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.
Channel Islands Committee – Chair and members
We’re now recruiting volunteers to form the Channel Islands Committee.
The Channel Islands Humanists Committee is responsible to the Chief Executive for advising on and supporting the development of Humanists UK’s work in Channel Islands and acting as the reference group for any staff and volunteers working for Humanists UK in the Channel Islands.
Key Tasks and Activities of the Committee
- Agreeing and proposing any changes to the Channel Islands Humanists development plan for adoption by the Chief Executive.
- Advising Humanists UK management on the implementation of Humanists UK’s Aims and Strategies in Channel Islands, including Humanists UK’s public policy aims, the provision of community services, and of education.
- Supporting any staff, consultants, or volunteers retained by Humanists UK to work on Channel Islands matters, whether retained to work specifically on such matters or in the course of their general duties when those duties have a Channel Islands dimension.
The Chair of the Committee is responsible for providing a Channel Islands perspective on any of Humanists UK’s work, including at the stage when central management is planning new work programmes.
The Chair and three members of the Committee are appointed by the Chief Executive. Any Channel Islands coordinators appointed in connection with any of Humanists UK’s community services (e.g. Ceremonies, Pastoral Support, Education) are members of the Committee ex officio.
We’re looking for individuals with a range of abilities to support the formation of the committee. If you’re interested please download the information pack and complete the application form. There is currently no end date for the receipt of applications but please, if you are interested complete your application as early as possible.
Faith to Faithless volunteers needed
Faith to Faithless are looking for volunteers who’d be able to help with a range of our activities next year, 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.
Northern Ireland Humanists Local Events Coordinator
Do you have good organising ability, marketing skills, event management experience?
You could be who were looking for!
Our Northern Ireland Development Officer needs support coordinating and organising events in Northern Ireland as well as generating more opportunities for Northern Ireland Humanists to exhibit at third party events.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Communications and Social Media volunteer
Humanists UK are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
All candidates will need to be able to demonstrate understanding of Humanism and the work of Humanists UK.
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 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.