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Volunteer Fundraising Assistant opportunity

Volunteer Fundraising Assistant, London

Independent Diplomat (ID) is looking for 3 volunteers to support its summer fundraising drive as Fundraising Assistants.  The position is available as soon as possible, ideally for a period of three months.

ID was founded in 2004 as the world’s first diplomatic advisory group by Carne Ross. Over ten years later, ID remains the only non-profit organization that provides high-quality, confidential diplomatic advice and assistance to democratic governments and political groups that are marginalised or unable to participate effectively in the diplomatic processes that most affect them. ID’s work in human rights, transitional justice, and conflict prevention continues to address this diplomatic deficit.

The position:

This position would be ideal for an individual looking to gain relevant experience in fundraising on behalf of a unique organisation dedicated to helping marginalised peoples access the closed world of diplomacy. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, passionate about international affairs, and able to quickly synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.

As this position is unpaid it may be most suitable for university students who will be staying in London during the summer break. We are flexible as to the start date of the position, in order to work around final hand-in dates.

During the position you will receive training in non-profit fundraising, from large-scale grant finding to small boutique foundation research. After the end of the three-month period, ID would be happy to provide references for the quality of your work whilst with the organisation.

Application procedure

Please send (i) a CV (maximum two pages); (ii) a separate cover letter (maximum one page); to: london3(at)independentdiplomat.org.  Please include the words ‘London Fundraising Assistant – Summer 2017’ in the email subject line.

Applications close at 5:00pm (BST) on Friday April 21st, however we will monitor applications on a rolling basis and may appoint positions before the end of this period.

Doing unpaid work-experience? Check out the B:KEW Bursary!

If you have secured some unpaid work experience you could be entitled to the B-KEW bursary. This bursary will contribute towards out-of-pocket travel expenses.
Full details can be found on the Careers and Employability Service webpage.

Get involved with Enactus Kent!

Would you like to work with an international non-profit organisation, with a focus on  student led projects? Are you interested in gaining events, marketing or recruitment experience? Then Enactus Kent could be the ideal way to gain this experience! Sharad Kiswani, Operations Vice-President of Enactus Kent, introduces the organisation below and the types of projects they are involved in.

Hello everyone!

Enactus Kent is a student led organisation, where students are encouraged to create their own projects following the Enactus criterion using “entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way.” Enactus is an international non-profit organisation aimed at university students by business and higher-educational leaders, in order to make a difference in the community while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Currently, Enactus has are over 70 000 students, spread across 36 countries, working on nearly 5000 projects each year. That’s over 5 million volunteer hours, impacting the lives of nearly 2 million people.


At Enactus Kent, we see opportunity to rethink and redevelop. Bringing students, academic leaders and businesses together, in order to shape a bigger, brighter and a sustainable future. So whether you are into design, economics, law, science, engineering, psychology, we believe that there is an entrepreneur spirit in all of us, ready to take action. While working with multinationals including Amazon, Ford, KPMG, Tesco, Santander and many more, we take this opportunity to make a difference in the world.

As of now, we have endeavoured to dispel isolation among the elderly community in Peru through our honey and soap enterprise through our international venture Project Cantuta. We also work to empower the homeless in Canterbury by training them to serve as tour guides through our local project, MyStreets. Further, we plan to be working towards empowering women in India by establishing a female taxi initiative through our new enterprise, Project Badlaav.

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Be a part of our wonderful projects or start our very own with a basic idea! If you’re interested to work in our internal team, you can get involved in various channels including our events, marketing and recruitment teams. For more information regarding our events or the application process, please contact: recruitment@enactuskent.com or visit www.enactuskent.org

Find us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enactuskent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enactus_kent/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/enactuskent

Snapchat: https://cl.ly/3b37103T2R2D

Kent Union Volunteering activities

Lets Go To The Beach! 

Thursday 28th January // 11am – 3pm // Whitstable Beach 

Litter is swamping our oceans and is washing up on our beaches. It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is a hazard to our health and costs millions to clear up. There are nearly 2,500 items of rubbish for every kilometre on a beach and this increases during the winter months. It is therefore extremely important to keep up our cleaning efforts throughout the year.

Over an afternoon on Whitstable beach we will volunteer our time to help the enviroment, blow off some steam and even finish it off with a bag of chips.

Transport is provided and will leave from the Student Activities Centre at 11.10am. Please arrive by 11am to ensure we are on time, we will return to campus by 3pm.

To take part, please complete the online form. You must register in advance for this event.

Post Pals – Beat The January Blues // Student Media Foyer

Friday 29th January // 12.30pm-3.30pm Drop In

Following the popularity of our pre-Christmas event we will be holding another drop in session to make cards/letters for the Post Pals children. Beat those January blues and come along to the Student Media Centre Foyer on Friday 29th January to make or write a card for a seriusly ill child. In less than 5 minutes you can make a child smile… and for some of the children it might be their only smile that day.

Not only do the Post Pal children benefit from receiving post, but it has had a substantial impact on the people sending post. Both children and adults get a real boost from knowing that they did something to help a poorly child.

Please use the online form to confirm your interest in the project.

Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union http://www.kentunion.co.uk/activities/volunteering/ and the Careers Vacancy Database http://kent.prospects.ac.uk/index.html.

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children. Browse them on http://www.kentunion.co.uk/activities/societies/volunteering-societies/.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …


How to make the most of your summer!

