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VOLUNTEER VACANCIES

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Volunteers are essential to what we do at Humanists UK. Whether it’s helping out around the office, coordinating our work in schools or hospitals, helping us with specialist research, or lending us your particular talents in areas like design and technology, we aim to ensure you have the most positive volunteer experience possible. We regularly update this page as new roles become available.

Our volunteers come from all backgrounds: retired people with time to spare to come into the office or work on significant projects from home, young people on a gap year between school and university, parents who are available to work a few hours in the middle of the day, people running small businesses or in creative or other professions who want to offer pro bono professional support. Volunteers carrying out significant roles can use desk space at our central London offices but many work from home.

 

Coordinator of Humanist Climate Action

Humanist Climate Action is a volunteer-led network of Humanists UK members and supporters committed to redefining lifestyles and campaigning for policies that promote low-carbon, ethical, and sustainable living in the light of the degeneration of the Earth’s climate and biodiversity. We aim to bring humanists together to facilitate individual and collective action on these issues.

We are looking for a volunteer who’d be able to coordinate HCA’s Committee supporting the creation of events, campaigns, and promotions.

Key responsibilities and tasks:
● Lead and develop the strategic direction of HCA
● Create and coordinate the HCA work campaign plan

● Support and encourage members of the Committee to be an effective team. The Coordinator should ensure all Committee members keep in regular contact with each other
● Provide a warm welcome for all members and ensure they have a stake in the
direction of HCA
● Set agendas and share paper with the HCA committee, with the support of
Humanists UK staff, including coordinating with Humanists UK staff in between
meetings
● Coordinator committee meetings in a fair and open way

If you would like to be Coordinator, please email us outlining in no more than 500 words how you meet the criteria listed in the Application Pack. Please use the subject ‘HCA Coordinator’ and send to campaigns@humanists.uk by 23:59 on Sunday 1 August 2021.

If you have any questions about the post, please feel free to contact Humanists UK’s Campaigns Officer by email on campaigns@humanists.uk– she will be very happy to talk more about the role with you.

 

Public Affairs and Campaign Volunteers

At Humanists UK, we want a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail. Our work helps people be happier and more fulfilled, and by bringing non-religious people together we help them develop their own views and an understanding of the world around them.

Our campaigns are divided into four areas:

  • Schools and education: We campaign against religious discrimination in education, for non-religious beliefs to be taught about in schools, and for a genuinely inclusive school system.
  • Human rights and equality: We concentrate on resolving situations where principles of human rights or equality are compromised in law or policy and where people are unfairly privileged or discriminated against because of their religion or belief.
  • Secularism: We are committed to secularism, the principle that, in a plural, open society where people follow many different religious and non-religious ways of life, the communal institutions that we share should provide a neutral public space where we can all meet on equal terms.
  • Public ethical issues: One of our aims is to promote humanist views on public ethical issues. We focus on those issues that are either important to humanists in particular or have high social importance, especially where others are actively promoting views opposed to humanist values or the humanist voice is excluded or weak.

More information about our work can be found at https://humanists.uk/campaigns/.

We are seeking TWO volunteers, a Public Affairs and Campaigns Volunteer to work directly within the Public Affairs and Policy team, and an Education Campaigns Volunteer to work closely with our Education Campaigns Manager. Both roles are for up to three months and for between one and three days per week (to be negotiated). As part of a small expert team, you will provide assistance on national and local campaigns relating to our public affairs work.

We are looking for:

  • A passionate, committed, articulate, and creative person
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Commitment to the aims of Humanists UK
  • The Education Campaigns volunteer should also have interest in our education campaign areas

Volunteers will have the opportunity to choose from and engage in a wide range of tasks, including:

  • Project work on policy issues
  • Providing administrative support to the campaigns team
  • Assisting with researching and monitoring relevant issues in media and politics
  • Monitoring and preparing material for the website
  • Communicating with a wide range of audiences, from Humanists UK members to parliamentarians to media

Becoming a volunteer gives you the opportunity to:

