We are the Volunteering Service at the Union Manchester Metropolitan University.
Volunteer Campaign Leader
General Content Warning: This role description makes frequent reference to sexual violence, as this is the main focus of the project.
We are looking for a small group of Manchester Metropolitan students to lead a campaign about student safety, specifically on the issue of sexual violence and harassment. Sexual violence means any sexual act or attempt to obtain a sexual act by violence or coercion, and harassment means aggressive pressure or intimidation. This is a broad and complex topic therefore you will be guided and supported to champion positive change and raise awareness within the Manchester Met student community. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop team-working skills, gain insight into student safety and have a lasting impact on your community.The closing date to get in touch about the opportunity is 12pm on Monday 23 October.
The Union MMU and Manchester Metropolitan University are working together on a project to stimulate positive change to prevent or reduce sexual violence and harassment. Together we bid for the ‘Catalyst Fund: Student Safeguarding on Campus’ and were successful- we now have a pot of money and dedicated staff time to support a student-led campaign in this area.
An organisation called the Higher Education Funding Council England (HEFCE) have granted us the money for this project; we are one of 63 Universities to receive funding to work in this area.
A report written by the Universities UK Taskforce called “Changing the Culture” which was released last year has prompted activity across the Higher Education section to tackle sexual violence in the student community.
The Union is facilitating student-led campaigning as part of this project, as well ensuring that students have a say in the overall work we do as a Union and University partnership in regards to sexual violence.
Develop and lead the campaign by:
Remember, we want to develop your positive qualities and help you gain new skills- we will also provide training, guidance and support throughout your time as a volunteer.
You will be trained to make sure that you are aware of how to handle any disclosures (for example, if a campaigner told you that they had experienced sexual violence) and to signpost to relevant support services.
We are looking for driven and enthusiastic Manchester Met students with an open mind and passion for positive change. You should be self-motivated and have good organization skills, being able to juggle different tasks will be a great help too.
As an ambassador for the project, we want you to be approachable to students, and able to help them engage in campaigning. You should be respectful of different opinions, sensitive to and mindful of different people’s needs and inclusive of a diverse range of people. You should treat any sensitive information you are told with confidentiality and be non-judgmental of others.
We are looking for students who want to learn, develop and grow as well as helping others to do the same. You should be empathetic and keen to learn, as well as having good communication skills.
In October our Volunteer Campaign Leaders will have a day of training including:
- an introduction to research which has sparked a wave of university activity around sexual violence awareness and support, as well as exploring the background of the Catalyst Project and the Volunteer Campaign Leader role
- training in key campaigning skills and strategies such as planning and strategizing, building a community and how to influence and leading change
- a team working session to help you bond as a group through activities and discussions as well as developing your own leadership identity
You will also be trained in safeguarding and handling disclosures to effectively signpost to support services. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and confident to campaign in what can be a very challenging and sensitive subject.
Throughout your time as a volunteer, you’ll be supported and guided by our Campaigns Coordinator to come up with ideas as a group, develop these ideas into action plans, build a vibrant campaign and create the positive change you want to see. Our Campaigns Coordinator will provide you with the training, resources and support to achieve your aims through training, group and 1-1 meetings as well as connecting you with relevant contacts in the Union, University and local community.
You can go to our Campaigns Coordinator for advice and guidance about the campaign as well as your own personal development as a campaigner- you’ll be provided with a workbook to track your own development throughout the campaign and trained in how to use your volunteering experience when applying for jobs.
You will receive advice and guidance on using social media and other online platforms when organising your campaign, and communicating your aims. You will be supported to develop online content which can be hosted on The Union website as well as your own platforms.
We’re aware that sexual violence is a sensitive issue and can bring up difficult feelings; we will connect you with relevant services and support on or off campus if you should need to talk with someone in confidence.
We recognise that juggling campaigning with University work is not always easy; we strive to give you all the support and skills you’ll need to enjoy and succeed in your role, and will work with you to make sure it’s manageable.
In order to be prepared for the role, you’ll need to to attend the October training day (date to be confirmed.)
You’ll also be required to attend the Catalyst Bid Project Working Group with University and Union staff to shape and influence the campaign- this is likely to take place on a monthly basis.
You will need to organise and attend regular campaign meetings with other ambassadors and student campaigners as well as committing up to 6 hours a month (which works out to 1hr ½ a week) outside of these meetings and any extra training.
Skills and Experience you’ll gain
You will gain skills in effective campaign organisation, and experience of sexual violence campaigning in particular. Through training and experience you’ll gain skills in facilitation, group work and leadership.
Your work with the wider campaign in collaboration with Manchester Met University will give you experience in influencing and working with a large institution to create positive change. You’ll also gain skills in speaking in a group, putting across your ideas and opinions with confidence.
By convening meetings, working with other ambassadors and student campaigners you’ll gain skills in community-building, minute taking and effective communication. You’ll gain experience in research and collecting feedback, as well as evaluative skills through your work with the Campaigns Coordinator.
Finally, you will gain experience in co-delivering workshops and managing a budget. You can use these skills and experiences when looking for employment and will help you to develop as a volunteer, a campaigner and we hope, as a person!
Minimum commitment level: Once a month
Start Date: 24-10-2017
End Date: 31-05-2018