How to apply
The Fairtrade Foundation is a passionate and ambitious development organisation committed to tackling poverty and injustice through trade. We are best known as the independent, not-for-profit body behind the FAIRTRADE Mark, a product label assuring consumers that their purchase helps disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries secure a better deal. The FAIRTRADE Mark is the best known and most trusted ethical mark amongst UK consumers.
The Fairtrade Campaigns team
We co-ordinate a network of grassroots campaigners across the UK made up of community groups, schools and universities as well as individual supporters. We also raise money for the Foundation’s work through community fundraising and individual giving. Each of our sub-teams focuses on a specific audience; Education (schools and universities), Communities (Fairtrade towns and faith groups) and Supporters (individuals). The aim is to increase availability of Fairtrade products and raise awareness of Fairtrade across the community. The grassroots Fairtrade movement has built a strong understanding of Fairtrade across the UK and inspired other countries to start similar national Fairtrade campaigns.
In this role, you will be working with our Supporters and Fundraising team to engage our audience of dedicated supporters with our campaigns and fundraising.
Commitment: Ideally you would volunteer for 2-3 days per week in our London office for at least 6 months.
This arrangement is not intended to be legally binding or to create a contract.
Fairtrade Campaigns and Fundraising volunteers play a vital role in supporting this dynamic and diverse movement and volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about grassroots campaigning while working in a fast-moving office environment. In the role, you will gain experience in supporter relations, communications and fundraising. Specific projects could include research and copywriting, data processing and email analysis. Opportunities to attend events will also arise, and can be agreed with the Campaigns Assistant, depending on your interests and the skill sets you wish to develop.
It would suit a student, graduate or any individual with a passion for global justice and an interest in supporting individuals and communities across the UK in taking action. Previous volunteers have gone on to work for other NGOs, in the UK & overseas, self-employment, further study, and a variety of other sectors including Fairtrade organisations.
What will you have learned / achieved by the end of this assignment?
What are the hours?
Flexible, but normally 10.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday
Unless otherwise stated, positions are based at the Fairtrade Foundation's offices in The Loom, 14 Gower’s Walk, E1 8PY.
Do I get expenses?
We reimburse lunch valued at £5 per day if volunteering four or more hours in that day or over the lunch period and refund travel expenses (preferably off peak) maximum £15 per day on production of receipts or ticket.
We regret that we are unable to assist non-UK residents who are planning to volunteer during a short stay in the UK with visa applications, finding accommodation etc.
The Fairtrade Foundation is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.