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About Us

The National Lottery Community Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by players of The National Lottery to communities across the UK.

At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone and we’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities and community groups.

We support a wide range of projects with grants ranging from as little as £500 to multi-million-pound programmes.

Last year alone we gave out over half a billion pounds (£588.2 million) of National Lottery funding to over 14,000 community projects across the UK, enabling even more people and communities to bring their ideas and ambitions to life. Over eight in ten (83%) of our grants were for less than £10k, going to grassroots groups and charities.

We are here to support people and communities through bad times as well as good – and that has never been so important as this year. Thanks to National Lottery players, we’ve been able to respond quickly and positively to communities working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Their efforts have been humbling and inspiring and we’re delighted to have been able to help by distributing over £400 million pounds in National Lottery funding alone across the UK since the first lockdown began in March 2020.

About the Role

Over a third of our funding goes to the smallest of grassroots groups, right up to large UK-wide charities to ensure children and young people thrive. We strongly believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive and so plan to recruit teams of young people across our country portfolios following the success of YPIL England throughout 2021.

It is through the Young People in the Lead advisory panels for each country, we aim to meet the issues young people and their communities are facing head on, with the aim of steering significant and positive change in communities. We therefore have big plans for youth voice within our work which this role will help us to achieve. 

This exciting new role will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to assist on the development and delivery of the Fund’s objective to put young people in the lead. This will involve:

  • Assisting the programme team, supporting on driving activity forward, working collaboratively across the organisation with funding, data, learning and engagement colleagues.
  • A commitment to learning and improvement, and the development of a long-term strategy that enables young people and communities to thrive.
  • Representing the Fund, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders across charities, funders, internal stakeholders and government.
  • As an apprentice, you’ll play an important role in the delivery of our strategic objectives while being given the opportunity to gain experience in a challenging and interesting environment.

    Your success in this role will be dependent on building strong relationships in the local community, as well as supporting and mentoring young people through their involvement with the Fund.

    Of course, you’ll also need to work within the Fund’s policies and procedures and the necessary legislation, and in a way that is in line with our vision and principles.

    Contract Type: 12 months Fixed Term Contract

    Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

    Interview Date: TBC 

    Essential Criteria

  • A passion for working with and putting young people in the lead
  • Good communication skills with a range of people including young people, staff, and organisations
  • Knowledge of multiple IT Packages
  • Ability to support/mentor young people throughout their experience at the Fund
  • Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of arranging meetings and events
  • Knowledge of issues and policies affecting young people
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    For You

    We seek to develop our staff and offer a wide range of personal development opportunities.

    We offer a wide range of generous benefits including:

  • Generous annual leave and company pension scheme
  • Flexible working to support staff with their work/life balance, taking into account things such as caring responsibilities, worship and attendance at religious festivals
  • Enhanced paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Season ticket and cycle to work loans
  • Paid volunteering leave
  • Equal Opportunities

    We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. As such we particularly welcome applications from people with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBTQ+ and from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds.

    Equality, diversity and inclusion in our grant-making, and amongst our people, are all vital to our success in supporting people and communities to thrive. We believe our people should represent the communities, organisations and individuals we work with. We are committed to being an inclusive and great place to work, and recognise our people come from diverse backgrounds. We are a Disability Confident employer and positively welcome applications from disabled people.

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