All reasonable expenses paid
  • Access to the festival.

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance are lucky enough to be in invited to a number of events through out the year. Our Pod (a helicopter fuselage without the rotas, tail or skids) is in high demand at these events, and we would like to take it to more. We are looking for people who are able to tow the pod from its base at Thruxton Airfield to various events around the County, or from events to the base.

What will I be doing?

  • Collecting the pod (from the base at Thruxton or an event).
  • Towing the pod to an event or back to the airbase.
  • Parking and positioning the pod in the correct location.
  • Assisting with the set up of the pod where appropriate.

Additional Information

We are planning on having enough drivers to ensure that people only need to do the one trip (ie either collecting the pod from Thruxton and dropping it off to an event or collecting it and returning it to Thruxton)
All events will be within Hampshire or on the Isle of Wight.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • The correct driving licence that will allow you to tow a 1.28tonne fuselage (5.8m Long)
  • A vehicle that allows you to tow the pod. (We do have a transit van we can insure volunteers on but it is based in Southampton and often in use so it isn’t always convenient to use)
  • A knowledge of the geography of the County.
  • An email address and a mobile phone with hands free capability.
  • Your insurance company will need to be told of your involvement, as whilst the pod will be insured by HIOWAA, your vehicle will be covered by your insurance.

How much time do I need to commit?

The length of a return journey. We will contact you when there is an event that we need the pod to go to and you let the Volunteer Co-ordinator know if you can help, with either the drop off or the collection journey.

Who will report to?

You will be working with the Volunteer Co-ordinator and the Community Fundraisers.

What support will I be given?

  • Training on our pod and its workings
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA ID badge.
  • What benefits can I expect?
  • All reasonable expenses, including fuel, to be reimbursed.
  • A full character reference if required.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
  • HIOWAA Uniform and ID badge.

How do I apply?

Contact the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Kirsty Davies, or kirsty@hiowaa.org or 02380 743516

Why we need you:

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is still quite a young charity and therefore there are a number of contacts we need to establish. We are looking for volunteers to help us generate interest and relationships.

What will I be doing?

  • Calling various companies, including corporates and funeral directors, to discuss Charity of the Year leads
  • Promoting our Corporate Partner scheme
  • Keeping a diary of future contacts that need to be made.
  • Regularly updating the local Community Fundraisers regarding progress
  • Updating our database.

What skills and attributes do I need to have?

  • Friendly, outgoing personality with a confident but approachable manner.
  • Brilliant telephone manner.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Good record keeping skills.
  • Highly proficient IT skills.

How much time do I need to commit?

We would need you to visit the office on a regular basis during working hours. Other than that, there are no time restrictions and we can fit in with your other commitments.

Who will I report to?

You will be helping, and reporting to the Community Fundraisers with support from the Volunteer Coordinator.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role.
  • Full support from the Community Fundraisers and the Volunteer Coordinator

What benefits can I expect?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA
  • Regular updates on the relationships you start
  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity
  • A full character reference when required
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team
  • All reasonable expenses paid

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 33 33 77 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

Why we need you.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance recently launched a new Schools and Youth campaign,
Be a 999 Hero, designed to raise awareness of the charity and to help familiarise children with the basic life-saving skill of making a 999 call. To ensure that this message reaches as many young people as possible, we will be visiting primary schools, nurseries and youth groups throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. During our visit we will deliver a 30 minute interactive presentation for pupils in a class or assembly, which includes a surprise visit from one of our three mascots, take home goodies for children and a resources pack for teachers.

What will I be doing?

  • Attending Primary Schools and youth groups to deliver interactive presentations for 2 – 11 year olds.
  • Using our Be a 999 Hero resources and props to deliver presentation.
  • Managing the mascot at each presentation.
  • Promoting the Sky Hero’s 56 children’s
  • Representing HIOWAA and helping to spread this important message to children across the region.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • Some experience of interacting with children / young people.
  • Enthusiasm and energy.
  • The ability to be flexible, think on your feet and adapt to each situation.
  • The ability to be able to stand in front of a group and talk with confidence.
  • Outgoing, friendly and proactive character.
  • Good communication skills, particularly communicating with young people.
  • An email address.

How much time do I need to commit?

We fit ourselves around you. The presentations are booked through head office, and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will send you notifications on a regular basis. You then let us know which presentations you can do.

Who will report to?

You will be working with the Volunteer Co-ordinator and the School’s and Youth Co-ordinator.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role
  • Appropriate materials to assist with your presentation e.g. visual aids, props, costumes and mascot.
  • Regular updates on fresh information.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge and uniform.

What benefits can I expect?

  • All reasonable expenses, including fuel, to be reimbursed.
  • A full character reference if required.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
  • HIOWAA Uniform and ID badge.

How do I apply?

Contact the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on kirsty@hiowaa.org or 02380 743516 .

Why we need you:

We are lucky enough to be invited to talk to a variety of groups within the county. These talks help us raise the profile of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and therefore increase the amount of donations received. We are invited to a huge variety of groups, from Cubs and Brownies, to WI’s and Over 60’s groups, so each talk will be a unique experience.

What will I be doing?

  • Talking to groups, promoting the charity and the work we do.
  • Answering questions the group may have.
  • Collecting donations and speakers fees.
  • Promoting HIOWAA talks to other individuals and groups.
  • Recruiting other individuals to join the HIOWAA team.

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • The ability to be able to stand in front of a group and talk with confidence.
  • Outgoing, friendly and proactive character.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Being able to think on your feet.
  • An email address.

How much time do I need to commit?

We fit ourselves around you. The talks are booked through head office, and the Volunteer Co-ordinator will send you notifications about talks on a regular basis. You let us know which talks you can do.

Who will I report to?

You will be supporting, and reporting to, the Volunteer Co-ordinator.

What support will I be given?

  • Full training on all aspects of this role, including shadowing other speakers until you are fully trained.
  • Appropriate materials to assist with your talks e.g. visual aids, leaflets, Powerpoint presentation.
  • Regular updates on fresh information.
  • A dedicated Volunteer Co-ordinator will be available to give you support, advice and guidance.
  • A HIOWAA volunteer ID badge and uniform.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills and gain experience in a charity.
  • A full character reference when required.
  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dedicated team.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a vital difference to the work of HIOWAA.

How do I apply?

Contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Kirsty Davies, on 02380 743516 or at kirsty@hiowaa.org

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