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Job Vacancies

It’s a really exciting time to join our amazing team at Gympanzees! We would love to hear from you if any of our vacancies sound like a great match to your skills and experience. We also offer volunteering opportunities please contact us for details.

Job Title: Senior Fundraising Manager : Trusts and Statutory

Location: Hybrid (Monday & Wednesday office days). Happy to discuss other working options.

Role Type: 24-month fixed term contract with possibility of extension, 37.5hrs pw preferred, but would consider 30hrs pw

Salary: £40,000  

Start date: ASAP 

Context and background:

There are 1.5 million children and young people with a disability (CYPD) in the UK. Over three quarters cannot access regular leisure facilities which massively impacts their health and well-being. Furthermore, the impact of living with a disability can have a significant impact on the wider family, with over 72% of parents reporting mental health challenges and over two thirds saying they feel isolated some or all of the time.

Gympanzees’ mission is simple. We want all children and young people living with a disability to have access to high-quality, fully inclusive leisure facilities so that they can enjoy fun, fitness, and friendships and support their families out of isolation.

Sounds simple, but it’s a huge task. There is nowhere in the UK like this. Anywhere. At all. But we’re changing that, and we want you to join us!

Since 2018 we’ve been hosting Pop Up’s during easter and summer months, across Bristol, in various special schools which has seen us welcome over 23,500 visitors. Each one has helped hone and improve our delivery model, and longer-term plans. These Pop Ups have seen some incredible firsts, including:

  • A 6 year old taking their first steps
  • A 12 year old sleeping through the night for the first time
  • A 3 year old having his first laugh
  • An 8 year old rolling over for the first time

Families have travelled from all over the country to enjoy the Pop Ups, some covering 6- hour journeys just for their afternoon of fun!

During COVID we quickly adapted our offer to include a Lending Library which continues to this day, offering nearly 300 items of specialist equipment, free of charge.

In 2023 we purchased a new site to develop into a permanent home which will open in summer 2026. Redevelopment is underway, and so too is an £8 million campaign to support this extraordinary project.

This will be a game changer for the children and families we support. Truly transformational and life changing. Want to be part of it?

Where you’d fit in Gympanzees is a growing team which currently consists of 16. The fundraising team consists of 6 people. This role is a crucial member of the fundraising team and will be delivering on a vital income stream that is both financially and strategically significant for the capital project.

Job Description:

As the Senior Fundraising Manager for Trusts and Statutory, you will play a pivotal role in securing vital income from across these funding streams, whilst leading a small team to maximise their own fundraising efforts from similar sources.

This position is ideal for someone with proven experience in researching and crafting successful grant applications from both traditional grants as well as local and national statutory source. It will especially appeal to those with capital campaign experience but is not a pre-requisite.

You’ll be tasked with distilling complex information into compelling narratives that effectively convey our mission and objectives while aligning with grant requirements. Excellent copywriting skills are essential, as you’ll need to create engaging and informative content that tells our story authentically and passionately.

Your approach will be highly organised and methodical to ensure accuracy and compliance with grant briefs. Reporting to the Director of Fundraising, you’ll collaborate closely with a high-level fundraising team to maximize funding opportunities and drive positive impact. Additionally, you shall line manager the Trust and Foundations Manager.

At Gympanzees, we offer a working environment that enables everyone to perform their best with flexible hours and remote working options to suit your home life. The role is hybrid with time split between our office at Aust and home working. We are open to discussing working patterns that work best for you whilst keen for you to be an active team member.

Main Responsibilities: 

Include but are not limited to.

  1. Grant identification and Research: Conduct thorough research to identify potential grant and statutory funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and other sources aligned with Gympanzees’ mission and projects.
  2. Grant Proposal Development: Lead the development of compelling grant proposals, including conducting needs assessments, defining project objectives, outlining budgets, and articulating impact metrics.
  3. Grant Application Process: Manage the end-to-end grant application process, including drafting, editing, and submitting grant proposals within deadlines, and ensuring compliance with funder requirements.
  4. Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and potential funders, including government agencies, philanthropic organizations, and corporate partners, to enhance funding prospects and collaboration opportunities.
  5. Budgeting and Financial Management: Collaborate with the finance team to develop project budgets, monitor spending against grants, and ensure accurate financial reporting to funders.
  6. Grant Compliance: Ensure compliance with grant agreements, reporting requirements, and regulatory guidelines, and coordinate with relevant stakeholders to fulfill reporting obligations.
  7. Grant Performance Monitoring: Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of grant-funded projects, collecting and analyzing data to assess outcomes and inform future funding strategies.
  8. Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with program managers, finance staff, and other team members to align funding strategies with organizational priorities and project needs.
  9. Knowledge Sharing: Stay informed about trends and best practices in grant funding and statutory funding opportunities relevant to Gympanzees’ mission and share insights with the team.
  10. Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for process improvements and capacity-building initiatives to enhance the organization’s grant-seeking efforts and overall fundraising strategy.

