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, particularly for a student or 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 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.
This role is a vital one and will enable our practice team to focus on other issues for families.
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 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. Our casework coordinator and lead for destitution related casework is Diane. We also have a small team of social workers who volunteer their time to complete assessment work for us.
We have a volunteer who supports Nick with project development, such as scoping out new projects and gathering feedback on our services. We have a management committee consisting of 5 trustees and the 2 operational directors who meet 4-5 times a year.
We are looking for someone who will;
Make written and telephone referrals to services for families on behalf of the allocated keyworker.
Communicate with the families we work with - Get updates on outcomes, pending information we are waiting on and check in with families where our role is much less now.
Filling in forms and applications for and with families. (not relating to immigration).
Making grant requests and requests for goods for families.
Doing basic advocacy with families, under the direction of our practice team. (not relating to immigration)
We will provide full training in-house as well as generalist safeguarding training. You will have access to our monthly 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 would ideally like someone who can do a Monday or a Friday, as this is generally when we are definitely in the office.
You will be:
Able to prepare letters and work with word templates.
Ability to use Microsoft office.
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 / or 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.
This advertisement for this volunteer post will end on the 22nd March.