Do something great: help us defend the rights of migrant children and their families.
We are looking for a casework and advocacy volunteer to support our practice team.
Location: Oxford Office
Commitment: Around a 1/2 day to a full day a week for at least 6 months
We have a great opportunity for someone wanting to learn more about working with children & families, migrant rights and the challenges facing families subject to immigration control. This volunteering opportunity will mean that you work with our practice team, who work to uphold rights for migrant children. You will spend your volunteering time with us at our office in Oxford, but there will be ample opportunities to gain experience in other areas of our work such as outreach and advice sessions, activity days and groupwork with children. As a small team we can offer flexibility in how we do things and provide you with experiences into areas of practice that you are particularly interested in alongside the core volunteering role.
About our charity and team
We are a very small charity working to ensure all migrant children and their families have the best start in life. We do this through services which enhances and upholds children and young people’s safety, belonging and identity. Click here for more information about our projects.
We have a small core practice team of 3 people. Day to day operations are headed up by Nick. We have a small team of volunteer social workers who take time out of their day jobs to conduct social work assessments. We also have a project work volunteer who supports us with project development and a summer social work student each year who gets involved in our casework.
You would work closely with Diane, who is our casework coordinator and lead for work that involves destitution in the charity.
We are looking for someone who will;
Make written and telephone referrals to services for families on behalf of the allocated keyworker for the family.
Communicate with the families we work with - Support our practice team with gathering information and Undertaking small pieces of casework.
Filling in forms and applications for and with families.
Making grant requests and requests for goods for families, issuing food bank vouchers.
Doing basic advocacy with families, under the direction of our practice team.
Entering information into our databases.
We will provide full training in-house as well as generalist safeguarding training. You will have access to our practice development groups where we do thematic training and our online resources. All casework and advocacy undertaken will be supervised by an experienced person from our core practice team.
We are able to pay travel expenses.
We would ideally like someone who can do a Monday or a Friday, as this is generally when we are always in the office. That said, we recognise that this is a volunteering role so can be flexible!
You will be:
A good communicator who enjoys a chat.
Good with words, able to write in a way that gets across the feelings and wishes of children and families in a way that upholds and respects their voice and identity.
Able to use Microsoft office programs. A good attention to detail.
Competent on the internet, able to use forms and work with a simple database and find information online.
Interested in upholding children’s rights and migrant rights issues.
The volunteer would be required to undertake an enhanced DBS and reference checks as part of our commitment to safer recruitment as a charity that works with children and vulnerable adults.
More information and to apply:
Please email your CV / Information with a brief cover email to email@example.com
For an informal chat and to find out more, which we highly encourage, please call the office on 01865 528 658 and ask for Nick.
Closing date for this volunteering opportunity is the 7th June, with someone starting in July 2019 ideally.