SOUTHALL BLACK SISTERS
VOLUNTEER WITH US
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:
- Helping Clients complete administration forms e.g. applications for benefits
- Accompanying clients to appointments, court and to make police reports.
- Data entry; managing and sorting/archiving files;
- Assisting on reception or our helpline advice line
- Drafting statements; collating evidence; drafting letters of support/complaints, compiling case studies.
- 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, 9 am to 5 pm although some events including campaign work may take place during the evening or weekend.
Testimonials from our volunteers:
“I have been volunteering with SBS for 2 years. I was keen to volunteer at SBS as I was keen to learn more about actively promoting women’s rights here in the UK. I have done work as a volunteer that I never imagined myself able to do, from accompanying clients to legal meetings, taking detailed client statements, and finding refuges for clients in need.
I have really enjoyed volunteering at SBS, as I have learnt so much from everyone in the office, and from all the tasks I have been given to do. I have learnt that even the mundane jobs such as filing play a vital part in keeping a woman safe from danger, and getting her the justice she deserves. Every day is a new challenge, and I leave grateful that I could do something that has made a positive change to someone’s life.
I can honestly say its one of the most interesting things I’ve done, I have met some wonderful people, and I would recommend volunteering at SBS to anyone who is up for a rewarding challenge.”
Biba – Volunteer
“I’ve really enjoyed the 6 months I have volunteered at SBS. They are a very hands-on team and you get a real in-depth understanding of the work that they do. You get to experience first hand what a positive and life-changing effect they have on so many women.
As a volunteer, I have had many different roles: Admin Support – helping with the website, social media, reception. Advocacy Support – Refuge Searches for clients, case filing and upkeep. Client Support – Accompany clients to meetings at the Job Centre or to see their Solicitors.
Working with SBS has really helped me to put everything into perspective personally and professionally. Although I am only a supporting role, I genuinely feel that a win for SBS is a win for me.”
Natasha – Volunteer
“Volunteering at SBS has been one of the most interesting and rewarding jobs I have had to date. I have been working there for almost a year, in which I have witnessed first hand that social change is possible, and charity work truly does make an incredible difference to the lives of individuals. My time at SBS has been highly educational and I have been able to gain an invaluable insight into UK immigration law, the role of racism and nativism in UK institutions, harmful religious practices, and negative societal and cultural traditions that all have a significant impact on the lives of BME women. It has been highly motivating to know that the work I do for this organisation is part of a wealth of emotional and practical support for vulnerable women that mitigates the impact of racial and gender inequalities in society and ensures that basic human rights are upheld, and needs are met. The women at SBS work incredibly hard to support women in need in the UK and abroad, and their passion and commitment to fighting inequality and injustice is something that I hope will continue to inspire me throughout the rest of my political career.”
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.