Volunteer Speaker

Christian Aid
Merseyside and/or the Wirral
21 Sep 2017
21 Dec 2017
Hours per month
1 to 10 hours
Long Term

Volunteer speaker in Merseyside and/or the Wirral.

Do you have a passion to raise awareness of issues of social justice and get people involved across Merseyside and the Wirral in tackling global poverty? Volunteer speakers and preachers raise awareness of issues that affect the world’s poorest communities. Committed to the values and vision of Christian Aid, they share stories about the work of Christian Aid and inspire people to make a difference by giving, acting and praying. Where appropriate, they help people to make connections between their faith and issues of poverty and justice.  As a volunteer speaker with Christian Aid you will have the opportunity to use and develop your presentation skills, form relationships with churches and other groups and be actively involved in promoting justice in the world.  What will I do?  • Prepare and deliver talks and/or sermons on the work of Christian Aid, in a variety of settings. This could include church services or smaller sessions with young people or other groups.  • Devise and lead workshops.  • Encourage people to support the work of Christian Aid through giving their time and money, taking action and praying.  • Distribute and promote Christian Aid’s resources and materials.  As representatives of Christian Aid, volunteer speakers 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.

About Christian Aid – Merseyside and the Wirral 

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. 

Our vision

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?

How much time can I give?  That depends on you though we ask that our speakers commit to delivering a minimum of six talks a year. Requests for speakers tend to come on an ad hoc basis, with a greater demand around Christian Aid Week. However, we also ask you to create your own speaking engagements and can offer you support to do this.  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.  Volunteers who preach in churches also need: • 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.

Practical Considerations

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.

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