London, Greater London

Voluntary

Regional Support Worker

Job Description

Organisation description

SPEAK is a national network of students and young adults who campaign and pray on issues of global justice. We are a campaign and activist company, charity and participatory network that aims to bring change and share our faith in God. Since 1998, our primary goal has been to tactically address the root of global problems which threaten human rights and human dignity. SPEAK has campaigned against the arms trade, climate change, corporate responsibility, famine and much more. By educating the public on such issues and empowering them to create a voice for those who are vulnerable in these unfortunate situations, we are able to manifest our goals for global peace and take steps to ensure that it becomes a reality.

Our core values are based on a Christian perspective in the sense that we practice the teachings of Christ and believe in justice for the poor, for those who are defenceless, and those who may not have the resources to take a stand against oppression and subjugation. We therefore take it upon ourselves to make sure that information is effectively distributed amongst the nation

We aim to inform people throughout the UK about global social injustices, and empower them to bring positive change through involvement in grass-roots community, campaigning, activism and the arts.  We do this through activity centred mail outs, social media, events and regional SPEAK groups.

Job description

SPEAK connects thousands of young people across the UK and beyond to make a difference to situations of global poverty, conflict and oppression. Our goal is to train students and young adults to understand the interconnected nature of global issues and how their actions and lifestyle has an impact on that and to help them be empowered and effective in bringing about change to situations of injustice. We aim to highlight the structural issues that are perpetuated by powerful governments and keep people in poverty.

We are seeking a passionate and hardworking individual who will effectively fulfil the role of a Regional Support Worker at SPEAK.

The purpose of the role is not only to encourage a greater sense of network amongst the various groups, but to ensure that they are equipped with the vital knowledge, direction and facilities to campaign for global justice. As a Regional Support Worker, we would need you to support the existing groups and also to help establish more, especially within universities across the UK.

The Regional Support Worker role will include: 

  • Running training sessions with the purpose of building and developing their impact. This would also include talks on SPEAKs campaigns, justice and practical group organisation skills.
  • Being the focal point of contact for groups which would include telephone calls, emails and visits when necessary.
  • Providing groups with practical support as they organise campaigns and prepare for crucial events such as Fresher’s Fairs and first meetings.
  • Encouraging and training people to establish new SPEAK groups
  • Sharing vision, ideas and stories between different groups and across the network, through social media, the SPEAK website, emails and blogging.
  • Networking between regions; facilitating communication and grassroots involvement and inspiration
  • Networking with student unions and churches to build relationships and giving talks.
  • Identifying and attending events to publicise SPEAK’s work.
  • Following up enquiries and responding to requests, you will work as part of the broader SPEAK Network Support Team. This covers a diverse range of work such as campaigns co-ordination, fundraising, organising, running events and general administration.

Who Are We Looking For?

SPEAK is looking for people who are committed to SPEAK’s core Christian values. The working environment at SPEAK requires the type of person who uses their initiative, works independently and gives 110% to any given task.

Essential:

  • Some experience of campaigning and knowledge of justice issues, such as Arms trade, Food Justice and Climate Change
  • Strong leadership skills/ability to motivate and inspire

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills with diverse audiences

  • Confidence in public speaking

  • Project coordination skills

  • Time-keeping and meeting deadlines

  • Computer literate and experience using database

  • Willingness to travel across UK occasionally

  • Willingness to work on occasional evenings and weekends

  • Skills in problem solving

  • Ability to analyse challenging projects and documents

  • Understanding of partnership communication

  • Ability to work independently and manage/organise workloads

Desirable:

  • Experience of marketing through social media; Facebook, Twitter etc.

  • Experience working with students and young adults

  • Supervision of volunteers or mentors