Volunteer

Volunteer

Join us for Cohort 4!

We are very excited to announce applications for Cohort 4 of our popular volunteering programme are now open! We are seeking 25-30 new UK-based volunteers to offer one to two hours of support each week for four months from 11 January 2022 to 12 May 2022.

Who We Are

My Pickle CIC (‘My Pickle’) is the multi-award-winning not-for-profit that exists to combat the barriers that leave people in the UK, and particularly the most vulnerable, unable to access support by making it easy for people to find and access help fast.

Since 2019, working with trained volunteers we have created and maintain the UK’s largest National Support Database covering all life issues such as health, finance and housing. It contains key details of over 2,200 support resources such as helplines and support groups that are available at a national level (across England &/or Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland).

This free to use resource is accessed through mypickle.org, a new website launched in October 2020, which has directly helped over 2,700 people to find the support they need this year.

Why We Need Your Help

We are seeking volunteers who can offer one to two hours of support each week for four months from 11 January 2022 to 12 May 2022.

There are four roles available:

  • Volunteer Researchers: Help us gather and review new support resources such as helplines to be added. Ideal candidates will have signposting experience and/or awareness of support resources in one or more of the topics we cover, excellent attention to detail, an ability to critically evaluate appropriateness of resources, excellent written communication skills and an ability to summarise information clearly and concisely.
  • Database Administrator Volunteers: Must have experience in database administration. Activities will include data cleansing, refinement and improvement eg adding search term synonyms to direct users to relevant support resources.
  • Social Media Volunteers: Helping in one of two sub-teams i) Planning team – to plan content around upcoming topics and awareness dates writing compelling captions and clear design briefs, or ii) Design team – create/design eye-catching and brand-friendly content in Canva. Experience is essential (Canva experience essential for design team).
  • Volunteer Market Researchers: We want to share our support database far and wide with other organisations to help direct their clients, customers or employees to support. In this role you will contact organisations across public, private and third sectors to gather information on their current practices regarding support and evaluate interest in partnering with us to expand our reach and help many more people find help!

As an early-stage not-for-profit, these volunteer roles offer an exciting and unique opportunity to progress the initiative to help millions of people in the UK who struggle to find help.

What You Get

This is an unpaid volunteering role; however we can offer the opportunity to:

  • – Find personal satisfaction knowing that you are helping others
  • – Gain new skills, knowledge and experience to enhance your CV
  • – Opportunities for progression into more senior and other roles
  • – Be part of a friendly community of volunteers across the UK

We treat all our volunteers with masses of respect, consideration and appreciation.

Here are what some volunteers say:

“Volunteering for My Pickle has allowed me to leave my comfort zone more, increased my motivation and made me feel like I’m giving something back to society.”

“It has been great being part of such a friendly team and it has been especially helpful in teaching me some of what goes on behind the scenes in non-profit organisations. It has also boosted my confidence in getting involved or applying for things I’m interested in.”

“It’s been fun supporting a good cause, and I’ve got great career progress opportunities from time at My Pickle too!”

About You

Commitment and self-starters: We are looking for individuals who can fully commit to supporting us consistently for the full four-month period and attend every monthly mandatory meeting.

Meetings will take place at 6.30 to 7.30pm on the following dates for each team:

  • – Research team: Tues 11 Jan, Tues 25 Jan, Tues 22 Feb, Tues 15 March, Tues 12 April, Thurs 12 May
  • – Database administrator team: Tues 11 Jan, Wed 26 Jan, Wed 23 Feb, Wed 16 March, Wed 23 April, Thurs 12 May
  • – Social media team: Tues 11 Jan, Thurs 27 Jan, Thurs 24 Feb, Thurs 17 March, Thurs 24 April, Thurs 12 May
  • Market research team: Tues 11 Jan, Mon 24 Jan, Mon 21 Feb, Mon 14 March, Mon 11 April, Thurs 12 May

Please do not apply if you would be unable to attend these meetings. Sorry, due to capacity and privacy we cannot re-run or record these meetings which are vital to keeping updated and aware of activities etc.

All of our roles are home-based and require motivated individuals who are able to schedule in and motivate themselves to provide one to two hours of assistance each week.

