Business partnerships volunteer

Kennedy St Foundation

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Could you help us build relationships with business supporters? 

The Kennedy St Foundation supports families and individuals affected by substance use disorder.   We were founded as a social enterprise by Kevin Kennedy (Curly from Coronation St) and Clare Kennedy in 2016, to reach more people in the community that want to embark on a journey of recovery and transformation. In 2020 we became a registered charity. 

We run many projects: Community Connections; Social Entrepreneur workshops; Wellbeing coaching;Film making Academy; Pop-up DryBars; Mentoring; Social media support. And we have many celebrity supporters.

The demand for our support has grown significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overcoming problems with drugs, alcohol, or mental health is hard at the best of times. It’s even harder if you can’t leave the house to access support. Social isolation and loneliness are big factors for people drinking more or turning to drugs at any time. At a time when most of us are feeling more anxious than usual, more people are likely to struggle with mental health, drug or alcohol problems.

We have big plans for the future and we think local and regional businesses could help us fulfill these plans and get positive benefits for their business.  It's not just about asking for money. We are looking for skills, networks, reach and profile and we think businesses could help us achieve these.  

We are now looking for one or more volunteers to help us lead the work of building on our existing business contacts, making new ones and building mutually beneficial relationships.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make a big difference to a local charity whose work is more important than ever. 

Perhaps you've been furloughed from work and want to do something positive with your time? Perhaps you're looking for career development and this role could give you valuable experience? Or maybe you're a team of people furloughed from work or just looking to contribute to your community.  Whatever your situation if you have the skills we're looking for, we'd love to hear from you.  


You don't need to have experience of working with a charity or with addiction and recovery.  But you should have some experience of building partnerships. You will be:

  • A natural relationship builder with strong communication skills. 
  • Feel comfortable engaging with senior people in a wide range of businesses. 
  • Able to put together compelling propositions explaining why a business should get involved with Kennedy Street. 
  • Comfortable with using online technology and keen to learn new tools. 


1. The opportunity to contribute to strengthening a charity which is supporting a vulnerable group through the COVID-19 crisis.

2. The chance to connect with new people in the local area and be part of a supportive, fun team. 

3. Experience to strengthen your CV if that is relevant to you. 

Practical Considerations

During the COVID 19 lockdown, this role will need to be carried out from home. So you will need access to a computer, phone and broadband.  

When do I need to be available?

Details There is considerable flexibility in this role to carry out the tasks in a way which fits around the other commitments in your life.
Morning Afternoon Evening

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  • Details
  • Equal Opportunities Policy or Statement
  • Expenses
    When pre-agreed
  • Health and Safety
  • Induction
  • Insurance Cover for Volunteers
  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
  • Support on Offer
  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
  • Training