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Volunteer opportunities

Call out to PPU members and supporters!

We rely on the valuable help of the volunteers who support our work campaigning for peace

At the moment, while we are working from home and our office is closed because of the Covid-19 crisis, we are looking for people to support the PPU's organisational development in three different ways (read more below). When we re-open there will once again be a wider range of opportunities to get involved. Watch this space! In particular, in the run up to Remembrance time, we're always looking for people to get involved with packing white poppies. In the meantime, keep an eye on the events page, scroll down this page to learn more about the PPU's various working groups and head over to our take action page to find out more about how you can play a part in the movement for peace and nonviolence. Thank you so much for your support!

DESIGN REVIEW

The PPU is planning a review of its design materials and resources. We will be looking creatively at the PPU's visual identity, both online and offline, and asking how we want people to recognise and engage with us. The ultimate aim is to create new design resources and guidelines that will help PPU members and supporters in their campaigning.

Are you interested in design and activism? Do you have ideas on how the PPU looks and communicates? Are you designer, web-designer, artist, photographer, illustrator or someone with an interest in this area?

We would love your creative input. Please email mail@ppu.org.uk if you'd like to get involved, or with any comments or ideas you'd like to contribute.

Design archives - As part of this process we will be exploring the PPU's archives and revisiting powerful designs from the past. We would love to hear from you if you have any unusual PPU materials or photographs from over the years that could spark ideas.

INCREASING DIVERSITY

Following discussion at the AGM in February, we would like to invite members and supporters to contribute to the development of our diversity strategy.
 
If you are interested please send a brief email to saffron@ppu.org.uk outlining any experience you have in this area (personal or structural).

REVIEW OF PERSONNEL PROCESSES 

We are currently reviewing and updating some of our personnel processes and procedures, both to ensure good practice and to support the full development of our relatively new nonhierarchical management system.

We introduced nonhierarchical management for staff in June 2019 and thus far it is going very well. It is an exciting area of development, and we continue to work on fully adopting this progressive approach, in line with our pacifist principles.

We would be delighted to find PPU members with personnel experience who could join us in developing this area of work. Your contribution could include reviewing and commenting on documentation, providing advice based on previous experience, and potentially participating in a personnel working group.

If you are interested in becoming involved and have (a) experience of working in, or closely with, personnel / human resources, and (b) a commitment to nonhierarchical ways of working, please get in touch with Peter Glasgow c/o mail@ppu.org.uk

When writing, please indicate why you would like to get involved and how you could contribute, perhaps including a brief resume of your previous experience. We look forward to hearing from you.

Working groups

The PPU has nine working groups, each focused on a specific campaigning or operational area. They are made up of PPU members, staff and council members.

The working groups play a vital role in shaping and improving the PPU's campaigns and operations. By contributing knowledge and expertise, they help the organisation to develop its ideas and practices and to fulfil its strategic objectives. The working groups meet in person or online, typically once a quarter although this varies depending on the requirements of the individual groups.

Campaign working groups

  • Everyday Militarism
  • Peacebuilding and nonviolence
  • Remembrance

Operations working groups

  • Digital Media
  • Diversity
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Personnel
  • Publications

If you are interested in finding out more about how they work and how members can get involved, please get in touch at mail@ppu.org.uk or 020 7424 9444.

Photo credits: Philip Wood (see @pn_wood)