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Crisis Action Team Member - Edinburgh

About Crisis

Crisis is the national charity for homeless people. We are determined to end homelessness. We do it person by person and by influencing policies to ensure everyone has a place to call home. Crisis offers groundbreaking housing, health, education and employment services and works with thousands of homeless people across the UK every year. We are determined campaigners. We draw on our research, partnerships and years of experience of working directly with homeless people to deliver change. We want to end homelessness for good, and in our 50th year we want to take the biggest step yet to achieve this vision. We need your help to do it.

Role outline and the difference you will make

We are looking for passionate, enthusiastic, lively and dedicated people to support our campaigning and fundraising efforts across our 50th year. You will be part of a team tasked with supporting the events and activities marking our 50th year, talking to community groups, schools and colleges and taking the lead to find ways to ensure the public have a greater understanding of homelessness. What’s distinct about this role is that it’s designed to fit in with your life. This role isn’t about giving an hour of your time at a set time each week. We don’t expect you to make every event or appointment and we don’t want you to feel guilty if you’re not available. By giving us your time in this way you will be fighting to end homelessness.

What you will gain

  • Experience communicating with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Training suitable to your role
  • Learning more about homelessness and the charity sector
  • Getting involved in ending homelessness and seeing how you have personally contributed
  • The opportunity to be part of an influential network of volunteers and meet new people
  • The opportunity to be one of the first to hear stories about Crisis’ life changing work
    • Travel and lunch expenses reimbursed where appropriate

Core tasks and what you will achieve

Tasks offered will vary, but could include:

  • Giving awareness raising talks to interested groups, schools and colleges.
  • Helping to promote our fundraising events and activities
  • Helping to deliver fundraising activity
  • Supporting 50th anniversary events
  • Liaising with your Crisis Action Team Leader about planned talks and developing new opportunities to raise awareness of homelessness
  • Provide feedback on talks and notifying your Crisis Action Team Leader about new opportunities for fundraising
  • Working with our media team to ensure that maximum awareness is raised about Crisis, our campaigns and our 50th year
  • Keep up to date with Crisis’ key messages, fundraising initiatives and news

The skills & experience we are looking for

  1. Friendly, positive and confident in talking to a range of people and happy to answer questions from an audience
  2. Passionate about ending homelessness
  3. Flexibility and an ability to undertake a range of tasks
  4. Ability to follow guidance but also take the initiative when required
  1. Enthusiasm, patience and respect for others
  2. Reliable
  3. An understanding of the importance of confidentiality and maintaining boundaries

Additional information

All Crisis volunteers are asked to:

  • Comply with Crisis policies including health and safety, data protection and code of conduct at all times
  • To maintain the privacy and confidentiality of all accessible information about members and the organisation
  • Be positive, productive and have the passion to help end homelessness