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Volunteer opportunities at Praxis.

We are looking for some bright, motivated volunteers to help us in the following areas:

Reception & administration volunteers

This vital role involves helping our reception staff greet and guide visitors to the building, operating the switchboard, keeping our reception area looking attractive and our information resources up to date, and ensuring that visitors are made welcome. You will explain our services and how we work, guiding and signposting people to the right place for help and passing on enquiries efficiently.


You will also help staff with unglamorous but essential admin tasks including electronic and paper filing, maintaining up-to-date sign-in and other records, sorting incoming & outgoing mail, preparing and mailing letters & information packs, and photocopying, faxing & scanning documents.


Volunteers need to be friendly and outgoing and to have good IT skills and spoken English. The ability to speak a community language would be an added bonus. You will need to commit 1 or 2 days a week (weekdays during office hours) for a minimum of 6 months.


If you would like to volunteer for this role please request an application form and write ‘Reception/admin volunteer’ either in your email subject line or on the top of the application form.

 

Advice support volunteers

Help our advice team provide advice on immigration, benefits, housing and homelessness, debt and similar issues. Tasks include assessing clients at our busy advice drop-in sessions to establish their support needs, helping clients fill in forms, and advocating on behalf of clients by phone, in writing or in person. You will be expected to record details of client work into the advice database, and to help advisors with other administrative tasks as needed. All advice work is carried out under the supervision of experienced staff advisors and volunteers will be expected to undergo training before working directly with clients.


You will need a basic understanding of the UK benefits, housing and immigration systems, the ability to speak and write effectively in English, good IT skills, and the ability to learn quickly and develop your knowledge. An ability to speak a community language is an advantage, but not essential. An interest in migrant issues and a commitment to access to basic human rights for all is essential. You will need to commit 1 or 2 days a week (weekdays during office hours) for a minimum of 6 months.


If you would like to volunteer for this role please request an application form and write ‘Advice volunteer’ either in your email subject line or on the top of the application form.

 

Groupwork & activities volunteers

Help us run our programme of workshops, group activities and events for clients. These include our support and advocacy groups for young people, young women and mums, and women who have experienced trafficking and gender-based violence, and also our ESOL classes, service user forums, and workshops on current issues of interest. You will help us plan and deliver our activities, including helping with publicity, admin and expenses, and will gain experience of group facilitation and of working directly with vulnerable clients. We need volunteers who are bright, motivated and confident, with good spoken and written English and good IT skills. Experience of facilitating or of youth work and/or community development would be a bonus but is not essential. You will need to be able to commit to 1 day a week, and/or possibly to some evenings and weekends.   


If you would like to volunteer for this role please request an application form and write ‘Groupwork volunteer’ either in your email subject line or on the top of the application form.

 

Volunteer co-ordinator

We do not currently have a dedicated staff volunteer manager, and could really do with some help to co-ordinate our volunteering work and admin. You will be friendly and approachable and good at managing people and harnessing volunteers’ strengths. You will have good spoken and written English, good admin and IT skills, and ideally some experience of volunteer management and/or HR.

You will need to be able to commit 2-3 days a week for a minimum of 12 months. If you would like to volunteer for this role please request an application form and write ‘Volunteer co-ordinator’ either in your email subject line or on the top of the application form.

 

Host a refugee or migrant individual or family in your home

Do you have a spare room or space to offer, even temporarily? We are part of the London Hosting Network, which tries to find hosts for refugee and migrant individuals without recourse to public funds who would otherwise be destitute and homeless. If you think this is something you might be interested in, you can find out more here: http://londonhosting.wordpress.com or email hosting@housingjustice.org.uk. 

 

You find an online application form here.

Volunteering Policy can be found here.


 

 

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