Management of Grants and Trust Officer and grants consultants that we are working with.

Skills you’ll need:

  1. Proven experience in grant writing, fundraising, or development, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  2. Strong understanding of grant funding mechanisms, including government, foundation, and statutory funding programs.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to craft persuasive grant proposals and communicate complex ideas effectively.
  4. Exceptional organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines under pressure when needed.
  5. Financial acumen, including budget development, financial reporting, and grant compliance.
  6. Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a results-oriented approach to achieving funding targets.
  7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and grant management software platforms.
  8. Collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  9. Passion for Gympanzees’ mission to be the first leisure centre of its kind in the UK.

What’s in it for you:

At Gympanzees we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Our mission is to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our community and its employees. We are a hugely passionate and driven team; our jobs are more than work. As a small team, every opinion is valued, and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be.

We offer 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), increasing 1 day each year you are part of the team, up to 30 days. In addition, everyone is given their birthday off.

We also offer a healthcare plan that you can use to reclaim cash against Dental appointments and treatment, Opticians, Therapy and Specialist Consultations.

Employee Assistance Programme.

Training opportunities.

Sick pay.

NEST pension.

Gympanzees is committed to promoting diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups (e.g., Disabled people, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people). As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee an interview to all applicants who meet our essential criteria.

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role, linking your experience to those listed above. We are also happy to accept your cover letter in video format.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview. If successful, you will be asked to provide the names of two referees who have known you for at least two years preferably in a professional context. This can include employers, colleagues, teachers, tutors, support workers, community leaders, a child’s teacher, or a member of a hobby or exercise group you belong to.

Our commitment to safeguarding;

At Gympanzees, we take very seriously our responsibilities for the safety and welfare of the people who use our services, our volunteers, staff, and the organisation as a whole.

All applicants successful at the interview will be asked to disclose unspent convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013).

If you would like this document in any other format or if you are experiencing difficulties applying, please get in touch by email, phone or in writing.

For more information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Jack Lewis on 07821 435 612 or email jack@gympanzees.org

Address: Gympanzees, Brightside Park, Aust, BS35 4BL

Job Title: Networking and Events Fundraiser

Location: Hybrid (Working between home and in the office, with the team). Happy to discuss other working options. Flexibility to attend networking events, meetings, and activities outside of regular business hours as needed.

Role Type: 24-month fixed term contract with possibility of extension, 18.75 hours pw

Salary: £17,500 (£35,000 FTE)

Start date: June 2024

Job description:

Gympanzees is a multi-award-winning Bristol-based charity. Our mission is to ensure all children and young people with a disability have access to regular exercise, play and friendship. We aim to open multiple exercise and play facilities around the country – the first of which will be in Bristol. This is an exciting time to join an ambitious team who will raise funds for the UK’s first centre of its kind.

Gympanzees is seeking a dedicated and resourceful Networking Fundraiser to join our team. This role is pivotal in expanding our network of supporters, donors, and partners to generate crucial funds in support of our mission. The ideal candidate will excel in building relationships, leveraging connections, and fostering collaborations with individuals and organisations passionate about promoting Gympanzees. This position offers an exciting opportunity to play a key role in driving fundraising efforts through strategic networking initiatives.

At Gympanzees, we offer a working environment that enables everyone to perform their best with flexible hours and remote working options to suit your home life. The role is hybrid with time split between our office at Aust and home working. We are open to discussing working patterns that work best for you whilst keen for you to be an active team member.

