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Policy Officer Volunteer

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to be a part of our thriving Policy and Involvement team.
Papworth Everard, CB23 3RG
Flexible, preferably 3 days a week to be agreed
Reasonble expenses, agreed in advance will be reimbursed

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.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to be a part of our thriving Policy and Involvement team. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual who wants to begin a career within policy and/or the charity sector.


The Volunteer in this role will be incorporated in the Policy and Involvement team, shadowing and supporting the team to deliver new projects and policy documents. You will become an important part in the projects development.


Description of internship and possible tasks :

During your time on as a Policy Officer, you will be introduced to a variety of projects and tasks that will truly make a difference to the lives of people living with a disability.

This role revolves mainly around research, which will suit an individual who has a passion for politics.

Due to the nature of the project, the individual will need to liaise with various departments within our head office. They will also need to be confident in engaging with politicians and academics to gain appropriate research.

You may be asked to help contribute to the writing of the projects final report, contributing your findings and thoughts. You may be asked to help prepare briefs and write follow ups to meetings. Part of the role will be to deliver exceptional administration assistant to the team, ensuring all colleagues are aware of upcoming events, policies and news.

Other projects you may be tasked with include;

  • Drafting ministerial and parliamentary correspondence
  • Monitoring the media, noting any news-worthy releases
  • Drafting briefing notes on detailed national reports and publications from bodies such as parliamentary Select Committees and leading organisations such as NHS England.
  • Drafting internal communications
  • Compiling contact lists, essential to the development of projects
  • Creating and maintain databases
  • Communicating with other departments to develop projects and initiatives
  • Researching political parties and their policies

Skills, qualities and qualifications required :

  • Undergraduate or graduate is desirable. Ideally, applicants who have studied or are studying either politics, social or public relations would be most suited to this role
  • Education or background in politics or sociology is desirable, but not essential
  • Excellent editorial judgement
  • Ability to identify news-worthy material
  • Organised, ability to work to deadline and manage own time
  • Able to work within a busy, fast-paced, team in an office environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail
  • Confident in speaking with others, via telephone and face to face
  • Competent in using Microsoft office and databases

What will you gain

This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual to develop their skills in a variety of fields.

During your placement you will develop and gain the following skills and knowledge;

  • Thorough understanding of one of important topical issues in 2017
  • Development of your current research skills
  • You will gain valuable insight into political research
  • Develop your report writing, able to use your research results to produce concise report
  • Gain knowledge of political policies and their impacts on disability
  • Develop your writing and administration skills

To apply for this Voluntary Summer role, please complete the attached application form and send it to  Alternatively, please call the Volunteering Team on 01480 357200.