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:

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.

LEGAL

Ideal time commitment: 1-3 days per week, for an initial 3 months

Reports to: Head of Legal Protection

About the role

Our Legal Protection Administrative Volunteer would work closely with the busy Legal Protection Team. The Legal Protection Team deal with client referrals, medico-legal report ordering and review, housing and welfare casework, and supporting clients to obtain high quality legal advice in their asylum claims and human trafficking matters.

This role will include supporting the team in liaising with legal representatives, booking appointments for clients to see clinicians, assisting with housing and welfare casework queries including liaising with clients, local authorities and other agencies, and providing general administrative support to the team.

For more information about this role, please click here.

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

HOUSING AND WELFARE

Ideal time commitment: 1-2 days per week for initial commitment of 6 months

Reports to: Housing and Welfare Lead

About the role

The Housing and Welfare team is a fast-paced team which works to make sure that all of our clients have safe and comfortable accommodation and are able to access any benefits to which they are entitled. Asylum seekers and refugees are restricted in the benefits they can access and their legal status determines whether or not they can engage in employment and what statutory accommodation is available for them, so the Housing and Welfare team is vital in helping HBF’s clients to navigate this system.

As a very busy team, our casework volunteers are invaluable, supporting the staff team on anything from liaising with statutory bodies and voluntary agencies, to accompanying clients to a variety of appointments, to drafting grant applications for individual welfare needs. To be able to meet the enormous demand for welfare and housing support, we ideally need to have volunteer support throughout the week, so we’re looking for people who can commit to at least a day a week on a regular pattern.

Please see the full role description here.

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

COUNTER TRAFFICKING

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

Reports to: Head of Counter-Trafficking

About the role

The Counter-Trafficking team at HBF is a small but very busy team; it works with people who have been trafficked and supports them with contact and safeguarding support that is tailored to the specific needs of people who have experienced human trafficking for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and/or forced labour.

This volunteer will be supporting the administrative side of the team’s work, incorporating booking appointments, data entry and file organisation, calling clients and other professionals and working on client chronologies with the support of the Counter-Trafficking team. It is a fast-paced, administrative role that is vital for the consistent functioning of the team. Clinical supervision is provided as well as comprehensive training for all tasks.

Please see the full role description here

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

MEDICAL ADVISORY SERVICE

Ideal time commitment: 1-2 days per week for initial six months (with one of the days being a Wednesday or Thursday)

Reports to: Head of the Medical Advisory Service (MAS)

About the role

The Medical Advisory team at HBF is made up of mainly volunteer GPs who provide healthcare support to the clients of the Foundation. Unlike NHS GPs we do not perform investigations or prescribe medication but we are able to offer clients long appointments which give them adequate time to fully explore their often complex health needs. We then liaise with their NHS GPs and other statutory services, offering information, advice and recommendations for further care.

The MAS volunteer will be supporting the administrative side of the team’s work, including organising appointments and collecting data for the monitoring and evaluation of the service.

For a full role description, please click here.

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

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, please click here to find out more about opportunities for volunteering with our Medical Advisory Service.

INTEGRATION

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

Reports to: Community and Integration Coordinator

About the role

We are seeking two skilled individuals to undertake casework in the Community and Integration team. The Community and Integration team supports our clients, through their recovery and journey at the Helen Bamber Foundation, to lead independent lives. We do this by assisting and supporting clients to access education, employment, volunteering opportunities and internal and external integration focused activities. We run a programme of creative arts and skills based classes including; English, yoga, computing, art, textiles, football and photography.

Please find the full role description here.

Please send a CV and cover letter to volunteering@helenbamber.org.

Ideal time commitment: Mondays 15:30-17:30 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.

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

Location: Camden

Reports to: Volunteer 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 & 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: weekly on Wednesdays 1:30-3:30pm, ideally a minimum of 6 months

Location: Camden

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 textiles group runs weekly and provides an opportunity for our clients to learn useful new skills and meet new people. This volunteer will support the existing group volunteer to teach dressmaking skills to our clients and support them to work on various textiles projects.

Please find the full role description here.

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

Time commitment requested: weekly on Thursdays 2:30pm-4:30pm, ideally a minimum of 6 months, preferably 1 year

Reporting to: Integration Coordinator

Location: Camden, London

About the role

The English class is a part of the Creative Arts and Skills Programme, sitting alongside art, photography, computer and textile classes amongst others. The English class is a safe space for clients to improve their English at their own pace, making friends and immersing themselves in learning to forget some of their daily challenges, whilst being continuously supported by our team of dedicated staff members and volunteers throughout their journey.

The English class runs weekly and provides an opportunity for our clients to learn useful language skills and meet new people. We are in the process of developing the class to support clients to progress into college ESOL courses. This volunteer will work with the other volunteer teacher to develop new class material, and will alternate fortnightly as the main teacher and the support teacher.

Please find the full role description here.

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

Ideal time commitment: weekly (day/time to be determined), ideally a minimum of 6 months, preferably 1 year

Location: Camden

Reports to: Integration Coordinator

About the role

The IT class is a part of the Creative Arts and Skills Programme, sitting alongside art, photography, English and textile classes amongst others. The IT class is a safe and fun space for clients to improve their computer skills at their own pace, making friends and immersing themselves in learning to forget some of their daily challenges, whilst being continuously supported by our team of dedicated staff members and volunteers throughout their journey.

The IT class will be returning to HBF after a hiatus; it will be a weekly class, with the day/time to be determined. We are in the process of redeveloping the class to support clients through a structured course of skills progression. This volunteer will develop new class material, and will teach the class every week.

Please find the full role description here.

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

ADMINISTRATION

Ideal time commitment: 1 day 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.

For a full role description, please click here.

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

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