Humanism needs you!
Like all charities with a small staff and limited financial resources, the BHA 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 the BHA’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.
Northern Ireland Humanists – Committee Vacancy
The BHA is seeking to strengthen humanist organisation within Northern Ireland. A Northern Ireland Humanists Committee has been established to pursue the BHA’s aims in the country, and we have recruited a Northern Ireland Humanists Development Officer to work alongside the committee and further develop our work.
The Northern Ireland Humanists Committee is responsible to the Chief Executive for advising on and supporting the development of the BHA’s work in Northern Ireland and acting as the reference group for the Northern Ireland Humanists Development Officer.
We currently have one space vacant on the committee, which we are looking to fill. We would particularly welcome applications from women for this vacancy, as women are currently under-represented on the committee. If you would like to find out more and apply, download the application pack and application form. The deadline to send in applications is 09:00 on 30 January 2017.
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 the BHA’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
The BHA 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.
Education and video production support
Our Head of Education is looking for a volunteers to support our education work.
We are 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, particularly with our school speakers programme.
Ideally you would be available for half a day to a full day a week.
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 help with any of the above, please contact email@example.com.
General Office Volunteers
Are you interested in getting involved? Could you spare a few hours to help the BHA?
BHA is 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
- Envelope stuffing and mailings
ICT-competent volunteers could:
- Check our website and ensure that it functions well
- Input data
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office to speak to Tony on 020 7324 3060.