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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.

We ask volunteers to commit to the Akwaaba community by attending meetings, taking part in decision-making and reflecting on their practice. Building a non-hierarchical, anti-racist social centre in a city as unequal as London is a constant challenge. It is important that volunteers are willing to give their time to the community, not just to an individual role within it. Volunteers who come to Akwaaba from positions of privilege need to be ready to undergo the sometimes painful process of self-examination.

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.

Unfortunately, for safeguarding reasons the minimum age for volunteering at Akwaaba sessions is 18.

 

Shift times: 2-6.30pm (Sundays)
Venue: Akwaaba, Barrett’s Grove, Princess May School, N16 8AJ
Commitment: 2-4 Sundays a month for a minimum of 6 months.

We are looking for 2-4 volunteers to work 1:1 with children with autism at Akwaaba.
1:1 children’s volunteers will need to:

  • Commit to attending Akwaaba as regularly as possible (a minimum of twice a month, but ideally more) for at least 6 months.
  • Commit to the ethos of Akwaaba and work to make Akwaaba a non-hierarchal, anti-racist social centre.
  • Provide a friendly, supportive, and safe environment for our young members.
  • Work 1:1 with individual children with autism.
  • Plan specific activities for the children they are paired with where necessary and support them to participate in general children’s activities and workshops.
  • Support the children they are paired with to resolve conflicts with other children
    Respond sensitively to challenging behaviour.
  • Help to make sure children’s activities are accessible and inclusive for children with special needs.
  • Listen to and recognise our young members and the difficulties they face.
  • Build strong relationships with the children they are paired with and support them to be involved in shaping Akwaaba’s children’s project.
  • Provide feedback to the Children’s Supervisors about any issues or problems that they observe, including safeguarding concerns, behavioural difficulties, and problematic group dynamics.

Volunteers will need to be able to attend a training session at 6.30-9pm on Wednesday 24th April. A DBS check is required for this role, which we will support you to apply for.

If you are interested, please email Andrea at kids@akwaaba.org.uk. If you’d like to apply for this role, please email us by 15th April.

We are looking for Football Volunteers to supervise the children playing in our 5-a-side cage from 3-6pm.  The role basically involves sorting teams, refereeing and making sure everyone is playing in a positive and safe way.  If you don’t have a DBS check, you’ll need to register for one.  Understanding the rules of football is an optional extra.

Children’s workshop facilitators 

Could you help us run fun workshops for children and young people?

Do you have a skill, craft or passion that you would like to share on a one off or regular basis?  We’re looking for children’s workshop facilitators to help us entertain and engage our young members. We see around 40 children age 3-16 each week and would welcome workshops aimed at any age group. All ideas are welcome – anything from dance to storytelling!

In the past, we’ve run dance, film-making, and music workshops.

To run a workshop with children at Akwaaba or for further information, contact Eve.

We are seeking a volunteer with charity fundraising experience to help keep Akwaaba running on a secure financial footing.   Most of our funding comes from trusts and foundations, but we also raise money through community fundraising like sponsorships, crowdfunders and fundraising events.

The role involves

  • Keeping our fundraising planner up to date
  • Managing our fundraising strategy so we stay on top of the applications we need to make every year, and so we can avoid writing stressful applications at the last minute
  • Writing applications to trusts and foundations
  • Supporting other volunteers to write applications (e.g. by providing help with budgeting, access to documents etc)
  • Meeting with our budgeting working group to discuss fundraising needs and priorities

Get in touch with hello@akwaaba.org.uk if you are interested!

We’re looking for experienced volunteer youth/children’s workers to help us plan, manage and take responsibility for the children’s sessions at Akwaaba. Each week two children’s supervisors plan, manage and take responsibility for the children’s session.

Supervisors will need to co-supervise children’s sessions once a month and then help out as a children’s volunteer once a month too. Sessions take place on Sunday afternoons. The shift times for co-supervisors are 1-7pm, whilst children’s volunteers can volunteer between 1-4pm/2-5.30pm/3-6.30pm

We try to organise fun and engaging activities for around 40 children age 3-16 every Sunday, whilst also making sure that they remain supervised and safe. Most of our young members are living in severe poverty and some have had traumatic experiences. Many of the children we work with are therefore particularly vulnerable.

We’d really like to hear from you if you have experience or interest in working with children and young people at risk of exclusion and/or with psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Responsibilities of the role

The following responsibilities will be split equally between co-supervisors on any given week:

– Planning 6 activities for the session you co-supervise once a month (including preparing/sourcing materials and resources)
– Setting up and cleaning up the children’s space
– Supporting 9 children’s volunteers during the session
– Ensuring that the session is running safely 

Please contact Andrea if you are interested in the role or would like further information

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.

Requirements:
– 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 hello@akwaaba.org.uk if you are interested!

Shifts: 1-4pm, 2-5.30pm, or 3-6.30pm on Sundays
Minimum commitment: 2 sessions per month for at least 6 months 

The children’s volunteers work under the supervision of the children’s supervisors and are expected to:

  • Commit to the ethos of Akwaaba and work to make Akwaaba a non-hierarchal, anti-racist social centre.
  • Provide a friendly, supportive, and safe environment for children and young people.
  • Supervise individual children (1:1) or groups of children assigned to them by the Children’s Supervisors.
  • Listen to and recognise our young members and the difficulties they face.
  • Build strong relationships with our young members and support them to be involved in shaping Akwaaba’s children’s project.
  • Help resolve conflicts between children and respond with care and support to challenging behaviour.
  • Provide feedback to the Children’s Supervisors about any issues or problems that they observe, including safeguarding concerns, behavioural difficulties, and problematic group dynamics.
  • Plan, facilitate and assist with children’s activities.
  • Help set-up or pack-away at the beginning/end of the session.
We see around 40 children and young people between the ages of 3-16 each week and run a range of activities and workshops. 

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 Andrea 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.

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, 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.

We aim to have one drop-in arts and crafts workshop at Akwaaba every week.  The workshops should be accessible, safe and not intimidating – other than that we are open to whatever ideas you have!  Past workshops include drawing, painting, printing, clay modelling, leatherwork amongst many others.  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!