About the opportunity
Do you have a passion to raise awareness of issues of social justice and get people involved across Merseyside or the Wirral in tackling global poverty?
A Christian Aid Ambassador will play an important part of the Cristian Aid Team, raising awareness of issues that affect the world’s poorest communities. Committed to the values and vision of Christian Aid, you will share stories about the work of Christian Aid and inspire people to make a difference by giving, acting and praying. Where appropriate, you will help people make connections between their faith and issues of poverty and justice.
Christian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
Poverty is an outrage against humanity. It robs people of dignity, freedom and hope, of power over their own lives. Christian Aid has a vision - an end to poverty - and we believe that vision can become a reality.
What are they looking for?
You will use your church contacts and networking abilities to secure new speaking and preaching opportunities for Christian Aid. You will need to be:
• Someone well connected to local churches and networks, able to make a compelling case for supporting the world’s poorest communities
• Able to speak in a variety of church environments and to contact local church leaders
• Passionate about justice and willing to learn more about international development
As representatives of Christian Aid, you should ensure that their message is consistent with Christian Aid’s purpose and values. In particular, when speaking on issues such as HIV/AIDS, Climate Change and Israel/Palestine they should be prepared to represent Christian Aid’s policy position. Training will be provided on this. They should not use speaking engagements to raise support for the work of other organisations and should not try to convert people to their own faith.
How much time can I give?
That depends on you though, although ideally we would like you to spend around 1 or 2 days per month, researching and contact the relevant leaders in your area.
What skills do I need?
An ability to deliver talks and presentations in a lively and engaging way.
An understanding of development issues and a willingness to develop local supporters’ and church congregations’ knowledge.
An ability to work in a range of settings and within a variety of church traditions.
An ability to work alone and as part of a team
Have a conviction that issues of justice and development are central to the call of the Christian gospel.
An ability to help people make connections between these issues and their faith.
What support will I receive?
• Individual support from a named contact within Christian Aid.
• Ongoing training sessions with other volunteers and Christian Aid staff.
• Access to Christian Aid’s published and online resources.
• A regular volunteers’ e-newsletter.
• Out-of-pocket expenses.
Are there any other requirements?
• Volunteers are required to attend training at least once a year to ensure that their message is consistent with Christian Aid’s current themes.
• Volunteer speakers who wish to speak to young people’s groups are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure form.
• It is helpful, but not essential, to have your own transport.