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Community Organiser Volunteers

Our Community Organiser Team go out into campus and into local area and through face to face conversation listen to what people have to say your ambitions, concerns, problems, passions and ideas. They support students and non students to take action on issues that affect them in the community.

Here at Sussex Students’ Union we are are committed to helping people come together and be a part of the change they want to see in the community. 

Community Organising is an amazing way to make a positive contribution to our local community and will make the areas where we live a better place to be. 

We are recruiting both student and non-student residents to become Community Organisers. It is a great opportunity to come together as a part of one community.

We're looking for people who are friendly, good at listening, positive, proactive, resourceful and passionate about people and supporting them to tackle local issues. 

You will be trained to go out into the local community and start conversations with people face to face and support them to make a difference in their local area.

It all starts with Door Knocking!!

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The purpose of the role

Main tasks & responsibilities

This role would suit you if you...

Commitment

Support & Training

Skills Gained

How to apply

The purpose of the role

  • A Community Organiser is a person who volunteers their time to help people make a difference. 
  • To actively listen to people-students and non students.
  • To assist with social action in the community
  • To help people they speak to make change happen for themselves and together as a community. 
  • To bring people together, linking people to relevant organisations, professional and community leaders or other like minded people.

Main tasks & responsibilities

  • To go door knocking on in local areas and on campus and listen to people what people have to say.
  • Be open, helpful  and create a safe space for people to communicate to you and your listening partner.
  • To record conversations,  pay attention to themes that come up in conversations with different people and feedback to the team.
  • To follow up on conversations. 
  • To Support the people in the community to plan or run activities, events, campaigns and help people realise their ideas.
  • To provide information and signposting to relevant services.
  • To promote and document  the outcomes/projects that arise from Community Organising listening sessions and activities.

This role would suit you if you...

  • Are  interested in hearing people's stories, willing to start conversations with people that you do not know and be able to record the conversations you will be having.
  • Are committed to your community
  • Are a good listener and willing to develop your listening skills
  • Are able to put yourself in other people’s shoes but willing to challenge views which are discriminatory.
  • Have personal integrity and be willing to be accountable and stick to the Community Organiser’s Code of Conduct, and to our confidentiality and safeguarding policies.
  • Be a part of making positive change happen in the community
  • Like to meet  new people and want to widen your networks, social and professional 
  • If you enjoy networking and bringing people together.
  • Want to learn to motivate and activate people to change things for the better.
  • Enjoy being part of new projects and would like to be more active in your community
  • Are interested in learning about power and politics and how change happens
  • Would like to become part of a network of active citizens in your area pushing for change.
  • Can commit to attending our two day Community Organising inclusive residential training on Friday 24th -Sunday 26th March
  • Welcome the opportunity to take part in other relevant training.

Commitment

Volunteers are expected to commit to:

  • Initial 2 day all inclusive training (Friday 24th-Sunday 26th March)
  • Ongoing on the role induction
  • Minimum 2 hours per fortnight. Listen to about 50 people over six months and support them undertaking potential local projects.
  • Attend relevant training for the role required

Support & Training

  • Full support from the Community Engagement Coordinator 
  • Two day initial residential  training session specific to the role 
  • The opportunity to attend specialised skills and knowledge training sessions
  • Great experience for your CV and the provision of a reference and a certificate of completed volunteer hours
  • Regular volunteer meet ups with Community Engagement coordinator

Skills Gained

Skills Gained: Participating in this opportunity will enable you to develop and practice the following skills

Teamwork

X

Delegation

X

Financial Management

 

Verbal Communication

X

Negotiation

X

I.T.

X

Written Communication

X

People Management

X

Organisation/ Planning

X

Leadership

X

Time Management

X

Telephone Skills

 

Commercial Awareness

 

Marketing

 

Initiative

X

Problem Solving

X

Decision Making

X

Public Speaking

 

Active Listening

X

Confidentiality

X

Cultural Awareness

X

How to apply

Are you interested but would like to know more?

Please come and meet Monique - Community Engagement Coordinator and Sarah Gibbons - Citizenship and Societies Officer for tea & biscuits and  coffee & cake on: 

Wednesday 15th February 2-3pm or

Tuesday 21st February 6-7pm 

Deadline for Application submission Friday 10th March 2017. You can complete the application form here.

A training weekend will take place Friday 24th-Sunday 26th March