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.
We are seeking experienced yoga teachers to help facilitate our weekly yoga sessions. Yoga happens from 2.30-3.15 at Akwaaba on a drop-in basis. We normally have between 1 and 5 participants of all abilities/experiences. Classes are informal and conducted according to Akwaaba’s principles of inclusion and solidarity.
– professional insurance
– experience of teaching yoga in community settings/for marginalised groups. If you do not have this experience, but have other non-yoga related experience working with marginalised or vulnerable groups, we will still be happy to hear from you
– experience of teaching yoga/working with people where English is a second language
– understanding of trauma and trauma-sensitive yoga (desirable)
– a commitment to tackling oppression and social injustice
– a minimum commitment of teaching one Sunday per month for at least 6 months
Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Saturdays 1-5pm (focused on upcycling); 1st and 3rd Sundays 2-6pm (on the spot repairs)
Expected commitment: 2 Saturday/Sunday sessions per month
Bike volunteers help fix up donated bikes to give out to regular visitors of Akwaaba, and undertake on the spot repairs to visitors’ bikes as required. They’re involved in identifying issues with a bike, undertaking appropriate repairs, and ensuring bikes meet appropriate safety standards before they are given out. Volunteers may also undertake basic teaching of cycling and repair skills to visitors.
We are looking for people with:
– Experience in fixing bikes; including changing a chain; fixing brakes; indexing gears and checking cable tensions.
– Good communication skills to understand the needs of our visitors, and to teach repair skills if requested
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 email@example.com for a volunteer registration form. The second stage of the application process involves meeting our Welcome Volunteer Coordinator during a Sunday session.
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 if you are interested in the role or would like further information.
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.
Do you speak Polish, Arabic, Turkish, Russian or Ukrainian? Some of our members 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 members of our community, making them feel relaxed and welcome in the space, being open for conversation, games, arts and crafts and supporting them with translation needs
Expected commitment: 2 Sunday sessions a month from 4-7pm
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 after lunch. We also need help with tidying and packing up at the end of the session: cleaning up spills, packing away session equipment, sweeping and mopping.
This role would suit people who are enthusiastic and happy to muck in wherever they are needed. Cleaning up at Akwaaba is a group activity, it involves working with and chatting with other members of the community and is a good way to get to know the project.