Volunteer


The Helen Bamber Foundation would not be able to provide our vital services to survivors without our dedicated volunteers. The Foundation is enormously grateful for the generosity and dedication of our volunteers.

Current volunteer opportunities include:

TRUSTEE ROLES

Volunteer Role: Honorary Treasurer

Unpaid Role

The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a specialist UK charity – founded in 2005 – working tirelessly to give survivors of trafficking and torture the strength to move on. At the Helen Bamber Foundation we believe our society will be judged by how we care for those to whom we owe nothing. We are a human rights organisation that provides survivors of extreme cruelty with everything they need to make a sustained recovery. Every year in our office in Camden, London we support hundreds of clients every year from all over the world through our Model of Integrated Care (MoIC) which includes:

- Specialist programmes of therapeutic care for individuals, families and groups;

- Detailed medical assessments & co-ordination of external healthcare services;

- Provision of expert Medico-legal Reports and other legal protection support (for asylum, immigration and welfare and housing issues);

- Welfare and housing casework and advice;

- A community creative arts, skills and activities programme and integration; and

- Referral to specialist lawyers and organisations for legal, welfare & housing advice.

The goal of the Model of Integrated Care is to build a lasting and sustained recovery for each of our clients. And building upon our direct expert experience we also: undertake research to provide evidence of best practice; work to influence policy change and introduce best practice; and support others to change their practice through training and partnerships.

As a Trustee, you will be joining a charity in a sound financial position, with an ambition to build on our success over the last few years and grow our impact upon the wider population of survivors of trafficking and torture.

We are a friendly and welcoming organisation and are passionate about what we do. You’ll be joining our Board of Trustees at an exciting time with lots of opportunities to build on our success over the next few years. If you have the time and enthusiasm to be part of something amazing, please get in touch.

HBF is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as it’s important that our trustees, staff, ambassadors and volunteers reflect the communities we serve at every level within the organisation.

Closing date and time for applications: Friday 22nd November 2019 at 5pm

For more information click here

Send applications to laila.amarneh@helenbamber.org

THERAPY

Please note: this is not an honorary Assistant Psychologist role.  Unfortunately our capacity for honorary AP roles is limited. You are welcome to contact us to see if there is any availability for AP roles, but as we get lots of requests we may not be able to get back to you about this unless there is an opportunity available. Very occasionally we have opportunities for final year trainees (e.g. counselling psychologists), but as we get lots of requests we may not be able to get back to you about this unless there is an opportunity available.

As a Volunteer Therapist within the Helen Bamber Foundation, you will be responsible for providing evidence-based and evidence-informed therapeutic interventions to clients of the Helen Bamber Foundation. We require volunteers who have previous experience of providing trauma-focused therapies or who have experience working with refugees.

This role will include delivery of highly specialised psychological assessments for clinical purposes, provision of appropriate therapies.  We look for a minimum of a 6 month commitment of at least half a day a week (or two ongoing treatment clients), plus attendance at a supervision group at least monthly.

In return we will provide specialist supervision on evidence-based therapies for psychological problems experienced by our client group, including Narrative Exposure Therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy for PTSD, and CBT for depression.

Please note

  •  We can only take volunteer therapists who are already qualified psychologists or psychotherapists) have UK registration as a therapist (either with the HCPC, BACP or a similar body), and can provide evidence of training in delivering an evidence-based treatment.
  • We are currently unable to accept people looking to practice only EMDR as we do not have appropriate supervision in place for this.

We may be able to consider your application only if you are able to make your own supervision arrangements (we are unable to reimburse costs for this).

If interested please contact Dr Francesca Brady. Role description here.

Please see our Work For Us page for more information about consultant Psychological and Psychiatric Medico-Legal Report Writing.

LEGAL

HOUSING AND WELFARE

COUNTER TRAFFICKING

MEDICAL ADVISORY SERVICE

If you are a trainee or practicing medical professional interested in providing professional support to refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered torture and extreme human cruelty, you may be interested in volunteering with our Medical Advisory Service or working as a consultant Medico-Legal Report writer.

Please click here to find out more about these opportunities before inquiring about vacancies.

INTEGRATION

Ideal time commitment: Every Thursday, 10:30am-2pm

Location: Camden

Reports to: Integration Coordinator

About the role

We are looking for volunteers to support our clients at our weekly Community Group. Every week we host a space for our clients to socialise, relax, have fun, share a meal together and get involved in various workshops, including physical wellbeing and mental health, financial skills, educational and employment skills, therapeutic activities and peer support sessions. There are also opportunities for clients to speak to the HBF welfare and housing and legal teams if they need advice. The group of clients have been identified as our most isolated clients who benefit from a regular opportunity to socialise and meet new people. The Community Group encourages our clients to participate in a community, gain useful information and skills through workshops, and increase their confidence and independence.

Please find the full role description here.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to volunteering@helenbamber.org.

Ideal time commitment: Mondays 17:30-19:30 for initial six months

Reports to: Integration Coordinator

About the role

The Creative Arts and Skills Programme (CASP) is a wide-ranging range of classes and groups focused on providing development opportunities for our clients as well as supporting their improved integration into the community. It is a creative outlet, a community, and an opportunity for clients to learn new skills.

The football group runs weekly and provides a fun and active opportunity for our clients to practice their skills and meet new people. This volunteer will support the existing group leaders to run the football group, teaching clients useful football and fitness skills and refereeing friendly matches both within the group and between our group and other teams.

Please find the full role description here.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to volunteering@helenbamber.org.

OPERATIONS

Ideal time commitment: 1-2 days per week for initial three months

Reports to: Volunteer Coordinator

About the role

Volunteers are central to the work that HBF delivers for our clients, offering everything from therapy and GP advisory appointments to arts classes and office support. Improving the support offered to volunteers across the charity, ensuring that they enjoy their experience of volunteering with us and aligning our volunteering opportunities with sector-wide best practice are strategic priorities for the charity, and this is reflected in the recent recruitment of HBF’s first full-time Volunteer Coordinator.

With a large volunteer base carrying out very varied tasks, volunteer management at HBF is fast-paced, and the support of a volunteer dedicated to the team is required to ensure excellence across the charity. This volunteer will support the Volunteer Coordinator: carrying out research, managing volunteering data, organising logistics of recruiting volunteers, and other tasks as required.

Please find the full role description here.

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to volunteering@helenbamber.org.

FUNDRAISING

HAPPY BABY COMMUNITY

If you are interested in volunteering specifically with mothers who have survived human cruelty and their babies, our partner charity The Happy Baby Community is always looking for volunteers. Please look at the roles they currently have available on their website (www.happybabycommunity.org.uk/volunteer) and get in touch with them directly.