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Volunteer Community Advocate - EXPIRED

Job Title Volunteer Community Advocate - EXPIRED
Contract Type Temporary / Interim
Location Harrow
Salary All travel costs and lunch expenses reimbursed
Job Published 30 Mar 2016
REF LF553
Contact Name Volunteers Team
Contact Email volunteers@tpp.co.uk

Job Description - EXPIRED

The Organisation

Afghan Association Paiwand was formed in 2002 by committed volunteers from the Afghan community in the UK. The association was formed in response to a manifest growth in problems faced by members of the Afghan refugee community living in the UK in the areas of housing, employment, education, children, family support and mental health. Paiwand supports all asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to the UK, not just Afghans.

The Advocacy Service

The Paiwand Advocacy Service aims to assist and enable refugees and asylum seekers to have their views taken into account by the organisations who make decisions which affect them. Advocacy is not about making decisions for people, but about giving them the information and resources they need to make decisions for themselves and then assisting them in following through those decisions. The service provides people with advice and support in a number of areas including housing, welfare benefits, legal rights, education etc. The advocacy service provided by Paiwand is both free and independent.

The Position

We require volunteers to work under the supervision of the Advocacy Services Manager to interview clients and assist in providing advice and advocating with clients to access quality services. This may involve writing letters and making phone calls on behalf of clients, carrying out research as well as other tasks. Working hours will be flexible, and can be negotiated with the Advocacy Service Manager although we would like a commitment of between 1-3 days a week. The Paiwand office is located in North-West London, close to Harrow-on-the-Hill, with advocacy outreach clinics in Ealing and Barnet.

It would be desirable for volunteers to have knowledge/experience in one or more of the following:

  • Human Rights;
  • Welfare Benefits;
  • Public Law;
  • Fluency in Somali, Farsi, Dari, Pashtu & Arabic language is desirable but not necessary.

Training & Expenses

A full induction and 2-day training will be provided. Dates and times of trainings are to be confirmed but are likely to be at the end of April/ beginning of May. For volunteers, all travel costs and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.

Application Process

Please send a CV and covering letter expressing your interest to Emma Goldie at emma.goldie@paiwand.com.

Deadline for applications: 15th April

Ref: EXPIRED - LF553 | Published: 30th Mar 2016