Get Involved | Volunteer | Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer Roles

You are here

» Volunteer Roles

Current remote volunteering opportunities:

Japanese Translation Volunteer

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.  

One of the ways we do this is by certifying products with our global Vegan Trademark. This makes vegan products more widely visible to consumers. 

Why do we need you? 

Our Business Development Team at The Vegan Society works with international agents to help spread the word about our Vegan Trademark in different countries so we can register as many different products as possible. Our Japanese agents tell us that the main problem they want to address is a lack of reliable information in Japanese about veganism and the vegan product market in Japan. Although some Japanese employees know that there is potential for vegan products, they may have trouble conveying this to the decision-makers in their organisation. Without visible vegan products and information about veganism, potential vegans are finding it difficult to make the transition – this is where a volunteer with English to Japanese translation and research skills will help us to make a difference. 

What does the role involve? 

The main tasks in this role will be translating documentation about our Vegan Trademark. The role would also involve translating short informational pages, as well as white papers on vegan product categories, summarising reports, and translating general material from The Vegan Society website, such as blogs and articles, to ensure they are suitable for a Japanese audience. 

What training and support is available? 

The ideal candidate for this role will be an English and Japanese speaker with professional or equivalent experience in translation and so that training in these areas would not be required. However, we are always willing to invite volunteers along to staff training when possible and to deliver training on specific skills in-house, as identified throughout volunteering. This role is remote, so support from staff will be available through email and phone calls as required. Monthly or quarterly reviews with the Volunteering and Engagement Officer will also be conducted to ensure the volunteer is happy in their role. 

What skills would be useful for this role? 

  • Fluent written and spoken Japanese and a high level of English 
  • Translation skills 
  • An awareness and knowledge of vegan current affairs 
  • Confidence to communicate any training or support needs 
  • Ability to work independently 

What does my availability need to be? 

We ask for volunteers to commit four to six hours a week, although this may vary from week to week. Volunteering can be done outside traditional working hours and in any time zone, although occasional calls may need to be held between 9am and 5pm UK time. We request that you commit to the role for a minimum of six months to make the best use of recruitment and induction time and to get the best out of your volunteering experience.  

Who does this role report to?  

Katharina Eist, International Business Development Manager and Kaya Gromocki, Volunteering and Engagement Officer. 

Who can I contact to find out more? 

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

 


Editorial Magazine Volunteer

Role Description

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?

The Vegan Society produces a membership magazine, The Vegan. The award-winning publication provides members and subscribers with updates, ideas, motivation and resources four times a year. All of this in a lively, easy-to-read style suitable for vegans of all ages. This role will support our Magazine Editor by taking on some of the copyediting, proofing, research and admin tasks that go in to producing a magazine. This will allow them to focus on commissioning and strategic planning.

What does the role involve?

This role will involve copywriting, copyediting and proofing articles and pieces for the magazine. In addition to this there will also be some research-based tasks, e.g. collating lists of potential creative contributors, researching stories to cover and people to interview. There will also be some communication with potential collaborators to help source contributors.

What training and support is available?

The ideal candidate for this role will be someone with professional skills in proofreading, copywriting, and copyediting, so training in these areas would not be required. However, we are always willing to invite volunteers along to staff training when possible and to deliver training on specific skills inhouse, as identified throughout volunteering. This role is remote, so support from the Magazine Editor and Volunteering and Engagement Officer will be available through email and phone calls as required. Monthly or quarterly reviews will also be conducted to ensure the volunteer is happy in their role.

What skills would be useful in doing this role?

  • Experience of copyediting, copywriting and 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 is a new role, so we are viewing the first issue of the magazine that a volunteer supports as a trial period to make sure that the work is a good fit for a volunteer. We would need an availability of 2–4 hours per week, although some periods may be slightly busier and some quieter. There is no requirement to volunteer during the typical working day, but some meetings may need to take place between 9am–5pm.

Who does this role report to?

This role reports directly to the Editor of The Vegan and the Volunteering and Engagement Officer.

Who can I contact to find out more?

You can contact Kaya (Volunteering and Engagement Officer) on [email protected], or you can call us on 0121 523 1730.

 


Vegan Insights Panel Volunteer

Have a few minutes a month to spare? Volunteer from the comfort of your own home with this opportunity.

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?

The Vegan Society has recently established a partnership with the consumer insight organisation Attest. This allows us to conduct in-house research around veganism, inform our campaigns and provide insights to vegan businesses and those selling vegan products.

We are in the process of building a dedicated Vegan Insight Panel for the UK and are seeking vegan volunteers to answer online surveys. For every survey you answer, you can enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher! There is no requirement for this role apart from currently being vegan – whether from just last week or from birth.

What does the opportunity involve?

When you sign up to be part of the Vegan Insight Panel, every so often (but never more than twice a month), we will email you an online survey on a topic relating to veganism. Topics could include the social aspects of veganism, vegan products, product labelling, environmental issues, and many more. The surveys take no longer than 15 minutes to answer (often less) and, for every survey you complete, you have the option of entering into a prize draw.

What skills would be useful in this opportunity?

No specific skill is needed – we are looking for a diverse and representative panel to reflect the vegan audience across the UK.

What does my availability need to be?

You will receive no more than two emails per month and usually less than this. The surveys take up to 15 minutes to answer (often less). From the time of receiving the survey, you will have about two weeks to complete it. If the topic does not interest you, you can choose not to answer the survey. In line with GDPR, you can opt out of receiving emails at any time.

Who can I contact to find out more?

Please visit this page to join our Vegan Insight Panel or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

 


Current office volunteering opportunities:

Outreach Programme Volunteer

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?

Our outreach programme supports people all over the world who are engaging and educating their local communities about veganism and helping to ensure that their transition to veganism is both healthy and happy. To keep the outreach programme running smoothly and efficiently, our resources need to be kept up to date, in stock and in the right place. Requests need to be processed promptly and accurately, ensuring that the right things are sent to the right people.

What does the role involve?

This role is centered on the practicalities of running our outreach programme. You will spend your time packing and arranging postage for leaflet requests. Packing involves ensuring we have what we need and making sure the post room is well stocked with the resources we send out. Your role includes booking orders out through our online courier company and will develop to include resolving issues with them directly.

What training and development are available?

Like all our office volunteering roles, there will be a full induction to the office environment to ensure your health and safety needs are met. There will always be access to support from a member of staff, although this role is mainly spent working alone. There are opportunities for all of our roles to evolve and develop to take on more responsibility.

What skills would be useful in doing this role?

  • Confidence in using online booking websites
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Comfortable following processes and procedures
  • Willingness to learn and develop within the role
  • Physically able to efficiently pack, lift and carry heavy boxes.

What does my availability have to be?

For office volunteering, we request four hours per week on any day, either from 10am to 2pm or 12pm to 4pm.

Who does this role report to?

You will report to the Volunteering and Engagement Officer and the Supporter Services Coordinator.

Who can I contact to find out more?

You can contact Kaya (Volunteering and Engagement Officer) on [email protected], or you can call us on 0121 523 1730.

 


Reg. Charity No: 279228 Company Reg. No: 01468880 Copyright © 1944 - 2022 The Vegan Society