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Our specialist volunteers provide The Vegan Society with a diverse range of skills that enable us expand and develop our work across a wide variety of projects.

Based across the world, specialist volunteering can be done from wherever you are, and only requires that you have the availability stated for each role or project. Specialist volunteers have supported with translation for the launch of our app VeGuide, helped to answer tricky questions around pharmacy and veterinary care, created the of illustrations for our membership cards and created specialised content for our web pages, to name just a few examples.

There are two ways specialist volunteers can engage with our work. Firstly, we have banks of volunteers who have expertise in a range of key skills. These include research, nutrition, graphic design, photography, and even legal expertise.

Secondly, we have specific projects that come up that you can get involved in. We will keep publishing details of any new projects that come up both on our newsletter, and here on our webpages.

Current specialist volunteering opportunities:

Specialist Grants Advisor Volunteer

Specialist Grants Advisor 

Are you passionate about changing the way we treat animals? Do you want to help reduce environmental damage? Do you want to inspire people to enjoy healthy vegan food that both looks good and tastes great?

The Vegan Society aims to make veganism more accessible. We help people to adopt a vegan lifestyle by supporting individuals, policy- and decision-makers, caterers, manufacturers, healthcare professionals and the media.

Why do we need you?

We have two grant-giving programmes at The Vegan Society, both of which are managed by the Volunteering and Engagement Officer. We are looking for a specialist volunteer who can help with assessing applications from economically developing countries (EDCs). We do not have this expertise in-house, so we need volunteer support from someone who is experienced and knowledgeable about working on the ground with grassroots organisations in EDCs. For the purpose of this specific role and project, we are defining EDCs as countries that have one-third of the GDP of the UK. We can provide more information about this definition to interested candidates.

What does this role involve?

This is a flexible role and requires around four hours a week of reading and reviewing grant applications. You will also be asked to attend meetings with staff and to share your opinions with the Volunteering and Engagement Officer and other staff members at The Vegan Society. You may also be asked to feed in to wider decision-making, check external documents and support the Volunteering and Engagement Officer in writing copy and developing internal strategies for handling grant applications from EDCs.

Is training and support available?

Because this is a Specialist Advisor role, the expectation is that you will have knowledge in a particular area that is not shared by the staff at The Vegan Society, so training will not be available in this area. However, you will be supported by the Volunteering and Engagement Officer, who will work closely with you and provide all the necessary training on our internal systems.

What skills would be useful in this role?

  • An awareness and knowledge of vegan current affairs.
  • The ability to critically analyse and score grant applications against set criteria.
  • An awareness of The Vegan Society’s history, approach and work.
  • Proficiency in a second language (Spanish, French, Hindi, Arabic or Swahili).
  • First-hand experience of working in EDCs (e.g. planning projects or events).
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Experience of working to a brief, including a deadline.
  • Confidence to communicate any training or support needs.
  • Open-minded, with a desire to be conscious of your own internal biases and to examine and reject personal prejudices.
  • A knowledge and understanding of the concept of white saviourism and the desire to avoid this in favour of empowering and supporting local people to work in their own communities.

Who does this role report to?

The Volunteering and Engagement Officer.

Who can I contact to find out more?

You can contact the Volunteering and Engagement Officer at [email protected]

 

 


Web Editor Role Description

Role description

Are you passionate about changing the way we treat animals? Do you want to help reduce damage to our environment? Do you want to get people to enjoy healthy vegan food that looks good and tastes great?

The Vegan Society makes veganism more accessible and an easily adopted approach by supporting individuals, policy and decision makers, caterers, manufacturers, health care professionals and the media.

Why do we need you?

Our website covers a huge range of topics, aimed to support people in going, and staying, vegan. Keeping all of these up to date takes a lot of hours and many hands, especially when it comes to pages that need regular updates involving sourcing and editing images, improving accessibility, and updating content.

What does the role involve?

