Your time will make a life-changing difference
Volunteers contribute to a large part of the work at Southall Black Sisters and consequently, we are always looking for volunteers to support our vital frontline work from filing and data entry to advocacy and outreach work.
Empowering and helping BME victims of domestic violence is hugely rewarding work and presents a unique opportunity to be part of a dynamic, life-changing and leading advocacy service for BME women. It also presents a chance to work with like-minded colleagues.
Volunteering will give you a chance to give back and enrich your experience as well as enhance your skills and gain valuable experience.
We require assistance in all areas of our work and operations including:
- Accompanying clients to appointments, court and to make police reports
- Drafting statements; collating evidence; drafting letters of support/complaints etc
- Data entry; managing files; assisting on reception or our helpline.
- Assisting with the creation of content for our website and social media, creating posts/tweets/blogs promoting our services and ongoing campaigns and events.
- Assisting the Director with legal/policy and strategic litigation work
- Acting as an SBS steward at our demonstrations
Our office is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm although some events including campaign work may take place during the evening or weekend.
How to apply
If you are interested in volunteering at SBS please send the formation below by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- a short statement no longer than one A4 page stating your reasons to be a volunteer and your suitability for the role,
- together with your CV
- and our equal opportunities form
- Please indicate your availability both in terms of days per week and hours per day and any end date.
- It would also be useful if you could indicate any particular areas of interest.
SBS is able to reimburse reasonable travel costs
You must be aged 18 and over to volunteer and have cleared the disclosure and barring service checks. Women from all backgrounds are welcome although as a BME group we have a particular demand for South Asian speaking volunteers.
You will be supported by a manager who will provide you with guidance and training in the specific area of work you are allocated. We expect our volunteers and permanent staff to work together in partnership to achieve the same goal.
Depending on your experience and ability you can assist with anything from data entry and filing to supporting clients with appointments or court hearings or assisting advocates with the progression of cases generally. You are also encouraged to get involved in campaigns and events run by SBS.
There is no minimum amount of time that must be given to the organisation but obviously the longer you can commit the more time we can invest in training you to do a range of work. We can allocate tasks depending on the time you are able to commit. Even a few hours a week can help us with tasks connected to our social media or events.