International development agency Christian Aid works with people of all faiths and none to end poverty and fight injustice. The organisation is a global movement working with local partners to empower communities, respond to emergencies, and campaign for change.
Christian Aid is offering an opportunity for people to put their faith into action and become voices for change. The organisation is recruiting for volunteer speakers throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
People passionate about making a difference are being invited to join a team of more than 100 volunteers who champion global justice by speaking to church congregations and community groups. They give talks at various times of the year about the work of Christian Aid – from campaigning and fundraising, to humanitarian aid, and long-term projects in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world. The aim is to inspire people to give, act and pray to help others in need and support communities to find new ways out of poverty.
Senior Volunteering Officer Ian Hind explained speakers are given ongoing training from regional officers, as well as the chance to connect with other volunteers at Christian Aid’s annual supporter conference:
“Whether you're a seasoned orator or speaking from the heart, your enthusiasm for Christian Aid's mission is what matters most,” he added. “The idea is to make a lasting impact and to be the voice of hope for a world free from poverty.”
David Blackmore, a volunteer speaker from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, said he would encourage people thinking about the role to sign up:
“It's a great opportunity to really immerse yourself in the stories behind Christian Aid’s campaigns, to be able to speak passionately about the challenges and the hopes for a better future.”
Sue Claydon, who volunteers in Cambridgeshire, said:
“I believe anyone thinking about becoming a speaker for Christian Aid, can benefit personally, in many ways. There’s the joy of meeting new people, and you get a lot of support. We’re not asking people to give long sermons or lectures, just to speak from the heart. Whenever I give a talk, I always come away feeling on cloud nine.”
And Brian Ridsdale, from Eastleigh, Hampshire, said he feels it’s a real privilege to talk about Christian Aid, adding:
“The groups we talk to are usually Christian so we have a lot in common. You always get a friendly reception and it's amazing the people you meet. I often go with my wife; there's generally a chance for a chat over a cup of something afterwards, and we always leave the venue feeling positive about people's interest and commitment. If you’re thinking of volunteering as a Christian Aid speaker, it’s very rewarding, and I'd definitely recommend it.”
Anyone interested in applying can email firstname.lastname@example.org.