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Volunteering opportunities

Become part of our events crew, share your professional expertise or sign up to become a Community Ambassador. If you don't see a role that fits your skills or motivations, let us know and we can discuss a unique opportunity for you.

Chair of the Board

We are looking for an exceptional individual to take on the role of Chair of JDRF for an initial three year term. You will be a proven leader with a varied career and wide ranging experience, with a keen interest in good governance and a real passion for delivering benefit to people with type 1 diabetes.

You will provide effective and authoritative leadership and direction to the Board and its committees enabling Directors to fulfil their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of JDRF. You will work in partnership with our award winning CEO to deliver ambitious strategic goals by acting as a sounding board for her and the senior management team in their delivery of operational plans.

You will also be an effective networker and be confident and proud of representing JDRF at high profile events.

A knowledge of type 1 diabetes would be an advantage.

Further information

Download the advert

Download the role description

For a full recruitment pack please contact Helen Pegg, Head of Governance Portfolio, at hpegg@jdrf.org.uk.

How to apply

If you would like to apply to be our next Chair please email the following to Helen at hpegg@jdrf.org.uk or send a hard copy to her at JDRF, 17/18 Angel Gate, City Road, London, EC1V 2PT.

  • Your Curriculum Vitae
  • A supporting statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the person specification, using examples where possible, plus information on what you would bring to the role and your motivation for applying.

Deadline: 10am Monday 25 April

Scientific Advisory Council Member

New exciting volunteering opportunity for:

  • A lay/non-scientific person diagnosed with type 1 as an adult (after the age of 18) and who is over the age of 25

to join JDRF UK Scientific Advisory Council.

The Council provides insightful, independent advice and critical opinion to JDRF, guiding JDRF’s research decisions, policies and position statements. Please look at the role descriptions for more details.

Non-scientific members’, healthcare professionals’ and researchers’ contributions are equally valued. Although we have three role descriptions reflecting the different expertise we hope each group will bring, the recruitment process will be the same for all.

We welcome members from all backgrounds, religions and gender identities as we aspire to have a council that reflects the diversity of the UK population. We will do our best to mitigate any barriers to joining the Scientific Advisory Council. Please do not hesitate to contact us at researchcommunications@jdrf.org.uk if you have any questions.

Please note that meetings and video conferences will require weekday daytime availability.

Lay member – Scientific Advisory Council member – volunteer role description

Deadline: Tuesday 28 June 2022.

Insight & Experience Panel

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Your voice matters! Volunteer and help shape our work to ensure it remains relevant to people living with type 1 diabetes.

There are a number of ways you can get involved as a member of JDRF’s Insight and Experience Panel. From reviewing content and policies, to taking part in the development of support services and innovative research projects, your feedback and involvement means a lot and will help make a big difference.

Sign up to be part of our Insight & Experience Panel

Event Crew

Our Event Crew is a team of volunteers working together at JDRF events to help all events run like clockwork and as a result raise the most awareness and funds for life-changing research that they can.

Events vary from large-scale outdoor events like marathons and JDRF One Walks, to indoor special events like fundraising galas and conferences. Each event is different, but the type of roles you can expect to be involved in are:

  • Cheer zones – making lots of noise for JDRF to motivate participants
  • Welcome & Check In desk
  • Coordinating refreshments
  • Representing JDRF at information stands, e.g. handing out leaflets

If you’re friendly, enthusiastic, organised and want to be part of a flexible and lively team, this could be perfect for you.

Download the Event Crew role description.

Sign up to our Event Crew

Community Ambassadors

A volunteer at an information stand

JDRF Community Ambassadors visit local clinics and healthcare teams to talk about JDRF and our work. This role, therefore, helps healthcare professionals to become better equipped to support their patients with type 1.

As a result, people with type 1 who are unfamiliar with JDRF are introduced to us. Through ongoing relationships many of those people decide to get involved and support JDRF through fundraising activities to help fund research to treat, prevent and cure type 1 more quickly. In this role you will:

  • Visiting clinics to introduce JDRF and sign them up to receive our resources
  • Updating the JDRF Community Engagement Co-ordinator on progress

You will receive an induction to JDRF and the Community Ambassador role. As part of your training you will receive information about our resources and examples of our information packs so you’ll feel confident to share this with healthcare teams.

Please note that the Community Ambassador role requires weekday daytime availability. 

Locations currently recruiting for:

  • Hull/Grimsby
  • Huddersfield/Halifax
  • Northern Ireland (all regions)
  • Durham
  • Newcastle
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Midlands
  • Wales
  • South West
  • South East
  • London
  • East of England

Download the Community Ambassador role description.

Sign up to be a Community Ambassador

Office support

Office volunteers

Office support roles can involve a regular commitment or volunteering on a one-off project and include:

  • Fundraising support – work with our fundraising team, helping with administrative tasks, fulfilling mailings to fundraisers, creating information resources or updating our database.
  • T1 Speaker programme research – support us to reach as many organisations as possible to tell them about our work by researching opportunities for speaker visits.

Volunteering in our offices is a chance to use your existing skills, learn new ones and be part of our dedicated team working together to fund the cure for type 1.

Opportunities for office support volunteers are mostly in London, but occasionally we have some roles available in our regional offices in Birmingham and Leeds.

Sign up to be an office volunteer

Share a skill

A photographer

Do you have a skill that could help us or do you work for a company that can support us with pro bono work?

We’re a rapidly growing organisation which means that we sometimes need to tap into the expertise of professions beyond our usual remit.

This could be anything from agency/consultancy support to a professional photographer to capture an event or the loan of a company’s meeting room.

We have a skills bank which you can register your skills on, these could include:

  • Graphic design
  • Photography
  • Filmmaking
  • Photo and video editing
  • Youth sports coaching
  • Children’s entertainment
  • Public speaking

Please let us know if you have a skill not listed as we would still appreciate your support. Contact our volunteering team by emailing volunteering@jdrf.org.uk

Sign up to share a skill