Hackney Advice

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Bump Buddies Mentor

ORGANISATION: Bump Buddies - Shoreditch Trust

ADDRESS: Units 1–2, Waterhouse, 8 Orsman Road, N1 5QJ  [VIEW MAP]

CONTACT NAME: Jane Lavelle

PHONE: 020 7033 8524

EMAIL: jane@shoreditchtrust.org.uk

DATE ADDED: 31/08/2016

BACKGROUND

The role

The role of the Bump Buddy Mentor is to provide informal social support to Mentees during pregnancy and early parenthood. There may be additional stated objectives at the start of the relationship (e.g., increasing engagement with statutory and voluntary services, involvement in community activities). The success of the relationship is not dependent on these objectives being achieved, but they are seen as a potential benefit of mentoring over time.  

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COMMITMENT

Minimum 4hrs per week for at least 12 months.
 

Mentor Core Training is 7 days long, spread over 4 weeks. Training is divided into modules covering essential elements of mentoring, including the aims, rationale and processes used in mentoring, the role of the volunteer mentor, ‘rules’ concerning appropriate behaviour, and the development of key interpersonal and communication skills. Training also includes modules focusing on key programme issues, including safeguarding children, pregnancy health messages, personal safety, bonding and attachment, and birth preparation. Mentor training is delivered by programme staff and Hackney health professionals, and has been designed to support a range of learning styles and includes:

  • Experiential activities
  • Whole or small group discussions
  • Case study exercises
  • Skills practice
  • Role play
  • Individual reflection
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DUTIES
  • Visit mentees in children’s centres, parks, cafes, and community centres
  • Maintain continuity of support - weekly contact for up to a 16 month period depending on needs of mentee, as agreed at the assessment
  • Provide listening ear, emotional & social support
  • Share and explain key health messages for pregnancy and parenthood
  • Offer practical support preparing for birth and parenthood (e.g., support writing birthplan)
  • Offer advocacy where relevant, e.g., support mentee to attend antenatal, housing or immigration appointments
  • Support mentees in accessing children’s services, e.g., parent and baby drop in groups and parenting classes
  • Via staff support, offer signposting to other services
  • Model positive parenting
  • Support mentees to develop links in their communities
  • Attend all Core Training sessions
  • Maintain and build mentoring skills by participating in ongoing training opportunities
  • Attend group supervision
  • Maintain contact with programme staff
  • Maintain record of volunteering activity in volunteer database 
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ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE
  • Non – judgemental
  • Reliable
  • Good listener
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Committed to the development of others
  • Willing to use own time on user’s behalf
  • Discreet
  • Able to respect confidentiality
  • Open and self-aware
  • Caring attitude
  • Calm in difficult situations
  • Good written skills
  • Proficient in email communication
  • Able to work independently
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DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Has an understanding of the client group
  • Well informed about Hackney and its services for families
  • A mother
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APPLICATION & INTERVIEW

You can apply for this position here: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicOrganization/35cff79c-a57e-4d33-8cad-d5c29b32095e/1 

and a member of our team will be in touch. 

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Legal Volunteers

ORGANISATION: Hackney Community Law Centre

ADDRESS: 8 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 0PD  [VIEW MAP]

CONTACT NAME: Bella Donnelly

PHONE: 020 8985 5236

EMAIL: bella@hclc.org.uk

DATE ADDED: 30/08/2016

COMMITMENT

THE LAW CENTRE IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING LEGAL GRADUATES TO JOIN HCLC AS NEW VOLUNTEERS IN THE PERIOD: 7th September 2014 through to week ending December 12th 2014.Ideal candidates must be able to commit for one day per week for the entire period. The volunteering slots are designed to give exposure to legal graduates who want some insight and experience of social welfare work and an appreciation of a legal specialist funded charity and how it works. Find out more by visiting our website: www.hclc.org.uk

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ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

We are particularly interested in those who have completed the: BPTC or equivalent; Legal Practice Course or equivalent; LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law (and not currently studying). Ideally our volunteers will be expected to meet the following criteria: High quality standards of written and spoken English; An appreciation and acceptance of cultural diversity; Experience of interacting directly with people at various levels; Willingness to be flexible; Willingness to undertake routine and administrative tasks in connection with caseworking when required; Punctuality and reliability; Confidentiality; Ability to work to deadlines; Ability to work under supervision and to follow directions as and when directed; Can commit to the position one full day per week.

