What will I be doing as a volunteer?
Volunteers are trained to be workshop facilitators and they deliver our carefully designed and fun sessions in schools and universities. They work in pairs to make sure that whatever group they are with gets through the workshop content, has a fun and memorable experience, and has some deep and important learning about the topics we cover. Volunteers so not lecture nor give their own opinions, instead they create a space where the participants can talk openly by leading them through fun exercises and discussions.
who can apply?
Anyone can join our team of facilitators and we want people from all backgrounds and experiences. Age-wise we only ask that you are over 18 years old.
Are you only looking for men?
No! Our organisation is open to people of all genders.
And Yes! As per our Gender Inclusion Policy we only recruit and train men* to train to run school workshops and our introductory university workshops.
When you sign up to a training session, as per the diagram below, you pick whether you want to start with a schools training (open to men* only), introductory universities training (open to men* only) or mixed workshop training (open to people of all genders).
* People who identify solely or primarily as men, trans-men or men whose gender is different to the sex they were assigned at birth, and/or people who identify as non-binary who are male-presenting or male-passing
I’ve never done anything like this before, can i still join in?
Yes! You don’t have to have any experience as we’ll fully train you and make sure you have everything you need to be ready to lead a session. We only ask:
That you are on board with our mission and values,
That you are eager to learn and challenge yourself,
That you commit to our Inclusive Spaces Policy,
And that you can dedicate at least three days a year to delivering workshops (after the two days of training)
What sort of time commitment are you looking for?
We ask that you commit to giving us at least three days a year to delivering workshops (after the two days of training). Most volunteers do many more than this so this is just the minimum we ask for. We run hundreds of workshops a year so the sky really is the limit!
WHat does the training entail?
The training to become a volunteer consists of:
PART 1: one full day (9am-5pm) covering the broad concepts that underpin our work (gender equality, Feminism etc)
PART 2: covering an introduction to group facilitation and how to deliver the workshop activities. This is either delivered via another full-day, usually held a week after Day 1 (e.g. two consecutive Saturdays) OR as part of two evening sessions
You must complete all parts of Day 1 and Day 2 to be eligible to deliver our workshops.
After you've completed your training here will be an opportunity for you to sit in and observe a workshop before you deliver one yourself. We are there to support you every step of the way and we make sure that you have all the skills and knowledge you need to be able to run a fun and engaging session. Once you have joined our team of volunteer facilitators there are ongoing opportunities for training and development so you can sharpen and expand your skills.