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?
Lepra are a UK based international charity working to beat leprosy in India, Mozambique, and Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. 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.
Will I need to prepare the talk myself?
No, we have a template script for a faith appeal that is tried and tested for both content and length. Your local Community Fundraiser will also be able to help you with any extra materials you need.
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.
The main thing with this role is that you can confidently make an appeal to a group of people who will be engaged and interested in what you have to say.
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.