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Programmes Support Volunteer, Education & Learning Team

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Faith & Belief Forum

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Programmes Support Volunteer, Education & Learning Team

Purpose of role:

The Education and Learning Programmes Support Volunteer will support the Faith & Belief Forum’s Education and Learning(E&L) Team with a specific focus on the Schools Workshops Programme. Encountering Faiths and Beliefs is F&BF's flagship workshop that brings real-life experiences of faith, belief and identity into the classroom via a panel of trained speakers. The role of the volunteer will be to provide administrative support to help with the smooth running of workshops as well as to provide support with developing an online video bank of speaker stories.

What will I be doing as a Programmes Support Volunteer?

The volunteer will provide support in the following areas:

Preparation for workshops

  • Setting up Zoom meetings for online workshops and supporting with workshop bookings.
  • Sending reminder emails to schools and speakers about workshops.
  • Processing workshop invoices and speaker expenses.

Supporting with developing an online bank of speaker stories.

  • Setting up meetings with speakers to record their stories.
  • Supporting with the recording, editing, subtitling and uploading of school speakers’ stories onto the F&BF website.

Other

  • Keeping our database, Salesforce, up to date with our stakeholders’ information.
  • Involvement in the outreach, recruitment, training and induction of volunteer school speakers.
  • Supporting with research for funding bids.
  • Optional opportunity to assist with schools workshops and to train as a volunteer school speaker.
  • Supporting with new areas of E&L work as they arise e.g. researching new projects/workshops etc.
  • Occasionally supporting more broadly with pieces of work across the broader E&L Team (School Linking Programme, Online Resources Programme, Teacher Training)

Communicating the impact of our work:

  • Writing blogs about your experience of our work
  • Drafting tweets for our @FBFSchools Twitter account

What experience or skills will I need to do this role?

Essential:

  • A positive, sensitive and inclusive approach.
  • Well organised and able to work independently with remote management.
  • Access to own computer and internet connection.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, ability to represent an organisation to a range of stakeholders by email and in person.
  • Excellent administrative skills with the ability to accurately record data and pay attention to detail.
  • Confident using mainstream IT software: Microsoft Office (Outlook/Word/Excel etc.), Zoom etc.

Preferable

  • An interest in and passion for interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
  • IT skills: editing videos, Salesforce.
  • Experience working in an education setting.

What are the benefits for me?

  • Building experience in education project delivery and coordination.
  • Learning from the Faith & Belief Forum’s education methodologies.
  • Opportunities to support with schools workshops or to train as a volunteer speaker.
  • Opportunities to get involved with other internal and external F&BF events when opportunities arise.

What support will I be given?

Your key contact within your team will be Jaishree Patel, Education & Learning Programmes Officer. They will set your goals with you, conduct regular check-ins, provide day-to-day support as needed, and give you feedback on your tasks.

On your first day you will given an Orientation Training by your key contact in your team who will induct you into the organisation. As part of this induction you will:

  • be given an introduction to the Faith & Belief Forum, our vision, and work
  • be shown any IT systems you will be using and given login details you will need
  • have an opportunity to talk through the Volunteer Handbook
  • have the chance to ask any questions you have

During the first four weeks of volunteering, the volunteer and key contact will have weekly check-ins to talk through progress with tasks, questions and feedback. After this period, the frequency of check-ins can be agreed. In-person check-ins should take place at least once a month in a mutually convenient location.

Travel needed to complete your volunteering (up to £10 per week) and lunch expenses for the days you volunteer at the office (up to £5 per week) will be reimbursed, on completion of an expenses form with original receipts provided.

You will be invited to join a Facebook group of 180+ Faith & Belief Forum volunteers past and present; this network of people passionate about interfaith share interesting events and opportunities.

When and where will this role take place?

The role is a minimum of 7 hours per week and up to 14 hours per week depending on the volunteer’s preference. When these hours are will be completed is to be agreed between the volunteer and their key contact during the induction period.

This role can be home-based, in F&BF’s Kentish Town office or a mixture of both (please note that the volunteer manager for this role works remotely with only occasional visits to the London office.)

This role is for an initial 3 month period with the option to extend longer term if mutually agreed. The role will begin in October 2021.

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About Faith & Belief Forum

Location:

Star House 104 Grafton Road, London, United Kingdo, 104 Grafton Road, London, London NW5 4BA, GB

Mission Statement

The Faith & Belief Forum exists to create good relations between people of different faiths and beliefs. Our vision is a connected and supportive society where people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures have strong, productive and lasting relations. We believe the future belongs to people of all beliefs, that religious intolerance has no place in society and that diversity adds value. We work towards our vision by implementing three interconnected and strategic goals.

Description

We were founded in 1997 as the Three Faiths Forum. Over the years our work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious. In 2018, we changed our name to the Faith & Belief Forum to better reflect this inclusive ethos.

The Faith & Belief Forum has worked tirelessly for over 20 years to build good relations between people of all faiths and beliefs, and to create a society where difference is celebrated.

We create spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and the wider community where people can engage with questions of belief and identity and meet people different from themselves. Enabling people to learn from each other in this way is often the most effective way to tackle ignorance and challenge stereotypes - and create understanding and trust between people.

The Faith & Belief Forum’s inclusive approach welcomes everyone - whether you’re an Atheist, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jew, Muslim, Zoroastrian, or identify with any other belief.

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REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • The role is a minimum of 7 hours per week and up to 14 hours per week depending on the volunteer’s preference
  • A positive, sensitive and inclusive approach. Well organised and able to work independently with remote management. Access to own computer and internet connection. Good written and verbal communication skills, ability to represent an organisation

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