We have a thriving network of volunteers and development workers across the globe whose time and energy over the last 65 years has made our continued work possible.

Many of our local volunteers are still supporting us to deliver events and activities that enhance our work around the world. And development workers, some of whom worked with us decades ago, remain dedicated supporters of our work, giving monthly donations, legacies, or their time. We are immeasurably grateful to them all.

Our ICS Alumni

We have a network of over 1,500 volunteers who have completed International Citizen Service (ICS) with us. Through our ICS programme, our young alumni have gained the skills and experience they need to become global citizens, and role models in their own communities.

For our ICS Alumni from the UK, the end of their placement doesn’t mean the end of their experience with us. As well as one-off opportunities to get involved with policy and decision making, we offer two long-term voluntary opportunities for ICS Alumni:

ICS Ambassadors

Our ICS Alumni Ambassadors are passionate about sharing their ICS experience with other young people.

They’ve returned from placement more knowledgeable about human rights, global issues, and how we can work together to fight poverty and injustice.

Most importantly, they’re passionate about youth volunteering, and understand the impact it can have on young people's life chances.

We offer our ICS Alumni Ambassadors the opportunity to represent us at Careers Fairs, Fresher’s Week Events, Job Fairs, and NCS events. The opportunity is flexible, allowing our alumni to fit events around their other commitments.

If you’re a returned ICS volunteer and you’re interested in becoming an ICS Alumni Ambassador, email Ally at [email protected] for more information.

 

Voice for Rights

Voice for Rights is our flagship social action scheme, which transforms human rights into practical action in communities across the UK  and beyond. Currently open to our Alumni in the UK, Burkina Faso and Ghana, Voice for Rights is a self-led programme that offers young people training, skills development, support and advice to enable them to tackle the issues facing their communities.

Shahema, one of our Voice for Rights advocates, understands that communities are at the heart of people-powered change. As part of her action, Shahema is working to establish ‘A Woman’s Wish’, a community group that connects Muslim women in her local area to local and global issues that matter to them. Shahema says, 

“‘A Woman’s Wish’ will invite local women to work together and be proactive in making change. Not only will it connect the women to charities that they care for, it will also be a space for them to socialise and make new friendships.”

Our pilot scheme ran from January – June 2018. If you’d like to be involved in Voice for Rights in the future, email Ally at [email protected] for more information.