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

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.

This role will include delivery of highly specialised psychological assessments for clinical purposes, provision of appropriate therapies. The role can involve additional duties as required by the service and according to the professional development interests and skills of the volunteer.

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 that we sometimes have opportunities for volunteer therapists, and occasional opportunities for final year trainees.

Also:

1. We can only take volunteer therapists who are qualified have UK registration as a therapist (either with the HCPC or a similar body), and training in providing evidence-based treatment.

2. If the person would like a trainee placement, they are welcome to contact us, but as we get lots of requests we may not be able to get back to them unless there is an opportunity available.

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

LEGAL

HOUSING AND WELFARE

COUNTER TRAFFICKING

Role: Counter-Trafficking Volunteer

Working hours: 1 - 2 days a week (10am to 6pm or 9:30am to 5:30pm) (ideally Wednesday and Friday)

Length: Minimum 6 months

Reporting to: Head of Counter Trafficking

Location: Camden, London

Salary: this is a volunteering opportunity, however HBF will refund up to 5£ lunch expenses and up to 15£ travel expenses.

HBF is a happy, friendly place to work and volunteers are made to feel very welcome as part of a team. Successful applicants will have the chance to meet a range of people in a variety of disciplines who work in the field of human rights and in their frontline delivery of the work, make a real difference.

The role is to support the Counter Trafficking Team, primarily working on the case files of men and women who have been trafficked, but also learning about client contact work, therapy needs, policy and writing work, advocacy and the UK legal system with regard to asylum applicants and victims of trafficking in terms of immigration and criminal proceedings.

See full job description here

Please apply with your CV and a short Cover Letter to carole.mercier@helenbamber.org

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.

HAPPY BABY COMMUNITY

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.

The Happy Baby Project provides a safe and happy space with wrap around support for new and pregnant mums and their babies, who have been victims of modern slavery and gender based violence. This lively community provides yoga, English lessons, a big family style lunch and all the welfare, practical, legal and medical support.

We are looking for various volunteers to come regularly to the Mum and Babies Community group. One of the group is held on MONDAYS FROM 11AM to 1PM at DALSTON. The other is held on FRIDAYS FROM 11AM to 1PM at THORNTON HEATH - please specify your preferred slot in your application!

Massage volunteer - this role consists of general support of the group, and providing massages to the mum as well as understanding their needs and analysing if they have any key physiotherapy needs that you could signpost them to and discuss with the coordinator

Cooking volunteer - this role also consists of general support of the group, while teaching the mums about cooking skills and nutrition. You will be the key point of reference for the cooking activites and help mums with their skills and creativity.

Enlish teacher volunteer - this role specifies in teaching English during the mum and babies group. You will be planning the classes and curriculum and teaching English to the mums present at the group. You will also be in charge of understanding different levels of English and helping to meet individual needs of the mums (i.e by signposting / liaising with the coordinator)

General support volunteer - this role will require someone who is helping with the smooth running of the group and its activities. It also requires taking care of the young children / babies while the mums are attending the yoga class or english class (everything happens in the same room). You will be the main point of contact to provide advice and coordination to the groups and the mums, and work directly with the coordinator

Desirable experiences and skills - Working with vulnerable people - Working with women - Working with young children / babies - Experience in the relevant field as above (teaching, cooking or massaging) - Experience in coordinating groups and events - Experience handling travel expenses and petty cash

If you are interested in any specific role and want to learn more about them before applying, please contact lucybracken@me.com

Please note that you will be subject to a DBS check

Please send your application with your CV and a short cover letter, mentionning which role you would like to apply for in your subject line, to lucybracken@me.com

ADMINISTRATION

2 days a week, preferably Thursdays and Fridays.

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic volunteer to assist our receptionist in hosting our busy reception area and friendly waiting room. In this voluntary role, you will use your excellent interpersonal skills to welcome clients and visiting professionals as well as other volunteers to the Helen Bamber Foundation, making them feel comfortable, attending to any immediate needs they may have, assisting them with their queries and notifying clinicians and other staff of their arrival.

You will be at the heart of an exciting team of experts, working as a representative of the Helen Bamber Foundation and 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.

FUNDRAISING

JOB DESCRIPTION: Providing administrative tasks, researching, and identifying funding and supporting the Grants Manager

LOCATION: Camden, London

COMMITMENT: Minimum 2 month commitment, 1 day per week

The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity with an international reputation for providing specialist care and support for asylum seekers and refugees who have suffered extreme human cruelty. Our clients have been subjected to atrocities including state-sponsored torture, religious / political persecution, human trafficking, and forced labour, sexual exploitation, gender-based and honour-based violence. We are looking for someone who is committed to help us achieve our income requirements from grants by working with fundraising team.

MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

To research potential trusts and foundations

To keep up to date and accurate donor information

To support the Grants Manager to ensure that funding systems are effectively used

To keep a record of contacts for possible future partnership

To undertake grant administrative tasks including documenting concept notes, proposal and reports

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• 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;

• Awareness of confidentiality/data protection;

• 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

• Good research skills

• Experienced user of Microsoft Office and Databases

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

• Interest on experience in working in human right sector

Please send your CV and short Cover Letter outlining your relevant skills and experience to carole.mercier@helenbamber.org. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to work in fundraising and gain valuable experience from highly experienced fundraising and communication team. HBF will cover lunch costs (up to 5£) and travel cost (up to 15£)

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