Humanism needs you!
Like all charities with a small staff and limited financial resources, Humanists UK is heavily reliant on volunteers. 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, young 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 others can work from home.
We want to unlock the enormous potential that exists among our members and supporters and we know that many of you want to do something more to help but don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’re taking the opportunity of advertising all our current volunteer roles at once.
Some of these volunteer tasks are easy ways to contribute in a few minutes or an hour a week; others are more substantial roles within Humanists UK’s staff and volunteer structure. Whatever the role you get:
- the satisfaction of helping to drive our work forward, promoting Humanism and a secular state;
- a chance to use your skills in a different environment for a cause you believe in;
- the thanks of your fellow members, our Board, and all our staff;
- if you are looking for it – the chance to boost your CV with not-for-profit experience.
Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network
The Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network (NRPSN) is administered by Humanists UK and aims to achieve access for every non-religious person in an institutional setting to emotional, moral, pastoral, and support from like-minded carers.
We operate a network of trained and accredited pastoral support providers. Through that network we are committed to ensuring that non-religious people have access to pastoral support which reflects their worldview and is provided by like-minded individuals. We believe that everyone needs compassion and empathy when going through particularly difficult times, irrespective of beliefs. For this reason, we are building a network of non-religious pastoral carers, to strengthen the care provision which is currently overwhelmingly religious.
We continue to train and develop our network to provide this support. Currently we have members operating in healthcare and prisons, and we are looking to expand this offering to the armed forces, care homes, universities, and other places in need of non-religious pastoral care.
The Wales Humanists Committee is responsible to the Chief Executive for advising on and supporting the development of Humanists UK’s work in Wales and acting as the reference group for the Wales Humanists Development Officer.
Humanists UK is recruiting for a Vice Chair to commence 1 July 2017 and take up the role of Chair on 1 January 2018. The Chair of the Committee is responsible for leading the committee and chairing meetings of the committee. In addition, the Chair is responsible, with the Wales Development Officer, for providing a Wales perspective on any of Humanists UK’s work, including at the stage when central management is planning new work programmes.
In addition we are also recruiting for committee members.
Northern Ireland Young Humanists Ambassador
An exciting opportunity to become an Ambassador for the Young Humanists in Northern Ireland.
The Young Humanists are looking for a dedicated and driven individual to join our existing network of Ambassadors to help the Executive to deliver the three strategic aims of the Young Humanists.
All Young Humanists should be aged between 18-35, so if this is for you download the application pack from here and apply now!
For more information contact Lauren by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Support volunteers
Massive Open Online Course Development
Our Head of Education is looking for support with the development of a massive open online course (MOOC) on Humanism. The aim of the MOOC is to provide an accessible and engaging way to raise the understanding of Humanism. It will be pitched both at older school students and adult members of the public.
You will need:
- A strong subject knowledge of Humanism (ideally you will have an education background in philosophy or religious education, or experience of working in these fields)
- Strong research skills
- The ability to produce written content
- Excellent communication and inter-personal skills
- Good independent judgement
- Excellent time-keeping
- IT proficiency
Ideally you would be able to volunteer your time two days a week for a period of three months.
If you are interested, please send a covering letter and CV to the Head of Education on email@example.com.
If you have experience and skills in video production (particularly camera work or editing), then this year we will be looking for people able to offer some time and expertise to support the creation of a number of short videos to be used as classroom resources and as content for a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Humanism. If you can support us, please send a covering letter and CV to the Head of Education on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transcribing and proofreading
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 Head of Education on email@example.com.
Education resources, research, and general support
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 email the Head of Education on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communications and Social Media volunteer
We are looking for someone to volunteer within the communications team for up to 3 months for roughly 3 days a week (to be agreed).
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
All candidates will need to be able to demonstrate understanding of Humanism and the work of Humanists UK.
Northern Ireland Humanists – Education volunteers
Would you like to help Northern Ireland Humanists let schools in Northern Ireland know about Humanism?
We are looking for five volunteers to contact schools by phone and let them know about the new Understanding Humanism website and materials. This is a really important step in helping make teachers aware of Humanists UK’s brilliant online resources to help them incorporate humanist views into lessons.
We will invite volunteers along for a one-hour workshop to begin with, and the process itself will take a total of 10 hours over a six-week period. All phone calls will be to landlines, any expenses incurred will be reimbursed.
If you think you could help out, particularly if you have experience of cold calling or working in sales or marketing, then please send an email to email@example.com explaining in no more than two paragraphs why you would like to be involved. We are hoping to start this project in mid-October, so do get in touch as soon as possible.
Community Services Volunteers
Humanists UK require four highly motivated volunteers to support the development of our Community Services team for a period of 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 are able to commit to around 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
General Office Volunteers
Are you interested in getting involved? Could you spare a few hours to help Humanists UK?
Humanists UK are looking for a pool of volunteers to call upon on an ad-hoc basis 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: email@example.com or telephone the office to speak to Tony on 020 7324 3060.