Ideal time commitment: 2 days a week (Tuesday or Friday), ideal 2-month minimum commitment
Reports to: Grants Manager
About the Helen Bamber Foundation
The Helen Bamber Foundation (HBF) is a human rights charity based in London which was founded in 2005. Our specialist team of therapists, doctors and legal experts have an international reputation for providing therapeutic care, medical consultation, legal protection and practical support to survivors of human rights violations.
HBF grew from the recognition that people who have suffered prolonged inter-personal violence – whether from human trafficking; war; community, domestic or gender-based violence – present with similar physical and psychological symptoms to torture survivors and experience the same complex and enduring responses to their trauma.
We offer our clients a Model of Integrated Care, providing legal, medical, psychological and welfare support, as well as an Integration Programme which includes arts-based groups, and skills-based classes such as English and IT. Through this, we help our clients to develop a sustained recovery from extreme trauma.
About the role
The fundraising team HBF is small but busy, with a diverse portfolio of fundraising streams and high targets on which to deliver. It ensures that all of HBF’s programmes and activities can be delivered, as well as maintaining relationships with a variety of stakeholders and reporting on HBF’s activities to donors, grantmakers and other funders.
This volunteer will support the busy work of the fundraising team, working on a range of administrative tasks with the Grant Manager and other staff members within the team. This will include updating our fundraising systems with donor and grantmaker information, researching potential new grantmakers, and contributing to funding reports.
Main tasks and activities
- Researching potential trusts and foundations;
- Keeping donor information up to date and accurate;
- Supporting the Grants Manager to ensure that funding systems are effectively used;
- Keeping a record of contacts for possible future partnerships;
- Undertaking grant administrative tasks including documenting concept notes, proposal and reports.
Skills and experience needed
- Understanding of, and commitment to, the objectives of the Helen Bamber Foundation;
- A demonstrable empathy for our vulnerable clients, including asylum seekers, refugees and survivors of torture and trafficking;
- Punctual, reliable and self-motivated with a positive, ’can-do’ attitude;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Awareness of confidentiality/data protection;
- Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage own time and workload, and to prioritise a range of competing demands;
- Excellent IT skills including the use of Microsoft Office (or similar) and databases;
- Good research skills;
- Flexibility and willingness to undertake other duties as required.
What you will get out of the role:
- A better understanding of asylum seeker and refugee processes in the UK;
- A stronger understanding of the criminal justice system as it relates to survivors of trafficking;
- Stronger administrative skills;
- Ability to process large amounts of data and prioritise or categorise it;
- Experience of writing clear content and reports;
- Experience of writing engaging content;
- An ability to multi-task between competing priorities.
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.