Caritas Anchor House

Working at the heart of homelessness

People Policy Volunteer

People Policy Volunteer

26th August 2021
To support an organisation whose mission is to build hope, enable lasting change and end homelessness for people in East London.

The aim of the People Policy Volunteer is to support the People team with its policy related activities and would be a suitable opportunity for people with an interest in employment policy or a career in the people profession. 

The volunteer would gain skills in influencing, policy analysis, development process and help support the People team in drafting policy briefings to be shared at team meetings and forums for distribution. This is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the work of our department, whether you’re interested in a change of career, want to learn new skills or support our charity through volunteering.

About the role:
This role is flexible. You can choose what you wish to get involved with and for how long, based on your skills and interests. Activities include: 

  • Analysing key policy documents and the latest employment law guidance to develop a portfolio of employment policies with the People Adviser and Director of People.
  • Working together with the People team, develop employment policy briefings for managers. 
  • Apply the brand guidelines and assisting in auditing all policies and forms with the Kickstart Trainee to ensure all new and existing policies have the brand guidelines consistently applied.
  • Support with desktop research on what trends there are in UK workplaces relating to the portfolio of policies that volunteers are involved with developing. 
  • Join the People Management Policy Working Group to help make notes of feedback shared by attendees and make a note of actions to be taken forward by the People Adviser and/or Director of People.

About you:

We're looking for People Policy volunteers to support us that have:

  • Good communication skills: written, listening & verbal
  • Ability to analyse documents and draw out key points
  • Ability to conduct desk research
  • Ability to synthesise the views of people, and sources of evidence, to compile consultation responses
  • Ability to work with others as part of a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Understanding of confidentiality

Our commitments and expectations:

  • A commitment of 3 - 6 months is requested.
  • This volunteer role will be fully remote, therefore will require access to a reliable internet connection and device to complete policy development and desktop research.
  • Attend training and other events as required – training and support is provided for all volunteers to ensure safety and confidence in our organisation. Trainings are a mix of e-learning and face-to-face sessions.

If you are interested in applying to volunteer as a People Policy volunteer, you can do so here. Otherwise, if you'd like an informal chat to find out more please do get in touch with us on

At Caritas Anchor House, we are proud of our inclusive workplace where we celebrate difference, value everyone’s contribution, and where people of all backgrounds and cultures can thrive. We do not accept discrimination or harassment, and all our recruitment decisions are based on fair and open competition, with appointments on merit. We are committed to growing our workplace further by making sure that our teams are as diverse and inclusive as they can be. We welcome applications from everyone and encourage people with lived experience of homelessness, a disability, and from ethnic minority backgrounds to apply. This is to ensure we are taking positive action in order to achieve our legitimate aim of a balanced representation in our teams, at all levels. We want to foster a culture in which everyone is united around our shared mission and values, and in which our people are active participants in our success.

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