Volunteering

Did you know it takes around 225 hours of volunteering per week to keep the Birmingham Buddhist Centre running as well as it does? That’s equivalent to another six full-time team members!

Giving our time can make a very real difference – to ourselves and to other people coming to the Buddhist Centre. Every activity helps to communicate the Buddha’s teaching and create a more supportive context for Buddhist practice. It also offers the chance to develop and deepen friendships with others through working as part of a team.

We have volunteering opportunities to suit all temperaments and availability.

If you would like to talk about how you can help, get in touch with maitrisara1@gmail.com, or call Maitrisara at the Buddhist Centre on 0121 449 5279.  

See Maitrisara talking about our culture of generosity (dana) on YouTube.

To give you some ideas, here are some examples of how you might help:

Media and Publicity

Social media – sharing, commenting and reviewing

Publicity – bring your friends, leafleting and promoting

Sharing introductory courses:

https://www.birminghambuddhistcentre.org.uk/meditation-classes/introductory-courses/

Youtube editing and uploading

Help with creating YouTube videos

Taking photographs for publicity

Designing publicity, posters, etc.

Support for events

Tech at events (setting up equipment and running Zoom)

Cooking, e.g. on small residential retreats, or baking cakes for small events at the Buddhist Centre

Centre/Garden beauty

Cleaning

Washing (towels, blankets, etc.)

Gardening (e.g. mowing the lawn)

Maintenance – plumbers, electricians, decorators, general DIY

Creating and maintaining shrines

Keeping things running

Helping to run the Centre Library

Helping to run the Centre Bookshop

 

It needn’t take a lot of time and we can show you how to do most of the things that need doing.

As an illustration: 

If you have 10 seconds

Post details of an introductory course to your Facebook page

If you have 10 minutes

Talk to a friend about the Buddhist Centre

If you have an hour

Make some soup we can freeze for carers events

If you have an hour a week or a few hours a month

Create and maintain shrines

If you have a day a month

Help to run the Centre Library