Volunteer from home

We are recruiting! All our roles are voluntary – no-one at LifeSIGNS gets paid, we’re all volunteers.

Please scroll down to view the roles we need help with.

Special message from our Director, Jules

LifeSIGNS is run by volunteers, and we need more of you.

We understand how difficult it can be to juggle life, work, and home; and we know that it can feel daunting to imagine giving up any more of your time. So we’re not asking for a permanent commitment. Instead we’re asking for people to volunteer for six months.

If LifeSIGNS has helped you in the past, and you’d like to give a little back, we’d be overjoyed to welcome you to our team of volunteers.

We’ll adapt your role to suit you, and as we all work virtually from home you’ll be able to work on days and times that fit in with your busy life. Even if you can only give a couple of hours a week, it will help us enormously.

If you’re willing to help us over a period of six months, please contact hello@lifesigns.org.uk with any ideas around what you would like to work on.

We very much hope to hear from you.

Diversity Manager

The role of Diversity Manager is to work towards increasing our commitment to inclusivity by reaching out to more people from minority groups, particularly in regards to ethnicity.

The work includes:

Creating and managing projects / campaigns that target minority groups.

Acting as an advocate for, and presenting the needs of minority groups to the Directors.

Raising awareness of specific issues faced by minority groups when it comes to self-injury, and promoting change.

Communicating with relevant charities and organisations that represent different minority groups in order to create working relationships.

Researching / analysing the success of projects, and presenting results to the Directors.

Work towards recruiting volunteers from different ethnic backgrounds / communities.

Support Forum Manager

  • Working directly for the LifeSIGNS Management Committee (Directors);
  • Administrate and run the Support Forum (message board software)
  • Follow all relevant LifeSIGNS processes, procedures and policies;
  • Follow and express the ethics, philosophy, approach, mission and tenets of LifeSIGNS;
  • Activate new accounts;
  • Welcome new member;s
  • Read all posts and check for inappropriate stuff, like numbers or graphic descriptions;
  • Reply to some posts – ensure people feel heard
  • Never, ever, offer advice;
  • Provide guidance that remains within the LifeSIGNS approach;
  • If it is necessary to respond to an individual, the response must offer general guidance that anyone could benefit from – the response may be to an individual, but the response must not be specifically for that person;
  • Regarding organisations and campaigns, work exclusively for LifeSIGNS regarding the realm of self-injury awareness;
  • Be aware of LifeSIGNS work on social media channels and the website, as well as within our intranet;
  • Excellent approach to timely communication.

Ideally, you would have some experience of message board software and administration, so that you can change settings and configurations. Training will be provided.

Beyond the tech administration, you will be directly in touch with members, and it’s vital that you remain non-directional and non-judgemental. Many volunteers want to ‘help’ members by telling them what they should do. This is not our way. The Support Forum is for self-expression and peer support – not direction. We offer guidance and ideas, but never personal advice.

This role does not take a lot of time through the week, but requires dedication. Lots of commitment.

As Admin, you might also work with ‘Moderators’, who do not do the tech stuff, but who care for the community.

Please apply vai email to hello@lifesigns.org.uk – using the subject of ‘Support Forum Manager’ and tell us about your experience.

Director – volunteer from home

We are looking for someone with experience in managing and leading. Such experience does not require that you have held a ‘management position’, it only requires that you have experience in managing and leading projects and people.

This is a key role within LifeSIGNS, and a ‘hands on’ position; you will be involved in the oversight and approval of everything we do, support our Managers and volunteers, and actively develop, produce and lead our work and projects.

We would expect a Director to be involved in leadership / strategy / project discussions for a minimum of five hours per week and to perform research and writing tasks for a further few hours each week. Beyond this minimum expectation, there is a culture of passion and involvement within LifeSIGNS, and we would expect members of the management committee to be enthusiastic about our work enough to dedicate appropriate time to LifeSIGNS throughout the month.

We can promise you nothing but hard work and tiny budgets – and the opportunity to lead our fifteen year old organisation to greater and greater achievements in order to change the world.

Candidates should have:

  • a wide experience of work (whether paid or voluntary);
  • leadership experience (doesn’t have to be in a paid job, anything that requires leadership skills);
  • the commitment and ability to dedicate time and effort to LifeSIGNS throughout the week;
  • an understanding of our vision and dedication to fulfilling our mission;
  • ability to work well and respectfully within a small team;
  • good communication skills (written);
  • the ability to motivate others, and yourself;
  • a positive and proactive approach to getting things done;
  • the dedication to see a project through from plan to delivery;
  • personal experience of self-injury;
  • a level of comfort with online services / home computing;
  • your own computer and Internet access;
  • an understanding of the usual responsibilities a leader has, such as (real life) AGMs and management committee meetings.

