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Volunteering

White Ribbon is always on the lookout for volunteers for the campaign. Volunteers work with the campaign team to deliver a  proactive response to family violence. We’re trying to change attitudes and behaviour, and we need your help to help deliver our annual campaign.

To apply for a position contact us and include your CV and a brief note about why you wish to volunteer. We know that volunteers often want to help with a worthy programme and eventually to gain paid employment in the workforce. But to land that paid position you need practical experience with good references. White Ribbon believes in up-skilling our volunteers and providing you with an enhanced knowledge of both event management and communications. If that sounds like you and you want to make a positive difference in our society, please consider volunteering.

Bernadette and Intern at Women's Refuge signs The Pledge cropped“An amazing experience” Bernadette (Volunteer 2012)
The Intern and Volunteer programme is a fantastic opportunity to get amongst a powerful and proactive social change campaign. From day one, you are a significant part of the Campaign team, helping to get the campaign off the ground and to reach the New Zealand public with a message of anti-violence.photo (6)

“I’ve found my time with the campaign to be fulfilling and challenging. I had the chance to work with a diverse range of people who are motivated to promote White Ribbon’s message; including community leaders, like Headmasters and White Ribbon Riders, and the talented Campaign Manager. The Campaign is a tight-knit, enthusiastic, and passionate team. I highly recommend this experience to anyone with a passion for social issues and making change in New Zealand.” Nelson Curry. (Volunteer 2011/2012)

“Working for the campaign gave me a tremendous amount of practical experience and it really was fun. Great team and found the campaign manager really helpful. He took the time to teach volunteers how to accomplish tasks and we all felt like we really were a part of the team. I’ve now landed a job, and there’s no doubt that working for White Ribbon and the reference I received made this possible. I’d recommend volunteering for White Ribbon to anyone who wants practical event and communication experience.” Chris Vermeulen (Volunteer 2013/14)

White Ribbon Campaign Volunteer and Intern Positions 2014

To apply for a position contact us or to download the position descriptions click here

Positions
· Ambassador Coordinator
· Community Press Release Coordinator
· Events and Volunteers Coordinator
· Finance, Fundraising and Database Coordinator
· Graphic Designer
· Proof Reader
· Resources and Merchandise Coordinator
· Ride Coordinator
· Social Media Officer
· Written Communications Officer

 

Position Descriptions

Ambassador Coordinator(s)

You will liaise with White Ribbon Ambassadors and New Zealand communities when Ambassadors are requested to speak at local events and find opportunities for Ambassadors.

Your central task is to support the campaign’s Ambassadors as they build support, visibility, and develop a shared understanding of the campaign within their communities. This is on-going but is a requirement during the November period to support projects such as the White Ribbon Ride.

For more information on White Ribbon Ambassadors, click here.

Knowledge and Experience

You will:

· be responsible, proactive, and professional in attitude;
· have strong relationship and organisational skills;
· have strong written and oral communication skills;
· display initiative; and
· be functional team players.
Experience in or aptitude for stakeholder management and/or communications is an advantage.

Community Press Release Co-ordinator(s)

Our Press Manager(s) will have responsibility for contacting local communities that are hosting White Ribbon events. The Manager(s) will coordinate event information to produce tailored media releases. This task is essential to create a seamless campaign experience for the New Zealand public, achieved by delivering the campaign’s message but with local features, spokespeople and Ambassadors.

Knowledge and Experience

The ability to multitask and plan will be a key asset in the Press Manager(s). Interpersonal written and verbal communication skills are also essential, particularly over email and the phone.

Events and Volunteers Coordinator(s)

This position requires an individual to liaise with community groups and volunteers around New Zealand. You will assist in coordinating White Ribbon events for Ambassadors and Riders, and work with the Community Press Release Manager and other colleagues to deliver a unified campaign experience. You will also be responsible for coordinating volunteers nationwide to participate in White Ribbon events.

Knowledge and Experience

You will have strong organisational skills and, ideally, experience in event management. Common sense and the ability to future-plan will aid you in this role, as will a sense of initiative. Some communications skills would be an advantage.

Database, Finance and Fundraising Co-ordinator

White Ribbon collects funds from a variety of sources for the White Ribbon Campaign Trust to run future White Ribbon Campaigns. These funds need to be recorded and deposited. The contributors need to be acknowledged so that they know they are valued and recognised.

White Ribbon also runs a database of all participants within the campaign. This needs updating regularly with supporters, riders, event organisers, ambassadors and contributors.

Communities throughout New Zealand will continue to fundraise for future White Ribbon Campaigns. These communities often need support and advice about events and the best practice.

Knowledge and Experience

You will have strong organisational skills and, ideally, some experience in event management or a willingness to learn. An understanding of Excel and spread sheets is a requirement. Common sense and the ability to future-plan will aid you in this role, as will a sense of initiative. Some communications skills would be an advantage.

