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Volunteering for IHRC

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Many people follow the work of IHRC and participate in the letter writing campaigns that have helped thousands around the world.

However there is much more you can do. If you have time to spare and a passion for the aims and work of IHRC, have a look at our current volunteer opportunities, and contact us on volunteers@ihrc.org or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

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.  The types of volunteering are listed below.

Please look carefully to see if we are currently looking for that type of volunteer.  If not, please keep checking back to see when we do, or if you like send us an email asking us to let you know when such an opportunity arises.  At IHRC we feel that it is important that volunteers enjoy what they are doing - it is more productive for them, and more productive for IHRC.

Volunteers often pick up skills which are useful in other parts of life. Part of IHRC’s aims is to help people and communities empower themselves.

Requirements

Unless you are only taking part in letter writing campaigns or distributing our literature, you will need to supply two good references to volunteer with us and fill in an application form.

Ways to Volunteer

Become a local co-ordinator:

There are many local IHRC volunteer groups who actively participate in IHRC’s campaigns. Some groups only have a few people, others involve hundreds. As a local co-ordinator you can campaign and promote IHRC’s work with a a few friends or by setting up a larger group.

A local co-ordinator is someone who regularly does one or some of the following:

  • Distributes IHRC literature
  • Raises awareness of IHRC campaigns
  • Organises vigils and demonstrations
  • Engages in campaign activities, e.g. letter writing and/or picketing
  • Organises IHRC fundraising or speaker events
  • Fundraises for IHRC
  • Organises regular support meetings for campaigners within the area

Some unsocial hours may be required in this role but the work you undertake will be done under the supervision of an IHRC officer who will work with you to set realistic targets to meet, according to your capabilities.

Co-ordinators (not whole groups) are given training days every six months to assist in informing them of IHRC’s latest work, ways they can help, reviewing and setting targets, as well as being given training in useful skills.

The overseas based co-ordinators programme is slightly different as the opportunity for local co-ordinator training days is limited. However there is still scope for much to be done within a local volunteer group.

Local co-ordinators are volunteers who help organise other local volunteers and/or raise awareness of IHRC activities in their area. They are not officers of IHRC and so do not officially represent IHRC or have a role within the IHRC organisational structure.

Communications

Research

Many people (students, professionals and others) have helped us prepare country and issue reports. Their contributions have included writing full reports, searching for source material, translating, proofreading, and formatting. People involved in this have usually been volunteering with IHRC for some time, and have considerable time to spare.

Campaigns and Advocacy

In addition to setting up a local campaign group, you can help both the campaigns and advocacy departments with your interpretation and translation skills. We are looking for qualified interpreters in various languages.

Fundraising

Like other charities, IHRC relies on the goodwill of its supporters. Some volunteers recruit new financial supporters or raise one-off donations to help IHRC meet the needs of the community. Occasionally IHRC raises money for specific projects but mainly it raises general funds to be allocated according to need. IHRC does not collect aid but it has on occasion requested financial help for families of prisoners of faith in dire circumstances. Fundraising is flexible in terms of time.

Events

IHRC holds vigils, speaker meetings and seminars. Volunteers are often needed to steward, prepare banners, man stalls etc. These events usually, although 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.

Office admin

IHRC’s offices are in northwest London, UK. We welcome local volunteers to assist in the office as and when appropriate. This type of assistance is usually admin and fairly labour intensive. Filing, transcribing, typing, packaging and posting are all part of likely activities. This requires some basic IT skills, and is helpful to put down as work experience on a CV. Again, the amount of time given varies on an individual basis.

Raise awareness

Many of the groups and individuals who volunteer for IHRC have undertaken to distribute our literature at their own stalls etc. at a variety of events around the country. Their contribution helps to spread awareness of IHRC, but more importantly the issues which the community needs to address. Again, this can be an afternoon’s work or several days of organising.

We have an annual newsletter which is distributed in the weeks before and during Ramadan. Volunteers take any amount from 5 to 5,000 copies to distribute in their local community. All shipping costs are met by IHRC.

You do not need to supply us with references if you simply want to distribute IHRC literature.

And finally...

IHRC appreciates all the efforts our 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.

We pray Allah SWT rewards all your efforts. Ameen.

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