Relay for Life Luton Team Recruitment Chair

Relay for life volunteers
Community-based roles
Time commitment:

Why we need you:

Cancer Research UK is seeking a committed individual to lead the recruitment and retention of Teams and drive the team fundraising for their community’s Relay For Life. Cancer Research UK Relay For Life is a celebration of the communities fight against cancer as the teams fundraise in the months leading up to the event. Relay is a year-round event that culminates in a celebration of each team's fundraising, challenging teams to take part in a 24-hour relay... Cancer doesn't sleep so why should we. Everyone is invited to come along and celebrate the lives of Cancer Survivors, remember those lost to the disease and show their support of Cancer Research UK's vital work and the day itself has a carnival atmosphere. There would be no Relay For Life without teams or team fundraising. Your recruitment of teams is therefore vital and the relationships you build with Team Captains ensure that Relay is successful year after year. A lively person is needed to inspire Teams to form and take part in Relay and to help Team Captains encourage everyone to raise as much money as possible to help beat cancer.

What will I be doing?

  • Actively working with others to recruit Teams from the Community prior to the Relay event in addition to coordinating all recruitment activity. This recruitment may include face to face meetings, oral presentations, telephone calls and letter writing.
  • Encouraging, supporting and recognising all Committee Members in recruiting teams.
  • Ensuring all teams are registered for the Relay and have everything they need to raise funds and prepare for the Relay. Regular communications is part of this activity.
  • Supporting the Team Chair with planning and holding regular Team Captains’ Meetings and a Bank Night with the Accounting Chair.
  • Working with other Lead Chairs to plan activity for teams on the day and coordinate on the day fundraising activity by teams.


What skills do I need?

  • You need to have a positive approach and be comfortable speaking in public.
  • You need to be resourceful and imaginative in where and how you recruit.
  • You should be persuasive and enthusiastic about Relay For Life, in order to inspire others and convert ‘interested’ teams to ‘registered’.
  • You should have good organisational skills.
  • You should have the ability to motivate others – supporting and encouraging their efforts.

What support will we give you?

You will receive training on Team Development. Although you will be leading on the recruitment of Teams Captains and participants, it is also the responsibility of every other Committee Member to recruit Teams – from the Event Chair to Logistics Chair. As well as this help from your fellow committee members you’ll also have materials and resources at your disposal.

At Cancer Research UK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We will consider making any reasonable adjustments to support volunteer applications from people with a disability or health condition. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that volunteers from diverse backgrounds will help us to beat cancer.

What benefits can I expect?

  • The opportunity to develop new and existing skills.
  • A chance to meet new people.
  • The satisfaction of knowing you are making a valuable contribution to Cancer Research UK.
  • Travel and other expenses, as agreed.
  • A unique insight into the charity sector.

Leading Team Development for your Relay will harness and develop the skills and experience you possess and will result in a tremendous achievement. You will play a major part in bringing your community together to unite against cancer and the money raised will help Cancer Research UK beat cancer which can be extremely rewarding. The Relay itself is fun and a great way to meet people and make friends with people in your community

Where will I be based?

This role, more than almost any other on the Relay For Life Committee, will get you ‘out and about' in your community. Some of the work involved in Team Recruitment can be done from home, e.g. emails, writing letters/newsletters and phoning potential Team Captains. However, you can’t underestimate the importance of meeting prospective Team Captains face-to-face and being able to explain the event to them in person and in that way inspiring them to become involved with Relay.

Why we need you

Every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, every hour and every person. We need you to help us by volunteering. Play a part in this inspiring story and volunteer. Help us to create more tomorrows.

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