What: Save the Children is the world’s independent children’s charity. We work in more than 120 countries. We save children's lives. We fight for their rights. We help them fulfil their potential.
1. Student Engagement Officer
Save the Children is looking for a team of committed and passionate Student Engagement Officers, to raise the profile of Save the Children amongst students and to recruit volunteers from universities around the UK.
Main activities include:
• Actively recruiting and engaging new student volunteers for Save the Children, with the support of the Community Fundraising Team.
• Joining the Save the Children Universities Project team, working with other students and staff nationwide to develop how Save the Children engages with students now and in the future.
• Raising the profile of Save the Children within UCL and surrounding communities. How this is achieved is completely flexible and dependent on the volunteer’s interests and experience, but examples include:
o Setting up a Save the Children Society
o Organising fundraising events
o Running campaigns
o Spreading the word about Save the Children’s wide range of volunteering opportunities to the student body.
• Student Engagement Officers won’t just organise their own events; they’ll encourage and facilitate a growing number of student volunteers to do this for themselves. Wherever their interests lie, their enthusiasm and commitment is crucial to helping Save the Children engage new student volunteers.
Times: The role is completely flexible, but will require approximately 2-4 hours commitment per week.
Location: The Newcastle Save the Children Office, and Newcastle University.
2. Speaking Out Volunteer
Speaking Out is Save the Children’s network of volunteer speakers. They bring about dramatic change for children by raising public awareness of our work and inspiring new audiences to support us. Volunteer speakers deliver engaging, motivating and well informed talks to a variety of audiences across the UK. Student volunteers are vital to our Speaking Out network. They bring their enthusiasm and passion to deliver inspirational talks to new audiences.
• Provide talks on Save the Children within your university and community.
• Approach different groups to arrange talks with a wide variety of audiences, from groups of school children to student societies.
• Encourage audiences to support Save the Children in ways that are appropriate to them.
• Attend training and updating sessions, use our Speaker Resource Materials, and access up-to date-information about our programme work online.
Times: Volunteers must commit to undertake an average of 1 talk a month. Time commitment is completely flexible.
Location: The Newcastle area (exact locations depend on talks)
• We’ll train students on Save the Children’s work, delivering talks, and engaging new supporters.
• The local Speaking Out Coordinator will provide personal support and advice whenever students need it.
• We’ll give students great resources to help with their talks, plus regular up-to-date information on our programme work and fundraising initiatives via a dedicated volunteer website.
• Students will gain valuable experience in public speaking, delivering inspirational and motivational talks, and volunteering for an international NGO to fight for children’s rights.
Student Engagement Officer:
As a key member of a nationwide pilot programme, volunteers will gain fantastic experience of project implementation and volunteer engagement in a leading international NGO. The skills they develop will stand volunteers in excellent stead if they are interested in pursuing a career in the charity sector.
Students will also be invited to an expenses-paid induction conference at our Head Office to introduce them to the role.