Lewisham, London



About the organisation

AFRIL exists to provide holistic services to relieve refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants’ poverty,

We aim to:

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Job Description

SMART (one-off event volunteering - Minimum 1 session (2 hours min)

Various locations in lewisham borough across the year. NO long-term commitment Easy sign -up

Action for Refugees in Lewisham works to relieve poverty and isolation amongst refugees, asylum seekers and other ethnic minorities in Lewisham. Our commitment is to ensure we reach the most vulnerable people in our community and help them access the support they are entitled to. As a small charity, we are reliant on fundraising and donations to support our projects and programmes and operational costs.

We organise a range of events and activities throughout the year to publicise our work and projects, raise our profile, support our fundraising campaigns, grow our volunteer team and celebrate our successes.

SMART volunteering is an addition to our volunteering opportunities. It is what is says; quick, easy, accessible and most importantly - a one-time commitment. We understand that some people really believe in what we do and would like to support AFRIL; but would find the responsibility of a long-term commitment impractical. SMART volunteering is ideally suited to people with busy lives or unpredictable schedules. You can sign up quickly for one event or activity without feeling guilty or over-committed. Of course, if your circumstances change and you find you’d like to more; you’re in the perfect place to discuss how you might extend your volunteering to one of our more long-term roles. 

As a member of the SMART volunteer team, the duties could include:

  • Signing up for one-off events or activities that fulfil our aims and support our activities and that (depending on the event) could include AFRIL volunteers, service-users, children, supporters, partners, the media and the public.
  • Events may include: stalls, benefit gigs, music events and dinners, celebrations; promotional events; celebrations; end of term parties; social events and contributing to national themed events and celebrations such as Volunteers’ Week and Refugees’ Week, Human Rights Day and Black History Month. (This list is not exclusive).  
  • Duties could include: registration at an event, helping on an information stall, bucket rattling for donations, welcoming (meet and greet) at events, cloakroom duties at a gig or concert, stewarding at an event, ticket selling, helping on a bar or refreshment stall at an event. (This is not an exhaustive list.

Main expereince and skills required: 

  • Experience of helping at events (e.g. at work, church, school, university)
  • Excellent communication skills in fluent English
  • Good customer service skills
  • Good practical/ administrative skills
  • Confident at meeting new people
  • Be happy to work in a teamAn interest in supporting refugees and contributing to the work of AFRIL.

All volunteers in this role must: 

  • Provide a photo ID
  • Provide contact information (Mobile./ E mail)
  • be reliable and punctual
  • Follow the rules of the day / event

As a SMART volunteer, you will:

  • Gain a taste of volunteering
  • Develop skills and experience useful for
  • Acquire experience working within a community charity
  • Access relevant training as appropriate to the role and tasks
  • Have the opportunity to extend your volunteering to longer-term roles
  • Be entitled to a reference from AFRIL 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed, up to £3 per day

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