With exams over and essay deadlines in the past, I’m sure you are all entering holiday mode, with beach days, BBQ’s and festivals occupying your time. Along with a much needed rest, the summer is also a great opportunity to take up an internship or volunteer with a charity. Although it may not seem as tempting as lazing on a beach, developing your work experience greatly improves your job prospects. By completing an internship or voluntary work, it will enable you to test out different industries and consider the type of career you would like to pursue after graduation.

If you have an idea about the type of field you would like to work in (i.e. NGO’s, charities , journalism) research organisations both locally and nationally, use business social media sites such as LinkedIn to connect with companies and approach them to see if they are offering any summer internships.

Finding an internship may feel quite daunting, and you may be left wondering where to start. Some useful websites that advertise internships include:

http://www.ratemyplacement.co.uk/search?duration=1&show=jobs (internships offered in various sectors, including governmental and third sector)

http://www.w4mpjobs.org/ (an excellent site for vacancies and internship opportunities in Parliament, Policy / Research, Lobbying, PR and NGOs)

http://ec.europa.eu/stages/index_en.htm (the official website for EU Commission internships)

http://www.goabroad.com/intern-abroad (links to internship and placement opportunities outside of the UK)

Be flexible about the type of work experience you will undertake. You may be determined to pursue a career working in Parliament, but consider undertaking work experience with a local political party. This will give you a great insight into working for an MP, and the nature of work involved. Try researching parties in your area and contacting them directly.

Volunteering is another great way to gain experience over the summer and it is always a valuable addition to a CV. If you would like to work in journalism or the media try contacting your local radio, news or TV station to see if they can offer you some voluntary work. Similarly, if you are interested in working for a charity you will most likely have to devote some of your time to volunteering with a particular organisation first. If you are staying in Kent this summer, visit http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/charities/south-east, an online directory which includes charitable organisations from all across the South East.

You can also use Kent Union’s Toolkit to find opportunities in Canterbury and Medway. If you have are considering or you have taken up voluntary work remember to log your hours using the Toolkit. By logging your hours you could receive a bronze, silver or gold Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering award! And don’t forget if you have secured some unpaid work experience in the UK, you could be entitled to up to £100 from the Careers and Employability Service to help with expenses with the BKEW: University of Kent Work Experience Bursary Scheme. For further information and eligibility visit www.kent.ac.uk/kew


Making the most of the summer: jobs, volunteering and internships – live chat

If you’re looking to make the most out of your summer break, and want advice on finding a summer job, internship or building your skills – join in a live chat with the Guardian on Wednesday 20 May from 1–3pm BST for a live chat with the experts.
They’ll be discussing:

  • How to find a job over the summer
  • How to use your summer break wisely
  • What to include in your CV and cover letter
  • How to make sure your applications are successful

The Q&A takes place in the comments section below the article. To take part you’ll need to: create a free Guardian account, or log in using your Twitter or Facebook profiles to comment. Alternatively, you can tweet @GuardianCareers or email your questions to charlotte.seager@theguardian.com who can post them for you.




The KSCV deadline is fast approaching….

The Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering awards scheme is nearing the deadline to log all your volunteering hours!

The final deadline for logging hours is 5pm on May 13th.

However, you may need to complete a training session, silver review or gold written reflection before this, so allow yourself enough time!

How do I do this?

Bronze Award and Gold Award training sessions

We have put on some extra training sessions over the easter break, so that if you need to attend a session in order to achieve your award you can.

Introduction to Safeguarding – 22nd April at 2pm

Fundraising – 5th May at 11am

Conflict Resolution 6th May at 2pm

You can book yourself on to these sessions here: http://www.kentunion.co.uk/eandv/training/courses/

Silver Reviews

We still have staff around to complete silver reviews, so please email volunteering@kent.ac.uk if you are eligible for a silver review. Please note that you must have already achieved Bronze, and logged 50 hours of volunteering, and provided 6 examples of key employability skills, before you can complete a silver review. If you are currently away from Canterbury we can offer silver reviews over the telephone.

Gold Written Reflections

Please aim to have these submitted by May 1st in order to give us enough time to read and review them. If you need some help with writing yours just send us an email at volunteering@kent.ac.uk and we can advise you.

If you have any other questions relating to the KSCV Award please feel free to contact them at: volunteering@kent.ac.uk.


Insight into interning

Thinking about doing an internship? Ever wondered what it would be like to be an intern? To give you an insight, student Valerie Okoampah has written a piece about her experience as an intern with The Salvation Army’s Public Affairs Unit.

“I was privileged with the opportunity to work as a voluntary intern with The Salvation Army’s Public Affairs Unit. I was very much interested in Policy, research and external government relations that I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to develop my knowledge and understanding. 

As an intern, I was primarily expected to work on a Voter Engagement Project to encourage voter registration prior to the General Election in May 2015.I was required to attend meetings with the Head of Public Affairs as well as the Electoral Commission to discuss various strategies that could enhance Voter Engagement with a particular focus on young people aged between 16-24. This also meant that I had the opportunity to utilise my quantitative and qualitative research skills to find out useful statistics and information to ensure that content was appropriate for the target group. Overall, I had a wonderful time with The Salvation Army’s Public Affairs Unit, I genuinely feel like I learnt a great deal about policy research and Voter Engagement Strategies.

My general advice for students would be that you should always be willing to go the extra mile in finding the internship and excelling once successfully attaining one. Passion, determination and commitment never go unnoticed”.