Experience: We require volunteers with experience. We provide induction and training but intermediate knowledge and skills in the area you are applying for is required.

Values: Our values are Empathy, Collaboration, Trust, Equity and Sharing – it is important that candidates resonate with and can demonstrate passion for these values too.

Remote-working: This is a flexible, remote-working and unpaid voluntary role. Access to laptop with camera and a stable internet connection is required.

Diversity: Diversity helps us create a welcoming and inclusive environment and website. We encourage applications from candidates from minority ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds, with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates. For example, in our last cohort 26% of our volunteers are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, 1 in 4 identify as having a disability and 26% identify as LGBTQ+.

Interested?

Just submit the short form below. One of our friendly Community Managers may then invite you to a short Zoom interview to learn more about your experience and interest. Then it’s a short second interview with My Pickle Founder, Cat Divers.

If successful, Cohort 3 will kick-off with intros, induction and on-boarding on 11 January at 6.30pm to 8pm which you must be able to attend.

We aim to respond to all candidates by the end of December. Look forward to hearing from you!








    The Opportunity

    My Pickle CIC is a not-for-profit initiative with a vision for a world where no-one struggles alone or is left behind, regardless of their situation or life circumstances.

    Our focus is on helping individuals in the UK facing big life challenges to find help fast. The website mypickle.org offers a free search engine of trusted external support resources that are available nationally (e.g. helplines).

    This is your opportunity to join an award-winning not-for-profit and volunteer-driven initiative that is making a real difference. 

    As an early-stage social enterprise, our popular volunteer Cohort programme offers you an exciting and unique opportunity to apply your skills, one to two hours per week over a four month period, to further this non-profit initiative and help lay the foundations to make a difference to millions of people’s lives.

    What Our Volunteers Say

    • “It has given me confidence in my research skills, and ability to find more information on the internet, rather than simply looking at the first page of Google.”
    • “Volunteering for My Pickle has allowed me to leave my comfort zone more, increased my motivation and made me feel like I’m giving something back to society.”
    • “It has been great being part of such a friendly team and it has been especially helpful in teaching me some of what goes on behind the scenes in non-profit organisations. It has also boosted my confidence in getting involved or applying for things I’m interested in.”
    • “I think it has improved my confidence incredibly through starting to talk to new people again!”
    • “Volunteering with My Pickle provided a sense of focus at a challenging time and the longer I volunteer the more motivated I become.”
    • “It’s been fun supporting a good cause, and I’ve got great career progress opportunities from time at My Pickle too!”

    This is an unpaid volunteering role; however we can offer the opportunity to:

    • – Find personal satisfaction knowing that you are helping others
    • – Gain new skills, knowledge and experience to enhance your CV
    • – Opportunities for progression into more senior and other roles
    • – Make new friends and have fun being part of our team!

    We treat all our amazing volunteers with respect, consideration and appreciation.

    Who We Are Looking For

    Commitment: As we only recruit once every four months, we are looking for individuals who can fully commit to supporting us one to two hours per week for the full four-month period and attend mandatory meetings (see below).

    Experience: We require volunteers with experience. We provide induction and training but intermediate knowledge and skills are required.

    Self-starters: All of our roles are home-based and require motivated individuals who are able to fit in and continually provide one to two hours of support into their weekly schedules.

    Values: Our values are empathy, collaboration, trust, equity and sharing – it is important that candidates resonate with and can demonstrate passion for these values too.

    Diversity: Diversity helps us create a welcoming and inclusive environment and website. We particularly encourage applications from candidates from minority ethnic, religious, or cultural backgrounds, with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates.

    Remote working: This is a flexible, remote-working and unpaid voluntary role. Access to laptop with camera and a stable internet connection is required.

    Volunteers must be UK-based and also have:

    • – The ability and confidence to contribute to online Zoom meetings with camera on
    • – Flexibility to work within a dynamic environment and to assist with other activities
    • – Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • – An ability to self-motivate and manage time commitments

    Interested?

    Our next Cohort will run from 10 January 2022 to 12 May 2022. Applications will open in October 2021. Check back then or sign up to our monthly newsletter to be the first to be notified when applications open!