Do you want to help Chayn to support more survivors around the world? There are lots of ways to get involved, from joining our volunteer team to donating or supporting us on social media.
Chayn works with a global collective of volunteers, many of whom are survivors. We are always growing and looking for new volunteers to join our team! Our volunteers are our greatest strength - they come up with ideas for projects, co-lead our governance, and contribute to our resources to make sure that they are survivor-centred and encompass diverse perspectives from around the world. Volunteers are core to our organisation, our strategy, and our success.
Volunteering at Chayn is completely remote, and we welcome individuals from anywhere in the world.
We ask our volunteers to contribute at least 4 hours per week and to attend our monthly Chayn Day, a 3-hour meeting on the first Sunday of every month. Where possible, we also ask volunteers to join a weekly 2-hour work session, but we are adaptable around volunteers’ schedules. In addition to group work sessions, volunteers work on projects on their own time. Volunteer tasks include writing and editing content for our resources and external communications, research, outreach and more.
We work in cycles of three months (Jan - March, April - June, July - September, and October - Dec). Each cycle, we decide on priority projects and assign project leads and teams who ensure the priorities are achieved.
To apply to become a Chayn volunteer, fill in this short form. We will review your application. If you are accepted, we will be in touch to set up a mandatory induction call. In this call, we look for commitment, clarity of vision and alignment with our values. We’ll tell you more about volunteering at Chayn, how we work as a team, and answer any questions you have. Afterwards, we’ll add you to our communication channels, introduce you to the team, and help you get started!
We ask our tech volunteers to contribute at least 6 hours per month. Since most of the tech work is done async, we also ask that volunteers post regular task updates on the volunteer slack and attend our monthly tech huddle where they can. The tech huddle will be a 2-hour meeting on a weekday where volunteers can meet each other and the tech team, share tech skills, as well learn more about what Chayn is doing 🤗
The tech team also works in cycles of three months. Each cycle, we’ll meet and decide on a tech focus for that cycle and create GitHub issues to be tackled for the next 3 months.
Sign up as a tech volunteer with this short form
For all our volunteers, at the end of each cycle, we do a ‘spring clean,’ where we check which existing volunteers would like to continue on to the next cycle. There is no pressure for volunteers to continue - we understand everyone has different commitments and availability! Volunteers who leave are welcome to come back at any time.
Volunteer applications are open throughout the year, but we welcome new volunteers at the beginning of each cycle, so they can start alongside others and join the cycle project teams. Facebook is our primary communication channel for volunteers, so all volunteers must have a Facebook account (or be happy to make one). To keep in touch and collaborate with each other, we also use other online tools such as Slack, Google Drive, Zoom and Miro, but don’t worry if you don’t know how to use them all yet: volunteering with Chayn is a great way to learn!
Here’s what our volunteers say about us:
”I found Chayn exactly when I needed it.. The community of Chayn volunteers have become such close friends, and people I am so proud to know and work with. My work ethic has improved so much since joining - I’ve learned that I’m capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, and I’ve done things and taken part in work I could have only dreamed of doing before. Being a volunteer with Chayn has literally changed my life for the better; I’m more confident, understand my own trauma more, and have even found a job in the sector because of the work I’ve done with Chayn. I’ll always be grateful for finding this wonderful team!” - Chloe Chross