Volunteering

We’d be happy to hear from you if you're interested in volunteering. Volunteers are absolutely integral to the running of our service, both at our drop-in and assisting with casework in the office.

Our current open volunteer positions:

Hackney Migrant Centre are recruiting for two volunteer internship positions

1 - Session coordinating volunteer intern – 2 days a week

We’re looking for a sessional support intern to support the centre manager, ideally for a period of 6 months. Candidates need to be able to work at our Wednesday drop-in sessions as well as Tuesday to prepare for the session. The internship would suit someone wishing to gain experience of running a small charity or advice drop-in. This opportunity will also develop their understanding of the issues facing refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK and ways to provide advocacy and support to vulnerable migrants.

Tasks:
- To support the manager with the running of the sessions, including various administration tasks, setting up the session, administering our hardship fund, volunteer travel expenses and petty cash record keeping
- Update information pack for volunteers and visitors and create new resources when required
- Representation of HMC at external events and providing input to reports
- Updating social media and assisting the manager with fundraising activities and applications
- Develop the volunteer scheme, help with volunteer recruitment/administration and induction of volunteers

Desirable skills:
- Experience of running projects
- Knowledge of agencies relevant to the migrant/refugee sector
- Good administration skills, ability to use all Microsoft Office packages
- Experience of working with volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds
- Good communication skills
- Attention to detail

In return, HMC can offer you training on immigration and refugee issues, rights and entitlements.

If you would like to apply for this position, please email your CV and outline in your email your motivations for volunteering to daf@hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk

2 - Advocacy and casework intern – 2 days a week

Hackney Migrant Centre is looking for a casework and advocacy intern for a period of 6 months. Interns need to be able to work on Wednesday as this is when the session runs as well as Thursday when the follow up casework takes place.

The internship would suit someone wishing to gain experience of working in a small frontline, grass-roots charity or advice drop-in. This opportunity will also develop their understanding of the issues facing refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants in the UK and ways to provide advocacy and support to vulnerable migrants. Experience of direct work with refugees/migrants would be desirable as would experience of providing advocacy work and working with volunteers.

Tasks:
- Advocacy during Wednesday’s session as well as providing advice and information to other volunteers on ongoing cases.
- Follow-up advocacy to the sessions – including support letter writing both in the session and in the office, contacting visitors to update them on their case/ check their progress, finding solicitors for people, making referrals to relevant agencies, communicating with solicitors about clients’ cases, accessing documents from solicitors and the Home Office.
- Answering telephone queries from new and existing visitors and referring agencies.
- Update our database and input visitor records, outcomes and results.
- Maintain directory of projects providing housing/health/benefits/legal support.
- Attendance at external meetings relating to casework.

Desirable skills:
- Casework/advocacy experience within the migrant/refugee sector
- Knowledge of agencies relevant to the migrant/refugee sector
- Good administration skills, ability to use all Microsoft Office packages (Inc. Access – not essential)
- Good communication skills
- Attention to detail

In return, HMC will offer you training on immigration and refugee issues, rights and entitlements and advocacy and casework experience. You’ll get to be part of a small team tackling some of the most important issues confronting migrants and work alongside our partner agencies.
If you are interested in this position, please e-mail Daf Viney (Centre Manager) with your CV with relevant work/volunteer experience, contact details, and a covering letter (max 2 sides of A4) outlining your interest in being an intern for Hackney Migrant Centre and why you feel you would be suited to the role, what skills you would bring and your availability.

Hackney Migrant Centre cannot pay a salary for these positions but will be able to cover travel and lunch expenses and training costs.

Setting-up and packing away volunteers:
We urgently need more people who can help us set up the session by putting out tables and chairs, setting up the laptops etc and help to pack away at the end. If you are free on a Wednesday between 9am and 11am or 4pm and 5pm, please e-mail Salma

Food collectors:
We need local volunteers who have a car to help us with our food donations.
We need people to help on Tuesday evenings, which involves collecting food from Wholefood on Stoke Newington Church Street at 9.30pm and then bringing the collected food to St Mary's New Church Rooms for our Wednesday drop-in at 9am the following morning.

We also need people to help with collections on Wednesday morning, this involves doing some food shopping locally, collecting food from Growing Communities at 9.15am and dropping everything off at St Mary's New Church Rooms for 9.30am. If you are available to volunteer please e-mail Salma

In addition to the above we're often looking for people who can speak other languages (including BSL), who have technical and IT expertise, or who have directly relevant experience.

You might also consider volunteering with our friends at Akwaaba (Sundays), The Unity Project (Tuesdays) or NELMA (flexible times).

Advocacy and casework volunteers
We recruit advocacy and casework volunteers every few months and we ask for a commitment to volunteering once a fortnight as a minimum, for a period of six months. We ask you to shadow an experienced volunteer at a couple of Wednesday drop-ins and then attend a training session. We are not currently recruiting for advocacy and casework volunteers, please check back here as we do update this page regularly.