Main Responsibilities – include but are not limited to:

  • Networking and Relationship Building: Proactively identify and engage potential donors, sponsors, and partners through networking events, conferences, meetings, and outreach activities.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and prospective donors, sponsors, and community leaders, effectively communicating Gympanzees’ mission, impact, and funding needs.
  • Donor Cultivation: Develop and implement personalised strategies to steward donors, including regular communication, donor recognition, and engagement opportunities tailored to their interests and preferences.
  • Partnership Development: Collaborate with businesses, foundations, community groups, and other stakeholders to establish strategic partnerships, sponsorship opportunities, and cause-related marketing initiatives.
  • Fundraising Campaigns: Support the development and execution of fundraising campaigns, including major gifts, corporate giving, and peer-to-peer fundraising initiatives, leveraging networking connections to expand donor participation and reach fundraising goals.
  • Event Support: Assist in the planning and execution of fundraising events, providing networking support to secure sponsorships, donations, and attendance, and actively engaging attendees to cultivate relationships and drive fundraising results.
  • Prospect Research: Conduct research to identify potential donors, sponsors, and funding opportunities, analyzing donor interests, capacity, and giving history to inform cultivation strategies and prioritize outreach efforts.
  • Data Management: Maintain accurate and up-to-date records of donor interactions, communications, and contributions using CRM software, and generate reports to track fundraising progress and measure the effectiveness of networking efforts.
  • Collaborative Approach: Work collaboratively with the fundraising team, marketing department, program staff, and executive leadership to align networking activities with organisational priorities, fundraising goals, and strategic initiatives.
  • Continuous Learning: Stay informed about trends, best practices, and emerging opportunities in fundraising and networking, seeking professional development opportunities to enhance skills and knowledge in the field.

Skills you’ll need:

  • Proven experience in networking, relationship building, or fundraising, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire diverse audiences and articulate Gympanzees’ mission and impact persuasively.
  • Excellent networking abilities, with a natural aptitude for connecting with people, building rapport, and cultivating meaningful relationships.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to identify and pursue networking opportunities aligned with fundraising goals and organisational priorities.
  • Highly organised and detail-oriented, with the ability to manage multiple relationships and initiatives simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, CRM software, and social media platforms.
  • Flexibility to attend networking events, meetings, and activities outside of regular business hours as needed.
  • Passion for Gympanzees’ mission to become the first leisure centre of its kind in the UK.

What’s in it for you:

At Gympanzees we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Our mission is to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our community and its employees. We are a hugely passionate and driven team; our jobs are more than work. As a small team, every opinion is valued, and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be.

We offer 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), increasing 1 day each year you are part of the team, up to 30 days. In addition, everyone is given their birthday off.

We also offer a healthcare plan that you can use to reclaim cash against Dental appointments and treatment, Opticians, Therapy and Specialist Consultations.

Employee Assistance Programme.

Training opportunities.

Sick pay.

NEST pension.

Gympanzees is committed to promoting diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups (e.g., Disabled people, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people). As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee an interview to all applicants who meet our essential criteria.

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role. We are also happy to accept your cover letter in video format.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview. If successful, you will be asked to provide the names of two referees who have known you for at least two years preferably in a professional context. This can include employers, colleagues, teachers, tutors, support workers, community leaders, a child’s teacher, or a member of a hobby or exercise group you belong to.

Our commitment to safeguarding

At Gympanzees, we take very seriously our responsibilities for the safety and welfare of the people who use our services, our volunteers, staff, and the organisation as a whole.

All applicants successful at the interview will be asked to disclose unspent convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013).

If you would like this document in any other format or if you are experiencing difficulties applying, please get in touch by email, phone or in writing.

Email: info@gympanzees.org Tel: 07551 615969

Address: Gympanzees, Brightside Park, Aust, BS35 4BL

Job Title: Grants and Statutory Funding Manager

Location: Hybrid (Working between home and in the office, with the team). Happy to discuss other working options.

Role Type: 24-month fixed term contract with possibility of extension, 37.5hrs pw or would consider 30hrs pw

Salary: £40,000

Start date: June 2024

Job description:

Gympanzees is a multi-award-winning Bristol-based charity. Our mission is to ensure all children and young people with a disability have access to regular exercise, play and friendship. We aim to open multiple exercise and play facilities around the country – the first of which will be in Bristol. This is an exciting time to join an ambitious team who will raise funds for the UK’s first centre of its kind.

