Would you like to work in an organisation that stands in solidarity with migrants, and wants to see the end of the 'hostile environment'?
Do you want to do work that makes an incredible difference to people's lives in the short term, and challenges the policies and ideology of the 'hostile environment' to change lives in the longer-term?
Do you want to engage with the law as a means to change it?
Are you empathetic, patient, respectful, self-reflective, organised?
Volunteer with us:
We're looking for volunteers to assist destitute migrants in making complex applications for recourse to public funds and would love to hear from you. This work usually involves interviewing applicants, gathering evidence, writing submissions and analysing finances. In many cases this application is the difference between homelessness and a safe home.
We are a small and dedicated team of around 30 people. We offer an insight into the work of a frontline organisation engaged in challenging the policies of the 'hostile environment'.
We ask for a weekly commitment (Tuesdays, 10-4.30) for minimum six months, as this is a specialised role and building experience is very important.
We value the opinions and experiences of people from all backgrounds, and in particular: those of people of colour; those who have lived experience of the hostile environment; those who can speak more languages than just English. Previous experience of doing this type of work is not essential but commitment is a must to do our work well.
We will offer:
Ongoing supervision and training
An initial one-day training session
The opportunity to feed into our organisational development
Additional volunteering opportunities where necessary (e.g. office work, research work)
A job reference on request after 2 months’ volunteering
Free OISC training with Refugee Action
The opportunity to register with the OISC at Level 1 after minimum 3 months’ volunteering, subject to limits and conditions
Travel expenses if needed
A delicious lunch from our neighbours on Upper Street
Childcare at our Tuesday sessions if needed
We will try to accommodate all other reasonable needs and requests
We need people who are:
Compassionate and empathetic
Analytical and organised
Committed to helping people access justice and to migrants’ rights
Some experience in benefits/ housing/ immigration advice and support (not essential)
Interested in current laws and policies and their impact
Willing and quick to learn
Happy to work in a small team and as part of an evolving grassroots organisation