Furlough and volunteering – get involved

What we're doing

We have a number of volunteering opportunities for people who’ve unfortunately been furloughed by their employer due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

If you have time, skills and experience to offer then volunteering with us is a great way to make a difference to our vital work, whilst also gaining valuable experience with us.

Signing up

If you are interested in volunteering with us, signing up is easy and you can choose how much time you’re able to give us.

Browse the available roles below and if any of them take your fancy, download our volunteering form (Word, 42.2 KB) fill it in and email to volunteering@versusarthritis.org.

We’ll be in touch with you within 5 working days to confirm if the role is still available and to arrange a conversation with you.

Introduction to Versus Arthritis

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and a condition that causes great pain, making people feel isolated and forcing many to give up work early. There are over 18.8 million people in the UK living with arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions and the numbers are set to rise, yet arthritis is too often overlooked and underestimated. We want to change this so that arthritis gets the attention it deserves.

We are proud to walk alongside people with arthritis, empowering them to demand and deliver the changes they want to see. We have a history of involving people with lived experience of arthritis and related conditions in shaping, influencing and delivering our work to ensure that it’s focused on what will benefit them the most and that they are empowered to take control of their condition. We will continually improve and develop standards for involvement across the organisation and a programme of activities which support effective and purposeful involvement.

Providing access to the highest quality standardised induction and ongoing training and support is vital to recruit, retain and reward our amazing volunteers. There are currently more than 4000 Versus Arthritis Volunteers across the UK in a wide variety of roles including fundraising, support services, patient insight and research. Each one makes a hugely valuable contribution to our combined effort to achieve our organisational vision of a world that no longer tolerates the impact of arthritis.

Policy team volunteer

How will you make a difference

Our policy, public affairs and campaigns team is focused on creating lasting change. We identify creative policy solutions in response to the challenges people with arthritis face. We influence decision-makers through stakeholder engagement, public affairs activity and by campaigning alongside people with arthritis. We are interested in hearing from people with policy experience at advisor, officer or manager level who would like to volunteer with us during the pandemic.

You will work with:

  • The policy and public affairs team. We are part of the wider Directorate of involvement, influencing and support. You will work directly with the policy, public affairs campaigns officers and managers as well as people with arthritis and colleagues across the charity and sector.

This opportunity might be ideal for those with experience of:

  • Policy work relevant to long-term conditions or disability.

You will need:

  • Understanding of policy issues relevant to people with long-term conditions or disability.
  • Experience of working in a policy team.
  • An ability to think creatively and communicate effectively.
  • An enthusiastic, adaptive and flexible approach.
  • To be able to work to effectively to deadlines and to work virtually, with contact on-line and by ‘phone.
  • To be able to commit to at least three weeks.

We will provide:

  • Variety and challenge in a supportive team who will value your well-being and professional development.
  • Office 365 online access and reimbursement of reasonable costs.

Activities:

  • You will help us to drive policy development in response to the issues raised by people with arthritis across our priority areas, particularly in response to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • You will lead on specific policy projects, carrying out analysis, producing briefings, developing policy positions and consultation responses.

Training development volunteer

How you will make a difference

We have a great opportunity for volunteers to join our colleagues in reviewing and redesigning our volunteer training offer and developing tools and resources which will be utilised by volunteers across the UK for years to come. Drawing on the charity’s existing and extensive range of information materials and experience, we are particularly seeking volunteers who can offer expertise in the following areas:

  • Health and safety
  • Lone working
  • Risks
  • Challenging behaviour/conflict resolution
  • Finance
  • Well-being/looking after yourself/stress/mental health
  • Safeguarding
  • GDPR
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Social model of disability.

You will work with:

  • Volunteer Development Manager
  • Involvement & Volunteering Officers
  • Volunteers.

This opportunity might be ideal for those with experience of:

  • Training/facilitation
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Person management
  • HR
  • Digital/IT.

You will need:

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Telephone.

We will provide:

  • Office 365 (online access)
  • Reimbursement of reasonable costs.

Activities:

  • Supporting the Involvement & Volunteering team the creation of new training modules.
  • Reviewing current materials.
  • Researching materials of other similar organisations.
  • Creating training content e.g. presentations/lesson plans/delivery models.