As the Grants and Statutory Funding Manager, you will be pivotal in securing appropriate grants to meet our annual grant income target at Gympanzees. This position is ideal for someone with proven experience in researching and crafting successful grant applications. You’ll be tasked with distilling complex information into compelling narratives that effectively convey our mission and objectives while aligning with grant requirements. Excellent copywriting skills are essential, as you’ll need to create engaging and informative content that tells our story authentically. Your approach will be highly organised and methodical to ensure accuracy and compliance with grant briefs. Reporting to the Head of Philanthropy, you’ll collaborate closely with a high-level fundraising team to maximize funding opportunities and drive positive impact.

At Gympanzees, we offer a working environment that enables everyone to perform their best with flexible hours and remote working options to suit your home life. The role is hybrid with time split between our office at Aust and home working. We are open to discussing working patterns that work best for you whilst keen for you to be an active team member.

Main Responsibilities – include but are not limited to:

  • Grant Identification and Research: Conduct thorough research to identify potential grant and statutory funding opportunities from government agencies, foundations, corporations, and other sources aligned with Gympanzees’ mission and projects
  • Grant Proposal Development: Lead the development of compelling grant proposals, including conducting needs assessments, defining project objectives, outlining budgets, and articulating impact metrics
  • Grant Application Process: Manage the end-to-end grant application process, including drafting, editing, and submitting grant proposals within deadlines, and ensuring compliance with funder requirements.
  • Relationship Management: Cultivate and maintain relationships with existing and potential funders, including government agencies, philanthropic organisations, and corporate partners, to enhance funding prospects and collaboration opportunities.
  • Budgeting and Financial Management: Collaborate with the finance team to develop project budgets, monitor spending against grants, and ensure accurate financial reporting to funders.
  • Grant Compliance: Ensure compliance with grant agreements, reporting requirements, and regulatory guidelines, and coordinate with relevant stakeholders to fulfill reporting obligations.
  • Grant Performance Monitoring: Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of grant-funded projects, collecting and analysing data to assess outcomes and inform future funding strategies.
  • Cross-functional Collaboration: Work closely with program managers, finance staff, and other team members to align funding strategies with organisational priorities and project needs.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Stay informed about trends and best practices in grant funding and statutory funding opportunities relevant to Gympanzees’ mission, and share insights with the team.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identify opportunities for process improvements and capacity-building initiatives to enhance the organisation’s grant-seeking efforts and overall fundraising strategy.
  • Management of Grants and Trust Officer and grants consultants that we are working with.

Skills you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as nonprofit management, business administration, or public policy. Advanced degrees or relevant certifications are a plus.
  • Proven experience in grant writing, fundraising, or development, preferably in the nonprofit sector.
  • Strong understanding of grant funding mechanisms, including government, foundation, and statutory funding programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to craft persuasive grant proposals and communicate complex ideas effectively.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines under pressure when needed.
  • Financial acumen, including budget development, financial reporting, and grant compliance.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a results-oriented approach to achieving funding targets and programmatic goals.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and grant management software platforms.
  • Collaborative mindset and ability to work effectively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Passion for Gympanzees’ mission t be the first leisure centre of its kind in the UK.

What’s in it for you:

At Gympanzees we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Our mission is to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our community and its employees. We are a hugely passionate and driven team; our jobs are more than work. As a small team, every opinion is valued, and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be.

We offer 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), increasing 1 day each year you are part of the team, up to 30 days. In addition, everyone is given their birthday off.

We also offer a healthcare plan that you can use to reclaim cash against Dental appointments and treatment, Opticians, Therapy and Specialist Consultations.

Employee Assistance Programme.

Training opportunities.

Sick pay.

NEST pension.

Gympanzees is committed to promoting diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups (e.g., Disabled people, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people). As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee an interview to all applicants who meet our essential criteria.

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role. We are also happy to accept your cover letter in video format.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview. If successful, you will be asked to provide the names of two referees who have known you for at least two years preferably in a professional context. This can include employers, colleagues, teachers, tutors, support workers, community leaders, a child’s teacher, or a member of a hobby or exercise group you belong to.

Our commitment to safeguarding

At Gympanzees, we take very seriously our responsibilities for the safety and welfare of the people who use our services, our volunteers, staff, and the organisation as a whole.

All applicants successful at the interview will be asked to disclose unspent convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013).

