Quick Response Memorial Woodland

Volunteer Opportunity - QRMW Part-time Administrator

The Charity

The Quick Response Memorial Woodland (QRMW) is a small, Surrey-based charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers with the aim of assisting ex-servicemen who are in need of immediate assistance - they may be homeless, destitute; and unable to pay a bill that will keep him in his home, feed his family or assist with other essential expenses at a time when they are desperate.  Thereafter, QRMW helps them get in touch with larger charities such as SAFFA to obtain long-term help they require.

The Charity also provides a unique facility of having the Memorial Woodland as a place of reflection and remembrance for the families/friends of former service personnel.  Located at Holmbury St Mary near Dorking in Surrey, it was purchased by the Founder and Chair, Paul ‘the Hat’ Cooling, from his own funds but created by many ex-servicemen who volunteered their time to make the woodland a place of reflection that it is today.   It is their way of showing support for our troops, sharing the sense of loss, helping those suffering from the trauma to gain solace from the tranquillity of the place. 

As words about QRMW’s charitable work spread, requests for assistance and visits to the woodland have since increased.  For those who would like to volunteer, the QRMW now needs extra hands to help run its various activities.

The Role

QRMW would like to invite volunteers to give a few hours a week of their time to help the Charity Secretary with the day-to-day administration of the charity.  Some of the duties include:

  • Answer phone calls, respond to emails, and general enquiries
  • Assist with correspondences and keeping files up-to-date
  • Assist with enquiries about merchandise sales, parcelling and posting
  • Assist with the organisation of fund-raising events (e.g. Remembrance Service and Christmas in the Woodland)
  • Update the events calendar

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for volunteers with friendly personality, good communication skills and passionate about helping ex-servicemen. The role is suitable for anyone reasonably efficient in the use computer (i.e. word processing and email), committed, organised, and with a genuine desire to be involved in a Charity for ex-forces and help it run efficiently within the guidelines of the Charities Commission.

The successful volunteers will have the chance to gain significant experience and opportunity to meet a wide range of people.  By helping the people who needed the most, they can make a real difference and achieve a true sense of fulfilment. Hours and Hours & location

We require around 6 hours of volunteering work per week to help us run the administrative side of the charity.  Tasks can be done by a single volunteer or can be split between two volunteers.  Having personal transport or access to vehicle is desirable.  The use of a telephone and a computer is essential.

The admin work will be mainly based in Woking (GU22 9PP) to start with.  The possibility of some work to be undertaken at home can be discussed and agreed with the Charity Secretary, at a later date.

15 November 2018