Volunteer with ELREC

As a volunteer you can give your time and skills and get something back in return, whether it is learning new skills, helping to build confidence, having the chance to meet new people, or gaining the satisfaction of helping a cause you believe in.

Volunteering with ELREC is a great way to develop your skills, meet new people and work as part of an enthusiastic team. Volunteering is a process of exchange.

The people who volunteer for ELREC are an exciting, dynamic and diverse group who share a willingness to contribute their time and talent towards promoting equality and fighting discrimination. How you contribute – and how much time you contribute – differs from person to person.

We’re always looking for helpful and reliable volunteers, so why not make good use of your skills, get involved and join our volunteering team?

You could:

  • help make our events a success
  • gain experience
  • help raise awareness about our organisation and objectives
  • raise funds and awareness in your area
  • get involved in your community
  • use your skills at our office
  • help with producing campaign materials (We need specialist skills, such as photography, graphic design, web design, writing, editing and filming)
  • …. and much much more!

As an organisation with a small staff base, volunteers are key to the daily functioning of the organisation. We recruit volunteers for the following areas of work:

  • Administration
  • Research and Fundraising
  • Community Engagement
  • Youth Development
  • Graphics
  • Law Volunteers for Support/ Advice service (for volunteers with a experience or academic background of Law)

Why volunteer for ELREC?

Apart from wanting to work with others towards promoting equality and fighting discrimination, people are motivated to work for ELREC for different reasons:

  • Students – course placement or work experience
  • Between jobs – a couple of months to spare before starting a new job
  • Retirement – making good use of years of expertise
  • Special interest/skill – which can make a valuable contribution to ELREC
  • Spare time – a few hours a week to get involved in something different and rewarding

Whatever your reason is, we would love to hear from you!

Interested in Volunteering?

Fill in this no-obligation simple form and we’ll get in touch for a chat.

I was fortunate to be accepted to attend the Young Scotland Programme this month as a delegate of ELREC. The Young Scotland Programme is for young people at the early stages of their careers to develop public speaking and communication skills, helping to build confidence and expose them to new perspectives and ideas.

The Programme takes place over the course of a few, rather intense days. First we split off into our assigned groups for working on a group presentation before discussing the news of the day. Following this we had our speaking sessions where members of the group would come up to present their argument papers, giving a speech about an issue that they were passionate about. This was interspersed with ‘90 second challenges’, where we were required to speak for 90 seconds without notes on a topic of your choice (which is easier said than done). The days were long, and going up to speak was nerve-racking, but it felt really good to speak about the need for economic democracy, a personal belief I hold passionately.

However, the arguments and challenges were not the only events. We were fortunate to have testimonials from a renowned political economist (whom I happen to regard as an academic hero of mine) and a North Korean escapee-turned-activist, talking about their experiences and how they overcame hardship to get to where they are today. Both testimonials were really interesting and inspiring. We also had a debate on the possibility of future peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict, which was the most respectful and unifying discussion of the topic I have been able to participate in.

Naturally, we were all nervous about presenting our arguments because public speaking was none of our strengths – otherwise we wouldn’t have been there – but as time went on, we all got to know each other and had some practice, it felt so much more comfortable than it was at the beginning. There was definitely a strong contrast between our nervous initial introductions to the chaotic joy of the group presentations which saw a rather modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet, an improvised and dramatic forward roll that caught everyone by surprise, and Robert the Bruce brandishing a real sword (though sadly not all in the one presentation). By the end of the week, we had all bonded and learned a great deal.

Personally, I found the Young Scotland Programme a fantastic and valuable experience. While I had given a big public speech before, it was only the once and I had since taken a major blow to my mental health and confidence. The Programme gave me the opportunity to not only gain more experience in the valuable skill of public speaking, but I also able to regain some of my lost confidence while meeting so many wonderful people. As such, it will remain a cherished experience and I am very grateful both to ELREC and the Young Scotland Programme for giving me the opportunity to attend.

read more about the Young Volunteering Programe