Candidates should be:

  • reliable, honest, positive, dedicated, passionate, caring, with a modicum of humility;
  • self-directing;
  • able to look for simple answers to complex organisation concerns;
  • passionate about self-injury awareness and support;
  • willing to become an expert in the LifeSIGNS approach (including vocabulary) to self-injury.

 

Ideally, candidates might have:

  • experience of working in the third sector;
  • experience as an unpaid volunteer;
  • experience in one or more of the following:
    • media relations,
    • ]training,
    • event planning,
    • marketing,
    • communications,
    • charity work,
    • law,
    • equality and diversity,
    • project management,
    • HR,
    • mental health,
    • emotional wellbeing,
    • publishing;
    • access to millions of pounds worth of funding (only joking, but hey, it would be helpful).

Your application

To apply, please send some kind of CV hello@lifesigns.org.uk along with two referees’ details (who know your work) for us to contact. Your CV should be tailored to demonstrate that your experience matches the requirements above. We are not looking for a CV that attempts to impress us with qualifications. Your opening statement may be the most important part of your CV – write it specifically for this role.

To repeat:

  1. ensure your CV is written specifically for this voluntary role;
  2. include contact details for two referees so we can talk to them about your experience;
  3. don’t pad your CV with qualifications – write a fantastic personal statement and also show your experience.

Interviews will take place either in a city-centre café somewhere in the UK, or via some Internet snazzy tech of some kind. Travel expenses will only be reimbursed for the successful candidates.

Joining LifeSIGNS will give you a real opportunity to change the world (somewhat) and become part of a virtual team, dedicated to helping others and providing insightful information. You’ll have the chance to influence other organisations, and provide reference material to health care workers and professionals – literally helping to change the world.

You will have the opportunity to publish new information and ideas, and to manage creative projects that our members, visitors and social media friends love. You could have the opportunity to work with the media, in print, radio and television, and to speak at conferences, deliver training or contribute to books.

You will be able to cite your work at LifeSIGNS in other areas of your life and work, and count yourself among the millions of people in the UK who choose to volunteer as a way to develop themselves and improve the country.

Trustee

The role of Trustee includes legal responsibility for the organisations, and yet is a lighter role than Director.

Trustees must lead the direction of LifeSIGNS, while empowering the Directors to perform the day-to-day duties.

It’s a serious role because it comes with a great deal of accountability, yet it’s a ‘light’ role as it only requires a day or two of your time each month.

However, from now until March, we need a good deal of support in revising our policies and procedures, to modernise our organisation structure and reporting processes.

Candidates should have:

  • a wide experience of work (whether paid or voluntary);
  • leadership experience (doesn’t have to be in a paid job, anything that requires leadership skills);
  • the commitment and ability to dedicate time and effort to LifeSIGNS every month;
  • an understanding of our vision and dedication to fulfilling our mission;
  • ability to work well and respectfully within a small team;
  • good communication skills (written);
  • the ability to motivate others, and yourself;
  • a positive and proactive approach to getting things done;
  • personal experience of self-injury;
  • your own computer and Internet access;
  • an understanding of the usual responsibilities a leader has, such as (real life) AGMs.

Candidates should be:

  • reliable, honest, positive, dedicated, passionate, caring, with a modicum of humility;
  • self-directing;
  • able to look for simple answers to complex organisation concerns;
  • passionate about self-injury awareness and support;
  • willing to become an expert in the LifeSIGNS approach (including vocabulary) to self-injury.

Your application

To apply, please send some kind of CV hello@lifesigns.org.uk along with two referees’ details (who know your work) for us to contact.

To repeat:

  1. ensure your CV is written specifically for this voluntary role;
  2. include contact details for two referees so we can talk to them about your experience;
  3. don’t pad your CV with qualifications – write a fantastic personal statement and also show your experience.

Interviews will take place either in a city-centre café somewhere in the UK, or via some Internet snazzy tech of some kind. Travel expenses will only be reimbursed for the successful candidates.

Joining LifeSIGNS will give you a real opportunity to change the world (somewhat) and become part of a virtual team, dedicated to helping others and providing insightful information. You’ll have the chance to influence other organisations, and provide reference material to health care workers and professionals – literally helping to change the world.

Joining LifeSIGNS will give you a real opportunity to change the world (somewhat) and become part of a virtual team, dedicated to helping others and providing insightful information. You’ll have the chance to influence other organisations, and provide reference material to health care workers and professionals – literally helping to change the world.

You will have the opportunity to publish new information and ideas, and to manage creative projects that our members, visitors and social media friends love. You could have the opportunity to work with the media, in print, radio and television, and to speak at conferences, deliver training or contribute to books.

You will be able to cite your work at LifeSIGNS in other areas of your life and work, and count yourself among the millions of people in the UK who choose to volunteer as a way to develop themselves and improve the country.