IDEA - STM's volunteer scheme
Hi! Welcome to IDEA by STM.
We appreciate your interest in joining STM’s volunteer team. Whether you’re an avid campaigner looking for a change, or a university student who needs some experience in the world of transport, lobbying, or even politics – this may just be the best sort of volunteer role for you!
IDEA is a wide volunteering scheme. From general campaigners and technical analysers, to Chief Officers for digital, PR, and communications, we have almost any role you can think of open, ready for you to apply for!
STM would like to reach 15 volunteers on our books by the end of 2022, as part of our “Hello, 2022” strategy, and fifty by the end of 2023 – a lot more of an ambitious target!
Let’s guide you through how to apply for one of our roles, and how volunteering with us works. To jump to a section, use our table of contents tool on the left-hand side.
Find a role
Express your interest
Offer and setup
What it's like
Sustainable Transport Midlands is an always-changing and active environment. Therefore, working with us as a volunteer is energetic and different to most other jobs and volunteer roles. You’ll work mostly from home, with occasional meetings that will require travel. STM are an innovative organisation – we’ll set you up with the appropriate software to allow you to carry out your roles properly.
We’re mostly made up of younger volunteers – for example, college and university students. However – we encourage people of all ages to join STM, to build a diverse and determined Sustainable Transport Midlands.
At the moment (early-2022), Sustainable Transport Midlands is a small organisation, but by 2023, we’d like to grow into the largest transport innovation group in the United Kingdom. By January 2023, we would’ve commissioned our own feasibility study, and by April 2023, we will have appointed a corporate sponsor, and as a result, started income generation. We plan to turn a profit for the first time in May 2023, with our 2023 closing balance being just below £5,000.
As we’ve demonstrated above, we’re a changing organisation, and we’re only growing and expanding – we can’t wait, and we hope you join us on this very long but very exciting journey to ensure we grow as much as possible throughout the next two to three years.
We also take pride in our volunteer flexibility – you are your own calendar. Work when you need to and want to – nothing more, nothing less. Your direct report (the person above you, who we’d normally call your boss) has been taught and told by our cabinet to be flexible with you, including me, Harry Burr, the Chief Executive at Sustainable Transport Midlands!
Sustainable Transport Midlands has split their different roles into seven different categories. As of November, we removed our different roles available for application – now, we ask the volunteer which sort of role they’d like to take at STM, to ensure their qualities suit STM and benefit both parties in the best way possible. Nonetheless, below, we’ve listed volunteer roles that we’re looking for and prioritising, but don’t necessarily need.