Do you have skills and enthusiasm to offer
At the heart of magnet is a group of volunteer editors
who work behind the scenes to bring you this wonderful
Interested in joining our team? You'll work hard, but you'll be
richly rewarded. We're not looking for experts - we work
collaboratively as a group and each bring different things to the
mix. You'll need to give time and enthusiasm (working patterns will
vary as to the time of year and the issue you're working on).
You'll have an eagerness to learn and the humility essential to
being part of a team.
Listening skills are a must! There will be occasional meetings
with fellow editors and a residential in November, which is when
the team spends time together and all the ideas start flowing. All
expenses are paid.
Two of our current volunteers explain more:
I saw the ad for volunteer editors
just at the right time - I was about to take early retirement from
a busy full-time job and I knew that I'd need something to keep my
brain alive. It's certainly done that.
- Working with an enthusiastic team to gather ideas for
- Approaching friends and strangers to write articles
- Finding vibrant and inspirational artwork
- Liaising with talented and professional designers
Those are the things that add up to sheer excitement when the
finished published version falls through the letter box.
It's not without its challenges.
- Proof reading needs eagle eyes
- Technology has a mind of its own
- Deadlines lead to nail-biting
But when I pass the magazine on to someone who's never seen it
before and they say 'this is great', I'm so proud that I can say 'I
helped to put it together'.
That ad was meant to be.
Being a magnet
editor means being involved. Right from the start editors are
encouraged to suggest articles for a future issue, and generally
find themselves communicating with people they'd never dreamt
they'd be in touch with. It can be hard work - but it's also very
satisfying, especially recognising the impact an issue might have
on the lives of readers.
The team-working method of enabling new editors to learn by
experience is quite unique. From learning how to find an image to
illustrate an article to how to write an editorial - there's always
someone on hand to help. Suddenly you discover that you've learnt a
whole new set of creative skills. The breadth of topics included in
magnet mean that it's impossible to ignore what's
happening in the world - both in religious and secular life. It's
fun and has resulted in new friendships.
The experience of being a magnet
Making new friends from different backgrounds
and geographical locations.
Mind and soul - working
with magnet helps deepen spirituality and widens
the editors' views of the world.
Adding to personal knowledge with friendly help
from the rest of the team - from 'how to' write an editorial to
'how to' find an image to illustrate an article.
Getting involved: From proposing suggestions
for articles to making contact on behalf of magnet - often
communicating with people you might never dream you'd be in touch
Getting creative: Discovering latent creative
Nurture: The magnet method of enabling
new editors to learn by experience is quite unique.
Experience - with a capital E! Yes,
it's hard work on occasion but immensely satisfying when another
issue gets to publication date, with the input of the whole
Enjoyment: There's a lot of laughter
Team working: Supporting each other and sharing
personal resources. Learning to understand other people's
Training: Discovering that suddenly you've learnt
a whole set of new skills.
If you're interested in volunteering please contact us
via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the magnet team at a recent residential