  • Play an important role within an organisation at the forefront of social change
  • Develop your skills in research, writing, and communication
  • Gain invaluable experience in relation to public affairs, campaigning, media, and politics

Applicants should send a CV and a short covering note explaining why you are keen to volunteer with us, your research experience, why you think you are what we are looking for, and with your availability, to Rachel Taggart-Ryan, Campaigns Officer at campaigns@humanists.uk. With the subject ‘Public Affairs and Campaigns Volunteer‘ or ‘Education Campaigns Volunteer’ by 23:59 on 09 August 2021. If you have any questions please contact us at campaigns@humanists.uk

 

Northern Ireland Humanists Social Media officer

We are recruiting for a voluntary Social Media Officer, to assist the Northern Ireland Humanists voluntary leadership team in:

  • Promoting the activities of Northern Ireland Humanists
  • Attracting new members and supporters of Northern Ireland Humanists

You will be a motivated, dedicated, and organised person with great communication skills, if this sounds like you send your CV and cover letter, detailing your relevant experience and interest in the role by email with the subject ‘Northern Ireland Humanists Social Media Officer’ to boyd.sleator@humanists.uk

 

Education volunteers

Assemblies for All Coordinator

Our Assemblies for All website provides teachers with access to a fantastic range of inclusive assemblies. As the website gets increasingly popular, we need support with answering enquiries, keeping the information up-to-date, and adding new assemblies. Experience with using WordPress is desirable, but not essential as basic training will be provided. The role can be carried out remotely. We anticipate it requiring a couple of hours a week. If you’re interested in helping us to help teachers, then please email the Director of Understanding Humanism on education@humanists.uk.

School Speaker Support Coordinator

We are looking for a volunteer who can support the running of our school speakers programme. Our school speakers visits schools around the country to talk to students about humanism. We need somebody who can help carry out some of the key processes to ensure the smooth running of the service. These include communication with school speakers and teachers, matching up speakers with requests from local schools, and logging information about visits. Experience with a CRM database is desirable, but not essential as basic training will be provided. The work can be carried our remotely and will require approx. 2 hours per week. If you’d like to help, please email the Director of Understanding Humanism on education@humanists.uk.

Transcribing and Proofreading Volunteer

If you have transcribing or proofreading skills, we’d love to hear from you as we are always looking for support with the creation of our education resources. Please contact the Education Coordinator on education@humanists.uk.

Humanism research volunteers

We are always looking for volunteers to support research into humanism. This role includes research into humanist ideas throughout history, cataloguing texts, collecting and sourcing quotes, and creating a calendar of dates and events relevant to humanism. You will need excellent research and organisational skills, keen attention-to-detail, and a good understanding of humanism and philosophy. We can normally be flexible with how this work is completed. The work can be completed remotely. If you would be interested in supporting us in this role, please submit a one page cover letter and send it to education@humanists.uk.

Education resources, research, and general support

The education of young people about humanism, as an example of a non-religious approach to life’s big questions, is as important as ever. We are also always on the look out for those with experience of working in education and with good subject knowledge about humanism who can support us with the creation of teaching resources for schools. There are also a number of research projects we are looking for support with to assess the needs of teachers and schools and to help us to ensure we are best supporting them. And we are always on the look out for administration support. If these are areas you feel you can support us with, please send an an email to the Director of Understanding Humanism on education@humanists.uk.

 

Young Humanists Ambassador

As a Young Humanists Ambassador, you will network with nearby Local Groups, Humanist Students societies and other relevant groups (e.g. skeptics groups), to ensure that the needs of 18-35 year old non-religious people in your area are met.

Activities might include:

  • Putting on events with a view to getting younger people involved (e.g. pub quizzes, campaign work, family-friendly events like coffee-mornings or Sunday brunches, litter picks or picnics)
  • Advising local humanist groups on how to put on events that will get young people involved
  • Attending relevant nearby events in order to promote Young Humanists

Where possible, we encourage Ambassadors to request a position on their nearest Local Group’s committee (or to set one up if there isn’t a group nearby!)