The role will involve a variety of different tasks in updating the website such as:

  • Adding and updating the events page, which will include editing images and proofreading content for the page.
  • Reviewing and fixing pages with broken links.
  • Publishing and updating recipes on our recipes page.
  • Supporting with accessibility improvements to the site such as adding alt tags to images.
  • Undertaking search engine optimisation tasks, such as identifying key search terms and popular pages we could develop.
  • More advanced web editing and development tasks may be offered to volunteers depending on their skillset and level of experience.

We expect that tasks will be assigned based on your experience and confidence in the area, with full support from the Web Officer. This would all happen in software we provide. Our website CMS is Drupal, so you would become familiar with this.

What training and development is available?

Each task will be introduced in a phased way, with a full induction and training session on each area. We can and will provide specific training for specific areas, on the basis of your existing experience. There are opportunities for all of our roles to evolve and develop to take on more responsibility, including wider website editing and communicating directly with external partners.

What skills would be useful in doing this role?

  • Familiarity with content management systems such as WordPress or Drupal would be an ideal foundation for this role.
  • Experience with web editing.
  • Ability to use digital systems and processes.
  • Knowledge and experience of image editing to specific dimensions.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to learn and develop in the role.

What does my availability have to be?

We expect 4 hours a week. For the first month of volunteering you will need to commit these hours between 8:00-4:00 so that staff support is directly available to you. After this we will have a review and if you are comfortable your hours can be completed more flexibly around your schedule. To keep up contact with staff and help you to manage your tasks, we will schedule a weekly check-in video call with you during weeks that you are volunteering for us.

Who does this role report to?

Supporter Services Coordinator and Web Officer.

Who can I contact to find out more?

You can contact Kaya (Supporter Services Coordinator) and Hayley (Web Officer) on [email protected]. You can also call on 0121 523 1730.


Proofreader Volunteer Role Description

Role Description

Are you passionate about changing the way we treat animals? Do you want to help reduce damage to our environment? Do you want to get people to enjoy healthy vegan food that looks good and tastes great?

The Vegan Society makes veganism more accessible and an easily adopted approach by supporting individuals, policy and decision makers, caterers, manufacturers, health care professionals and the media.

Why do we need you?

We produce written content over multiple platforms, and in a variety of styles. Written content will include our magazine The Vegan, blogs, press releases, website copy, handbooks, role descriptions and more.

What does the role involve?

This role will form a part of a bank of volunteers who focus on proofreading. You will need to proofread copy to a deadline and using The Vegan Society Style Guide to ensure consistency across all our copy. We will contact you with a proofreading task and ask if you have the availability to take it on. If you agree, you will be given the copy as well as our Style Guide and asked to return the proofread version to your point of contact by a set date.

What training and support is available?

Volunteering in this area will come with a full induction to the blog, the magazine, and the staff you will be working with. We are always prepared to deliver specific training on specific skills, as identified throughout volunteering. However, this is an independent role that is done remotely, and contact with staff will be mainly over email, so it is ideally suited to someone who is able to be self-sufficient.

What skills and attributes are needed for this role?

  • Experience of proofreading in a professional capacity or evidence of the equivalent qualifications
  • Excellent grasp of written English and grammar
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience of working to a brief, including a deadline
  • Able to communicate any training or support needs
  • Comfortable receiving constructive feedback
  • Open to training and development
  • Understanding of the importance of an organisation’s tone of voice
  • Awareness of The Vegan Society’s history, approach, and work

What does my availability need to be?

This role varies significantly in time required depending on the brief, you will only ever be expected to take on a task that you have reasonable time to complete. Ideally, we’d like all volunteers to be available for around 4 hours a month.

Who does this role report to?

This role reports directly to the Editor of The Vegan and the Supporter Services Coordinator. You may have a different point of contact once you are in post and depending on the type of proofreading you do.

Who can I contact to find out more?

You can contact Kaya (Supporter Services Coordinator) on [email protected], or you can call on 0121 523 1730.


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