Working for SPEAK has been a pivotal stepping stone in many a career - check out the Campaigns Coordinator role
People who have worked for SPEAK have gone on to get work in - local community projects, major development NGOS, government departments and many more.
We are currently looking for someone to take over from Andy Cope as our Campaigns Co-ordinator. We are sad to see Andy go but excited to see the opportunities that new people can bring. If you are interested in the exciting and diverse role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's what Andy says:
'I’ve been the SPEAK Campaigns Officer since March 2012, and it’s certainly been an exciting journey! I first took up the post because I was left post-graduation struggling with answers for ‘conventional employment’ – all I wanted was something to do that would support me enough to live, without losing my integrity; something that I could believe in…was that so much to ask?! I was intrigued by the counter-cultural nature of the network, and decided to apply for the role because I realised that, there wasn’t a group that I believed in more than SPEAK!
There is so much more to it than simply a 'campaigns' role. I have found myself doing everything: from facilitating SPEAK’s sessions at Greenbelt, to operating our social media channels, to visiting local groups, to overseeing the programme of Soundcheck weekend, to doing graphic design for Volumise magazine – it’s been quite a range of experiences! Of course, there’s an array of campaigns-specific activities too, such as researching and writing the Pray & Post cards, organising stunts and actions, and - most importantly - using reflection, dialogue and prayer to discern how best to empower the Network in the issues that matter to it most.
Professionally, SPEAK offers a much more rounded experience than you’ll get at most other NGOs. Based in the heart of London, you really gain a sense of what it is like to work in the third sector with other like-minded, lovely people. Since SPEAK is highly respected for what it does, we’re invited to participate in large coalitions and partnerships – so you’re often meeting with staff from other groups such as Traidcraft, Tearfund, Christian Aid, War on Want, StopTheTraffik, Stop Climate Chaos, etc. SPEAK also quite uniquely gives you a foundation in two different sectors, too – both the campaigns/NGO sector, and the church arena also. Furthermore, because there’s only a handful of staff, you end up getting a lot more responsibility than you otherwise would if you were employed at the same level in bigger organisations - which is great for the CV and quite frankly is much more fun!'