You will have plenty of expertise to draw on from the Young Humanists Executive Committee and Officers, including lots of advice and support on social media and event management, as well as a network of existing Ambassadors who can share their experiences with you. You will also have a go-to member of Young Humanists Executive Committee for any advice or suggestions.

If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, send an email to Glenn, Young Humanists Coordinator – coordinator@younghumanists.org.uk  with your name, location, experience, and motivation to get involved to register your interest

More information is available the Young Humanists Volunteer Pack.

Community Services volunteers

Humanists UK is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives based on reason and humanity. Founded in 1896, Humanists UK is trusted by over 55,000 members and supporters and over 90 local and special interest affiliates to promote Humanism, a secular state, and equal treatment of everyone regardless of religion or belief.

Humanists UK require several highly motivated volunteers to support the development of our Community Services team for a period of (ideally) at least three months. This is an incredible opportunity for anyone with an interest in equality issues who would like to gain experience in a third sector organisation experiencing rapid growth.

The volunteer positions will be primarily research and project based, and you will be helping deliver outcomes that will have huge implications for a range of public services.

With an immediate start, we ask that you can offer the flexibility to volunteer up to three days per week (Monday to Friday) but also remain flexible with the evolving demands of the projects.

If you are interested, please send a copy of your CV to hr@humanists.uk as soon as possible, with a covering letter of no more than 300 words explaining why you think you would be suitable for this work.

Faith to Faithless volunteers

Faith to Faithless is the Humanists UK programme supporting people leaving coercive religions. We are looking for volunteers who’d be able to help with a range of activities for Faith to Faithless, including events, filming, writing and editing, research, and promotion. We would particularly like to recruit a dedicated volunteer who could spare a few hours each week to help us promote our apostasy awareness and safeguarding training, by making calls to organisations who we think would benefit from the course.

If you’d like to help, please complete the survey here and we’ll get in touch. 

Take the survey

 

Communications and social media volunteer

Humanists UK is looking for a volunteer to help the communications team on an ongoing basis.

As part of a small expert team, you will provide assistance on a wide range of online and print media activities to further public understanding of Humanism and promote our campaigns for a secular state ensuring human rights and equality. We are looking for a passionate, committed, articulate, and creative individual to take on this opportunity.

Duties will be wide-ranging and include:

  • Assisting with managing a suite of social Humanists UK media accounts
  • Providing administrative support to the communications team
  • Assessing and editing new blogs from guest contributors
  • Assisting with events organisation and promotion
  • Helping run and organise high-profile social media campaigns
  • Preparing written material for the website and for sharing on social media
  • Communicating with a wide range of audiences, including large online audiences, Humanists UK members, journalists, and Parliamentarians

Training and personal development opportunities include:

  • An introduction to strategic communications and using large social media platforms to achieve wider policy and communications objectives
  • Training in the use of Adobe graphic design software
  • Scope to write blogs, news articles, and comment pieces related to topical issues covering a wide range of subjects

Ideal candidates will be confident writers and familiar with graphic and/or web design, or have experience of working in student journalism or with social media. Political awareness is key, but for this role, being aware of and up to date with pop culture is an asset as well.

For further information please contact liam@humanists.uk or telephone on 020 7324 3060.

Applicants should send a CV and a short covering note explaining why you want to volunteer with us and why you think you are what we are looking for, highlighting any relevant experience you may have had with editorial work, design, or social media, along with details of your availability, to Tony Pinkney, at tony@humanists.uk

All candidates will need to be able to demonstrate understanding of Humanism and the work of Humanists UK.

General office-based volunteers

Are you interested in getting involved?  Could you spare a few hours to help Humanists UK?

Humanists UK are looking for volunteers to help with a range of tasks in our busy office.  This could include:

  • Putting together information packs
  • Help manage our shop orders
  • Envelope stuffing and mailings

ICT-competent volunteers could:

  • Check our website and ensure that it functions well
  • Input data and help keep our records up to date across a range of areas

We are looking for people who are available for a few hours or perhaps a morning or afternoon, during office hours (Monday – Friday, 9.30am-5pm).

If you are interested, please send us an email to: hr@humanists.uk or telephone the office to speak to Karen on 020 7324 3060.

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