If you would like this document in any other format or if you are experiencing difficulties applying, please get in touch by email, phone or in writing.

Email: info@gympanzees.org Tel: 07551 615969

Address: Gympanzees, Brightside Park, Aust, BS35 4BL

Job Title: Executive Secretary

Location: Hybrid (Working between home and in the office, with the team). Happy to discuss other working options.

Role Type: 24-month fixed term contract with possibility of extension, 37.5hrs pw preferred but would consider reduced hours for the right candidate.

Salary: £28,000

Start date: May 2024

Job description:

Gympanzees is a multi-award-winning Bristol-based charity. Our mission is to ensure all children and young people with a disability have access to regular exercise, play and friendship. We aim to open multiple exercise and play facilities around the country – the first of which will be in Bristol. This is an exciting time to join an ambitious team who will raise funds for the UK’s first centre of its kind.

We are seeking a competent and organised Secretary to join our team. As a Secretary, you will provide administrative support and ensure smooth communication within the charity. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organisational skills, attention to detail, and proficiency in office software applications. If you’re passionate about contributing to a dynamic and innovative Charity committed to opening the UK’s first leisure centre for children and young people with disabilities, this role offers an exciting opportunity to make a difference.

At Gympanzees, we offer a working environment that enables everyone to perform their best with flexible hours and remote working options to suit your home life. The role is hybrid with time split between our office at Aust and home working. We are open to discussing working patterns that work best for you whilst keen for you to be an active team member.

Main Responsibilities – include but are not limited to:

  • Administrative Support: Provide administrative assistance to the management team, including scheduling appointments, managing calendars, and organising meetings.
  • Communication Management: Handle incoming calls, emails, and other correspondence, and ensure timely and appropriate responses.
  • Document Management: Maintain and organise physical and electronic files, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality.
  • Client Interaction: Greet visitors, members, and clients, and provide them with necessary information or assistance.
  • Data Entry: Input and update information into databases and spreadsheets accurately and efficiently.
  • Office Organisation: Maintain a tidy and organised office space, including ordering supplies and managing inventory.
  • Event Coordination: Assist in the planning and coordinating of events, workshops, and programs hosted by Gympanzees.
  • Team Collaboration: Collaborate with other team members to ensure smooth operations and effective communication across departments.
  • Record Keeping: Maintain records of expenses, invoices, and other financial documents, and assist in basic bookkeeping tasks.
  • Adherence to Policies: Ensure compliance with organisational policies, procedures, and regulations.

Skills you’ll need:

  • Proven experience as a secretary, administrative assistant, or similar role.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and other office software.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritise tasks effectively.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in all tasks.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities and responsibilities.
  • Friendly and professional demeanor, with a customer service-oriented approach

What’s in it for you:

At Gympanzees we strive to create a workplace that reflects the communities we serve and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. Our mission is to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our community and its employees. We are a hugely passionate and driven team; our jobs are more than work. As a small team, every opinion is valued, and we encourage risk and learning to make us as good as we can be.

We offer 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays), increasing 1 day each year you are part of the team, up to 30 days. In addition, everyone is given their birthday off.

We also offer a healthcare plan that you can use to reclaim cash against Dental appointments and treatment, Opticians, Therapy and Specialist Consultations.

Employee Assistance Programme.

Training opportunities.

Sick pay.

NEST pension.

Gympanzees is committed to promoting diversity and encourages applications from underrepresented groups (e.g., Disabled people, people from ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ people). As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee an interview to all applicants who meet our essential criteria.

To apply, please send a short covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role. We are also happy to accept your cover letter in video format.

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview. If successful, you will be asked to provide the names of two referees who have known you for at least two years preferably in a professional context. This can include employers, colleagues, teachers, tutors, support workers, community leaders, a child’s teacher, or a member of a hobby or exercise group you belong to.

Our commitment to safeguarding

At Gympanzees, we take very seriously our responsibilities for the safety and welfare of the people who use our services, our volunteers, staff, and the organisation as a whole.

All applicants successful at the interview will be asked to disclose unspent convictions under the terms of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in 2013).

If you would like this document in any other format or if you are experiencing difficulties applying, please get in touch by email, phone or in writing.

Email: info@gympanzees.org Tel: 07551 615969

Address: Gympanzees, Brightside Park, Aust, BS35 4BL

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