We’re recruiting – become our temporary fundraiser?


Salary £28’000-£30’000 pro rata  Performance related.

Days 2-3 days per week.

Employment – contract max 6 months with regular reviews of progress

Location: West Berkshire or within travelling distance of for meetings with Trustees.

Application Deadline 10th February 2017

Interviews: End February Date to be confirmed.

Start Date ASAP

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to enquiries@flagdv.org.uk   detailing your skills, experience and why you think you would be a good candidate for the role.


Flag DV is a charity which began in October 2012 and registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in October 2013.

Changes to legal aid made as part of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (2012), meant many victims of domestic abuse would no longer be able to access free legal assistance.

We seek to provide free legal advice to anyone experiencing domestic abuse in the West Berkshire and surrounding areas.  We do this by using practicing solicitors who offer their time to us on a pro-bono basis.  Our referrals come via a specialist domestic abuse support organisation who help to safeguard the victim and any children living in the family.  We also receive referrals from partner organisations working in the field of keeping adults and children safe.

FLAGDV is run by a small team of committed trustees and we are now looking to take our organisation to the next level and fundraise to ensure we have a resilient service to take into 2017 and beyond.


We have received a number of donations and funding grants from local people and organisations who support our work and recognise the value of the service we provide. We have recently undertaken a strategic review and we have plans which mean we need to secure new funding streams that will take us forward in providing essential legal advice for people who are experiencing domestic abuse and with a view to expanding our service in the future.

We now need a designated fundraiser who, will identify and secure new avenues of funding.

Purpose of the Role

We are looking for a confident, experienced and motivated Fundraiser to bring in the resources we need to sustain our organisation and ensure we deliver the best service possible to victims of domestic abuse.

The main focus of this role will be to research and secure new funding opportunities through:

  • Identifying and developing relationships with potential new funders;
  • Preparing and submitting high quality funding proposals in accordance with timetables and application criteria;
  • Maintaining accurate records, analysis and reporting of new funding secured.

Person Specification

This role would suit a candidate with a good understanding of the charity sector and proven success of fundraising from a variety of sources, including trusts and foundations, along with an ability to write with flair and creativity.


  • A self-starter who can hit the ground running;
  • Voluntary sector experience with a proven track record of securing new funding;
  • Experience of writing creative and persuasive proposals, with the ability to demonstrate how to achieve clear outcomes and impact;
  • Good research skills with experience of identifying quality new fundraising leads;
  • Proven ability to form good working relationships, both internally and externally with people at all levels;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to meet objectives and tight deadlines under pressure;
  • Ability to present information concisely and effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Good organisational skills with ability to prioritise work to meet tight deadlines
  • Demonstrable success of securing five and six figure grants


  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes in the charity sector.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse or a willingness to learn about this important issue.

Values and behaviours

  • A commitment to Equal Opportunities;
  • Conscientious, organised and self-motivated;
  • Flexibility of approach and ability to work alone whilst keeping in regular contact with our Trustees.

Friends of Flag DV – WANTED


The Great Legal Quiz

Anyone can do this. It’s just organising a local quiz but being part of a national event makes it more of a draw for people to enter.

All someone needs to do is to find a venue for the quiz (a pub with a large back room is favourite) , nominate someone as quizmaster and a couple of scorers.

Then advertise for teams

You set the ticket price.

You collect the money and give it to Flag DV.

The Access to Justice Foundation will e-mail the question sheets and score sheets on the day for printing off.

If you have, say, 10 teams of 6 at £5 a person you raise £300. You can increase that easily by having a raffle or a fundraising game.

After the quiz you need to tell the Foundation how much you raised in total and the score and team name of your winning team (the top team nationally will get an award)

To enter, just ask whoever will do this to complete the form http://www.londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/our-events/great-legal-quiz-2016/ and you’ll get included in mail outs and get the quiz materials.


Is such an interesting conversation starter, it’s what we all need to be seeing. Abuse isn’t or hasn’t ever been just about hitting.

The saying sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me has never been shown to be so wrong before.

It never ceases to amaze that it’s the simplest concepts that provoke such a big response. They seem to resonate with people and they believe they have something to add, a way to help. It doesn’t feel like a big commitment or an exposing thing to do, but by sharing a tweet that you’ve seen or even writing one yourself you could have just helped shine a light somewhere where there was only darkness before. Continue reading

Looks can be deceiving

While at a conference talking about Mental Health and the affect that has on domestic violence one of the speakers told the room a story of a couple that on the outside looked to have the perfect relationship.

Everyone in their social circle would say how in love they looked, how wonderful that after all the years they’d been together that they still always held hands in public. What they didn’t know is that they held hands in public so the husband could control the words that came out of his wife’s mouth. Continue reading

The Perpetrators Story, Healthy Relationships and Prevention

We talk a lot now about the victims and survivors of domestic abuse which is absolutely brilliant because the more we are talking about it the more we are giving victims and survivors the confidence to talk about their experiences.

It seems that there is very little information out there about perpetrators.

We have read a couple of things online recently here and here. Which got us to thinking about the perpetrators story; is there something there in them to make them behave in this way, is it naturally who they are, the way they were brought up, did something happen to them at home, at school, in life, were or weren’t they taught about healthy relationships? Continue reading

Fact and Fiction

There has been a flurry of news stories recently about a fictional character Helen, and her abusive husband Rob, who are involved in a long running story line in the Archers (a soap opera broadcast on radio 4).

Past victims/survivors are using it as a way to tell their story and encourage others to do the same. It may even plant the first seed of creating a plan to make a choice to leave safely.

It has got us thinking and talking about how dramatization can work to bring issues into the open making it easier for people to talk about and can make it more acceptable to discuss these issues as you are not talking about real people. Continue reading

Behind Closed Doors – reaction from a Flag DV trustee

Here at FLAG DV we have been reflecting upon the fascinating documentary Behind Closed Doors shown on ITV on 14th  February and shown again yesterday (available on ITV player).

The programme makers had unprecedented access to the Thames Valley Police Domestic Abuse Investigation Unit and the victims / survivors they work alongside. Filmed over a 12 month period, and starting from the moment a 999 call is received, the film followed three brave women, who shared their experiences to help the wider public gain an understanding of the issue of domestic abuse.

Personally, the documentary evoked in me a number of emotions, and I must admit many of them were negative. Continue reading

No More

In our job we read a lot. We look at all the angles we soak up as much information as we can find. We want to help as many people as we can as much and as effectively as we can as quickly as possible.

We want to see positive change in the field. We are always looking for the best possible ideas and in doing so reading some of the most awful accounts of how some humans treat others. We also read some really positive and empowering stories too.

Continue reading