Beekeeper Marketing

This is a new role. Its purpose is to increase the awareness of Bees Abroad amongst the 25,000 members of UK beekeeping associations. Generous beekeepers currently provide a large proportion of our income. However, awareness of Bees Abroad is very limited and by increasing our focus on beekeepers we know there is considerable potential for additional income.

The are many ways of achieving this e.g.

  • Regularly targeted mailings to beekeeping associations with appealing content.
  • Increased attendance at beekeeper’s conferences.
  • A programme of presentations at meetings of beekeeping associations.
  • Greater use of social media.
  • Personal networking…we are all beekeepers, we all have contacts but we need a methodical approach to exploiting them.

We need a volunteer beekeeper to join our fundraising and communications team to develop and implement a plan to which the whole Bees Abroad team can be harnessed to support.

The Role of Project Manager

The role of our project managers is to ensure our beekeeping interventions effectively deliver their agreed outputs and outcomes. Our project managers process guide details how we go about our project work. Increasingly our projects are delivered with local partners who work in close co-operation with both project managers and beneficiaries. The role includes:

  • Qualifying applicants as suitable beneficiaries. This is generally done in country face to face.
  • Project design, planning and approval.
  • Securing funding.
  • Monitoring and managing project delivery. This will involve in-country visits and may include personally delivering some aspects of training.
  • Controlling project budgets.
  • Reporting on progress.
  • To learn about our current projects please visit our website.

The profile of a successful project manager is:

  • Competent in beekeeping beyond BBKA Basic Assessment level.
  • Familiar with general business skills. Our projects are about setting up small business enterprises, not just beekeeping.
  • Excellent communicator particularly good at listening. Sensitive to other cultures. Tactful and diplomatic.
  • Demonstrates good capability in planning and organising, including financial control.
  • Able to work in difficult conditions, not risk-averse.
  • Enthusiastic, able to work on own initiative and take responsibility.
  • Adequate time availability.

Induction – There are three routes:

Pre-Existing Experience
Those who have already managed beekeeping projects in the developing world are welcome. We offer them the opportunity to share knowledge with our team of PMs and the benefits of being part of an organisation dedicated to the relief of poverty through beekeeping.

Apprenticeship with a Bees Abroad Project Manager

There are occasional opportunities to travel to a project with an experienced Bees Abroad PM. Prospective PMs are required to fund their costs and should budget in the region of £1500. There are some suggestions below about raising funds.

Apprenticeship without a Bees Abroad Project Manager

We can facilitate visits for individuals to existing mature projects in Kenya or Uganda to observe and learn about the challenges of beekeeping in Africa. Funding applies as listed above. Project Managers are expected to self-fund an initial visit to Africa the cost of which is typically £1000 to £1500.

Fundraising routes for initial visits:

  • Self-Funding – Donations of personal funds to BA which are then used for visits attract gift aid of 25% if the donor is a taxpayer.
  • Local Beekeepers – A recent recruit persuaded her local Beekeeping Association to dedicate their annual raffle to funding her visit and to give any surplus to Bees Abroad. The raffle raised £1300 which Santander Bank agreed to match fund to a tune of £1000.
  • A school at which one of her friends does some beekeeping work raised £163 in a bucket collection. Result £2463 raised in 5 months.
  • Relatives and Friends – ‘Birthday present just donations to Bees Abroad this year please’.
  • Buy & Sell on eBay – it works for one of our PMs.
  • Swarms & Nuclei – Ask for donations to Bees Abroad when you collect a swarm or give bees away.
    …..there are many more.

Social Media and Digital Content

We recognise that our expertise in, and understanding of, the effective use of social media as a route to fundraising is lacking. We are therefore seeking a volunteer to educate us, provide practical help and ongoing coaching. This be could be as a project, a secondment or as a part-time volunteer. We are open to all offers and suggestions. Your contribution will help us increase our online visibility and impact.

In addition, you will learn about the wonders of honey bees and beekeeping; we could even help you become a beekeeper.

Getting in touch….
If this opportunity sounds right for you, please contact me by email or ‘phone: Richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk
t: 07942 815753.

Corporate Sponsorship

We would like to expand our fundraising and communications team to include someone who can focus on gaining support from corporate sponsors. The role will involve identifying organisations likely to be sympathetic to our work and persuading them to support us. Corporate sponsorship is a new area of fundraising for Bees Abroad and one we think has potential to become a significant part of our income.

You will be joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to the success of Bees Abroad. Many of us are beekeepers but it is not a requirement.

Interested? Please email our chairman richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk or phone 01799 218023 to find out more.

Trade Show Manager

 

We would like a show manager to understudy our existing volunteer. We aim to attend ten shows around the country each year to recruit supporters, fundraise and promote Bees Abroad. Shows include the BBKA Annual Convention, the National Honey Show, the Great Yorkshire Show and the South of England Show.

The role of the manager is to:

  • ensure we have volunteers to man our stand
  • manage resources used at shows
  • collect and bank funds
  • liaise with show organisers

You will be joining an enthusiastic group of volunteers committed to the success of Bees Abroad. Many of us are beekeepers but it is not a requirement.

Please email our chairman richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk or phone 01799 218023 to find out more.

Become a Trustee

We are searching for new trustees to strengthen our board and help implement the changes essential to secure our future and implement our strategy.

Our mission is the relief of poverty through beekeeping in any part of the world. Our vision is to be be the Go-To International Leader in building sustainable beekeeping enterprises for those in poverty.

Our team of volunteer beekeepers and local trainers work with selcted groups to establish social entreprises based on beekeeping. The sale of honey typically increases income by 20% and improved pollination increases crop yields.

We are interested in hearing from you whatever your background and expertise.

We don’t specify a time commitment, the more the better! Trustees meet by teleconference on the fourth Monday evening of every month. Our AGM takes place on a Sunday 8th April 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The role is entirely voluntary, no remuneration is offered. Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring it is solvent, well run, and delivering the relief of poverty through beekeeping. New trustees without prior experience will be expected to attend a short course on charity trusteeship.

To find out more from visit our website www.beesabroad.org.uk. and read our annual report. To learn more about the role of trustees visit the Charity Commission website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

Applicants should submit a brief CV and describe how they might best contribute to our future. You are welcome to contact our chairman before applying, richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk. tel: 01799 218023

It is not a requirement to be a beekeeper but commitment to and enthusiasm for our work are essential.

Volunteer with Us

We are searching for new trustees to strengthen our Board and help implement the changes essential to secure our future and implement or strategy.

Our mission is the relief of poverty through the craft of beekeeping in any part of the world. Our vision is to be be the Go-To International Leader in building sustainable beekeeping enterprises for those in poverty.

Our team of volunteer beekeepers and local trainers work with selcted groups to establish social entreprises based on beekeeping. The sale of honey typically increases income by 20% and improved poliination increases crop yields.

We are interested in hearing from you whatever your background and expertise.

We don’t specify a time commitment, the more the better! Trustees meet by teleconference on the fourth Monday evening of every month. Our AGM takes place on a Sunday in April at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.

The role is entirely voluntary, no remuneration is offered. Trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring it is solvent, well run, and delivering the relief of poverty through beekeeping. New trustees without prior experience will be expected to attend a short course on charity trusteeship.

To learn more about the role of a trustee visit the Charity Commission website here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3

Applicants should submit a brief CV and describe how they might best contribute to our future. You are welcome to contact our chairman before applying, richard_ridler@beesabroad.org.uk 01799 218023

It is not a requirement to be a beekeeper but commitment to and enthusiasm for our work are essential.