Volunteering at The Centre
Working together to run the Centre is an important way of deepening our involvement with each other and the Dharma (the Buddha’s teaching). Whilst spiritual leadership is provided by Order Members, there are many ways for eveyone to take an active role in running the Centre.
Saturday morning team
Community Action kula
Communications & Engagement kula
This kula plays a key role for the Centre by publicising the Centre’s activities to the wider population as well as promoting good and effective communication between members of our Sangha. We produce newsletters and emailshots, manage the website, create posters and deal with press and media enquiries. We also lead the Centre’s outreach events such as Meditation in the Park. The kula is always pleased to hear from people who would like to help especially if you have graphic design, media or WordPress skills. Eric, Ruth or Wendie are good people to speak to about this kula.
The maintenance kula helps to maintain and develop our building. This can range from small repairs to decorating and DIY. We generally meet for a ‘Maintenance Day’ at the Centre a few times a year. Swadipa, Viryamati or Carumani are good people to talk to about this kula.
The future development of our Centre depends not only of the vision and energy of our Sangha but on our success in raising the money we need to resource it. If you would like to get involved with fundraising Bodhivamsa is a good person to speak to.
Other crucial roles are fulfilled by a few people such as cleaning and shopping. When help is needed with these a message is often posted on the volunteer channel of our Slack service. Slack is a messaging app we use to help us run the Centre. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to Slack.
Everyone volunteering at the IBC is required to engage with volunteer training based upon our Volunteer Handbook which covers health. safety and safeguarding matters.