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Volunteer Speaker

CHAS speakers identify opportunities to engage new audiences in the work of CHAS by arranging and delivering talks. Talks could be to school groups, employees in a local business, a rotary club or any other group of people.

The aim of this role is to raise awareness of CHAS in the local community and to encourage others to get involved in supporting the charity through donating money or time.

What activities will I be involved in?

  • Identifying opportunities to speak to new groups through local research and knowledge
  • Arranging talks
  • Delivering short talks about CHAS

What skills and abilities will I need to have?

  • Outgoing and friendly
  • An interest in meeting new people and being a positive representative for CHAS
  • Confidence in speaking about CHAS to groups of people
  • Passion and enthusiasm for the cause

How much time should I offer?

You can volunteer on any day of the week, in the morning, afternoon or evening. Ideally you would deliver at least four talks per year.

What ongoing learning/support/guidance will I receive?

It’s important to us that you feel happy, safe and confident in your role. As a CHAS volunteer you will be invited to complete a short core learning package that is tailored to your role – your learning will include Representing CHAS, Health and Safety and staying safe when you are working alone. You can choose to learn as part of a group or complete the learning online. The learning won’t take up much time and will equip you with the skills you need to undertake your role safely and confidently.

You will also be invited to attend a Speaker workshop where you will learn more about the role, and annual refreshers so you can be kept up to date with new developments. We are always developing new opportunities for volunteers to learn and offer a range of options for volunteers.

Your local Fundraiser will be your point of contact and will meet with you on a regular basis to provide you with support and guidance. They will also provide you with an induction before you start the role.

What are the benefits to me?

  • Getting more involved and making a real difference to the families of children with a life-shortening condition.
  • Adding to your CV
  • Meeting new people
  • Gaining experience of speaking to groups of people
  • Having fun!

What are the benefits to the children and families supported by CHAS?

  • By speaking about CHAS to new audiences you will raise awareness of the charity. A greater awareness of the cause will lead more people to fundraise and volunteer with CHAS. This helps us to develop our service to children and young people with a life-shortening condition.
  • A visible presence in the community, you are the public face of CHAS and help to raise awareness of our vital services in the community. This improved awareness means that more children and families will know about and access our services

What else should I know?

We ask that volunteer speakers are aged 18 or over.

We will pay your out of pocket expenses in line with the CHAS volunteer expenses policy.

CHAS is committed to providing a quality volunteering experience to all volunteers free from discrimination and prejudice. Ensuring that CHAS is an equal, diverse, and inclusive organisation improve the quality of care we provide, help us reach more families and children, and maximise a wide variety of knowledge, experience and expertise.

We welcome volunteer applications from those who are refugees, asylum seekers, benefit claimants and those with a disability. We can provide more information on if you are allowed to volunteer and what adjustments we can put in place to ensure your volunteering experience is a positive one. You can contact us on 0131 444 1900 or volunteering@chas.org.uk

What's the next step?

If you’re interested in the role you can apply online.

If you want to talk to someone about your own situation or find out more about our services, please get in touch: