Speakers raise awareness of the issues affecting children in the UK and around the world. You can really help to bring about change for children by telling others about our work and inspiring new people to support us. You can make this happen by organising and giving talks in your local community. Sometimes these will be specific requests, like a club asking for a talk about an emergency appeal or a school wanting a talk on life for children around the world without access to education. But you'll also be making the contacts locally to offer talks to groups – both children and adults. And as you're part of the local community you'll probably already know where to go, but we'll also give you some pointers.
You don't have to have any experience of speaking but feeling confident in front of groups of people will really help. What's more, we'll provide you with all the support, advice, training and materials you will need, so you can hold successful and interesting talks. When you start, you'll get to watch an experienced volunteer speaker and see how it's done. They'll go with you when you're running your first talk to give you some support and then you'll be good to go on your own.
The great thing about the Speaker role is its flexibility, which means you can fit it around your other commitments. We would really like it if you could aim for a about one talk a month – but however many you do, you'll need to tell us about them. With a really easy online feedback form, this is the work of a moment and lets you track everything you're doing as a Speaker.
There are lots of resources and help online so access to the internet would be a real advantage. Your criminal records check, required for you to go into schools, will also be easier online.
So if you're over 18, can really communicate enthusiasm and can commit to at least 6 months, Speaker could be the role for you!