Graphic Designer

An opportunity exists within our team for a graphic designer. This role involves creating and manipulating images for high impact in line with White Ribbon’s key messages. In conjunction with other team members, you will assist in the production of:

· posters for communities around New Zealand for the White Ribbon Ride; and
· graphics for the White Ribbon Facebook page.
There is also the opportunity for higher level tasks, dependent on skill levels. These may include:

· web page design;
· layout of fact sheets and media releases;
· images assisting White Ribbon fundraising efforts.

Knowledge and Experience

You will have working knowledge of photo manipulation software, like Adobe Photoshop. You should possess the ability to work within a team environment to produce creative solutions in a timely manner. While experience is not essential for this position, it would be an advantage.

Proof Reader

White Ribbon produces a number of documents which require proofing for consistency of terminology and the eradication of grammatical errors. The Proof Reader will be required to eradicate errors and maintain a consistency within written communications.

Knowledge and Experience

Strong written communication skills are requisite. Multitasking and planning abilities are also an asset.

Resources and Merchandise Coordinator(s)

This hands-on role involves managing the array of merchandise that supports the White Ribbon Campaign, from campaign posters to white ribbons, and requires an eye for detail. White Ribbon resources are channelled through a central database. This role also requires liaison with our distributors to coordinate resource supply.
Knowledge and Experience

You will have knowledge of managing Excel spread sheets and display a diligent, professional approach.

Ride Coordinators

As a White Ribbon Ride Coordinator, you will play a fundamental role in scheduling and planning local White Ribbon events around the country. You will liaise with Riders and independent Riders, the Army, Local Event Co-ordinators and other in-house team members to construct a supportive environment for Ride participants, and a media-friendly White Ribbon project. The ride is divided into manageable sections (Central, East and West regions of the North Island, and the South Island. You will work with a diverse cross-section of New Zealand society. You may also have the opportunity to go on the Ride as members of the support crew liaising with the riders, communities and press. As part of the support crew you will be required to document the ride using video and photos and upload these to the White Ribbon Facebook site throughout the day. For more information on the White Ribbon Ride click here.

Knowledge and Experience

You will have strong organisational and event management skills. Strong interpersonal skills are also key. You must be able to cope in a changing environment and have the ability to make decisions. Written and oral communications skills are an advantage as are photography skills.

Social Media Officer

The Social Media Officer is responsible for delivering White Ribbon messages through Facebook and Twitter to an audience of thousands. You will pre-plan two Facebook posts per day for November period of the campaign. On Twitter, you will also proactively tweet and/or re-tweet messages salient to the campaign and encourage other users to participate.

Knowledge and Experience

An understanding of family violence and men’s violence towards women (or willingness to learn) is a requirement. Familiarity with Facebook and Twitter platforms is essential. Some graphic design ability would be an advantage.

Written Communications Officer(s)

As a Written Communications Officer, your task is to produce and manage White Ribbon content for parties outside of the organisation. You will write articles for the White Ribbon monthly Newsletter, provide content for White Ribbon websites and Blogs that promote White Ribbon’s message of non-violence. You will work with the other Coordinators, Managers, and Officers to keep supporters updated with event information and create profiles of select issues of domestic violence in New Zealand.

Knowledge and Experience

Strong written communication and research skills are requisite. Multitasking and planning abilities are also an asset. Initiative will be essential.

 

For information on our volunteers policy click here

Pacific Prevention of Domestic Violence Programme (PPDVP)

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Kiribati White Ribbon Day Poster

White Ribbon exists all around the world, and in the Pacific our own NZ Police play a vital role in educating and changing the culture of violence.

“Our focus is on the pacific police partnering with their community and NGO’s for activities,” says Cam Ronald, Programme Manager. “In the first few years the focus was on parades, banners, t-shirts and the like, but we are now focused on community activities and wider awareness-raising throughout the whole year.

“The initial focus on parades meant that in many cases it was a one-day event.  Thus we endeavoured to have our PPDVP NZ Police members deployed in “their countries” over this time. In some places they have achieved a “Governor’s Declaration on Domestic Violence” as an outcome, so there have been some terrific tangible results.

This anti-violence work has become embedded in the pacific. In 2012 the AFP joined the work and now contributes financially.  Each year funds are distributed from the New Zealand Aid Programme and Australian Aid Programme in the region.

“This year, we have again sought ideas and invited applications for funds from the 18 countries in the region and a number of applications have already been received.  Our aim is to keep community awareness going throughout the year and build on the work already achieved.

“PPDVP has taken the opportunity to bring “sporting champions” into the mix as part of a wider awareness campaign on violence aimed at young men and boys. Using these sporting personalities resonates with the target audience and captures the attention of men and boys. So far it’s been a tremendous success.

“It is our belief that it’s men that need to change if we are to reduce violence and alter attitudes. We’re committed to assisting in the Pacific to drive that change.” says Cam.

 

Men Step Up to End Family Violence

Hio - A call to men, be the changeNearly 80 men from across the country met in Rotorua to lead a men’s response to ending family violence in New Zealand.

