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Textiles Group Volunteer

Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm
Responsible to
Community and Intergration Manager
Ideal time commitment
6 months minimum
Community and Intergration
Closing date

The Creative Arts and Skills Programme (CASP) is a 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.


Main tasks and activities:

  • Teaching sewing, patchwork and dressmaking to clients
  • Supporting clients to develop and carry out their own textiles projects;
  • Responsible for client travel expenses and collecting the cash bag from the office in Camden;
  • Coordinating the clients and taking the register on a weekly basis;
  • Setting up and packing away the sewing machines, fabrics and other equipment before and after the session;
  • Raising any issues which the clients face with the Community and Integration Manager for referral.

Skills and experience needed:

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of the Helen Bamber Foundation;
  • A demonstrable empathy for our vulnerable clients, including asylum seekers, refugees and survivors of torture and trafficking;
  • Dressmaking skills essential;
  • Experience of teaching or tutoring others;
  • Experience of handling petty cash;
  • Awareness of confidentiality and the importance of it in regards to our clients;
  • Punctual, reliable and self-motivated with a positive, ’can-do’ attitude;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrable experience of working within a team.

What you will get out of the role:

  • A strong understanding of how HBF’s integration programmes contribute to the well-being of our clients;
  • An appreciation of the processes and systems that asylum seekers and refugees deal with in the UK;
  • Increased experience and confidence in teaching dressmaking and textiles skills;
  • Increased teamwork skills;
  • An ability to multi-task between competing priorities.

Please provide a Cover Letter along with your CV to be considered for this role.

Equal Opportunities

The Helen Bamber Foundation and Asylum Aid is an equal opportunities and Living Wage employer. We are committed to attracting and recruiting diverse candidates as we are keen to make sure that our staff, trustees, volunteers and ambassadors reflect the communities we serve and the wider community we work in at every level within the organisation. We particularly welcome applications from Minority Ethnicities.

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