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.
Humanists for a Better World Steering Group
Deadline for expressions of interest: 26 July 2019
Role type: Volunteer – Steering group members including Chair
Location: working remotely
Reports to: the Campaigns Officer
About Humanists UK
At Humanists UK, we want a tolerant world where rational thinking and kindness prevail. We work to support lasting change for a better society, championing ideas for the one life we have. 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.
Founded in 1896, we are trusted to promote humanism by over 85,000 members and supporters and over 100 members of the All Party Parliamentary Humanist Group. Through our ceremonies, pastoral support, education services, and campaigning work, we advance free thinking and freedom of choice so everyone can live in a fair and equal society.
About Humanists for a Better World (HfBW)
Humanists for a Better World (HfBW) is a section of Humanists UK which serves as a platform for humanist input on ethical and sustainability issues outside of Humanists UK’s core policy remit.
It aims to raise awareness and promote action on issues that humanists tend to agree on, such as climate change, global justice, and human rights outside of topics that relate specifically to religion or belief.
HfBW works to support a wide range of existing charities and coalitions such as the Climate Coalition in the work that they do, as well as running its own initiatives. Sector-facing work involves promoting the work of others, attending marches, conferences, and meetings, and ensuring the humanist voice is heard.
HfBW is currently undergoing a relaunch, which means forming a new Committee to help steer the section, the first task of which will be a review of its scope. This is a great opportunity to help decide which issues within this space HfBW should focus upon and how it should operate.
Role of Humanists for a Better World Committee members
The Committee is responsible for developing the terms of reference and scope of HfBW’s activities and campaigning objectives, and advising on and supporting the development of HfBW work. The Committee will report to Humanists UK’s Campaigns Officer who will provide support and oversee the work of the Committee and wider section.
We are also looking for expressions of interest for the role of Chair of the steering committee.
Key tasks and activities of the committee
- Determining the focus of HfBW in terms of areas of interest and campaigns that the programme would wish to affiliate to. These areas will be related to public ethical and sustainability issues connected to the humanist worldview, but that are outside of the core Humanists UK policy remit. These issues are likely to focus on climate change, global justice, and human rights.
- Developing HfBW into an effective campaigning platform for change in the issues of its focus. This will involve proposing and agreeing a detailed campaign plan setting out the campaigning aims of the section and what activities it intends to undertake.
- Developing HfBW into an effective platform for communicating and advancing the humanist perspective on these issues publicly. This will involve proposing and agreeing a detailed communications plan about how HfBW can engage with both a humanist supporter base and supportive stakeholders already engaged in these issues.
The Chair of the Committee is responsible for overseeing the development of the campaign and communications plan.
The Chair and up to six members of the Committee are appointed by the Director of Public Affairs and Policy. The Steering Group will meet regularly, usually online.
For more information and to submit an expression of interest, please contact Humanists UK’s Campaigns Officer Rachel Taggart-Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Lauren, Young Humanists Coordinator – email@example.com –with your name, location, experience, and motivation to get involved to register your interest
More information is available the Young Humanists Volunteer Pack.
LGBT Humanists Volunteers
We’re looking for several volunteers to support our LGBT Project Manager with events and fundraising up and down the country. Events management experience is helpful but not necessary, just a willingness to get involved. You’ll be joining Pride events and marches, helping to fundraise and, getting involved with local group events throughout the year.
If this sounds like you, download the application pack for some more information and get in touch!
Humanism research volunteer
We are looking for a volunteer to support the development of our archive of humanist thought. This role will include 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 estimate that this will involve 10 days of work between now and the end of the year. We can 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 and regional coordinators, logging information about visits, sending out feedback forms, and sharing feedback with school speakers. You’ll need to be able to work with a CRM database. We expect this will need you to be available one day a week. If you’d like to help, 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 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 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
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 email the Head of Education 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 Tony on 020 7324 3060.