Leading medical charity Action Research has created a new post designed to provide dedicated support to its thousands of volunteers.
Rebecca Dixon has been appointed National Volunteer Manager at the national charity committed to overcoming disease and disability.
Although Rebecca officially begins on June 17th the Charity has announced the news to coincide with the UK’s Volunteers’ Week (June 7-13), an awareness event which aims to recognise the valued support of volunteers.
Action Research’s Director of Fundraising Paul Tuohy said: ’A quarter of all our fundraising income, some £1.2million, is volunteer driven. We have never strategically recognised this through the support of a dedicated national post, and we’re delighted Rebecca is coming on board to take this commitment forward.’
Action Research, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has 240 active committees and more than 2,000 volunteers working hard to help the charity meet its fundraising targets.
Rebecca will be bringing to Action Research an impressive experience of working with volunteers. At her last post at The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, where she worked as a Volunteer Development Officer, she implemented the Millennium Volunteers project, a successful national programme of youth volunteering. Her role as Community Fundraising Manager at the NSPCC also saw her manage the Suffolk Gala Ball 2000, raising almost £40,000 for the Suffolk NSPCC Full Stop Appeal.
Speaking of her new challenge at Action Research Rebecca says: ‘Like many other charities, it’s dependent on volunteers for much of its income. And I’m looking forward to supporting the fundraising team by developing the strategy and resources to ensure that volunteers are recognised and supported in everything that they do.’
For further information and interviews, please contact Nicole Duckworth or Vicki Rayment in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403/404 Fax: 01403 210541, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers’ Week is an annual week celebrating volunteers and volunteering, now in its 18th year. www.volunteers.org.uk
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