We are looking for volunteers to support our drop-in for refugee women on Mondays!

Women for Refugee Women is a small charity working with women who have sought asylum in the UK. Every week over 100 women come to us in London for English classes, advice, yoga and lunch, and activities including drama and public speaking training. We ensure that refugee women’s voices reach wide audiences through our media, research and events, and we advocate for a fairer asylum system. We currently have some great opportunities to support our work with women who seek asylum, and to develop your skills and abilities in this rewarding area.

We are looking for volunteers to teach English and support the running of our drop-in centre at our offices near Old Street, London on Mondays. Our term runs from 13 January – 6 April 2020, and there will be the opportunity to extend into the following term if you wish. These are rewarding roles in which you will be working directly with the refugee and asylum seeking women in our network.

To apply, please fill out the application form here by midnight on Sunday 8th December. We would like to meet with shortlisted applicants on Monday 16th or Tuesday 17th December.

All of our volunteers will need to have a DBS check, if you do not have a current DBS check we will support you to obtain one.

All completed applications are handled by Women for Refugee Women. A copy of our privacy policy can be found here.

Treasurer

Time Commitment: The treasurer will be expected to attend quarterly board meetings and also quarterly finance committee meetings.

Location: Board and finance meetings are held near Old Street, London (Central), EC1Y 8RT

Salary: The role of Treasurer is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel and childcare may be claimed

Click here to apply via Reach

About the role

WRW is seeking a treasurer.

WRW is a well-managed charity in good financial health, with committed staff and experienced board of trustees. The treasurer plays a part in the overall governance of the organisation, and also has specific areas of responsibility including:

  • Advising on any changes in charity regulation or legislation affecting WRW’s accounting.
  • Presenting the management accounts quarterly to the board.
  • Ensuring that effective financial policies and procedures are in place and that accounts and records are being kept accurately and up to date.
  • Reviewing WRW’s annual examined or audited accounts and ensuring these are submitted in a timely fashion to the Charity Commission.
  • Ensuring that the charity’s investment policy is implemented, including overseeing the performance of investments.
  • As a signatory of the charity bank account, WRW’s treasurer also has the responsibility of approving occasional payments.

Person Specification

  • Genuine commitment to WRW and the aims and values of the charity.
  • Strategic vision, integrity and good independent judgement.
  • Readiness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as Treasurer.
  • Good understanding of charity accounting rules/SORP and the ability to read and review financial reports.
  • Ability to communicate the key financial issues to other trustees so there is clear shared ownership of decisions.
  • Experience or understanding of implementing a charity’s investment policy.
  • Experience of the accountancy process of a small charity.
  • Accountancy qualification.

How to apply

Applications must be made via Reach in the first instance. To apply please submit your CV along with a covering letter, by 28 October 2019, stating why you wish to join the organisation, how your skills would add value to the board and any other relevant information.

Drop-in Support x 2

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 10.30am-6pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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We are looking for two people to provide general support during the drop-in. This includes setting up, signing women in and directing them to their classes, reimbursing women for their travel expenses and providing general support to the women in our network to ensure the day runs smoothly.

Mothers and Toddlers Group Facilitators

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 11-12pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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We are looking for volunteers who can support sessions on a weekly basis for the mother and toddler group, to increase their confidence, empower them and develop their English language skills.

Beginner English Teachers

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 12.30-2pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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You will be leading the Beginners English class to support women who are taking their first steps in learning English.

Intermediate English Teachers

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 12.30-2pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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You will be supporting our existing Intermediate English teacher to deliver engaging classes on a range of topics that set women up for life in the UK.

Intermediate English Teachers

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 3-4.30pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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You will be delivering engaging classes on a range of topics that set women up for life in the UK.

Intersectional Feminism Class Facilitator

Capacity: Volunteer
Time: 3-4.30pm
Start Date: 13 January 2020
Location: Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT

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You will be facilitating the class to support women engaging discussions on feminist issues. That includes thinking about emerging and ongoing issues and preparing a simple plan for the class.

We do not currently have any volunteering opportunities.

Our need for volunteers varies throughout the year, so please check back on this page, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up for our Newsletter to hear about opportunities as they arise. Scroll down for other ways to get involved!

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Other Ways To Get Involved

Fundraise or Donate

Could you fundraise to support our our work with refugee women?

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£1000

Can enable 10 women to attend our drama empowerment programme for a term.

Drama sessions support women’s personal empowerment and wellbeing. The sessions focus on developing performance poetry which enables women to share their stories safely and creatively.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£30

Can provide emergency support to a woman in extreme hardship.

We provide small-scale grants to destitute women, to enable her to buy food or spend the night somewhere safe, for example.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£120

Can provide a warm lunch for over 100 refugee women.

Beatrice (read her story below) cooks a nutritious lunch every week for the women who attend our drop-in. This lunch is a chance for women to build friendships, as well as a reliable meal for women who are living in extreme poverty.

Women for Refugee Women Support Us Donate Donation Amount

£10

Can enable a woman to attend our drop-in English lessons.

Attending these sessions is often the first step in a woman’s journey to empowerment. At our drop-in she will receive a warm welcome into a supportive community of women and develop the skills and confidence that she needs to challenge injustice and rebuild her life with dignity.

Spread The Word

You could organise an event at which you could share one of our amazing short videos in which refugee women speak for themselves.

Set Her Free: Margaret’s Story tells the story of a women in Yarl’s Wood detention centre.

The Set Her Free Poem shows the wonderful refugee women we work with and the poem they have written themselves.

Let us know if you would like us to send you flyers and action sheets for such an event, and again you could ask everyone in your audience to give a donation to Women for Refugee Women: admin@refugeewomen.co.uk