With the continued success of ARDS AND NORTH DOWN BOROUGH COUNCIL’S – GOOD RELATION’S SHARED VOICES PROGRAMME, we are currently recruiting Volunteers for the 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR.


The programme links into the school curriculum by addressing diversity in our society and is delivered by ethnic volunteers and the Good Relations department at Ards and North Down Borough Council.

The Shared Voices Programme was developed with the assistance of 1ST AND 2ND GENERATION ETHNIC VOLUNTEERS, aimed primarily at raising awareness of the diversity within our society.

Central to its ethos is challenging preconceived perceptions and myths that wider society may have towards ethnic minority groups. The programme will address these preconceptions through facts, figures, real life stories and interactive activities.

The ethnic Volunteer will bring their unique story and be able to speak openly about their Culture and Heritage as well as their experiences, both positive and negative in Northern Ireland.

Procedural training will be provided.


The role is situated in different Primary and Post-primary schools within the Ards and North Down Borough Council area.

Private Transport is beneficial but not essential – Travel expenses will be paid.


Working with school children from ages 8 to 16 in a school setting, during school hours, the Volunteer will seek to address prejudice, stimulate conversation and discussion while myth busting in a fun and engaging manner.

Volunteers will follow an activity framework, which can be tailored to the individual volunteer’s experience along with the age group of the Young People. When time is limited, the Volunteer will be able to condense framework into bite sized activities.

All Volunteers will be accompanied by Council Officers and fellow Volunteers, with workshops carried out in a fun and relaxed manner.

The Programme runs from September to March and carries a minimum commitment of 3 hours per month.


The role will help build individual confidence of the volunteer, increase social awareness and inclusion of their ethnic group and allow them to express their Culture in a safe environment while challenging misconceptions.

This role also provides an opportunity to build experience in ‘Community Work’ and ‘Working with Children/young people’, to add to the individual’s Curriculum Vitae.

If this opportunity is something that would interest you please contact

Jonathan Bell

Good Relations Assistant

Unit 5, Conway Buildings

16 South Street


BT23 4JT

Tel: 0300 013 3333 Ext 40706