Seeking a Team Leader Volunteer

About Carbon Counts

We are based in North London and are made up of people who think that there is something lacking from current narratives surrounding the climate crisis and society’s approach to tackling it.

Who are we looking for?

Do you love working with people of all backgrounds & have a burning desire to do something about the climate crisis? We’re building a diverse group of ~30 people in our local community. We need an enthusiastic team leader & co-ordinator.

What will you be doing?

Did you ever wonder why it is so difficult for people in London to live sustainably and do something meaningful about the climate crisis? So did we! That’s why we’re setting up this charity, to find out how green & sustainable a group of people can be. We are currently applying for charitable status and we hope to generate enough funding eventually to make this a full time position but in the meantime, we need to find our members, work out how we will best organise ourselves, work with our members to come up with the ways and means to live sustainably and reduce our carbon footprints, and then start recording the data from our activities so we can demonstrate how effective we actually are.

We believe in tackling all environmental and social crises as one: plastic, biodiversity, deforestation, soil degradation, overfishing, refugee, poverty, racism, sexism and all discrimination. We want to create demonstrative, visible evidence of improvements to our community through product and material re-use, re-purposing, recycling, better shopping and eating, energy and water efficiency gains, carbon footprint reduction, caring for nature and the built environment.

Activities include involvement in any or all of:

• community outreach and participant recruitment

• strategy development

• marshalling ideas and feedback from participants

• organising group meetings / communications schedule subgroup integration, performance

• monitoring, team-building fundraising

• liaising with other volunteers and trustees

What are we looking for?

• generalist with environmental awareness

• ability to herd cats – i.e. leadership qualities

• familiarity with cross-section of inner London society – religious, racial and income diversity

• ability to manage potentially unlimited breadth and depth of eco-actions affecting participants’ everyday activities

• realistic but never-say-die attitude to climate change and sustainability

• grant application writing skills

What difference will you make?

Due to our newness, we have very little funding and are all volunteers at this point. This role is part of the core work of the charity – our founding group of eco-warriors needs a leader who can make them (us) feel that we the charity is supporting them in every way they expect, or can communicate the issues otherwise. We have just received National Lottery funding for six months to start building the founding group and need a real people-person with interpersonal skills to complement the qualities the other volunteers bring to the charity, and to take part in the planning and fundraising for the next phase in 2022.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

Without a doubt this role is for someone who feels the need to do something about the climate crisis (and all the others). The experience should also make a great entry on your CV.

Skills

Campaigning, Public relations, Fundraising research / Bid writing, Strategic development and planning, Project / programme management, Volunteer management

Where

Islington, Camden, Hackney, Haringey, City of London, Westminster for outreach work, but mainly at home

Time

Either in or out of office hours

Estimate of time needed: 7-15 hours / week

With the pandemic in progress it is difficult to say what actual IRL meetings we can have, and how much people will expect and want them.

Deadline

15th November 2021

To find out more please email contact@carbon-counts.org.uk