VOLUNTEER ROLE | BI PRIDE UK
Ideal time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours per month; flexible
Responsible to: the Brand Manager
Do you have a passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion? Do you believe that everyone in the LGBTQ+ spectrum should be recognised and celebrated for their individuality? Do you want to make a real difference to the bi community in the UK?
Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.
There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:
- Outreach work with other Prides – our consultation work with local Prides and the UK Pride Organisers Network works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
- Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. Next year we are aiming higher
- Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them
The Bi Pride UK Media Team are growing. Due to the success of our communications strategies in our 2019 operational year, we secured original content across DIVA Magazine, Stonewall, Openly, Gay Times, and were featured in TimeOut and the Evening Standard. We launched our first advertisement campaign on the London Underground. We sold out of online tickets for our first Pride event. The Media Team have been busy doing great and beautifully designed comms work.
We have also launched a new magazine as our original content platform – UNICORN, the world’s first bi and arts magazine, with the first issue containing photography from Costa Rica, Music from Cape Town, poetry about sexual exploration, illustrations, animations, articles and much more.
Given the current circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now also exploring the world of online, live-streamed events to add this extra feature to our already very exciting annual gathering. With the design team having to manage more briefs and challenges from the wider departments, Bi Pride UK are looking for a talented designer to join their in-house design team. You’ll work as part of the Brand and Design team to deliver creative concepts and design work for digital and print.
Responsibilities would include:
- To design and create graphic content as directed by the Brand Manager.
- Creating fliers, posters, and other branded information.
- Creating web visuals and images for our website and social media channels.
- Follow brand guidelines and contributing to the development of our visual identity.
- Seek input and feedback from rest of the team on your designs.
- Develop and engage in the evolution of the brand identity with the Lead Designer
- Engage in creative input in briefs within the organisation for innovative visual content
Why volunteer for a charity? Volunteering in your industry position is an excellent way to build up your skills and add another exciting project to your CV. Bi Pride UK are growing rapidly and quickly making a name for themselves in the GRSD environment as a historic charity. This is an excellent opportunity to grow professionally while making great change for a fantastic cause.
- Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
- A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions
- A team player who is ready to get stuck in with an awesome charity team
- Meticulous attention to detail;
- Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
- Strong written and oral communication skills.
- (Preferred) A degree -level qualification in design, or equivalent experience.
- (Preferred) A minimum of one-year experience working as a graphic designer.
- (Preferred) – A portfolio of work demonstrating ability to work creatively within brand guidelines.
- (Added bonus) Experience of vector animation and competency in Adobe after Effects or similar.
To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by 22nd May, 5pm.
The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants.
Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.