There are many ways in which you can participate – what type of work, the amount of time you want to spend, is entirely up to you. Volunteers often pick up skills which are useful in other parts of life. Part of our aim is to help people and communities empower themselves.
Unless you are just taking part in letter writing campaigns or distributing our newsletter and other material, all volunteers need to be able to supply two good references. Once we have received your references, we can arrange for an interview. This can be done at our offices or if you live overseas or have difficulty getting to the venue, we will try and interview you via another medium.
Online Marketing And Fundraising
We are looking for IT friendly experts and volunteers who can promote our charity, fundraise and provide a global marketing profile.
Set Up A Campaign Group And Become A Local Coordinator
There are many local volunteer groups, who actively participate in our campaigns. Some groups number a few people, others involve hundreds. As a local co-ordinator you can help promote our work and help in campaigns with a groups of a few friends or if you can set up a bigger group. A local co-ordinator is someone who on a regular basis does one or some of the following:
- Distributes literature within the community
- Raises awareness of the campaigns (through media and otherwise)
- Engages in campaign activities, be they letter writing or leafleting
- Organises fundraising, awareness raising or speaker events
- Organises regular support meetings for campaigners within the area.
Some unsocial hours are required in this role, but the work you undertake will be done so under the supervision of an officer who will work with you to set realistic targets to meet according to your capabilities. Local co-ordinators are local volunteers who help organise other local volunteers and / or raise awareness of our activities in their area.
Supporting The Media Campaigns And Advocacy Sections
In addition to setting up a campaign group above, you can help both the campaigns and advocacy section with your skills. Both sections need qualified interpreters in various languages. Additionally if you have skills in managing websites and blogs, using Facebook and other social networking sites, you may be able to help promote our work also or even assist with managing campaign pages on our website or produce multi-media presentations.
Help Us Fundraise
Like all other non-profit making organisations, BIGS relies on the goodwill of its supporters. Some volunteers have undertaken to recruit new financial supporters i.e. those people who give a regular monthly donation to BIGS or raise one-off donations to help us meet the needs of the community. Occasionally Makkah Mosque raises money for specific projects. Mainly it raises general funds to be allocated according to need. Fundraising for us is flexible according to time, and commitment.
Help At Events
BIGS holds speaker meetings and seminars. Volunteers are often needed to steward, prepare banners, man stalls etc. These events usually though not exclusively take place in the UK, and involve different levels of commitment from an afternoon manning a stall to a couple of days a week organising a vigil or seminar.
Help Raise Awareness
Many of the groups and individuals who volunteer for BIGS have undertaken to distribute our literature and materials at their own stalls etc. at a variety of events around the country. Their contribution helps to spread awareness of BIGS, but more importantly the issues which the community needs to address. Again, this can be an afternoon?s work or several days of organising. You do not need to supply us with references if you want to simply distribute our material.
Helping In The Office
We welcome local volunteers to assist in the office as and when it is appropriate. This type of assistance is usually administrative and fairly labour intensive. Filing, transcribing, typing, packaging and posting are all part of this scenario. Again, the amount of time varies according to the individual. However it does require some computer skills, and is helpful to younger volunteers to put on their Cvs.
BIGS appreciates all the efforts its volunteers make, however large or small. The above are the most common ways in which people help out. If you have any other ideas, please feel free to discuss them with us.