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Volunteering with ECRA


Updated 29.10.15


London based opportunity

Ethical Consumer Research Association (ECRA) is looking for a London-based volunteer (working in the Barking CVS impact hub) to assist the marketing and campaigns teams to increase the profile of the organisation and implementation of its campaigns strategy.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to compile and update a list of active UK campaigns, and help identify projects where Ethical Consumer could make a consumer-focused intervention. 

We're ideally looking for an individual who can volunteer for up to 8 hours per week, for a minimum of 3 months.


Why volunteer for us?

  • Great experience with Manchester-based co-operative that assists consumers to challenge corporate power
  • Hot-desk at our London office, and/or work from home
  • Regular support and supervision
  • Up to £10 paid expenses for travel & lunch per day,
  • Free digital subscription for duration of volunteering (12-month sub, after 12 weeks)
  • Valuable work experience
  • Skills development and personal and professional development. 
  • Training opportunities (where practicable)
  • Invitations to events


Applicants must be:

  • computer literate
  • have a good phone manner
  • able to pay attention to detail


Applicants should have:

  • a degree (or equivalent)
  • an interest and/or experience in social/environmental justice or animal rights campaigning


Volunteer tasks may include:

  • collating information and contact details for current UK-based campaigns
  • assessing if ethical consumer's research could potentially benefit external campaigns, and if so how?
  • supporting social media campaign implementation



For further information please read our Volunteer Policy (pdf)

Apply by filling out the volunteer application form below.





Volunteering at Ethical Consumer's Manchester office


We are always happy to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for us.

Due to the nature of the work here, we ask for the following as a minimum commitment:
- one day per week over a six month period (or equivalent)
- must be based in our Manchester office

We are a co-operatively run organisation so we share all tasks between us.
The work would consist of a range of different tasks including admin, research and maybe writing some small pieces for the magazine.

If you have specific skills that you would like to volunteer (such as research, design, marketing or photography), please highlight this in your application, or contact us directly.

Our office is in Manchester in the UK. We are only able to make a contribution of up to £10 per day towards transport costs and lunch expenses.

For further information please read our Volunteer Policy (pdf)


Ethical Consumer magazine

How to apply:


Please downloadand complete a Volunteer Application Form (links below), and email it to: enquiries[at] or post to: Volunteer Co-ordinator, ECRA, Unit 41 Old Birley Street, Manchester, M15 5RF

Volunteer Application Form (WORD)

Volunteer Application Form (PDF)


"Working for ethical consumer grounded my administrative skills and gave me the experience of working in a cooperative office environment. I learnt about the dynamics of a cooperative organisation while enhancing my practical office skills."

Alice, a former volunteer.