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Volunteering With Akwaaba

We are entirely volunteer-run and we rely on people donating their time and energy to the project. Commitment is important and we expect our volunteers to attend at least twice a month. Contact to apply for any of the roles.

The roles we recruit for vary quite often as our needs depend on the availability of existing volunteers. If you are interested in any of the roles below, please get in touch and we will let you know if we are currently recruiting. Please bear with us if the recruitment process takes a while.

If you have specialist skills or experience which might be relevant to our project but do not apply to the roles advertised, you are also welcome to email.

 

Sundays 1pm – 4pm or 3pm – 7pm

Expected commitment: 2-4 Sunday sessions per month, 1 Saturday training session every 3 months, 1 weekday meeting every 3 months, occasional other meetings and events

Welcome volunteers are the heart of the Akwaaba community. You will work directly with visitors to the project, making them feel relaxed and welcome in the space, being open for conversation or board games, supporting them to use computer facilities and running workshops.

You do not need to be an extravert to be a welcome volunteer, but you must be proactive in sessions! You should be comfortable and enthusiastic about engaging all our visitors in conversation. That includes people from a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, and with a wide range of perspectives and life experiences. People you speak to may have particular needs associated with displacement, trauma, economic hardship, or mental health issues. The people who most need the support of a Welcome Volunteer will not initiate conversations for themselves. That means it is your job to identify and speak to people who are on their own.

You will be called upon to solve problems that arise during sessions and ensure the space is safe and clean. We encourage Welcome Volunteers to take on more responsibility by arranging workshops, attending training session and participating in decision making at the project’s organising meetings.

We are particularly seeking people who have experience of working with migrants and/or a genuine interest in tackling the issues faced by our community. 2 Sundays per month is a minimum commitment, however we are looking for people who can commit to the project 3-4 Sundays per month. To apply, email akwaabalondon@gmail.com for a volunteer registration form. The second stage of the application process involves meeting our Welcome Volunteer Coordinator during a Sunday session.

Sundays 1-4pm

Expected commitment: 2+ Sunday sessions per month,

We need confident cooks to help our kitchen team prepare meals for 100+ people per week. Experience in mass catering is an asset, but not required. A food hygiene certificate is also beneficial. Most important is the ability to be flexible, as we cook with vegetables that are donated to us every Sunday, and to have a positive attitude in the kitchen!

Shifts: 1pm – 5pm or 2 – 6.30pm
Minimum commitment: 2 sessions per month

The children’s volunteers work under the supervision of the children’s supervisor and are expected to help with the following: supervising the children, setting up and packing away the children’s area and specific activities, early years play-work, homework/literacy, and providing general support and encouragement to our child visitors. We have a range of children who attend the session (aged between 1-14). Ideas for children’s activities are very welcome!

Prior experience working with children is essential. This is to ensure that Akwaaba is a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for the children who visit us. Akwaaba is a voluntary project and we do not have the capacity to provide more than basic training.

A DBS check will be required if you do not have a valid certificate from the past two years. We can help with this.

Please contact Eve (dickson.eve@gmail.com) if you are interested in the role or would like further information.

We are seeking a committed and experienced Volunteer Treasurer to oversee the financial affairs of Akwaaba, an entirely volunteer run social centre for migrants based in Hackney.

Overall purpose of the role:

Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation. Ensure the affairs are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practices. Advice on the financial situation of the organisation.

Activities:

-Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures and controls are in place, in regards to:

o Expenses payments and purchasing limits

o Petty cash receipts/float

o Travel expenses logs

o Any other as required

-Reconcile accounts on monthly basis and check balances

-Produce regular financial reports (quarterly) to account to the Akwaaba general meeting and the steering committee and to attend the general meetings when possible

-Prepare reports for audits and ad hoc summaries for grant applications and reporting.

-Ensure that spending against grants and other funds received for specific purposes are appropriately monitored.

-Take a lead on interpreting financial data and make the steering committee/the general meeting aware of outstanding obligations, financial discrepancies or risks.

-Work with the Steering Committee to improve financial processes.

Essential:

-Knowledge and experience of current financial practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations

-Excellent numerical skills and feeling comfortable to interpret and explain data

-Accuracy and attention to detail.

-Excel skills and awareness of spreadsheet best practise

-Availability for ca 0.5 day a week, or as required to complete all tasks.

Desirable:

-An Accountancy qualification, or similar.

-Previous experience as a Treasurer.

Expected commitment: 2 Sunday sessions a month 1-4pm or 4-7pm

Do you have computer maintenance skills that you could use in our sessions? We need volunteers to maintain our stock of laptops and printers – they are all second hand and often need tweeking to get them running properly. Computer volunteers also help people use the laptops to access the internet, complete application forms or write letters.

Sundays 11.30am-12.30pm

We need volunteers with access to a car/cargo bike to help with food collections in the Stoke Newington area.

Do you speak Polish or Arabic? Some of our visitors struggle to communicate in English as well as having other vulnerabilities. We need volunteers to support them during our sessions including to access the activities that we offer. You would work directly with visitors to the project, making them feel relaxed and welcome in the space, being open for conversation, games, arts and crafts and supporting them with translation needs.

Washing up

Expected commitment: 2 Sunday sessions a month from 3-6pm

Preparing a meal for 70+ people creates a lot of washing up! We always need more people to help get our kitchen back into good order.

Tidying up

Expected commitment: 2 Sunday sessions a month from 5-7pm

There is a lot of tidying up to be done in the last hour of the session – cleaning up spills, putting board games back in their boxes. After we finish, we then need to pack away session equipment, sweep and mop.

We love to have people running workshops at our Sunday sessions. If you have a skill, craft or passion that you would like to share at Akwaaba either on a one-off or regular basis, get in touch!

Sundays 2-6pm
Expected commitment: 2+ Sunday sessions per month,

We are looking for people with a sound knowledge of the practical issues facing our members to support with small pieces of casework. This mainly involves signposting and referring to other agencies, as well as some advocacy work. Training and prior experience with organisations that support migrants is essential.