Campaign coordinator, Adblock Bristol (voluntary role)

Are you looking for a great volunteering opportunity where you can effect real change in your city, and gain valuable experience in campaigning and volunteer coordination? We’re looking for a coordinator for the Adblock Bristol campaign, to work with our fantastic team of volunteers towards a happier, lower carbon city free from corporate outdoor advertising.

Location: Bristol
Hours: Approx. 4 – 6 hours per week, flexible
The deadline for this role has closed – but if you’re interested in joining Adblock Bristol with a specific role or as part of the group, please get in touch on adblockbristol[at]gmail.com.

Background

Adblock Bristol was established in 2017 with a vision for a happier, healthier city free from corporate outdoor advertising. We’re a volunteer-led campaigning group and we’re part of the national Adfree Cities network which has a collective vision and values, groups all over the UK, and a small team of part-time staff who are also based in Bristol.

What we do: we work with local residents to oppose plans for new digital advertising screens; we lobby for policy change; we share learning and skills with the Adfree Cities network; we showcase community arts, nature and ad-free space as alternatives to corporate outdoor advertising. We run the much-loved community ‘Burg Arts‘ billboard in St Werburgh’s.

Since 2017 we have worked with residents to prevent 40 giant new digital screens (and lots of smaller ones), we’ve influenced the removal of several billboards around Bristol, and we’ve supported Bristol City Council to develop a new policy to limit ads for gambling, alcohol, pay day loans and unhealthy food on billboards. We have also run a community arts board in St Werburghs, and some of our members now produce a podcast.

Our coordinator is stepping down and we’re looking for someone to take on the role, to facilitate the effective running of the campaign. The role offers the opportunity to effect real change, build grassroots power, and to gain experience in a range of skills including volunteer coordination, facilitation and lobbying. The role will be supported by the Adfree Cities staff team.

Adblock has a number of internal working groups, who: keep track of planning applications; deliver arts projects; produce the podcast; manage external communications for the group. The coordinator would liaise with all of these groups but would not be expected to directly manage these activities.

The role

Core activities:

  • Ensure the effective running of the Adblock Bristol campaign. This includes: working with other volunteers to organise monthly meetings and an external newsletter; liaising with internal working groups to link up activities where needed, and to identify opportunities and challenges (these groups include: arts, planning, communications, podcast). 
  • Monitor incoming queries to Adblock Bristol via email and social media. 
  • Identify opportunities to build alliances with other groups in Bristol.
  • Join Adfree Cities national network messaging groups, occasional calls and an annual AGM, to share learning and contribute to the overall strategy and activities of the network.

There is significant scope for the coordinator to shape their own role and to spend time on, or develop, activities depending on their interests and skills. This could include:

  • Working with the Adblock Bristol arts group on community arts projects, including the Burg Arts billboard.
  • Facilitating local campaigns to remove billboards, including our campaign to take down the M32 screens.
  • Managing the Adblock Bristol web pages, and writing for the blog.
  • Managing social media channels.
  • Developing policy options and lobbying activities – for example in our campaign to add high carbon products to the ads restricted under Bristol’s Advertising and Sponsorship Policy.
  • Fundraising.

Skills and experience required

  • An organised individual who can take responsibility for their work
  • Experience of coordinating or working in a team
  • Confident in dealing with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds
  • A commitment to the vision and values of Adblock Bristol and Adfree Cities

What we can offer

  • An opportunity to gain experience in coordinating and developing a well established and effective campaign, to empower communities and influence real change in Bristol.
  • Training opportunities including: working with the press; influencing the planning system, fundraising.
  • Support from the Adfree Cities staff team in all areas including: facilitation; social media; web editing.
  • A chance to gain workplace experience in volunteer management, facilitation, lobbying, communications, press engagement, stakeholder management.
  • Optional use of the Adfree Cities studio space in Easton for your work with Adblock Bristol.
  • The 4-6 hours per week can be distributed to suit you. The work could be done on evenings and weekends if preferred. This could also be a job share – if you’re interested in this option please let us know.

How to apply

Please email Nicola and Charlotte at hello@adfreecities.org.uk with your CV and a brief covering letter or email, describing why you want this role and outlining your skills and experience, by Monday 4 September 11.59pm.

If you’d like to have a chat about the role before applying, let us know.

Image shows people sitting at wooden tables outside a shop. Behind them is a billboard which carries an image of a dinosaur and the words "Barclays. banking on extinction". Two people stand looking up at the billboard.

Flying at the M32 flea market about our campaign to get the two M32 screens taken down.

Two people work to cover an ad screen with a large paper sheet.
A ‘six sheet cover up’ on Gloucester Road