Volunteering at Church Action on Poverty

Be an agent of change – help us make the UK a fairer place to live.

Are you interested in working on charity campaigning or communications? Would you like to gain invaluable experience, while helping to run campaigns that deliver real change?

We have placements available for volunteers to play a key role in our Public Affairs team.

As part of our Public Affairs team, volunteers support our advocacy campaigns - mobilising churches to take action and lobbying for national policy changes. They work alongside skilled professionals who are passionate about UK poverty and inequality. All volunteers receive excellent support, supervision and feedback - it's a great way to gain experience of campaigning and charity communications work.

Volunteers are treated with the same care and respect as Church Action on Poverty employees. You’ll get the chance to apply existing skills, and an opportunity to develop new ones.

We provide a reference for future employers, a formal performance review at the end of the placement, and access to internal recruitment opportunities.

Main tasks

  • Dealing with email and telephone enquiries from supporters and other interested parties about our campaigns
  • Emailing supporters about our campaigns and activity
  • Using Engaging Networks tools to build fundraising and campaign actions
  • Monitoring and updating our social media feeds
  • Helping with administration work such as mailings and posting  resources
  • Helping with events such as workshops and talks
  • Researching issues and policies
  • Writing content for reports and communications

What we are looking for

We are looking for volunteers who have...

  • An ability to work well alone and take initiative
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • Good organisational skills for office work
  • Experience and skills in organising meetings and events
  • The ability to effectively prioritise workload
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, both generally and when welcoming and supporting participants from a range of religious and social backgrounds
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications
  • Proficiency in using online social networking tools
  • An ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing and orally
  • An ability to deal effectively with telephone, email and letter correspondence
  • An interest in and sympathy with Church Action on Poverty’s values and aims
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, equal opportunities

About the placement

Ideally, we would like volunteers to be able to commit to a minimum of six months, for at least two days per week. This is voluntary work, but travel and lunch expenses will be provided.

Volunteers are based in our national HQ at Dale House, 35 Dale Street, Manchester M1 2HF.

Volunteers are managed by and accountable to our Communications and Supporter Relations Manager. The Manager will act as advocate and mentor during the volunteer placement, and conduct a formal performance review at the end to evaluate the success of the time spent with the organisation.

All applicants must have the requisite visas to volunteer in the UK.

How to apply

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please complete and return our application form.

There is no application deadline; we assess applications as and when they arrive.

Church Action On Poverty, Unit 28 Sandpiper Court, Water’s Edge Business Park, Modwen Road, Salford M5 3EZ

Telephone 0161 872 9294 or email info@church-poverty.org.uk

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