Volunteer Role Description
Local Project Manager
Role title: ‘Local Project Manager’ (voluntary)
Responsible to: Sustainability Coordinator
Duration: Minimum 6 Months
The aim of the LPM role
AfSL works with volunteers in South Manchester to promote sustainable living in local communities, Local Project Managers are key to achieving this objective for they can identify local issues and needs and design projects that address these.
Being a LPM involves meeting with the local community, supporting local people and their community to take simple steps towards more sustainable living. Deliver a project that is inclusive, fun and inspirational and that results in positive change.
What we are looking for in LPMs
- Enthusiasm and willingness to motivate people in the community
- A good “I’ll give it a go!” attitude and openness to try new things
- Interest in sustainability issues and an eagerness to learn more
- Willingness to get to know the local community by networking
- Keen to make a positive difference
- Ability to commit a minimum of 6 hours per week
- Ability to be a self-starter and to work on your own without day-to-day supervision
- Ability to arrange and facilitate meetings
- Basic admin and IT skills
- Excellence in time-management and keeping in regular communication
- Commitment to attend all AfSL trainings
What you can expect from AfSL
- A range of FREE project management trainings to equip you to be able to meet most of the above criteria (training package estimated value is £600)
- Mentoring and on-going support for at least 6 months
- Full access to AfSL resources, including your own AfSL gmail account
- Reasonable expenses incurred through the role (public transportation, refreshments, etc.)
1) Get to know the geographical area you are working in by engaging with people and businesses in the community. Introduce yourself to local councilors and find out about resident’s association meetings so you can keep in the loop about what’s happening in your area.
2) Devote time to becoming an expert in your project area; do research and create a realistic Project Action Plan (with assistance from your Coordinator).
3) Visibility: Be a local ambassador of sustainability through attending local events, contacting community groups, using local papers, websites and updating the events calendar on the AfSL website.
4) Events: Communicate the message of sustainable living to as many people as possible in your area by attending “green” events in the Manchester area as an AfSL representative. Talk about your own project and get people enthused!
5) Talks and Workshops: Gather local people together and share what your project is about; get people to sign up to volunteer with you and get your project’s momentum going with your own team of volunteers.
6) Achieve targets agreed jointly with the Coordinator. You will meet at least once a month to go over achievements and challenges associated with your project.
7) Maintain appropriate records, such as time sheets and expenses forms and volunteer sign-up sheets and submit these monthly.
8) Involve local volunteers and report new volunteer details to the AfSL Volunteer Coordinator.
9) Undertake other initiatives appropriate to the role (making use of AfSL resources, assisting other AfSL projects, delivering talks, collecting surveys, etc.)
Two themes run through and inform this project:
1) The need for us all to make lifestyle changes if we are to create a sustainable world (Sustainability is here defined as “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now, and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems”)
2) The importance of strengthening local links so that issues of sustainability can be tackled from a local perspective. It is essentially a Human Scale approach which can be defined as “living as if people and their communities really mattered, which implies a shift towards more local decision-making, and local work, food, energy and exchange: it means people taking responsibility for themselves, those around them and the environment they share in common”.
(Tuesday – Thursday)