Volunteer

You are so nice. There are a gazillion ways we could use your help, wherever you are. We lots of opportunities for volunteering—ranging from five minutes to 100 hours.

We are a small team and often work remotely. We value self-starters who are keen to manage their own time and contribute to the organisation in a way that feels most suitable and convenient to them. Over the last two years Spark+Mettle has grown through the creative input of a wide range of people and we hugely appreciate and support alternative approaches to our work. We will of course shout about you from the rooftops, write references, provide training and support and liberally dole out high fives.

 

Read on to find out about the different types of roles, and then sign yourself up…

Ongoing volunteer opportunities

  • We are looking for passionate, high-achieving, socially-minded individuals to become career experts and employability all-stars.
  • Do you have experience and expertise and like providing behind-the-scenes support? We need advisors to help us keep Spark+Mettle going strong…
  • We’re looking ad-hoc helpers: people who are up for lending a hand in a myriad of ways!
  • We are looking for a small but committed team of agents to work with a pair of co-creators for our 201415 Star Track cohort.

Career experts and employability all-stars

Find out all about this ultra-exciting opportunity on our dedicated experts and all-stars page...

Advisors

Would you be happy for us to call on you if we have a particular question we need answering? Then please sign up as one of our advisors! Right now we would especially appreciate advice on:

  • legal support
  • finance, accounting + book-keeping
  • grants and grant-writing
  • fundraising and events
  • running an online retail store
  • well-being and employability research

If you think you could help with any of these areas, or anything else, then please apply here!

Ad-hoc helpers

Do you want to learn about the inner-workings of a nonprofit? Want to use your skills on an array of little projects? Or have a go at something new? Perhaps you’re a great communicator, or you’ve got brilliant writing and editing skills, or you’re the best researcher this side of Venus. Maybe you’d be really excited to help us run an event, or source in-kind donations. If so, we could really do with your help. We need ad-hoc helpers to help this organisation grow as we move into our second year.

If this could be you, then please sign up to volunteer!

Agents

The role will give you the opportunity to work closely with a pair of young people who need help achieving their ambitions. By giving up to two hours a week of your time, you’ll provide them with the vital support needed to help them uncover their potential, broaden their horizons and discover their optimal path towards a fulfilled life. And you’ll get the chance to explore questions around the philosophy of life and the psychology of well-being too.

“Helping young people develop their self-awareness has given me the chance to reconnect with myself too.”

—Bud, Star Track agent 2011–12

The vast majority of the work will be done online, through email, Skype and social networking sites such as Google+, Tumblr and Twitter, so although the time commitment is considerable for a voluntary role, we hope that it will be able to be conducted alongside your regular life!

Agents’ experience should include:

  • researching (whether at degree or professional level)
  • networking (willingness to make contact with unknown people, or to use current network to reach out to more people)
  • teaching or tutoring (either formally or informally)

Agents’ duties will include:

  • managing up to 3 of our co-creators (their ‘clients’)
  • conducting weekly 45-minute online group training sessions and feeding back weekly through a short feedback form.
  • check in with their clients on a weekly basis to ensure they are engaging with the course, and enjoying it
  • helping them develop ideas for responses to the course content
  • researching potential individuals and organisations in their clients’ chosen fields
  • networking and making contacts on their clients’ behalf
  • setting up interviews and summer work placements where possible
  • visiting, if possible, their clients during their work placements
  • reviewing their CVs
  • acting as a referee for their clients
Requirements for the role include:
  • CRB check (we can help with this)
  • access to the internet
  • familiarity with Facebook, Twitter etc
  • 2–3 hours a week, spread over five days, from October-March
  • attendance at at least 2 events in one semester to be held in London
If you’d like to become an agent, we’d be thrilled! Please fill in our volunteer application form!

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