General Election Campaign Volunteer

General Election Campaign Volunteer

Do you want to help the fight to end the Housing Emergency? Do you have an interest in politics, campaigning or organising events and activities? 

We are looking for volunteers to support local campaigning activity throughout our General Election campaign. This will be a varied role, with options to get involved in whichever elements of planning or campaigning that interest you most, as well as providing the opportunity for you to utilise your existing skills or learn some new ones.

This volunteer role is open to everyone, however we’re particularly keen to hear from people with personal experience of the housing emergency, for example of living in poor conditions or facing eviction. We’d love you to join us to use your experiences to fight for change!

Suggested Involvement: Contributing approximately 8 hours/days per week during our hub hours of Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm. This opportunity will run up until the General Election.

Location: Shelter Sheffield Hub

Supervised by: Jamie Hine (ETEL/Volunteer Coordinator)

 

Our General election Campaign:

The current government were elected in 2019, which means that the next general election has to happen by January 2025. This is why we've launched our General Election campaign. We know that by working together we can make our voices heard and influence political parties to prioritise housing in their election manifestos.

Our manifesto, which was created with the help of 75 people with lived experience of the housing emergency, calls for the next government to:

  1. Build a new generation of social homes.
  2. Make renting affordable.
  3. Raise the standards in rented homes.
  4. Strengthen housing rights across the board.

Main tasks

This is a varied role, volunteering alongside the hub General Election team on tasks, which could include some, or all, of the following:

  • Planning campaign tactics and/or stunts
  • Supporting with delivery of campaign tactics and/or stunts
  • Amplifying the campaign on social media
  • Encouraging members of the public to take campaign actions e.g. signing petitions or sharing social media posts.  
  • Speaking with people both inside and outside Shelter about the campaign
  • General administrative tasks.

Skills and experience required:

  • An interest in campaigning, politics or social justice
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to manage your own time and task load.
  • Ability to collaborate with a team.
  • Willingness to follow Shelter’s policies, including Volunteering, Health & Safety, Equality & Diversity, Confidentiality and Data Protection.

Induction, learning & development:

To enable you take part in this opportunity Shelter will

  • Provide a volunteer pack including a Handbook and all Policies and Procedures.
  • Provide an induction into your role.
  • Provide you with the skills to campaign for change.
  • Provide access to our learning on data protection, safeguarding and screen wellness as well as other appropriate role specific training.
  • Reimburse “out of pocket” expenses in line with Shelter’s volunteer expenses policy.

Benefits of Volunteering with Shelter

  • Supporting Shelter in our fight against bad housing and homelessness.
  • Gain valuable experience and enhance your CV.
  • Meet new people and be part of a great team.
  • Build your confidence and develop transferable skills.

 

Next Steps

  1. Please apply by clicking on ‘Fill in an application’.
  2. Please note, during the application process you will be asked to self-disclose any unspent convictions. Having a criminal record does not mean that you cannot volunteer with us. It may limit the different ways that you can get involved, but please contact us on volunteering@shelter.org.uk  if you would like more information.