Clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are basic human rights. They should be a normal part of daily life for everyone, everywhere – but they aren't. That's why we're here.
We're working with our partners in some of the toughest places in the world. Together, we have reached millions of people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, enabling entire communities to unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
And while installing taps and toilets is essential to our work, we do so much more. We convince governments to change laws, link policy makers with people on the ground, pool knowledge and resources and rally support from people and organisations around the world, making lasting change happen on a massive scale.
Description of opportunity:
WaterAid Speakers are trained volunteers that deliver inspiring talks and workshops, across the UK, to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene (WASH), to transform peoples’ lives for good. Our Speaker volunteers engage people about the important work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action, as they speak with schools, universities, businesses, youth groups, religious places of worship, service organisations, and many more community groups. To find out the kinds of things Speakers talk about, watch this 1 minute video https://youtu.be/3UQJFk8l7A4 and this 4 minute video https://youtu.be/wF_HlgnWEwU
Expectations of WaterAid Speakers
- Give a minimum of four talks or workshops per year and where possible on our key days, including World Water Day, World Toilet Day, Menstrual Hygiene Day and/or Global Handwashing Day.
- Attend Speaker Network training and adhere to volunteer guidance and best practise.
- Make use of our latest public speaking resources (such as PowerPoint presentations) included in our Speaker e-newsletter, emails, and online platform.
- Keep up to date with our key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.
- Regularly liaise with WaterAid about talks and workshops.
- Distribute our paying in form to audiences following a talk or workshop, where appropriate.
- Provide feedback on talks or workshops by completing the online evaluation.
- Contact local community groups to develop new talk and workshop opportunities.
- Provide support to new Speakers around their public speaking development.
- Demonstrate our values (see below), including being considerate when representing WaterAid and always leaving others with a positive view of our organisation and the work that we do.
What makes a good WaterAid Speaker?
- A commitment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene and to engage people in the work of WaterAid, inspiring them to take action in support of our work.
- An interest in the work of WaterAid, including our key messages, appeals, campaigns, fundraising and volunteering.
- Passion and enthusiasm for public speaking and confidence to speak publicly to a diverse range of community groups.
- Good availability to volunteer 4 times a year, potentially for morning school assembly talks, mid -day educational workshops, evening and weekend talks.
- Competent in using PowerPoint and email.
- Access to travel locally.
What is in it for you?
- A sense of personal achievement through volunteering locally, for an established international charity, helping to tackle extreme poverty and transform people’s lives for good.
- Becoming part of an influential, UK-wide volunteering network of over 250 Speaker volunteers, reaching around 50,000 people a year with important messages about international development.
- An opportunity to learn from sector specialists, about international development and global issues around water, sanitation and hygiene.
- With our Speaker training, develop your public speaking skills and confidence
- Use our PowerPoint and audio-visual presentation resources and varied presenting opportunities
- A personal Speaker Mentor to support your ongoing development as a Speaker.
- Regular support from the small and friendly WaterAid Speaker Network team, including support via email, phone and face to face in the London office.
- Reasonable expenses for travel to training, talks and workshops.
- Invitations to Supporter Thank You events across the UK.
If you are interested in becoming a WaterAid Speaker, here are the next steps:
- Register your interest in volunteering for the Speaker Network online at www.wateraid.org/uk/volunteer-application-form and select Volunteer Speaker.
- You will be emailed the application form to complete and return to WaterAid.
- Undertake a 25-minute phone interview.
- If successful, complete our Speaker training course.
- Give talks for WaterAid and receive support from the WaterAid Team.
If you have any queries you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this job is 20 December 2020 - 9:45pm.