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.
Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network: Wales Coordinator
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 spiritual support from like-minded carers.
The role of the NRPSN Regional Coordinator is to support Humanists UK’s Head of Humanist Care in delivering our agreed development objectives within the relevant region or country. The number of non-religious pastoral carers operating throughout the UK has now surpassed 250 and management of such an extensive network from a central office is becoming increasingly complex. The Regional Coordinators form part of Humanists UK’s drive to maintain our high level of support for our accredited pastoral carers and ensure a growth in the number of institutions who have a non-religious pastoral care volunteer.
You’ll have good relationship-building and organisational skills, and be able to work well with a dispersed group of volunteers. You will enjoy acting as a point of contact and supporting others who may be facing challenges in their placements.
If this sounds like you, complete the application form, detailing how you match the person specification on page 5.
More information is available here: Application Pack
Young Humanists Volunteer Manager
Young Humanists UK is the voice for non-religious young people. Two thirds of young people are non-religious. We provide them with the community and platform that their voices deserve. We think young people have a right to be heard and that more should be done to ensure policy reflects their views. We provide a community and a national platform for young non-religious people in order to change policy and public opinion. Community organising is disproportionately led by religious institutions, meaning most young people are excluded from participating in civic activities with like-minded people. Younger people today enjoy fewer opportunities for personal development, lower living standards, and higher incidences of mental health issues, than in previous generations, by bringing non-religious young people together in a variety of social and formal settings, we help them to develop their own views and build a movement that will fight for a more secular society.
You will be a motivated, dedicated, and organised person with great communication skills, who is enthusiastic about volunteering their time and skills to support Young Humanists and have ideas about how the section can reach the growing number of young people who are living without religion in the UK. If this sounds like you send your CV and cover letter, detailing how you match the person specification on page 7 by email with the subject ‘YH Volunteer Manager’ to email@example.com by 12:00 on Sunday 27th September.
More information is available in: Young Humanists Volunteer Manager
LGBT Humanists Event Support (Northern Ireland)
We are looking for volunteers who would be able to help us run online events such as socials. You will need to be a motivated, dedicated, and organised person with great communication skills, who is enthusiastic about volunteering their time and skills to support LGBT Humanists in Northern Ireland. Previous experience with chairing meetings/dialogue work would be preferable but not essential.
If that sounds like you, please email us to explain why and how you’d like to get involved. Please use the subject ‘LGBT Humanists Events Support NI’ and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about the post, feel free to contact the LGBT lead in Northern Ireland, by email at email@example.com they will be very happy to talk more about the role with you.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, location, experience, and motivation to get involved to register your interest
More information is available the Young Humanists Volunteer Pack.
Humanism research volunteers
We are always looking for volunteers to support the development of our archive of humanist thought. 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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
Education support volunteers
School speakers support volunteer
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, regional coordinators and teachers, and logging information about visits. You’ll need to be able to work with a CRM database. The work will require approx. 3 hours per week. If you’d like to help, please send an email with your CV to the Director of Understanding Humanism on email@example.com.
If you have experience and skills in video production (particularly camera work or editing), then we are 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. If you can support us, please send an email with your CV to the Director of Understanding Humanism 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 Education Coordinator on email@example.com.
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 with your CV to the Director of Understanding Humanism on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assemblies for All website support
We are looking for a volunteer to support with our Assemblies for All website, which provides teachers with free access to hundreds of inclusive, high-quality assembly resources. The volunteer will need to check the website for updates, research new assembly resources, respond to queries via the Assemblies for All email inbox, and edit the website using WordPress. This is a role that will require approx. 2 hours of work per week. Experience with WordPress is desirable but not essential as instruction will be provided. If you are keen to develop your web skills while supporting educators with the provision of inclusive assemblies, please send an an email with your CV to the Director of Understanding Humanism on email@example.com.
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 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the office to speak to Karen on 020 7324 3060.