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General Election Volunteers

Papworth Trust is a leading disability charity. Our vision is a world where disabled people are seen for what they can do, and our mission is for disabled people to have equality, choice and independence.
Papworth Everard, CB23 3RG
2-3 days per week
Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses

The Policy Team works to influence political decision-makers at a local, regional and national level. We are at the forefront of public affairs, policy development and research in the disability sector. Our in-house policy experts have a wide range of experience and expertise from Westminster through to Local Government meaning the Policy Team is a fun, fast-paced and dynamic team to work in.

The Prime Minister has called a snap General Election for Thursday 8th June 2017. Over the next few weeks the political parties will debate the most important issues affecting disabled people – from Brexit through to disability employment, housing and social care.

Papworth Trust is committed to ensuring that the voices of the 12.9 million disabled people in the UK are heard and that as many disabled people that we work with in the East of England are registered to vote and understand what the parties are saying on each of the issues that matter to most to them.

Over the next few weeks, the Policy Team will be on the road to meet our customers, host Q&As with local candidates, construct social media campaigns and support disabled people with any policy questions they have. We will also be working to influence parliamentary candidates so that they are committed to fighting for disabled people in Westminster.

Key Tasks

  • Help organise election roadshows, Q&As and Hustings in our centres across the East of England
  • Draft tweets and facebook posts
  • Monitor social media
  • Draft emails for internal comms to brief our staff on election manifesto commitments
  • Draft letters for candidates

Within this role you will be have:-

  • Excellent verbal and written skills with a keen eye for detail and accuracy
  • High level of organisational skills
  • Good knowledge of the national, regional and political offline and online media (including social media).
  • Have the ability to translate complex information for different audiences.
  • Have the ability to work under pressure and manage different priorities.

Benefit of Volunteering

  • Become part of a passionate and supportive team.
  • Help make a real difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people.
  • Gain new experiences and develop skills and confidence.
  • Meet new people.
  • Spend your time doing something that is worthwhile and rewarding
  • Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses
  • Certificated training provided to prepare you for your role
  • Day to day support from a designated member of staff
  • Have fun!

Volunteers will not be engaged in “Regulated Activity” as defined by Schedule 4 to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (as amended). This includes assisting people with personal or health care, and undertaking activities with children that are not supervised by staff.

How to apply

Please download and complete the Volunteer Application form and the Diversity and Equality form on this page.

Then email your forms to, or post them to: FREEPOST RRXK-CTTT-KELH, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Papworth Trust, Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, CB23 3RG

For more information please see our FAQs for volunteers or call the team on 01480 357 200.

If you would like this information in another format, please let us know.