Volunteer Description – Campaigns Officer

Volunteer title: Campaigns Officer 

The Planning White Paper, published on 6 August 2020, proposes to radically reform the current English planning system to make it a ‘significantly simpler, faster and more predictable system’. The paper argues that the current system has become too complex, which disincentives wider public participation in planning. It states that there is little incentive for high quality design. The ambition for the proposals is for 300,000 homes to be built annually. Civic Voice strongly objects to the main proposals in the Planning White Paper and we want to ensure our message is heard by MPs and Councillors. That is where a team of volunteers will come in!

Main purpose of the role:

To support our Planning BIll campaigns that effectively promotes Civic Voice’s aims and values,

  1. to support the planning and implementation of Civic Voice campaigns
  2. to help us recruiting 100 MPs and representative from the House of Lords to the group
  3. Organising at least 3 APPG events with the Planning Minister, Shadow Planning Minister and other MPs and key stakeholders
  4. Support individual civic societis to respond to the Planning Bill, with a specific focus on asking civic societies to write to their MPs and to host talks and debates on the PWP.
  5. Build a relationship with the partners in the sector to coordinate campaigns
  6. to use public affairs opportunities and events to convey Civic Voice’s messages and develop relationships with external stakeholders

Responsible to: Executive Director Location: Birmingham or Home Based

Budgetary responsibilities: None

Hours: A minimum of 7 hours per week

Responsible for (staff/jobs): None


  • Support delivery of the Planning Bil campaigns which effectively promotes Civic Voice’s organisational aims and increases the profile of the organisation
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and Head of Policy to draw up campaigns strategy and plan activity
  • Work effectively to plan and deliver events for campaigns and policy as required
  • Identify key audiences to engage with for campaigns and public affairs work
  • Assist with parliamentary and other political activity to promote Civic Voice’s campaigns and policy aims as required
  • Produce strong, accurate briefing and promotional materials to further Civic Voice campaigns, for both internal and external consumption
  • Write articles and blogs for both internal and external use, and work with the media team to secure opportunities to highlight Civic Voice’s campaigns work
  • Support external Civic Voice websites, blogs and social media presence to raise awareness of Civic Voice’s campaigns and policy work
  • Work with the research and other teams to demonstrate the impact of Civic Voice’s campaigns work, and ensure that data is clearly represented and used to further Civic Voice’s messages