Who We Are
AIMS is a small charity that supports people to navigate the maternity services. We provide information and a helpline, and campaign for a system that works for all, by lobbying at a national level for the improvements needed. We are a volunteer-led organisation which emerged from the vision of Sally Willington over 60 years ago. Today AIMS is a registered charity. You can find out more about AIMS by visiting our website.
We are looking for trustees and a chair or two co-chairs of trustees who can lead with confidence and humility, sharing the commitment of AIMS to improve maternity services for all in the UK. We’re seeking trustees who will help oversee the development of AIMS and have a passion for helping us make change happen.
This is a voluntary role, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. You can find out more about the role of a trustee here. Training will be given and trustees are supported by AIMS’ volunteer management team. Online attendance is required at 10 trustee meetings per year, and an in person away day and AGM. Trustee duties normally take 5-10 hours a month and the chair of trustees role would be a flexible commitment equivalent to 1 day per week.
The AIMS Constitution states that an AIMS trustee may not be “a qualified member of any medical profession including doctor, midwife, nurse or health visitor”.
If you are interested in learning more about the chair of trustee role, you can view a short role description here.
Who We’re Looking For
You don’t need to already work in the ‘birth world’, but need to be able to demonstrate a commitment to the AIMS mission and ethos.
We are looking for trustees with experience in any of the transferable skills below:
Digital strategy and leadership
Developing commercial/traded income streams
IT expertise and cybersecurity
We are also interested in hearing from people who identify with any of the following:
Like to focus on specific targets
Think about the impact on people, including staff and volunteers as stakeholders
Are good at methodically following a plan
We value diversity and recognise that good leadership benefits from the diversity of lived experience. We warmly encourage expressions of interest from global majority members, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and neurodiverse people. If any of the above sounds like you, or you would like to learn more about the trustee or chair of trustee role, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
AIMS urgently needs more volunteers to create eye-catching images for our Social Media posts to support our campaigning, promote AIMS resources and build awareness of AIMS.
Our Social Media volunteers create images and captions to go with text supplied by other volunteer teams, manage the approvals process and schedule posts across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In. Training will be provided, but design skills, use of Canva, familiarity with various social media platforms and the use of spreadsheets for work planning would be helpful.
Time commitment required: at least two to three hours per week. If you are interested please email email@example.com .
AIMS is a small, volunteer-led, UK-based charity, which supports all maternity service users to navigate the system as it exists, and campaigns for a system which truly meets the needs of all. We currently rely mainly on income from membership subscriptions and sales of our publications. We would like to be able to explore additional sources of income which would enable us to extend the reach of our support and campaigning work.
AIMS is therefore seeking help from an experienced fundraiser or organisation to assist us in developing our fundraising strategy, and in identifying and accessing sources of funding, including grant-funding, to support our charitable work. This may include short to medium-term funding for key posts in the organisation, and funding for initiatives such as improving the accessibility of our information resources to diverse communities.
If you think you could help us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always looking for writers with knowledge of maternity issues to write Birth Information pages, articles or reviews for our online Journal and AIMS books. AIMS wants to provide all maternity service users and those who support them with high quality, unbiased, evidence-based information. If you would like to be a part of this, we would love to hear from you.
Are you having a career break? Are you looking for a career change?
Have you thought of volunteering to fill in those gaps in your CV?
In short, it is a vital addition to any CV.
As well as supporting you and giving you training where needed, we can organise the opportunity as a project with timescales and an end date together with providing a testimonial or reference at the end of it, if that would be of help to you.
More information about volunteering with AIMS can be found here and there will be an opportunity for you to help in some way regardless of your skills and experience, and the amount of time you have to volunteer.
Most of the work of AIMS is carried out by our Volunteers, but from time to time we employ contractors. This happens if we do not have a Volunteer available who has both the time and the specialist skills we need.
We employ a part-time office manager to help support the work of our Volunteers, and we use contractors for a variety of other work.
For long term paid roles, such as Journal Editors and Office Manager we advertise; and carry out an interview and selection process.
For short term contract opportunities we may reach out to those we know can provide a service.
If you are able to offer any of the services listed below, and would like to be considered for contract work with AIMS, please send your details to email@example.com
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