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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.

 

Akwaaba is looking for a volunteer English and Literacy Coordinator to oversee, develop and expand our language teaching project.

We are seeking an English and Literacy coordinator who shares the values of the Akwaaba community. The right person should have a demonstrable commitment to migrants rights and the ability to work with all other Akwaaba members showing empathy, sensitivity and a commitment to inclusion. They should want to become part of our community and be prepared to commit to the role for a year or more. Ideally, the coordinator will have some experience of working with vulnerable people from a wide range of backgrounds and some teaching experience.

Responsibilities of the role

The English and Literacy Coordinator will work with the team of teaching volunteers, the steering committee and other Akwaaba volunteers. Their primary responsibilities are:

• Planning and implementing the overall direction of Akwaaba’s English teaching. This will include drawing up a plan for the English and Literacy project in collaboration with the Akwaaba steering committee.
• Recruiting and supporting teaching volunteers
• Engaging Akwaaba members with the English project and allocating students to classes during Sunday sessions
• Supporting volunteers with resource preparation, lesson preparation and follow-up
• Record keeping
• Building contacts in the community and supporting members to access formal
language teaching outside Akwaaba
• Communicating with the steering committee and wider Akwaaba community about the English project
• In sessions, the coordinator might also teach, but it’s not a requirement of the role.

The Coordinator should attend Akwaaba’s Sunday sessions and be able to spend 2-4 hrs per week on other responsibilities. They should attend quarterly Coordinators meetings. This is a role that could be shared between two coordinators, depending on the amount of time that suitable candidates can commit to the project.

How to Apply

If you would like to be considered please email akwaabalondon@gmail.com explaining why you would like to be considered for the role. You will then be asked to complete a short volunteer application form. All applications will be reviewed and those short-listed will be invited for an interview.

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 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.

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.

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 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!