Lepra Faith Appeals Volunteer
Are you involved with your local community or faith groups? Do you want to improve your public speaking? Do you have experience communicating with people of different faiths, or want to gain this?
We are looking for volunteers to help us spread the news of our work fighting leprosy to faith groups, and to raise money to help beat leprosy in India, Bangladesh, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Lepra are a UK based international charity working to beat leprosy in India, Mozambique, and Bangladesh. In 2018 we began taking our message to different faith groups and making appeals to congregations. We have found faith groups to be extremely receptive to our message, and have been overwhelmed by the generosity and engagement of these groups. There are many congregations across the UK, and we need your help in reaching as many of them as possible to help raise funds to support our vital work.
What will I be doing?
We are looking for volunteers to engage with faith groups in their local areas and to present appeals at services. As a faith appeal volunteer, we will work with you to identify faith groups in your local area and attend services to make our appeal.
Do I need to be religious?
No, Lepra are a secular organisation and you don’t need to be affiliated to any particular religion to do this volunteer role. You do need to be comfortable with different faith environments, and talking to people of different faiths and backgrounds. Although we have mainly been involved with the Roman Catholic church so far, because of the biblical link to leprosy, we are keen to expand into other faith groups as well.
What training will I get?
Before you deliver a faith appeal by yourself, we will ensure that you are fully comfortable with everything you need to do. This may involve accompanying your Community Fundraiser on a faith appeal so you can see how it’s done, or spending time with them to practice the appeal and ask any questions.
We will provide you with an induction so that you know about Lepra and what we do, but of course we don’t expect you to know everything and will always make sure you know who to refer questions back to if you can’t answer them.
Your Community Fundraiser will also be on hand to help should you have any questions or need any materials.
What’s the time commitment?
Because of the nature of this role and the fact that it requires a certain amount of training and checks, we ask for a commitment of at least six months to undertake this role.
Most faith appeals take place at the weekend and can often involve attending mass at three different time slots over a Saturday and Sunday. We would hope that you will attend a minimum of one faith appeal a month during your time as a volunteer with us, but we will always ensure that you are available before booking an appeal for you, and will work with you to identify dates and locations that work for you.
What’s in it for me?
We think this is a unique and interesting volunteer role, which will give you the opportunity to gain experience in communicating directly with sections of your community that you may otherwise not have come into contact with. Some of the people that this role is ideal for include;
- Anyone who is interested in working in a faith environment
This role is perfect if you are interested in any kind of multi-faith work.
- Anyone with an interest in community cohesion
If you want to gain experience in working with different sections of the community, or are keen to make links throughout your community and communicate with different people, then this role could be for you.
- Religious studies or theology students
If you are studying the faith sector and would like to gain experience directly communicating with different faith communities, we can offer you that opportunity.
- Anyone who would like to gain public speaking experience
Even if you are not directly interested in faith or community work, this role is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in public speaking in a controlled and receptive environment.
If you are interested in this volunteer role we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01206 216700. We will want to have a chat to you about why you’re interested in the role, and what you’re looking to get out of it, as well as answer any questions you have about the role.