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

HOUSING AND WELFARE

Role: Welfare and Housing Casework volunteer

Location: Camden, London

Commitment: We are looking for someone who can be with us for one day a week

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 tasks and 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 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.

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.

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 description here

 

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

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.

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 volunteering@helenbamber.org

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