Careers - Great Western Air Ambulance Charity


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Head of Communications & Marketing with Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Salary: £30,000 to £40,000 FTE
Hours: 28 - 35 hours per week
Location: Bristol, BS3 2JH

Passionate about communicating? Keen to engage local people with a fantastic cause?

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Head of Communications & Marketing. We need someone who will take our external communications to the next level, enabling us to engage with new audiences and fundraise more effectively. We’re looking for someone who is just as happy speaking to a former patient as they are drafting a new communications strategy or evaluating the success of a campaign.

We are a small, Bristol based charity, doing incredibly rewarding work. At GWAAC you see the outcomes of your work – meeting donors, former patients and their families, and working closely with the medical crew. Our team members have an impact across the whole charity, contributing to and celebrating all our successes. What we do is exciting and engages people, it’s visual, it’s time critical, it’s life-saving, and it affects over 1,800 patients a year.

2.1 million people rely on us to be there when they need us, bringing the skills, experience and equipment usually found in an Emergency Department, right to the scene of an accident or medical emergency. We provide this life-saving service across Bristol, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire, meaning that people you know have probably been affected by our service.

Join us, and make a difference.

Apply by sending a cover letter and CV (no more than 6 pages in total) to by 9am on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Interview date: 13th February 2020 

Why work for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity?

When you work for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, you feel part of something special. By the time you come into work in the morning, our crew may well have saved the life of someone you know, someone living in your local community.

From fundraisers to highly skilled paramedics and senior consultants, we are a team, working to save lives that would otherwise be lost. The job can be high pressure, but it is deeply satisfying, and every member of the team is committed to this service, and to saving as many lives as we can.

We pride ourselves on being an excellent employer – with only 16 employed staff we are small enough to feel like a family, but as we raise £3m a year to keep our service running, we are large enough to have a professional set-up and invest in our team members.

Although we think the biggest perk to working with us is knowing you are helping to save lives*, there are some other benefits for our employees:

25 days annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, plus a day off near your birthday and at Christmas (non-contractual)

A 35 hour working week, with the option to pick your working hours between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday

A friendly, open plan office with as much tea and coffee as you can drink *(we know what’s important)

Free car parking, and access to pool cars, courtesy of Smart Bristol, for work trips

Pension contributions of up to 4% of eligible earnings

Laptop and smart phone for relevant roles

The chance to go to new places, meet interesting people and have experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have!

Lottery Canvassers

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) is looking to expand the number of lottery canvassers in the region recruiting players for our highly successful weekly lottery.

there are vacancies for both part-time and full-time roles and any successful candidate will play a vital role as an ambassador of our charity. Your remit will be to engage with the public, either by canvassing door-to-door or by obtaining private site bookings, in the hope of getting people in the region to join our lottery for either £1 or £2 a week. You are free to choose your own hours of work and the regions within our boundaries that you recruit new members in, and most importantly you will be helping our fantastic charity generate some much-needed income.

The GWAAC weekly lottery is a vital source of revenue to the charity and we are aiming to expand our membership over the coming years. With all members joining by either direct debit or cheque payment, this regular income plays a vital part in keeping the charity flying. If the role is of interest to you, please contact Mark Harris on 0333 577 5707 or e-mail Tower Lotteries run and administrate the draw on behalf of GWAAC.

Volunteers - Join our Ground Crew!

We’re also always looking to welcome new volunteers to our team. It’s the local people who kindly give up some of their precious time who mean we are able to keep saving local lives. Everyone who works here at GWAAC is committed, enthusiastic and dedicated to keeping us flying. We enjoy what we do because it really makes a difference – and we would love to have you as part of our team. Whether you would like to help out in our offices, would like to volunteer at a fundraising event, or put on an event of your own, we would love to hear from you. Can you help us save lives?