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 not

  •  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. Job description here.

LEGAL

HOUSING AND WELFARE

Role: Welfare and Housing Casework volunteer

Location: Camden, London

Commitment: We are looking for someone who can be with us either Mondays, Tuesdays and / or Wednesdays

This is a great opportunity to join the Welfare & Housing Casework Service, a service aimed at preventing social deprivation and increasing the socio-economic well-being of our client group.

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

• Assisting clients to access asylum support, community care, housing and mainstream benefits, within the remit of prevention of homelessness and destitution

• Referring clients internally and externally as appropriate for specialist help with issues that fall outside the remit of the welfare & housing casework service, including health/therapeutic services, referrals to immigration/housing/community care solicitors.

• Outreach and accompanying

• Making individual grant applications for clients with welfare and education needs

• Liaising with statutory bodies (Asylum Support, DWP, local authorities), NHS, solicitors and voluntary agencies to ensure client needs are met

• Maintaining accurate and timely client records and follow-up work

• Other administrative duties as required, including database management and filing

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

• Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of the Helen Bamber Foundation;

• Knowledge of the challenges facing vulnerable clients including asylum seekers, refugees and survivors of torture, trafficking, and a demonstrable empathy for this client group;

• Substantial advice/casework work experience;

• Knowledge of the rights and entitlements of asylum seekers and refugees;

• Knowledge of mainstream benefits, housing, social care;

• Ability to keep up to date with legislation, case law, policies and procedures relating to welfare, housing and immigration;

• Awareness of confidentiality/data protection;

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

• Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage own time and workload, and to prioritise a range of competing demands;

• Excellent IT skills including the use of databases, email, word processing;

• Flexibility and willingness to undertake other duties as required.

Desirable

• Experience of mainstream benefits, housing, social care;

• Experience of working with asylum seekers, refugees or survivors of trafficking;

• Fluent in a language other than English.

please send your CV and a short Cover Letter to carole.mercier@helenbamber.org

COUNTER TRAFFICKING

INTEGRATION

Minimum 6 month commitment, Tuesdays 4-6.30pm

The Helen Bamber Foundation provides specialist medical consultation, therapeutic care, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations, helping men, women and children heal the emotional and physical damage they have suffered through torture, trafficking or other forms of human cruelty. This is an exciting opportunity to join the Creative Arts programme which provides a creative outlet, a community and an opportunity for clients to learn new skills. The computer group runs weekly and provides a fun opportunity for our clients to practice their skills and meet new people in a relaxed environment.

 

See full job description here

Please send your CV and short Cover Letter outlining your relevant skills and experience (please refer to the role and person specification) to lauren.stewart@helenbamber.org

Please note that successful candidates will be offered the volunteer position subject to a DBS check and suitable references.

 

JOB TITLE: Football Group Volunteer

JOB DESCRIPTION: Assisting in running the weekly football group for clients

Location: Camden, London

Duration: Minimum 6 month commitment, Mondays 4-6.30pm

 

The Helen Bamber Foundation provides specialist medical consultation, therapeutic care, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations, helping men, women and children heal the emotional and physical damage they have suffered through torture, trafficking or other forms of cruelty.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Creative Arts programme which provides 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.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

 

• Facilitating football sessions on a weekly basis.

• Responsible for client travel expenses and collecting the cash bag from the office in Camden.

• Coordinating the clients, sending text messages and informing them of any changes to time location etc.

• Raising any issues which the clients face with the Creative Arts Programme coordinator for referral.

 

Person Specification

 

• Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of the Helen Bamber Foundation

• Interest in and experience of playing football essential.

• Experience of coaching football preferred.

• Awareness of confidentiality and the importance of it in regards to our clients.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrable experience of working within a team.

Please send your CV and short Cover Letter outlining your relevant skills and experience (please refer to the role and person specification) to lauren.stewart@helenbamber.org

Please note that successful candidates will be offered the volunteer position subject to a DBS check and suitable references.

ADMINISTRATION

We are seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to assist with the administration of appointments as well as occasionally hosting our busy reception area and friendly waiting room. You will support the lead Appointments Administrator in her work, which requires high levels of organisation in order to balance booking interpreters, liaising with internal and external professionals as well as communicating with service users. Alongside this, the role will also involve occasional reception cover, for which you will be fully trained. This will consist of warmly welcoming clients and visiting professionals as well as other volunteers to the Helen Bamber Foundation, attending to any immediate needs they may have, assisting them with their queries and notifying clinicians and other staff of their arrival. You will also confidently receive telephone calls to the organisation, ensuring that enquiries are appropriately managed and fielded in a timely manner.

In this voluntary role, you will use your excellent interpersonal skills to support the work that our operations team performs in the everyday running of the organisation’s services. You will be at the heart of an exciting team of experts, working as a representative of the Helen Bamber Foundation and often the first point of contact for our diverse range of clients and visitors. You will be a self-motivating team player, organised, efficient and have a compassionate mind-set.

Find the full job descriptoin here

 

Please apply with your CV and a Cover Letter to jobs@helenbamber.org

FUNDRAISING

We are currently looking for a Grants Fundraising Volunteer, to support the fundraising team.

If you have good communication skills, experience in research and excellent admin skills, and are keen to get experience in the fundraising department of a Human Rights Charity, we encourage you to apply!

Please see the full Job description here

Please apply by sending your CV and a Cover Letter to jobs@helenbamber.org

Do not hestitate to call our offices if you have any queries about this opportunity.