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Legal Internships

ORGANISATION: Hackney Community Law Centre

ADDRESS: 8 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 0PD  [VIEW MAP]

CONTACT NAME: Diane Morrison

PHONE: 020 8985 5236

EMAIL: bella@hclc.org.uk

DATE ADDED: 11/08/2016

DUTIES

The Hackney Community Law Centre is looking to recruit 3 interns to our internship programme with a proposed start date in the week beginning Monday 22nd September through to Friday December 19th 2014. The programme is 4 days a week for 12 weeks and the successful candidates would be expected to be able to commit for the whole period. We have 3 vacancies.

 

The internship is an intense and rigorous programme aimed at candidates who are aiming for training contracts or pupillages. Candidates must be able to commit for four days per week for the entire period. The intern posts are designed to give exposure to legal graduates who want some insight and experience of social welfare work and an appreciation of a legal specialist funded charity and how it works.

 

The Hackney Community Law Centre is a charity and as such we have direct contact with different levels of users including professionals, other organisations and our patrons. It is therefore essential that applicants have good communication skills and are at ease when dealing with people from different walks of life whether this is by telephone or in person at the reception. The main focus of our work is community law and this focuses mainly on social welfare and immigration. 

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ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidates will have completed their LLB, Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). We are particularly interested in those who have completed the: • BPTC or equivalent • Legal Practice Course or equivalent • LL.B or Graduate Diploma in Law (and not currently studying).

 

Essential Criteria: -

  • High quality standards of written and spoken English;
  • An appreciation and acceptance of cultural diversity;
  • Computer literate;
  • Experience of interacting directly with people at various levels;
  • Willingness to undertake routine and administrative tasks in connection with caseworking when required;
  • Punctuality and reliability;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Ability to work to deadlines;
  • Ability to work under supervision and to follow directions as and when directed;
  • Can commit to the position 4 full days per week.
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APPLICATION & INTERVIEW

Interested applicants can forward their CVs to Bella (Senior administrator) on email bella@hclc.org.uk The last day for submission of CVs (by email) is Monday 8th September 2014 at 5pm.

 

Please note that we intend to interview in the week beginning Monday 15th September 2014, with the internship starting in the week beginning Monday 22nd September 2014.

 

*Please pay attention to the fact that these internships are paid by expenses only. We are a charity and these posts are sponsored by our patrons and long-term supporters. Please also consider your commuting journey on a daily basis if you were offered the posts. All 3 posts are 4 days per week*. Please take a look around the website for more information about the nature of our work: www.hclc.org.uk

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Food Collector

ORGANISATION: Hackney Migrant Centre

ADDRESS: C/O St Mary's New Church Rooms, Spensley Walk (off Stoke Newington Church Street), Hackney, N16 9ES  [VIEW MAP]

CONTACT NAME: Helen Hibberd

PHONE: 07504332706

EMAIL: info@hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk

DATE ADDED: 01/08/2016

COMMITMENT

Need to have access to a car and be available on Tuesday evenings and/or Wednesday mornings. Flexible commitment - we have a rota of food collectors but need more - this could be on a weekly basis or just once a month.

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DUTIES

We receive food donations from a variety of local supermarkets and businesses and need volunteers to help us with the collections on Tuesday evenings and Wednesday mornings.

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Washing Up Helpers

ORGANISATION: Hackney Migrant Centre

ADDRESS: C/O St Mary's New Church Rooms, Spensley Walk (off Stoke Newington Church Street), Hackney, N16 9ES  [VIEW MAP]

CONTACT NAME: Helen Hibberd

PHONE: 07504332706

EMAIL: info@hackneymigrantcentre.org.uk

DATE ADDED: 01/08/2016

COMMITMENT

Need to be available on Wednesdays 1.30pm-4.30pm Flexible commitment 

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DUTIES
  • Helping to wash up and tidy away after lunch has been served
  • Clearing tables, and taking plates, glasses etc. back to the kitchen
  • Helping to sort out the recycling
  • Helping to take the bins out
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