The hui was at Taheke Marae in Rotorua and attracted men from Kaitaia to Invercargill, including a group from Greymouth who travelled for 19 hours to be part of the hui.

The hui – A Call to Men, Be the Change – was an opportunity for men to share their experiences and ideas about family violence and how to engage men in a solution focussed approach, one of the organisers, Tim Marshall, said.

Motivation for the hui came from the concern that while in most cases men are portrayed as dominating the negative statistics around family violence, there are very few men leading a national response to the issue, Mr Marshall said.

“What we saw over the weekend was 80 men showing leadership at all levels, from individual and family to organisational and community.

“We were inspired by the presentations and personal stories shared and the motivation to be part of a movement of change.”

“It was great to hear different perspectives on the issues and ways forward.”

The men who attended made a commitment to share their experience with their own groups and communities and to stay engaged as a network to further the cause.

NZ has very high rates of family violence with one in three women experiencing violence from a partner in their lifetime. The majority of perpetrators are men.

The hui was funded by the It’s not OK Campaign and organised by Tim Marshall, White Ribbon Ambassador and coordinator of the Tauawhi Men’s Centre in Gisborne and Pete Porter, whanau worker for Ngati Rangi Trust in Ohakune.

It is hoped another hui will be held in 2015 to build the men’s network.

 

For more information contact
Tim Marshall
06 868 8278 / 0275586362
 

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®.

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Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®

This year sees White Ribbon roll out the global event Walk a Mile In Her Shoes®.

The Walk a mile was established in 2001 by Frank Braid in America, starting from a humble handful of men, to the global initiative of today. This event allows men within various communities and societies to raise awareness of the violence that woman suffer.

The mile walk consists of two unique components, the physical walk where men are expected to wear heels; and the opportunity to highlight and discuss the issue and ramifications of sexual, physical and emotional abuse toward women.

 

This event provides a unique opportunity for the walkers, guest speakers and organisers to speak about the issue of women’s violence.

 

Brother fights domestic violence

10344933John McGrath, brother to Patricia McGrath who was killed early in 2013 by her partner, has been campaigning around the Northland region. In July, John became a White Ribbon Ambassador in order to “plant the seed in [boys’] heads now” so that they can stop the damage of family violence before it begins. Patricia’s death affirms that male violence against women can be fatal and has a detrimental impact on many lives. Patricia’s family reached out to White Ribbon to help support our anti-violence message, to share Patricia’s story with others and to create awareness about violence against women.

Patricia was a 34 year old mother of two and a case worker at Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ). Her family describe as someone who was very caring and loved to help people; a wonderful and beautiful person. The loss of Patricia has been a huge blow to her family and friends, as well as the community as a whole. Patricia’s death affirms that male violence against women can be fatal and has a detrimental impact on many lives. The following article offers more information about Patricia: Click here to read more.

 

Brother fights domestic violence

By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE

The brother of a Northland woman who was killed by her partner is stepping up as the region’s first White Ribbon ambassador.

John McGrath has campaigned ferociously on behalf of domestic violence victims and their families, since the death of Patricia McGrath in January last year.

The mother-of-two died of a brain injury after she was punched in the face by partner Phillip Mahanga.

Mahanga is serving a three-year sentence for manslaughter.

McGrath’s first act as an ambassador was to urge students at Whangarei Boys’ High School to consider the seriousness of the country’s domestic violence problem.

“We never thought this was going to happen to us, but our family has had this disaster, and now we’re on a journey to change things and make them better,” he says.

“These boys will be men soon and some will even be parents soon. We need to plant the seed in their heads now. We’ll speak at every school in this country if we can – we need to bring these [domestic violence] stats down, especially in Northland.”

McGrath, who spoke alongside wife Kate McGrath, told the boys of how his “role model” sister changed once she entered a relationship with Mahanga.

He said she became increasingly isolated and withdrawn from family life, and started getting angry with her children “which was not who she was at all,” McGrath said.

“Usually we’d go around and we’d walk straight in and help ourselves to tea, but it started changing and she’d be waiting at the door – you’d know we weren’t welcome because he was there. He dominated her and isolated her, then he took control and at the end just killed her.”

McGrath told The Leader his sister’s death has changed the way he views the relationship between men and women.

“It’s definitely changed the way I look at men, especially Maori men – we once were warriors. When you think about a warrior, he is respectful, he has mana, he is noble. Our young men still have that pack mentality but none of that mana.”

He says this certainly doesn’t apply to all Maori men, and is the result of long-term oppression.

“Introduced religion has made [Maori] lose identity. We’ve got to come back to earth and realise man is not better than woman,” he says. “I don’t care if people run me down on that, because my heart is already broken and it can’t break any more. We’re not the ones who should have the life sentence.”

As a White Ribbon ambassador, McGrath joins a national and international network of men speaking out against violence towards women.

White Ribbon tee-shirt design – you choose

This year we need your help. We’ve had designs made for new chari-tee-shirts that will be sold to raise awareness about White Ribbon and to promote what the campaign is all about. We encourage you to let us know which design you would like White Ribbon to use. 

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